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5 Tips To Make Sure Your Glasses Fit Correctly

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A woman is in the process of selecting the most suitable eyeglasses from a pair being presented by an optician.

Glasses are essential for people with vision problems, and if they don’t fit correctly, they can cause discomfort and even worsen your vision. Properly fitting glasses are also important for keeping them in good condition and avoiding costly replacements. 

To get you started on the right path, here are 5 tips to make sure your glasses fit correctly:

  1. Determine your face shape
  2. Examine where the glasses sit on your nose
  3. Adjust the nose pads
  4. Make sure of the proper temple length
  5. Measure your pupillary distance

If you’re still not certain you’ve got the right glasses or that your glasses fit you properly, one of our eye care professionals at Maple Ridge Eye Care is happy to help! 

Finding the perfect pair and getting the correct fit might take time and effort, but the payoff is worth it.

Determine Your Face Shape

Determining your face shape is the first step in choosing the best-fitting frames for you. But how do you know what shape your face is? Choosing the right glasses for your face shape can be challenging, but with the proper guidance, it’s pretty straightforward.

If you have an oval face, you’re in luck. You can pull off most frame shapes. The key is to choose frames proportionate to your face—a deep base and subtle wingtips slightly wider than your forehead often work well.

For those with round faces, rectangular and square styles are usually the best fit. These shapes offset the soft curves of your features, giving a balanced look.

Those with square-shaped faces often have broad and stronger features. Rounded or more narrow glasses are an excellent choice for square faces. You might also opt for oval-shaped glasses as they soften the sharpness of your features. 

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when choosing frames is to go for ones that contrast the shape of your face, provide balance, and highlight your facial features. 

So take your time, try on different frames, and see what suits you best.

A female optician is helping a woman try on new eyeglasses.

Examine Where Your Glasses Sit on Your Nose

Finding the perfect pair of glasses involves identifying a frame that suits your aesthetic preferences and provides optimal comfort and functionality. 

The frame should rest comfortably on the bridge of your nose without causing discomfort or constantly slipping down. The arms of the glasses should comfortably fit around your ears without applying excessive pressure.

If the arch of your glasses is too narrow, it could result in discomfort as the frames would sit too high on your nose. Conversely, the frames will continuously slide down your face if the arch is too wide. Therefore, achieving the correct fit is of utmost importance.

Adjust the Nose Pads

The nose pads on your glasses can significantly improve comfort and fit. Properly adjusting them means they should not pinch your nose, cause any pressure points, or slide down your face. 

If the nose pads are too tight, they can leave marks on your skin or cause discomfort, while if they are too loose, they can cause your glasses to slide off your face.

You can adjust the nose pads with a tiny screwdriver or needle-nose pliers if you’d like. You’ll want to give the nose pad a gentle inward bend if it feels too loose. Don’t try to squeeze both nose pads together at once. If your glasses feel too tight, you’ll want to bend each nose pad outward gently. 

However, for optimal results and to increase the longevity of your eyewear, it’s highly recommended to take your frames to your local optometrist for professional adjustment. 

Having a trained eye care professional make the necessary adjustments not only helps you achieve the proper fit but also helps preserve any warranty on your glasses. They have the expertise and tools to make precise adjustments without compromising the structural integrity of your frames. 

So, for the best outcome and to keep your glasses in top-notch condition, entrust the task of adjusting your nose pads to a qualified optician.

Make Sure of Proper Temple Length

The temple length refers to the arms of your glasses and how they fit around your ears. Temple length is another important factor in your glasses fitting correctly. 

If the length of the temples is too short, your glasses will fit too tightly around the back of your ears, while if they are too long, your glasses will slide down your nose. 

The temple tips should fit comfortably behind your ears without causing any irritation. If your glasses slide down your nose or wobble uncomfortably, it’s a sign that the temple length needs a tweak.

Measure Your Pupillary Distance

Pupillary distance (PD) is the distance between the centers of your pupils, measured in millimetres. This measurement is important because it determines where the optical center of each lens should be placed in the glasses frame. 

If your PD is not properly measured or aligned, you may experience discomfort, double vision, or distorted vision. You can measure your PD at home, but it is recommended to be measured professionally to make sure the proper measurements are taken.

Perfectly Fitted Frames

Our eye care professionals at Maple Ridge Eye Care are trained to help you find the right frame size, adjust the nose pads and temple length, and check lens size. They can advise on the best materials to use to make sure that your glasses are comfortable and have a long life. 

If you’re unsure whether your glasses fit correctly, visit us–we will always be happy to help!

You can avoid common issues with ill-fitting glasses by following these 5 simple tips, like choosing the right frame size and measuring your pupillary distance. Don’t settle for anything less than perfectly fitting glasses!

Written by Dr. M. Hurlbert

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