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Buying Your Frames

Size Guide

When selecting your new eyewear with us, it's helpful to know what size frames will fit you. The size of your frames can not only affect how comfortable they are to wear but it can also affect the overall look you are aiming for. Some rules to follow are:

  • The top edge of the frames should not be higher than the line of your eyebrows. Even better if they follow the same shape.
  • The lower edge of the frames should not sit on your cheeks, especially when you smile!
  • The width of the frames should not be wider than the overall width of your face at the temples. If you are going for the geek chic look with a large wayfarer style then keep the overhang to a minimum.
  • The scale of the frame should be in proportion with you - If you are petite, don't choose large chunky glasses. *note these rules only apply to prescription eyewear.

Frame sizes are usually shown in 3 seperate numbers.
The first number represents each lens diameter. This is the distance between the vertical sides of a rectangle containing the lens shape.
The second number is the width of the bridge. This is the minimum horizontal distance between the nasal surfaces of the rims on a plastic or metal frame, or the minimum horizontal distance between the nasal surfaces of the lenses in rimless frames.
The third number is the arm length. This is measured from the dowel point to the extreme end of the side, this is made up of the length to the bend and the length of the drop to give the overall length of side.

The frame size is written on the inside of a frames arm in the following format: “51 - 16 - 135”. If only one number is displayed, this is the total width of a sunglass visor lens.

If a frame has adjustable nose pads various modifications can be made in order to achieve a satisfactory fit. Increasing the distance between the pads may be appropriate in cases when:

  • The frame is sitting too high on the face.
  • The bifocal segments or distance section of a Varifocal lens are too high.
  • The bridge is too small a fitting for the nose.
  • The distance from the eye to the lens is too great.

Decreasing the distance between the pads may be appropriate in cases when:

  • The frame sits too low on the face.
  • The bifocal segments or distance section of a progressive Varifocal lens are too low.
  • The bridge is too low for the nose.
  • The lenses are sitting too close to the eyes and lashes.

Each of the frames on our website show the frame measurements in millimeters so you can compare these to your current frames using the method above easily.