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Frame Fitting & Advice

Helping you make the right choice

Great vision plays a vital part in almost every aspect of our lives. With today’s ranges of exciting quality eyewear, you can enjoy all the benefits of clear sight and at the same time enhance your appearance and make a fashion statement. Make the right choice and you’ll feel fabulous, not only about the way you can look but also about your vision!

Things to consider

For example, close-set eyes can be countered by a thin or clear bridge, while wide-set eyes can be drawn together visually by a thicker or darker bridge. Long noses can look shorter in frames with a low-set bridge. In general, the top of frames shouldn’t go above the line of your eyebrows or the effect will be to make you look permanently surprised. The shape of your frame should compliment your face shape, not duplicate it. The best frames will suit your looks whether you dress up or down.

Comfort is just as important as appearance. When you buy new spectacles your dispensing optician will make sure that the width of the frames, the length of the sides and the fit round the ears are right for you. We will make sure however, that you choose a style where the lower edge of your frames clears your cheeks and doesn’t rub or irritate your skin.

So, just how do I choose a frame?

Our Dispensing Optician will gladly spend time with you to help you select your frames, providing help and advice about those that look the best and suit your lifestyle. VisionCare Optometry has tablet screens that enable you to see how you look in any frame. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but here are a few useful pointers on choices for different face shapes and complexions:

Paler complexion?

Try lightweight metal frames or those with a hint of colour such as rose or amber. Tortoiseshell frames can look extremely good, as long as they are not too dark, but avoid clear crystal frames as they are too colourless for most pale complexions. Blue or green tinged frames also tend to drain colour from cool cheeks.

Dark complexion?

If you have an olive, Mediterranean, golden or Asian skin and rich black hair, then you will look stunning in silver, gold or clear frames. Also try burgundy and brown colours but black can be too heavy.

Black skin?

All metallic frames suit black skins. Amber usually works well too, but black is either wonderful or awful, depending on style. Be very careful with colours, they rarely contribute to overall style unless they’re bright, fun and specially chosen to work with a specific outfit.

Oval face?

An oval face has a slightly wider forehead than jaw, well balanced and softly rounded. This face can look good in just about any frame, but try angular or rounded aviators (not large, old-fashioned ones).

Round face?

For faces that are short and fairly wide with full cheeks and a round chin, choose slimming styles. Slightly elongated shapes work well as long as they are not too shallow, while square, or even up-swept styles can help to highlight the upper face. Avoid small and round or very large shapes that make the face look even rounder.

Heart-shaped face?

These faces have a small, neat chin and mouth, tapering up and out to a broader forehead. Try delicate, rounded or squarish styles. Avoid heart-shaped styles that echo the shape of the jaw.

Square face?

For faces that are strong and angular, or short and wide, the best frames to try are round or oval styles that soften your jawline. Avoid any shapes that emphasise squareness.

Long face?

These are faces with high cheek bones, a deep forehead and a strong or chiselled jaw line. We suggest wider frames that counteract the face’s narrowness. Frames with a strong top line or rounded ‘owl’ styles can work well. Do avoid small, square styles.

Flattering lenses?

As well as giving you clear vision, modern lens designs and materials make a big contribution to the smart appearance of today’s spectacles. Highly advanced plastics have meant that lenses can be made thinner and lighter than ever before, even for higher prescriptions. Our Lindberg ranges of rimless frames are almost invisible!

A popular option for all lenses is an anti-reflective coating which will virtually eliminate distracting reflections on both sides of the lens. If you drive at night or use a VDU you will welcome the suppression of reflections in your line of sight and, when people look at you, they will see your eyes and not a reflection of the window!

If you need glasses that will help you see clearly both close up and far away you no longer need to have an unattractive ‘bifocal’ line across the lens. Progressive or varifocal lenses progress gradually from distance strength at the top to reading strength at the bottom, with a range of strengths in between. Most lenses can be supplied to order in a wide range of tints and you may wish to consider Colormatic or Drivewear lenses which darken automatically in bright light.

Thinking about contact lenses

Nowadays, spectacle wearers are increasingly finding that contact lenses are a convenient alternative and complimentary form of vision correction. They are excellent for social wear and sports in particular as they offer safe and unrestricted vision regardless of weather conditions.

Tinted and coloured contact lenses can enhance or change natural eye colour (whether or not vision correction is needed), adding a new dimension to your facial appearance. Some contact lenses are also UV-inhibiting to protect the eyes from damaging UV light.

For those of us with mature eyes(!), multi-focal contact lenses are the answer.