By Wes Johnston, Optician at Alamo Ranch Eye – November 2012
Let’s face it! Shopping for eyewear can be challenging, and Alamo Ranch Eye wants to give you a strategy. Are you choosing a frame that compliments your facial structure? Will the frame be ideal for your lifestyle? Will the frame aesthetically look good with your type of prescription? Is the optician/frame stylist just saying you look good in everything you try on? There are numerous things to consider when choosing your eyewear. We are going to answer these questions and give you some pointers on making the perfect selection.
1) First we will start with complimenting your facial structure. There are many face shapes and sizes, and they have been categorized to a few in order to simplify the basics.
- Round Face shapes- Tend to do better with angular frame styles (rectangle, square). This offsets the roundness of the face and adds more dimension
- Oval Face shapes- Tend to be able to wear almost any shape. The oval face can wear almost anything, from true round frame styles to extreme angular styles.
- Square Face shapes- Tend to be as deep as they are wide. Frame styles that work best (frames that are rounder, like round Aviators)
- Oblong Face shapes-Tend to be longer than wider. Frame styles that work best: circular and deeper sized rectangular shapes
- Diamond Face shapes- Tend to have narrow top wider cheeks and narrow chin. Frame styles that work best: circular, oval and cat eye styles
- Heart Shaped faces- Tend to have wider forehead and taper down to a narrow chin. Frame styles that work best: those that are angular and wider on bottom compared to top
- Pear Shaped faces- Tend to have narrow forehead and wider jaw line and chin. Frame styles that work best: geometric, angular styles that lift around the cheekbone
2) Next we want to consider the lifestyle aspect. This is very important when it comes to choosing. Things to consider will be:
- How often you wear your glasses?
- What type of job you have?
- What type of hobbies activities are you involved in?
- Do you fall asleep in your eyewear?
- Are you generally rough with your glasses?
These are just a few important lifestyle questions. Durability will play a large factor for people who play sports, fall asleep in their glasses or have occupations that require physical work and are at a higher risk of breaking their glasses. People who work in a conservative setting might want something minimal, light weight and that nearly disappears, something not real distracting. Someone in a more progressive workplace might enjoy wearing something a little more forward and bold. If you work in or enjoy fashion you might want something that screams unique and fashion forward.
3) Finally, your prescription is one extremely important factor.
Strong prescriptions require thicker lenses which are noticeable at the edges and center of the lenses. For these, you want to avoid rimless (no frame around lens) styles. Plastic frames help hide the thickness and hold the weight of prescription while also distracting people from the actual thickness. Multifocal wearers want to avoid really narrow frames (top to bottom length) in order to accommodate the individual distances and have more surface area in each focal point, making it easier to navigate within the lens. These are just a few examples.