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How Do I Find Sunglasses That Fit My Face?

August 15, 2022

When you’re picking out sunglasses, it’s easy to get distracted by the colors and shapes. You know when you’re trying on sunglasses and they look great but then you get them home, and they just don’t fit your face? You can’t quite figure out why, and it’s really frustrating.

Read on as a Broomfield, CO optometrist offers up some pointers on how to find sunglasses that fit your face.

Things to Consider When Choosing Sunglasses 

Fitting Your Facial Features

The first thing to know about how eyeglasses should fit your face is that there are two main things to pay attention to:

  • The bridge of the frame should sit comfortably against your nose. If it doesn’t, it’s too big and will slide down when you put them on—and that’s no fun!
  • The temples (the arms) should also rest comfortably against your ears without pinching or digging in. If they don’t fit snugly, they’ll move around when you move around and probably fall off pretty quickly. That is not fun either!

Face Shape

  • If you have a round face, you’ll want to pick a pair of sunglasses with a rectangular shape that won’t make your face look wider than it already is. 
  • If you have an oval face, go for aviators or cat-eye sunglasses—they’ll help balance out your features and make them look more proportional.
  • If you have an oval-shaped face, then consider buying frames with rounded edges 
  • If your face is more round or square-shaped, then look for square-shaped frames instead.

A Few More Pointers …

  • Try on a variety of styles before deciding what works best for your needs (and budget). Some people prefer aviator glasses while others like retro cat eye sunglasses—there are tons of options out there! 
  • Get fitted by an expert. If possible, go to a store where there are lots of different options available for you to try on. It’s always better to do this in person than online because you can really see how the glasses will look on your face in person.
  • Always consider your face shape before buying frames that are too big or too small for your head (or vice versa). 
  • For sports-minded enthusiasts, UV protection is also extremely important when choosing glasses or sunglasses because it can help prevent damage to your eyes from long-term exposure to sunlight. For these reasons, it’s recommended that you get at least 100% UVA/UVB protection when choosing sunglasses.

If you have more questions or wish to schedule a consultation, feel free to call our Broomfield, CO optometry office anytime!

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