Choosing the Best Eyeglasses for Your Face

You’ve just seen your optometrist for an exam and he’s given you a new eyeglasses prescription. Now it’s time to select new frames that make you look great and work well with your new prescription.

So many many things that need to be taken into account when choosing the proper frames for your face. At O’Fallon Family Eyecare, we call it “Lifestyle Dispensing.” That is a term that basically means that we will get to know you as a person ( what you do for work, your hobbies, etc.) We also are going to know how you are with your glasses. Are you tough on your eyeglasses? Are you the one that is constantly laying down for a nap with them still on? So you read a lot? How about sitting in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day? Yes, indeed this is all important when we as opticians are helping you pick out a frame.

From a cosmetic stand point, we will take into account the shape of your face to help you select the correct frame. I know, right? Yes, we want you to look good also. I know you’re probably asking yourself, “Well how do I know the best style of frame for the size and shape of my face? I can help you on that one also!

Check out my descriptions below:

Round Faces: 
A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face. Try a rectangular frame.

Oval Faces: 
You have almost lucked out with an oval-shaped face because of its pre balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face.

Oblong Faces: 
An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face.

Base-Up Triangle Faces: 
This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face what do you think that you should do? You guessed it! Try to go for frames that are wider at the bottom! Try very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles.

Base-Down Triangle Faces: 
A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.

Diamond Faces: 
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high. This is a very rare face shape. Try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Square Faces: 
A square face (not to be confused with a ‘block head’) has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

For more information about eyeglasses visit All About Vision.  Remember to see your optometrist yearly for regular exams.