A Guide to Choosing the Right Eyewear for You
Modern glasses, also called eyeglasses or spectacles, are eye correction and protection devices made out mostly out of plastic, silicone, and glass. You might need reading glasses or eyeglasses for nearsightedness. There are also sunglasses, which are specifically made to protect your eyes from harmful UV sun rays, and these are recommended for everyone to wear.
Choosing the right type, shape, and style of glasses or sunglasses can be challenging. Thus, in this article, we’ll give you some quick tips on how to select the right ones based on the shape of your face and the type of lifestyle you lead.
Types of Lenses
Generally speaking, there are 6 types of eyeglasses you can choose from, based on the type of lens you might need:
● Single vision or monovision glasses
● Bifocal glasses
● Trifocal glasses
● Progressive glasses
● Toric lens glasses
● Prism lens glasses
After checking in with your doctor on the type of lens you need for your particular eyesight issues, you can start looking at the types of frames that might go with your new lenses. Tons of frame models are available to buy online or in-store.
Before wasting valuable time trying out dozens of frames, read on to find out what glasses frames will go well with your face type.
How to Pick the Right Glasses for Your Face Type?
All faces are different. There are no two faces that are perfectly matching, not even for identical twins. Thus, the easiest way to choose glasses frames is by looking at the shape of your face.
There are 6 types of faces, categorized by geometrical shape:
1. Round faces
If your face has no sharp edges and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, chances are you have a round face. The best types of glasses or sunglasses for your face will be the opposite: rectangular, square, or straight edged. This will create a nice contrast between your rounded facial features and the edginess of your frames.
2. Square faces
A person with a square face shape will, in turn, look best with softer, more rounded glasses. Your face fits into this category if your forehead and jaw are both angular and the horizontal and vertical proportions of your face are close to equal.
The ideal frames for your face are rounded, oval, cat-eye, and rectangular. Any of these will go well with your sharp facial features.
3. Oval faces
People with oval faces have a very balanced look. If you have a soft jawline and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, then frames that are just as wide or wider than your cheekbones will look great on you. The best frame types for you are oval, square, or rectangle.
4. Triangle faces
Triangle-shaped faces are actually inverted triangles. This means that your jawline is wider than your forehead and in this instance, wide-top rim glasses are your safest bet. Wayfarer, Browline, Aviator, and Cat-Eye are the best glasses types to go with your look.
5. Diamond faces
Although rare, diamond-faced people have narrow jawlines and foreheads with protruding cheekbones. To soften up the sharp edges of your cheekbones it’s best to wear round frame glasses. Oval, Cat-Eye, and Bowline glasses will also look good on you.
6. Heart-shaped faces
If you have a heart-shaped face you’ll want to either soften up your protruding cheekbones or add balance to your wider-set forehead. In the first case, you’ll want to look for rounded frames. In the latter, you could try out some rectangular frames. Frameless glasses are also a great option for people with your face shape.
Types of Glasses
There’s a multitude of glasses styles out there and you can match them either by face type, the clothing you wear, your lifestyle, or any other criteria you want. If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, you’ll want to stick to sports glasses. These protect you from UVA/UVB rays, dust, and other particles that might damage your eyes.
Here’s a quick list of frame types you might want to try on:
– Full Rim
The easiest way of finding glasses that look nice on your face is by figuring out what face shape you have. The law of opposites says that if you have a round face, then square or geometric glasses will look good on you, and vice-versa. Discuss your lens types with your eye doctor then go out and try out some frames to get a better idea of what matches you.