When you shop for women’s eyeglasses, you’ll probably notice two things first: the shape of the frame and the color of the frame. However, there are a number of factors that determine the style, comfort and functionality of your eyeglasses.
Before you settle on a pair, take a look at how each part of your glasses will determine how much you like them.
The frames of your glasses are the main attraction. Essentially, this is the one thing that can make or break your love for a pair of spectacles. They come in a variety of sizes that most people do not pay attention to but actually matter because lenses are cut accordingly. Frames are measured in the lens width, bridge width and the length of the temple.
Typically, there are certain frames that work best for certain face shapes, such as:
- Oval face: Works with any frame shape
- Heart-shaped face: Avoid frames that will call attention to your forehead and instead opt for small round or square frames
- Round face: Add angles by choosing square or rectangular frames
- Square face: Choose round or oval glasses to soften your edges
When in doubt, try on a number of different frames until you find the style that seems to work best with your features.
The lab takes the specific measurements of the lens rim to fit the glass to the frames. Your prescription can actually prevent you from getting certain frames. For example, some materials, such as a thin metal, cannot handle lenses of a certain thickness the way plastic frames can. Even rimless or half-rimless frames utilize a wire to keep your lenses in place.
The bridge of your glasses is the part that goes over your nose. More importantly, it supports roughly 90 percent of your glasses’ weight. There are three main types of bridges:
- Keyhole: Looks best on smaller, flatter noses
- Saddle: Typically used for heavier frames
- Double: Two bars spanning between the lenses
Small though they may be, the nose pads play an integral role in your comfort. They are either adjustable or they are molded into the frame of your glasses. If you choose glasses with adjustable pads, you might want to work with an optician who can move them around to get you a comfortable fit.
If there is any place to add some design to your frames, the temple is it. These are the parts of your glasses that run from the frames back to your ear. They do serve a function, holding the glasses in place thanks to the hinges that are behind the scenes. Broader temples are now en vogue because they can add some style to your look.
Lastly, the earpieces of your glasses helps to relieve the pressure from the temples as they rest on top of your ears. For maximum comfort, look for a pair of eyeglasses that has plastic or silicone coverings along the earpieces. These coatings can actually help to hold your glasses in place as well.
Picking frames for style may be all the rage, but it is also important to find a pair that you can comfortably wear. You can find glasses that are both stylish and suitable by knowing how each part of your spectacles works.
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