The lens width is the width of the lens measured from the bridge. It is the horizontal width of each lens at its widest point.
The Arm Length
The arm length is measured from the hinge point to the extreme end of the tip. This includes the bend that sits on your ear.
When choosing new new ready to wear reading glasses, check your current frame sizes by looking for the printed measurements (usually found on the arm and all in millimetres ). For example:
52 (mm) will represent the lens width.
16 (mm) will represent the bridge width.
135 (mm) will represent the overall length of the arm.
Face Shapes and Colours
The shape of your face is an important factor when choosing frames. The following descriptions should help you decide which frame design is right for you.
What shape is your face? Have a look in the mirror, hold back your hair if need be, and study the shape. Generally people’s faces can be a combination of different shapes, so use this information only as a guide, not as a rule.
Oval Face Shape
An oval face is well balanced and softly rounded. The forehead is slightly wider than the jaw, which curves gently, and the cheekbones are high. An oval face looks good in most styles, so be adventurous!
Try: Modern small, geometric styles.
Avoid: Large, round frames.
Square Face Shape
A square face has a broad, deep forehead, wide jaw line and square chin. Choose round style frames to soften the jaw line.Try:
Round and oval style frames with sides set at the top of the frame.Avoid:
Thin, angular and square styles, or those with colour emphasis on the bottom.
Round Face Shape
A round face is fairly short with a narrow forehead, often with full cheeks and a rounded chin.Try:
Styles that are wider than they are deep, and square or upswept shapes that draw attention to your upper face.Avoid:
Small and round shapes and very large frames which will make your face look rounder.
Heart Face Shape
A heart-Shaped face has a broad forehead, tapering to a small neat chin and mouth. Choose smaller styles without decorative detail on the temples.TRY:
Slender, rounded or square styles, with lower set sides.AVOID:
Styles which are wider at the top; these will reflect the face shape rather than balance it.
Oblong Face Shape
An oblong face has narrow cheekbones and jawline. You can balance the face’s narrowness with the right frame style. A style with all over colour will suit you.Try:
Wide frames and those with a strong top line. A larger, square frame can give balance to a long, oval face.Avoid:
Small, square shapes.