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Frames to Fit You and Your Life
Frames to fit you and your life
Professionally trained Opticians and frame stylists are in every TSO office to help you select frames that are both functional and fashionable. Shopping for frames starts with your prescription for lenses. Many lenses must have a certain shape for maximum effectiveness. Matching your lenses with a frame that fits well and looks good on you is what TSO Opticians do best. You can be assured of a wide selection of frames and a team of professionals whose recommendations you can trust.
Frame size matters
A frame should cover 20 to 30 percent of your face, with the top part of the frame closely following your eyebrow line. Too large a frame can catch glare and create distortions in your vision. If the frame is too small, your peripheral or side vision may be limited.
If your prescription is strong or you have astigmatism, consider small frames with rounded edges because they reduce distortions created by having too much of the lens outside the line of vision.
A good fit feels good
Your eyeglasses should fit comfortably and securely and should not rub behind your ears or irritate the bridge of your nose.
If they don't feel right, a TSO Optician can adjust the hinges, bridges or temples for a more comfortable fit. They can also design the "tilt" of the glasses on your face and the "wrap" of the glasses around your face to maximize vision and comfort.
Framing your face
When choosing a frame style, try on frames that are the opposite shape of your face.
- Round shaped faces - square shapes that minimize roundness.
- Heart shaped faces - frames with low temples and lenses that get wider at the bottom.
- Square shaped faces - rounder frames that soften the lines of your face.
- Triangular shaped faces - cat's eye shaped frames that complement your wider jaw line.
- Oblong shaped faces - aviator or rimless bottoms that add width to the forehead while softening and narrowing the appearance of the jaw, chin and cheeks.
- Oval shapes faces - frames that are wide as or wider than the broadest part of your face and help keep the oval's natural balance.
Most frame materials are metal or plastic. Metal is the lightest, but plastic is more durable and often more suitable for children and people with thicker lenses. Some of the newest metal frames are so flexible; they can be twisted around your finger and still snap back undamaged. Safety glasses have built in safety features, including strong, polycarbonate materials that are resistant to breakage.
The key to success with children who need to wear glasses is selecting a frame that is comfortable, durable and one that is downright "cool". Allowing your child to have a role in choosing frames makes getting glasses an exciting and personal experience.
Frames for children
When fitting children with glasses, your TSO Opticians will likely recommend a metal frame with flexible hinges for durability and nose pads for comfort. The lenses in children's glasses should be made of impact resistance polycarb.