You’ve figured out your face shape, so you’ve gotten a good start when it comes to picking a pair of glasses—but what about choosing glasses that fit well? When you look at eyewear online, you’ll see measurements including eye, bridge, and temple size—what do these numbers mean? This is where you start when looking for the proper fit. When it comes to getting glasses that sit on your face properly—without pinching or causing discomfort—you’ve got to hit the measurement sweet spot.
More essential than which style frames to choose for your face shape is the actual measurement of the glasses you’re considering. Without properly-fitting glasses, you may find that your eyewear slips, pinches, or causes blurry vision—what good are glasses if they’re more trouble than help? If you’re currently a glasses wearer, your frames will have the measurements listed for you—usually printed on the bridge or temple. The measurements that determine proper eyeglasses fit are printed next to each other—eye size, bridge size, then temple size—and may be separated by a little square icon.
Let’s break down each part of the measurement to ensure you’re getting a good fit that will be comfortable to wear.
Most glasses discomfort can be traced to fit and can be fixed with a few adjustments. It’s best to have your eye doctor adjust your glasses for you to prevent breaking them—but if you’re careful you can make minor adjustments.
If you’re new to wearing glasses, you may need a few days to become comfortable wearing your new frames, as well as to get used to your prescription. For the most comfortable glasses experience, get your new frames adjusted at an eye doctor’s office and wear them when you’re supposed to so you can adjust to the prescription.
The most comfortable glasses fit depends on a few things: proper glasses measurements, consideration of frame and lens weight, and professional adjustments to your frames. If you’re looking for new glasses, start with your current, comfortable pair to figure out what size frames you need or measure your own face to get the best fit.