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How to choose glasses for your face shape

If you’ve ever walked into an optician’s office, you’ve seen the walls and racks full of an amazing array of eyewear. Choosing a pair of glasses can feel like a daunting task, but our tips will help you narrow down the options and zero in on the right pair (or pairs) for your face, as well as your lifestyle and personality.

Eyeglasses for every face shape

According to The Vision Council, one of the most frequently asked questions people have when searching for a new pair of glasses is, “How do I find the right frames for my face shape?” According to Lindsey Brookbank, fashion eyewear expert for The Vision Council, the golden rule of thumb when it comes to face-fitting is this: The eyewear should contrast with the shape of the face. Check out features of the five most common face shapes below to determine your closest match, along with eyeglass frame suggestions, courtesy of Eyecessorize.

Heart: wide forehead, high cheekbones and a narrow chin.
Look for: aviators, butterfly and rimless styles that appear to broaden your chin and minimize forehead width.

Oblong: narrow chin and cheeks and a large forehead.
Look for: oversize styles and wraparound frames that make your face appear shorter and wider.

Round: full cheekbones and little to no angles.
Look for: rectangles, squares and sporty styles that make your face appear longer and thinner.

Oval: chin slightly narrower than the forehead.
Look for: both classic and trendy styles in a size that’s in proportion to your face.

Square: broad forehead and strong jawline.
Look for: rounded, oval, cat-eye and semi-rimless frames that soften the jaw line and make your face appear longer.

What else matters?

Most opticians have staff trained to assist you in choosing eyeglass frames that go perfect with your face. These professionals can help you identify your face shape and will take these additional factors into consideration, too:

  • Skin tone
  • Personality
  • Lifestyle
  • Occupation
  • Activities

Remember, CareCredit can help you bridge the financial gap often left by vision insurance coverage, particularly if you’re contemplating more than one pair of eyewear to fit all the sides of your life. Use the Provider Locator to find an optician near you who accepts your CareCredit card.

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