You’ve figured out your face shape, so you’ve got a good start when it comes to choosing a pair of eyeglasses—but what about choosing glasses that fit well? The right pair of glasses should sit comfortably on the bridge of your nose, and should not press against your forehead or cheeks. But they shouldn’t rest so far towards the end of your nose that they slip when you squint or wrinkle your nose.
When you browse eyewear online, you’ll notice measurements, including eye, bridge, and temple sizes—what do these numbers mean? This is where to start when you’re looking for the proper fit. When it comes to finding glasses that rest on your face properly, without pinching, slipping, or causing discomfort, you’ve got to hit the measurement sweet spot.
If you’re currently a glasses wearer, your frames will show the measurements, usually printed on the bridge or temple. The measurements that determine proper eyeglasses fit are printed next to each other—eye size, bridge size, and then temple size—and may be separated by a little square icon. 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.
Let’s break down each component of a frame’s measurements to help you achieve a comfortable fit.
Most eyeglasses discomfort can be traced to fit, and fixed with a few adjustments. It’s best to have an optician adjust your glasses to prevent breaking them—but if you’re careful you can make some minor adjustments yourself.
If you’re new to wearing glasses, you may need a few days to become comfortable wearing your frames, as well as getting used to your prescription. For the most comfortable glasses experience, have 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.