First Blog

Our short guide is to help you better understand that having glasses you want to wear is not just down to luck and demonstrates what we think about when helping you choose your eye wear.

Myopic prescriptions

These are minus-powered prescriptions for short-sightedness. These lenses are thin in the middle and get thicker towards the edge. With increasing power these lenses become thicker. They also become flatter to maintain good optical clarity. For high-myopia we offer the following advice.

  • Choose as small an eye size as allowed by the width of the face.
  • Avoid wrap frame designs because they compromise vision and make the lens unstable in the frame.
  • Consider a plastic frame to help hide the thick edge.

Hypermetropic prescriptions

These are plus-powered prescriptions for long-sightedness. These lenses are thickest centrally. With increasing power these lenses become more bulbous. For high-hypermetropia we offer the following advice.

  • Choose as small an eye size as allowed by the width of the face.
  • More rounded shapes are best to reduce visible thick edge at the top/bottom.
  • Avoid shallow “letterbox” frames.
  • Avoid shapes with upswept temporal corners.
  • Avoid semi-rimless and rimless frames because they increase the thickness of the lens.

Fit

Ensure that a finger can just fit between the side of the frame and temple.

With plastic frames the bridge must match the shape of the nose.

Choose a lightweight frame when the nose is small to reduce slipping.

Choose a lightweight frame if the skin is delicate and marks easily.

Usage

Lightness is particularly important when frames are worn often.

Choose a robust full-rim when glasses are frequently taken on/off.

Choose larger glasses for prolonged driving and computers with large monitors so the frame is not obtrusive.

Consider shallow frames when glasses are only worn for reading, so it is possible to look over the top.

Aesthetic considerations

Eyewear has a massive impact on how we appear. Some people use glasses to make a statement or reflect their personality, but less commonly appreciated is how they can be used to emphasis some features of the face and draw attention away from others. Spectacles alter how our face looks whether we want them to or not. This guide explains how we can use that to our advantage.

General: Face shape

Long faces are better proportioned with deeper frames.

Short faces do best with shallower frames and the side mounted high on the front.

Long noses can be reduced in length with a plastic frame with a regular bridge

Short noses can be lengthened by a “key-hole” bridge.

Long chins and low foreheads do best with the side is mounted low on the front.

Small chins and high foreheads do better with the side mounted high on the front.

Where possible the top-line of the frame should follow the eyebrows.

Narrow eyes can be made to look wider with shapes that deepen temporally – cats eye frames.

Hair

Black – Dark frames colours.

Brown – Any colour tends to work well.

Blonde – Any colour tends to work well.

Ginger – Black.

Grey – Black, gun, silver, gold. Semi-rimless and rimless often work well.

White – Gun, silver, gold. Semi-rimless and rimless often work well.

A receding hairline is accentuated by wearing shallow frames so choose deeper frame shapes with strong colours. A semi-rimless or rimless frame can also work.

Complexion

With pale skin, avoid cold colours like ice blue and pale green, in preference of warmer colours like red, browns, mauves and pinks.

People with darker hair/skin can wear brighter colours than those with a fairer complexion.