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How Should Glasses Fit?

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Do your glasses never seem to fit just right? Maybe they slide down your nose or feel too tight around your ears? You have options for finding a fit that doesn’t cause difficulties.

If your glasses don’t fit properly, they can cause discomfort and hinder your ability to see clearly. For a proper eyeglasses fit, each eye should be centered in the lens horizontally, and the frames should extend to the width of your face without resting on your cheeks when you smile. It’s important that the frames rest comfortably on your nose and feel secure resting on your ears too. 

Ensuring your glasses fit just right can help provide clear vision and comfort. Learning about the importance of proper fitting and reading tips on recognizing when your glasses are not fitting well can help you work with your eye care team to find a pair of glasses that meets all your needs.

The Importance of Proper Fitting Glasses

Properly fitting glasses may not seem important, but they can greatly affect your daily life. Not only do they provide clear vision, but they can also affect your daily comfort—and your style.

Glasses that don’t fit well can leave you feeling discomfort and distract you from the things you need to focus on. In some situations, a sliding pair of glasses could even pose a safety risk. Luckily, your eye care team can help ensure your glasses fit right by taking detailed measurements of your head’s shape and size. 

Getting glasses measurements and adjustments from a trained professional can help you feel comfortable and secure while wearing your glasses. By utilizing accurate measurements and adjustments, optometrists and opticians can help you achieve the ideal look and feel for your glasses.

How Should Glasses Fit?

When they don’t fit properly, glasses can lead to discomfort and poor eyesight. There are several factors to consider for determining how a pair of glasses should fit, including:

  • Centered lenses: Each eye must be centered in the lens horizontally.
  • Width of frames: While selecting glasses, the width of frames plays a crucial role in determining the balance and proportion of your face. Different frame shapes and sizes can have specific effects on a person’s appearance based on their face shape.
  • Comfortable nose pads: If your nose pads are too tight, it can lead to redness and indentations on your nose. In contrast, if nose pads are too loose, it can cause your glasses to slide off your face.
  • Cheek position: Your frames shouldn’t rest on your cheeks when you smile, laugh, or talk.
  • Secure ear resting: The earpieces should fit snugly behind your ear, providing a comfortable and secure fit. If your glasses keep slipping from your ears, the earpiece may be too loose and require adjusting or may be too tight and need replacing.

Key Measurements Needed for Your Glasses

Before buying your next pair of glasses, you should know three key measurements: lens width, bridge width, and temple length.

  • Lens width is the first measurement you must know when shopping for glasses. It is the horizontal width of your lens measured at its widest point. It typically ranges from 40mm to 60mm. If a lens is too small, it won’t cover your eyes properly, and if it’s too large, it may add unnecessary weight to your glasses.
  • The second measurement is bridge width, the distance between the two lenses. It’s an essential measurement to help ensure your glasses match the distance between your eyes. Bridge width typically ranges from 14mm to 23mm. If a bridge is too narrow or wide, your glasses may sit awkwardly on your nose and may cause discomfort.
  • The third measurement is temple length. Each arm’s length is measured from the hinge to the temple’s tip. Temple length can range from 120mm to 150mm. Wearing glasses with the wrong temple length can be uncomfortable, resulting in headaches and soreness. If they’re too long, your glasses may slip down your nose, and if they’re too short, they may apply pressure to your temples, causing discomfort.

To ensure you get proper measurements, it’s recommended that you visit your optometrist’s office when you’re looking for new glasses. An optician can use these measurements to determine the right lens width, bridge width, and temple length for your glasses.

A young woman stands in front of a display of eyeglasses, examining the frames and trying to choose a pair.A young woman stands in front of a display of eyeglasses, examining the frames and trying to choose a pair.

The Benefits of Visiting Your Optometrist’s Office for New Glasses

One of the best ways to ensure your glasses fit well is to try them on at your optometrist’s office. 

Not only can you browse a wide range of brands when you visit your optometrist, but the eye care team at your optometrist’s office can also provide several services to help you find glasses with the right fit, including:

  • Helping you with the fitting process by using specialized equipment to measure your face and eyes accurately.
  • Checking your frames’ design, fit, and alignment with your eyes’ center and making adjustments as needed.
  • Helping determine which design suits your style and face shape by trialing several frames.
  • Providing advice on lens and coating options that work best for your needs.

Signs Your Glasses Don’t Fit Well

The signs your glasses don’t fit well include:

  • Your glasses are loose or feel tight 
  • Your glasses slide off your nose or pinch your nose
  • Wearing your glasses causes eye strain

If your glasses aren’t comfortable, we recommend visiting our eye care team for assistance with measuring, fitting, and adjusting your glasses to provide the right fit.

Visit Us at Eye Care Center of Colorado Springs to Get the Right Fit for Your Glasses

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good fit. Finding a pair of glasses that fits comfortably and securely is essential. During your regular eye exam, we can help ensure your glasses fit well and meet your vision needs.

For help finding that perfectly framed pair of glasses, visit the Eye Care Center of Colorado Springs today! Our experienced team can help you find glasses that fit just right.

Book an appointment today, and let us help you find the perfect frames for your needs!

Written by Dr. Sara Johnson

Dr. Sara Whitney graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Rockford College in Rockford, IL and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. As an optometry student, Dr. Whitney completed a primary care externship in Wilmington, NC, and a hospital-based rotation at the Naval Health Clinic of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, TX. Dr. Whitney has cared for patients as an optometrist in the Colorado Springs area since May of 2009. She has experience in family eye care, including pediatric eye examination, adult eye care, treatment and management of ocular disease, contact lens fitting, and eye surgery co-management. Colorado State licensed and certified in ocular pharmaceutical agents, Dr. Whitney’s training and experience allow her to diagnose, treat, and manage or co-manage all eye conditions. Professional memberships include the American Optometric Association, Colorado Optometric Association, and Southern Colorado Optometric Society.
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