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All about spectacle frames

  • It’s the first time I’ve needed glasses. What do I need to know about choosing frames? Open

    It can be bewildering looking at all the frames in an optical practice if you have never worn glasses before. A registered dispensing optician and the trained optical assistants in the practice can help you narrow down your choices and get the perfect pair for you. Talk to your eyecare professional about your lifestyle, as this can affect your choice. You can choose between metal and plastic frames, and there are a wide range of lenses too. If you let them know your budget they can help you find frames and lenses to fit.

  • What are the pros and cons of metal frames? Open

    Trends come and go, and sometimes plastic frames are in vogue, while other times more people prefer metal frames. There are advantages to each type. Read on to find out more.

    Metal frames can be more flexible and easier to adjust than plastic frames. They tend to be slimmer and lighter. Titanium is the lightest material for metal frames, and there are also frames made of stainless steel or nickel alloy. In recent years flexible metal frames have been developed too. The colour choice is more limited in metal frames, but expanding all the time. Some people have metal allergies which can make a plastic frame a better choice: if you know which types of metal you are allergic to you can also opt for a frame of a different metal composition.

    Always remember, you are not on your own when choosing specs. Ask for help from a registered dispensing optician.

  • What are the pros and cons of plastic frames? Open

    Plastic frames tend to be a little thicker than metal frames, which can work well to conceal the edge of lenses, particularly if you are very short-sighted. Plastic frames can be made in a wide array of colours. Plastic frames can be safer for sport too: polycarbonate frames in particular are used in safety glasses because of their robustness.

    Always remember, you are not on your own when choosing specs. Ask for help from a registered dispensing optician.

  • What are the pros and cons of rimless frames? Open

    Rimless frames are attractive to many people because they appear light and don’t hide the face. They are not as robust as specs with plastic or metal frames however, so won’t suit those with active lifestyles or small children who might grab and twist the frames. They can cost more, and won’t suit all prescriptions. Despite this, many people love the look of rimless glasses.

    Always remember, you are not on your own when choosing specs. Ask for help from a registered dispensing optician to weigh up the pros and cons of different types of frames.

  • Which frames will suit my face? Open

    It can be hard to pick a pair of spectacle frame to suit you. Here are three pointers to help you pick. Firstly, make sure that the frame is the right size. The centre of your pupil should be approximately in the centre of the lens. Be careful about choosing oversized frames that stick out beyond the sides of your face as you can end up with unnecessarily heavy eyewear. If you have a smaller face, opt for smaller frames.

    Secondly, think about your face shape. You may want to pick a frame shape that contrasts with the shape of your face. For example, if you have a round face you may want to pick a rectangular frame, while someone with a square face will find oval frames soften their face in a positive way.

    Thirdly, pick frame colours to complement your skin and hair tones. If you have dark hair and eyebrows you can carry off a darker frame. Warm skins tones will suit gold tones, while cooler skin tones may look better with silver or gunmetal frames.

    Always remember, you are not on your own when choosing specs. Ask for help from a registered dispensing optician.

  • What are the main face shapes and which glasses will suit which shape? Open

    If you look in the mirror, it may be quite clear that you have a round, oval, rectangular or square face. Read on to find out how this can help you choose spec frames to suit you.

    • A round face often suits rectangular spec frames. They can help lengthen the face.
    • A square face with a strong forehead and jaw can be softened with narrow, oval frames.
    • A rectangular face can seem long and thin. Balance this out with deeper oval frames.
    • People with oval faces are lucky and can suit many shapes of frames.

    If you have a larger or longer face you can benefit from decorative features, bold colours and thicker rims on your specs, while a small face will benefit from a simpler, slim, light frame that doesn’t overwhelm the face. Choosing a frame that is as wide as the widest part of the face is good advice for all.

    Always remember, you are not on your own when choosing specs. Ask for help from a registered dispensing optician.