How to Make Sure Your Glasses Fit Properly
Properly fit glasses are not only essential for comfort, but also play an important role in the quality of your vision. Glasses that do not fit correctly may affect the placement of your lenses and ultimately how you see out of them. Your Shopko Optical optician will use a combination of measurements including frame width, arm length, bridge placement and lens size to ensure your glasses fit properly.
1. Pick the Right Frame Width for Your Face
The width of your frame is the entire horizontal measurement of the front face of your frames. A correct frame width will ensure your eyes are properly aligned in the center of your lenses for optimal vision. The frame width should be slightly wider than your face but with the space between your temple and frame no larger than a finger’s width.
2. Ensure the Arm Length is Right for You
The arm length is the measurement of the long frame piece that runs along your temple and wraps around your ears. Commonly, this measurement is the third number displayed on the inside of the temple. Your frame arm should run horizontally and sit comfortably around your ears only touching your head right before your ears. With properly fit frames, there should be no pain around your ear or temple area.
3. Check the Placement of the Bridge
The bridge is the small middle piece on the front of your frames that sits on your nose. This measurement is usually the middle number displayed on the inside of your temple. The bridge should rest comfortably on your nose without pinching or sliding off. A correctly fit bridge will also ensure your glasses sit properly on your face and your eyes are aligned appropriately within your lenses.
4. Evaluate the Lens Size
The size of your lenses is essential to the proper function of your prescription, especially with progressive lenses, because it ensures that there is enough space for the near, intermediate and distance zone powers of your prescription. A proper lens height and width ensures that your eyes are correctly and comfortably aligned within your lenses. The only lens measurement that is displayed on your glasses is the frame width, which is generally the first number displayed on the inside of the temple and usually accompanied by a square.
5. Make Sure Your Pupils Align Correctly
The combination of frame, arm, bridge, and lens measurements can affect the placement of your pupils within your lenses, which is essential to the proper function and comfort of your prescription. Your pupils should align horizontally in the center of your lenses. Vertically, imagine your lenses are divided into three sections. Your pupils should align where the mid and top-third section meet.
6.Consider Your Face Shape
Keeping the shape of your face in mind will help you find a pair of glasses that complement your features. Generally, you want to find frames that contrast your face shape to provide a balanced look. For more information on which frames will work best with your face shape, click here.
A Shopko Optical optician will help you verify the proper fit of your glasses using key measurements like frame width, arm length, bridge placement and lens size. They will walk through these steps to ensure that you are satisfied with the fit and comfortability of your frames. Find a location near you.