Choosing the Perfect Frames for Your Face Shape

Finding the perfect pair of eyeglasses can be a transformative experience. The right frames not only improve your vision but also enhance your overall appearance and style. One of the key factors in choosing the perfect frames is understanding your face shape and selecting glasses that complement it. Here’s a guide for choosing the perfect frames for your face shape.

Step 1: Determine Your Face Shape

Before you start shopping for frames, it’s essential to identify your face shape. Here are the most common face shapes and how to recognise them:

Oval Face Shape

Characteristics include balanced proportions, slightly wider cheekbones, and a gently curved jawline. Your perfect glasses frames should maintain the natural balance of your face.

Round Face Shape

Characteristics include equal width and height, soft curves, and a rounded jawline. Your perfect glasses frames should add definition and length to your face.

Square Face Shape

Characteristics include a strong jawline, broad forehead, and equal width and height. Your perfect glasses frames should soften the angular features.

Heart Face Shape

Characteristics include a wider forehead, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. Your perfect glasses frames should balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin.

Diamond Face Shape

Characteristics include a narrow forehead and chin, with the widest part at the cheekbones. Your perfect glasses frames should highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones.

Oblong Face Shape

Characteristics include your face being longer than it is wide, with a long straight cheek line. Your perfect glasses frames should shorten the face and add width.

Step 2: Choose Frames That Complement Your Face Shape

Once you’ve identified your face shape, you can start looking for frames that enhance your features. Here’s a guide for each face shape:

Oval Face Shape

Almost any frame shape works well with an oval face, but square, rectangular, and geometric shapes are particularly flattering. Avoid frames that are overly large or too small. Some examples to use could be wayfarers, rectangular frames, or cat-eye frames.

Round Face Shape

Angular frames would suit best that add definition and contrast to the soft curves of your face. Some examples of frames you should use are rectangular frames, square frames, and browline frames.

Square Face Shape

The best frames to use would be rounded or oval which softens the strong angles of your face. Avoid overly angular frames. Examples of frames to use include round frames, oval frames, and aviator frames.

Heart Face Shape

If you have a heart face shape you should look for frames that balance the width of your forehead with the narrowness of your chin. Frames you should look for include bottom-heavy frames, light-coloured frames, rimless frames, oval frames, and cat-eye frames.

Diamond Face Shape

The best frames for this face shape highlight your eyes and balance your cheekbones. Look for oval, rimless, or cat-eye frames that sweep upwards.

Oblong Face Shape

If you have an oblong face shape, choose frames that add width and break up the length of your face. Select tall frames, broad frames, decorative temples, square frames, or aviator frames.

Step 3: Consider Additional Factors

While face shape is a crucial factor, there are other elements to consider when choosing the perfect frames. Picking a colour that complements your skin tone, eye colour as well as hair colour is important too. Warm tones (gold, brown, beige) suit warm complexions, while cool tones (silver, black, blue) suit cool complexions.

The correct material is also vital for choosing the perfect frames for your face shape. Consider the material of the frames for comfort and durability. Acetate, metal, and titanium each offer different benefits.

Finally, consider the lifestyle you live and how you will use your glasses. For active lifestyles, durable and flexible frames are ideal. For professional settings, classic and understated frames may be more appropriate.

Step 4: Try Them On

Ultimately, the best way to find the perfect frames is to try them on. Here at Focus Medical Eye Centre, we have a huge range of frames which are available for you to try on today! At the end of the day, as long as they are comfortable, proportionate and stylish they will be perfect for you!

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Choosing the perfect frames for your face shape can enhance your look and boost your confidence. By understanding your face shape and considering additional factors like colour, material, and lifestyle, you can find frames that not only improve your vision but also highlight your unique features. If you would like some expert advice on choosing the perfect frames for your face shape, get in touch! Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at Take your time, try on different styles, and have fun with the process.  Your perfect pair of glasses is out there waiting for you!

Glasses or Contact Lenses?

When coming in for an eye test – do you find it hard to decide between a pair of glasses or contact lenses?

If you feel like your eye prescription has changed then you should be advised to book an appointment for an eye test. Once you have had your initial eye test, sometimes the hardest part is deciding what to do next. Our experienced opticians and ophthalmologists will advise on the options for action, depending on the results they find. Often that will come down to simply choosing some new spectacles, or perhaps choosing to try contact lenses for the first time.

Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses are prescription lenses that correct error in eyesight and maintain eye health.

contact lens payment plans

There are many types of contact lenses you could have and choosing which are best for you can often be the hardest part. Different types of lenses will have different purposes. We will be sure to discuss this all with you.

Many contact lenses can be changed daily, but some can be changed less often – we also have great monthly options.

Contact lenses are inserted onto the tear fluid on the eye surface so that they will move naturally with the movement of your eye. This is a huge benefit because once you are used to them; you will not notice they are even in your eye.

Many people will argue that the hardest part is learning how to insert them properly. When you come in, we will teach you how to fit them in an unrushed manner. Then we will offer you a trial before you commit to buying more.

This way, we know as well as you, that you will be completely satisfied and comfortable with their use and fit, before making the commitment. These can be paid for in monthly plans – or all in one go.

The Positives

  • A large range and selection to choose from.
  • Contact lenses will correct your vision, even taking into account astigmatism.
  • Can be adjusted to deal with long and short sight at once.
  • There are no frames to obstruct your view.
  • Perfect for sports and other physical activities.
  • No weather, such as fog, will affect vision.
  • Can be worn for different periods of time.

The Negatives

  • Can sometimes cause dry eyes.
  • Can become quickly irritated by dirt, or by something entering into the eye.
  • Require more care and maintenance than glasses.
  • They can take more time to get used to.

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Glasses are the alternative solution to correcting eyesight. They are also be prescribed by our expert opticians, after the initial eye exam. Meaning that we are able to correct your vision perfectly.

We offer many frames, from many brands – there will be definitely something that suits you.

People who are not confident using contact lenses or simply do not want to, will opt for wearing glasses. Or they may just not want to try contact lenses and prefer a pair of spectacles. It works by picking a frame and inserting the specially made lenses into them. Frames also have some aesthetic to them – people often choose glasses by what appeals to them, or the frames that suit them best. The prices vary dependent on type of lenses and brand of spectacles.

The Positives

  • Correct vision.
  • They can be adjusted for short and long sight.
  • Apart from keeping clean, they don’t need a huge amount of care.
  • No need for special cleaning solutions.
  • Don’t have to touch your eyes.
  • Many frames are can be chosen style.
  • If prescription stays the same, no need to replace the glasses.
  • Removeable at own leisure.

The Negatives

  • May not like the weight of glasses on your nose, or pressure on ears.
  • Can get in the way of an active lifestyle.
  • Glasses can be affected by the weather, for example: splattered in the rain.
  • Can become dirty or smeared quickly.
  • People may not like the way that glasses look.

The main difference with glasses is that you or another person, will know you are wearing them. We also offer 50% off the second pair of spectacles, just for supporting us, your local optician.

Both glasses or contact lenses do the same thing – it ultimately comes down to personal choice.

Book an appointment with us today for an initial eye test or contact lens appointment.

Alternatively, give us a call on 01323 442 062 to discuss the many options we have available to you.

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