Why are properly fitting glasses important?
Properly fitting glasses are important to your comfort and safety. The NSES team will assist you in understanding and finding the right fit for your glasses, and this section will help you understand the process of glasses fitting.
The style of the glasses you choose can help you look your best. But the fit of your glasses is just as important:
- Glasses that don’t fit properly can look out of place and detract from a professional appearance.
- Glasses with a poor fit can be uncomfortable: they can press uncomfortably against your ears, slide down your nose, and fall off or pinch the bridge of your nose.
- When your glasses feel uncomfortable, you may not wear them as often as you should. And if you’re not wearing your glasses as prescribed, you’re putting your vision – and possibly your safety and the safety of those around you – at risk.
- If your glasses don’t fit as they should, they may not be correcting your vision properly.
The Four Areas of Properly Fitting Glasses
When fitting glasses, there are four key locations to take into consideration: the frame, the temples (or arms), the bridge (or nosepiece), and your pupil position. Here’s how to tell if your glasses fit properly:
- Frame: The frame of your glasses should be slightly wider than your face. The temples of the glasses should not touch your face, but there should not be a large gap between the temple and your face. More than a finger’s width between the temple and your face is a sign the frame is too wide. Finally, the frame should be level with your eyes and eyebrows. If it’s at an angle, the frame is not yet fit properly.
- Temples, or arms: If your frame is too small, the temple of the glasses will touch your face too soon. The goal of fitting glasses is that the temples extend straight back to your ears, touching your face just in front of your ears. The temples need to be long enough to curve once they reach the ear. If the temples curve too early, they can push the frame down on your nose.
- Bridge, or nosepiece: Your glasses should fit snugly on the bridge of your nose. Some frames have nose pads that adjust; gaps around those pads indicate a poor fit. Other frames don’t have nose pads, and these frames should have no gaps between the frame and the bridge of the nose. A poorly fitting bridge can pinch your nose or push the glasses too high on your face, possibly affecting your vision and comfort.
- Pupil position: A proper glasses fitting will ensure your pupils are aligned closed to the center of your lenses. If your pupils are not aligned at the center of the lenses, your vision will not be corrected properly.
Properly fit glasses will not rest on your cheeks or touch your brows. In addition, they will stay in position, no matter where you happen to be looking, or what facial expression you’re making.
Glasses Fitting at North Suburban Eye Specialists
Fitting your glasses is an important part of looking your best and seeing your best. Our team of specialists will ensure that each part of your glasses fitting works to give you the look and vision you deserve. Call our optical team today at 763-427-8524 to learn more about how we can help you fit your next pair of glasses.