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3 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Eyeglasses

Need to buy your first pair of eyeglasses or simply looking to upgrade your old ones? Here’s how our NW Calgary eye doctors can help you find the perfect pair!

Keeping your vision comfortable and supported with quality eyeglasses that hold the right prescription for you is vital for long term eye care and vision health. However, given the incredible variety of styles and silhouettes available, finding the perfect pair of eyeglasses is no easy task.

Whatever your personal style, a qualified eye doctor can help you select the right size and shape of frame to suit your face, no matter your budget and/or lifestyle needs.

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3 Factors to Consider When Selecting Eyeglasses

While many eye doctors encourage patients to try on a variety of eyeglasses, narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and hassle, making the experience much more enjoyable.

When selecting eyeglasses, here are three factors to keep in mind:

1. Your Face Shape

The shape of your face largely determines which frames will best enhance your facial features. In general:

Round Face
Eyeglasses that are square or rectangular can enhance a round face by making it appear slimmer and longer, adding a pleasing balance to your features.

AVOID: Rimless, round or small frames

Oval Face
Frames that suit an oval face tend to have a strong bridge and are wider than the broadest part of your face.

AVOID: Oversized frames

Square Face
Oval and round eyeglasses work best for patients with a square face as they tend to soften any prominent facial angles.

AVOID: Square or thick-framed eyeglasses

Diamond Face
Cat-eye frames or oval eyeglasses are often recommended for patients with diamond-shaped faces.

AVOID: Boxy or narrow frames

Heart-Shaped Face
Square or wayfarer eyeglasses are the ideal option for patients with heart-shaped faces.

AVOID: Narrow eyeglasses. Those with a width wider than your forehead work best.


The key to finding the perfect eyeglasses is to remember that opposites attract. Select frames that directly contrast your face shape as this will bring symmetry and balance to your facial features.

2. Your Skin Tone

Another factor to consider when choosing which frames look best is your skin tone. Your eye doctor will often recommend selecting a shade that is closest to your skin color.

  • Warm Skin Tone
    If you have a warm complexion (i.e. bronze, golden or yellow tones) the best frames are those that come in shades of brown, beige, olive green or even light tortoise.
  • Cool Skin Tone
    You have a cool skin tone if your skin has pink or blue undertones. This cool complexion works best with eyeglasses that are silver, black, blue, pink or dark tortoise.

3. Your Lifestyle

Although finding the right frame shape for your face is essential, understanding the types of eyeglasses that fit your lifestyle best is equally important. Before trying on a single pair of spectacles, you should consider what you’ll use them for as this will greatly influence the type of frame you choose.


  • Are they reading eyeglasses that you’ll constantly be putting on/taking off?
  • Are they the pair you’ll wear to give your eyes a break from contact lenses?
  • Do you work in a conservative office?
  • Do you play a lot of sports?
  • Will you be wearing your glasses all day?

Make sure to discuss your options with the eye doctor as they can help select a frame that will best suit your face, budget and way of life.

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To find out more about our wide range of quality, affordable eyeglasses, contact our Calgary eye doctors at 403-286-4884 or fill out our online contact form.

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