Eyeglasses Frames

Choosing the right frame
The selection of the rigth frame for the eyeglasses is something that is always difficult, especially if it is your first time. However there are some rules to follow, thet can be of much help.


The size of the frame always depent on the size of the face, but there are some restriction if we want to have a nice result.

  • In cases of myopia over 3-4 dt it is good to preffer frames that are as small as possible, because the smaller the frame, the thinner will be the lens on it and the nicer will be the result. That is because the thickness of the lenses is higher as we move from the center to the edges.

  • The same we sould do in cases of hypermetropia over 3 dt. Only for a different reason. The hypermetropic lenses have the maximum of their thickness at the center. Because of this your eyes look enlarged behind the thick lenses. Using a smaller frame your otician can use a smaller lens and therefore it will be thinner at the center.

Also, in both the above cases the glasses will be lighter if the frame is smaller


The shape of the frame depents on the shape of your face, even if this is something subjective. There are some basic shapes that we can mention:

  • Round
    A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.
  • Oval
    The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.
  • Square
    A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles to soften the face angles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.
  • Base-Up Triangle
    This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials, and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place to the temples by a few screws).
  • Base-Down Triangle
    The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes
  • Oblong
    The oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longer nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose.
  • Diamond
    Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes

Frames are made basically of two type of materials : plastic and metal. There are many different types of metal like the cheap ones that can be ruined in ashort period of time and other like the titanium that are non-corrosive, and very durable and light-weight. There are some differencies between these two categories.
  • The way that the frame stands ont he face is different The metallic frames use special supports called nose temples. The plastic frame do nut have such temples, they are in direct contact with the nose. In most cases this is an advantage, because the plastic frame has a better contact with the nose and therefore it is often more confortable. On the other hand the nose temples of the metallic frames allow the heigth adjustment of the frame, which is not possible on the plastic frames.

  • A plastic frame can "hide" a great part of the lenses thichness in cases of high myopias.

  • The metalic frames are less noticable and they produce a smaller change in the appearance o your face.


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