Eyeglasses: a fashion accessory doubling as a medical necessity. By choosing a pair that fits well, you’ll look and feel better. Eyeglass frames aren’t one-size-fits-all items, so why not enlist the help of a pro, a licensed optician who is specially trained to fit glasses properly?
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It’s good for all of us to see an optician, but it’s especially for those who need bifocals or trifocals, or if your prescription is very strong. This person can suggest frames that work with your prescription and look good on your face.
Find him or her at your eye doctor’s office. Even if you plan to buy frames online, spend some time getting an optician’s advice for a smoother experience.
Get you the right measurements
Your eye doctor’s prescription often doesn’t include one important measurement: the distance between your pupils. A licensed optician can quickly take this measurement for you.
A frame with a good fit will:
- Be slightly wider than your head, with just enough room to fit a finger between your temple and the temple arm – the piece that goes back toward your ear.
- Have temple arms that touch your head just in front of your ears (and the arms shouldn’t begin to curve until they rest on your ears).
- Have a good-fitting bridge, which is where the frame rests on your nose. Be sure it’s not too loose or too tight. To test it, bend over and see the frame slides down your face. It should stay securely in place.
Make important adjustments
Frames are made to sit flat on a table top – but few of us have eyes and ears that are perfectly level.
The temple arms on your glasses will need to be adjusted to account for any difference between the heights of your ears, and the curve needs to hold your glasses close to your face even when you bend down.
If your frame has nose pads, they will also be adjusted so that your glasses sit high on your nose and do not slip. While these adjustments can be made at home, you risk breaking your frame. An optician has the tools and experience to make adjustments without damaging your frame.
Help you rule out some frames
If you wear multifocal lenses like bifocals, trifocals or progressives, some frame styles won’t work, unfortunately.
For example, the lens opening on a frame to hold bifocal lenses needs to be at least 27 mm high. For progressives (multifocal lenses with no line), the lens opening has to be at least 28 mm.
When it comes to choosing frames for such a personal and important item as your glasses, an optician can make a real difference in your comfort and style.