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Choosing The Right Glasses

06 Jan, 2021 |

Choosing the Right Glasses at North Bay Eye Associates

Here at North Bay Eye Associates, we carry a wide selection of eyewear. This includes plastic and metal frames in many different shapes, colors, and finishes. Somewhere in all of these great options is a pair that is just right for you. However, it can be hard to know where to start looking. Here are a few tips for narrowing things down when choosing your next set of frames. At North Bay Eye Associates, we are a comprehensive eye care practice with locations in Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa.

Frames and Your Face Shape

The shape of your frame has a huge effect on your overall look with the glasses. The right frames will balance out your face shape and draw attention toward your best features. Let’s take a look at some options for each shape:

  • The dramatic angles of square faces can be balanced with rounded or oval-shaped glasses.
  • Round faces gain definition with square and rectangle frames.
  • Diamond-shaped faces balance out with thick frames along the brow line such as horn-rimmed glasses.
  • Heart-shaped faces look great with delicate frames that don’t distract from the features.
  • Oval faces have versatile proportions and work with most frame shapes, even fun and trendy styles like cat-eye glasses.

Frame Materials

Plastic and metal frames are the most common options on the market. Plastic frames are a lightweight yet durable choice. They are hypoallergenic, great for people with metal allergies, and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. These frames tend to look chunkier than metal ones, helping you draw attention to your best features.

Metal frames are lightweight and relatively inconspicuous looking. They are often made of titanium or beryllium. These frames are durable, adjustable, and resist corrosion. They also have a degree of natural spring that helps them bounce back from minor pressure and bending.

Don’t Forget About the Lenses

Once we figure out the best prescription for you, it will be up to you from there to find the right frame for you. There are several coatings available for your eye lenses. Some are scratch-resistant which extends the life of the glasses. Others are polarizing, greatly reduce the glare from light reflecting off of water, glass, or metal. You may even be able to get coatings that darken like sunglasses when you shift to sunlight. Our team can tell you more about which coatings may meet your needs.

Get a Professional’s Opinion

We match a lot of patients with their perfect frames at our North Bay Eye Associates locations. Our staff knows the ins and outs of every style we carry. We can help you pick the right pair of glasses that will keep you seeing clearly and looking great during work, sports, and travel. Ready to schedule an exam? Give us a call to see how we can help at our Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa locations.


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