Interpreting Measurements to Order Glasses Online
The best way to shop for new glasses is to try on a variety of pairs and model in the store mirror, turning your head to the left, right, tilting your chin down, and up again. Now, smile. Frown. Smile again. Okay, now tilt your chin up higher. Take a spin. How do they look? Even more importantly, how do they feel? Do they slip down your nose when your head moves?
Ordering online is a completely different ball game. You don’t have the luxury of putting your potential new glasses through the paces before you buy them.
The perks to buying online? You can see the entire inventory, not just the handful of frames on display at your local stores. You can select your favorite frame in your favorite color at your ideal strength, and even if it’s out of stock, you can receive an email when it’s back…way better than popping into the store every day and asking if there’s been a new shipment!
But before you fill up your online cart and check out, make sure to look at the company’s return policy, just in case your new glasses aren’t quite up to snuff. Check out the reviews, too. Does the company make the return process simple and painless? If not, you may very well be stuck with your choice whether they fit or not, or you might be arguing with customer service to get your refund.
We’ve done our best to make your online shopping experience as easy as possible! Each frame on our site comes with a list of measurements to help you make an informed decision about your favorite glasses, just in case you don’t have the opportunity to try them on beforehand.
Frame width is an important consideration depending on the size of your head. If you’re looking for a narrow pair of glasses, you’ll want this number to range around 4 to 5 inches. A wide fit will be 5.25 and up.
Eye size isn’t necessarily a direct correspondence to frame width. Most of these measurements are going to fall around the 50mm (2in) mark, which gives you an idea of what to look for if you want a wider-than-normal lens, or something a little smaller.
Temple length depends on where you want your glasses to rest most of the time. Will you have them up high on the bridge of your nose? Or do you like to push them down to easily peer over the tops of the lenses? Most of the average frames will have a temple length that falls between 140mm and 150mm.
Frame height has less impact on the fit of the glasses and more on how they will look perched on your nose. Do you like the narrower look of rectangular or oval lenses? Those will likely have a frame height no higher than 35mm. As that number increases, you’re starting to look at the large lenses that are rounded or cat-eyed.
Nose bridge is an important measurement to look at if you have issues with glasses sliding down your nose. If you need a tighter grip, you’ll want a frame with a nose bridge of 20mm or lower.
Hopefully this measurement guide will assist you in your search to find the perfect pair of glasses. You might have some trial and error, and but once you find your numbers, you’ll know exactly what to look for when ordering your next pair!