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Choosing The Right Frame

Frame width: This is the total width across the frame which equals the lens diameter for both lenses plus the bridge width.


Lens diameter: This is the measurement from the bridge to the temple edge of the frame.


Bridge width: This is the measurement to fit across the bridge of your nose. Smaller measurements will suits narrower bridges whilst larger measurements will suit broader bridges. On most metal frames this can be adjusted to suit nearly everyone whilst plastic frames cannot be adjusted.


Side Length: This is the measurement from the hinge of the side to the tip of the side. This measurement is important to make sure that the frame chosen is not too short and therefore fall off easily, but also not too long that it digs into the back of the neck when adjusted to fit.


Lens height: This is the depth from the top to the bottom of the lens. Single vision lenses can be fitted to nearly any frame (except some sunglasses) so the depth chosen is to suit your personal preference.


For people requiring Bi-Focal or Varifocal lenses the lens depth is important. With Bifocals two prescriptions are fitted into the lens usually being the top is for the distance prescription and the bottom segment is for the reading prescription.


We fit the bifocal part of the lens to the bottom of the lens so that when you look down to read you are looking through that section. If the frames chosen are too small this section becomes greatly reduced and may hinder the amount of reading that can be done.
If we think this is the case then we will generally contact you to discuss your options before we go ahead with your order.

Varifocal lenses accommodate three prescriptions into one lens. The top part is for distance vision, the middle is for intermediate/ computer / arms length and the bottom of the lens is for reading. Varifocals have no visible lines separating the three prescriptions and look just like you’re wearing single vision lenses.


We recommend a minimum lens depth of 28mm for these types of lenses to be fitted correctly, however with moden Varifocals we can make them as small as 24mm. Our professional team will best match your varifocal progression length to match your chosen frame type / depth.




Choosing the Frame Shape


Determining face shape is the first step to help finding the right frame. Below is a run-down of the different face shapes and their contrasting frame shapes.


The oval face can wear almost any frame. It's naturally balanced and characterized by high cheekbones with a slightly smaller chin and forehead. It's important to select a frame that maintains their natural balance. Avoid low or dropped temples, oval or round styles and heavy asymmetrical designs. Instead, start with a classic rectangular or butterfly shape. Look for a frame that is at least as wide as the broadest part of their face.


Round faces feature a soft curved appearance with few natural angles and is characterized by equal length and width. Avoid round and square shaped frames. Instead, try a geometric or rectangular style with increased width that will add contrast and accent their features.


Square shaped faces are generally proportionate in length and width. They are characterized by a strong, prominent jaw line, square chin and broad, deep forehead. Avoid high temples and square shaped frames. Look for oval or round shape frames to help soften the natural angles in the face.


Diamond shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval shapes.


The oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose.