Is it time to buy yourself a new pair of eyeglasses? Just a couple of months ago, I got my first pair of reading glasses. I only need them for very small print but it was a major decision finding the right pair! I must have tried on a dozen or more frames before deciding! While the lady helping me was nice, she didn’t really give any helpful tips regarding the right pair for my face shape (I should have done my research before going in!). All I knew was I didn’t want the little nose pieces as those get stuck in my hair! I also knew for my first pair, I wanted black with a bit of bling (my next pair will be more fun like pink or purple!). And so, I tried on many pairs…
Here are a few tips to help you make your decision more quickly than I did and walk away with the pair that is right for you.
1. Match frames to your faces shape (hint, these tips work for buying sunglasses too!):
Oval Face: Mostly balanced proportions. Chin is slightly narrower than forehead and cheekbones are high.
- Recommended styles: Most frame shapes work with oval faces (lucky you!) but stay away from too round of a frame. Look for a pair that is at least as wide as the widest part of your face.
Square Face: Characterized by an angular face with a strong jaw line, broad forehead and square chin. Proportional length and width.
- Recommended styles: Oval and round frames
Oblong Face: Narrow shape that’s longer than it is wide. Angular features with high cheekbones, a longer nose and tall forehead.
- Recommended Styles: Tall frames that help create a shorter face. Temples that feature decorative elements or a contrasting coloring work well.
Round Face: Full cheeks, rounded chin with few angles. Width and length are in same proportions.
- Recommended styles: Angular and geometric frames that sharpen facial features; Upswept frames that draw attention to top of face. Avoid adding extra width to a round face with round, wraparound or frameless designs.
Diamond Face: Narrow at the eye line and the jaw line with a small forehead and chin but features prominent cheekbones.
- Recommended styles: Upswept styles like cat eye that emphasize the cheek bones, butterfly frames (frames with a distinct look and a slight flare at the sides to create a wing shaped frame) or rimless styles that let your cheek bones take center stage!
Heart Face: Broad forehead and wide cheek bones that narrow to a small chin.
- Recommended styles: Bottom-heavy frames that add width to lower face or narrow round frames that soften the forehead.
Triangle Face: Narrow forehead and eye line that widen at the cheeks and the chin.
- Recommended styles: Top-heavy styles that balance the width of the jaw.
Don’t worry if your face doesn’t fit exactly into one of these categories. Many of us don’t! Just decide if your shape is mostly angular or mostly curved then try on glasses with contrasting shapes.
2. Colored frames are fun to try on but make sure you adore it completely before purchasing (unless you are buying several pairs of glasses).
- Candy colors complement lighter skin
- Select frames that compliment your eye color but don’t be too matchy-matchy!
- For a splash of color, purchase a pair with just colored tips
- Save the bold red, pink or blue frames for weekend fun unless you work in a creative field
- For subtle color and a more interesting frame, look for tinted frames with just a hint of color
Remember that your eyeglasses are an extension of your personal style and should reflect that. Try on frames that fit your lifestyle, appeal to your fashion sense and compliment your wardrobe style. When you try on the right pair, you’ll know they are the right pair because they will excite you the way a pair of gorgeous earrings does. Be persistent and don’t settle for anything less than fabulous. If you are unsure, bring along a trusted friend who will be honest with you.
To further your education on eye health and eyeglasses, I ask Dr. Stacie Eskew, a VSP Vision Care optometrist at Val Vista Vision in Gilbert, Arizona, a few questions that will be helpful for you and your family:
1. When should you get an eye exam?
It is important to get yearly eye exams even if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses, because your eyes can change gradually over time. Your eyes might seem fine, because you see fine, but you could have a serious eye condition that you don’t even know about.
Many eye conditions that lead to vision loss can develop without symptoms, and without yearly eye health exams to identify problems, irreversible damage can occur.
Even children should have their first eye examination within their first six months to a year of life to rule out any significant eye problems. I strongly encourage children to continue receiving annual exams, as well, because it is important to be sure that the visual skills necessary for success are developing and functioning efficiently. Problems identified as a child are often correctable but become difficult to treat starting at 7- or 8-years old.
2. Will you damage your eyesight at a more rapid rate if you ignore the signs of needing glasses?
Ignoring the signs of needing glasses can increase symptoms of eyestrain, which can include headaches, burning and reddened eyes, nausea and dizziness and double or distorted vision. It is important to wear the appropriate prescription at the appropriate times to minimize these symptoms. In addition, if a child is complaining of headaches, squinting, rubbing or covering an eye while reading, he or she may have a vision problem or need for glasses.
3. Any helpful tips for encouraging your child to wear glasses when he/she doesn’t want to?
Glasses today have become such an accessory that it can be fun to wear them. I believe that it is important for children to choose frames that reflect their personalities and styles that they will have fun wearing. Include children in the treatment plan and empower them to make the choice by taking the responsibility for their eyesight now and in the future. Who doesn’t love picking out new glasses?
4. Is it possible to cause your distance eyesight to weaken if you read or use the computer for extended hours on most days?
Distance blur can result from prolonged reading or computer use. It is important to take frequent visual breaks. I recommend the 20-20-20 rule, meaning after 20 minutes of reading or computer use, focus on a distant object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. In many cases, glasses can be prescribed for computer use to minimize eyestrain and fatigue and in turn help reduce blurred distance vision.
5. Some glasses cause the eyes to appear larger; are there lenses available that prevent that from occurring?
In high far-sighted prescriptions, some lenses can, in fact, make the eyes look quite large and magnified. However, lens technology has advanced to a point where even patients with high prescriptions and multi-focal needs can get a thinner lens with a more natural look. New lenses also work with a wider variety of frame styles, which can enhance cosmetics even further.
6. Is it possible to actually improve one’s vision with dietary changes or eye strengthening exercises?
There was a study published a while back about Age-Related Eye Disease that scientifically proved how certain antioxidants and zinc help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. Additional similar studies are underway now and are looking at the addition of omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, and lutein and xeaxanthin, both found in vegetables.
A healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables, especially spinach, is recommended; however, care should be taken with patients on blood thinners.
Lastly, visual skills can absolutely be enhanced for overall improved performance in sports and in the classroom through vision training. Val Vista Vision is one of the few offices globally that has the Nike Sensory Sports Performance assessment and training unit to help athletes train and improve their contrast sensitivity, depth perception, near/far focus, peripheral target capture, visual memory, eye-hand coordination, decision making and eye-hand reaction time.
This is a sponsored post. I am working with VSP as an ambassador to bring you eye care information as well as gorgeous eye wear styles!
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