Fall Fashion

Predicting the unpredictable – How to find your fall fashion groove

Fall weather usually is so unpredictable. It can be breezy cool in the morning and Miami hot by afternoon. Or it can be freezing. You just never know. Accordingly, fall fashion often is a matter of mixing, matching and melding layers of varying styles that can be peeled off or added according to the sometimes–crazy fluctuating temperature.

So, as the weather takes on a chillier edge this fall, you’ll find today’s consumers expressing their unique styles, combining fashions that are old (think ’60s and ’70s) with the latest trends, nubby sweaters that are big, with knit pencil skirts that are little, plain comfortable sneakers with alpaca wool socks, worn denim jackets with flowing velvet dresses, overalls (yep, channel the farmer in you) with high–heels.

The key to dressing confidently in the fall is to combine your favorite elements from various styles and layer contrasting textures. For example, Western wear and cowboy boots are popular, but you don’t want to dress from head to toe in denim unless you’re actually going to a rodeo. Instead, pair a denim jacket with a pencil skirt and heels or a little ’60s print dress (think Mad Men) and hiking boots, yes, hiking boots. And don’t forget that ’70s ski lodge look – think Fair Isle sweaters and oversized cardigans for men and women.

“Hiking boots are going to be a thing,” predicts Lucky magazine style editor Laurel Pantin. “A solid leather pair of hiking boots is something I’m personally on the hunt for – solid leather, with a ’70s shape, rounded on the front. I like when the trend is something you can buy the authentic version of – when it’s snowy and nasty, and they’re built for that.”

How about those shoes

Comfortable footwear is a wardrobe staple for people on the move, and no–frills ballet flats and sneakers will be more popular than ever this fall. Zappos, the mega online shoe retailer, offers nearly 4,000 different styles of sneakers, ranging from $1,800 designer styles (wedges, slip–ons, high–tops, glitzy) to $20 plain–Janes.

The Converse Chuck Taylors still are the bestseller for men and women at $45. Not that long ago, ballet flats were worn primarily with tutus when practicing pirouettes, but it now seems that every woman has at least one pair. If you must have a pair (and you must), Zappos offers nearly 1,000 styles to choose from (ranging from $30 to $900).

The need for comfort is reflected in jeans sales as well. Sales of skinny jeans (a style that really seems to look best on emaciated teens) are down, while sales of the easy–to–wear boyfriend jeans are up. Choose a pair that has some wear (and perhaps a tear or two), roll up the cuffs and dress them up with heels or ankle boots, or dress down with ballet flats, sneakers or hiking boots.

For the ultimate in denim comfort, try on a pair of overalls. Trend setting magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle all spotlighted the denim duds formerly featured only on farmers. For fall, layer with a sporty jacket (not denim) or nubby sweater and scarf.

Now you see me…

What better way to add to your fall fashion ensemble than with a cool pair of shades. Today, eyewear is becoming a style accessory of choice – a compelling statement maker and fashion staple that helps express individuality.

The offerings this fall are vast. You’ll find eyewear all across the SPECtrum – from classic frames in warm fall colors such as tortoise, burnt orange and fiery red, to oversized geometric shapes in vibrant hues.

Similar to mainstream fashion, this fall’s eyewear trends borrow from the ’60s, fusing classic silhouettes with modern patterns, colorations, and details to create a sporty chic look and immediate panache.

If you need some guidance when shopping for your fall wardrobe, remember the advice of the iconic 1940s era movie star Joan Crawford:

  • Find your own style, and have the courage to stick to it.
  • Choose your clothes for your way of life.
  • Make your wardrobe as versatile as an actress. It should be able to play many roles.
  • Find your happiest colors – the ones that make you feel good.
  • Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are.

Balancing Life and Work

At one time or another, nearly everyone struggles to balance the demands of work and family. Work isn’t necessarily associated with a career – it can be volunteer work, or tasks associated with a hobby or passion. And family can be a spouse, siblings, a much–loved pet or an aging parent.

So, it goes without saying that nearly everyone – including stay–at–home moms and professionals with no children – experiences the frustration and ensuing stress of being tugged at from different directions and feeling like there’s just not enough time in the day.

What’s even more complicated is that these feelings of anxiety, frustration or hopelessness often multiply, says life coach and intuitive teacher Amy Piper.

“Stress is not only created by a response to an external situation or event – a lot of daily stress is created by ongoing attitudes or recurring feelings of agitation, worry, anxiety, anger, judgments, resentment, insecurities and self–doubt,” Piper says. “These emotions are known to drain our emotional energy while we are engaging in everyday life. This leads to more fatigue and an endless cycle of negative emotions.

Piper says that finding balance starts with defining your identity and recognizing your personal mission in life. It means knowing who you are and what matters most, so that you honor your priorities in the way you want and need to honor them rather than adhering to society’s or someone else’s expectations.

“When your mind and emotions are balanced – when you are in heart coherence – your physical systems function more efficiently, resulting in emotional stability, mental clarity and improved cognitive function,” she says.

Here are a few tips Piper says can help balance out your world:

  1. Clearly define who you are and what’s important, and prioritize accordingly. Start the day with a list of priorities that are intimately related to the larger goals of your work, and then give yourself a 6 p.m. deadline to complete them. In the meantime, commit to the larger values in your life – relationships, exercise, spirituality and fun – in a concrete way by putting those activities on your calendar.
  2. Establish routines and habits that support the goals you deem important. Habits (good and bad) become the cornerstones of your lifestyle over time. For example, if long–term health and vitality are important to you, incorporate walking into your daily routine, and plan family time that’s activity–centered. The steps add up over the weeks and years, and can make a huge difference. And don’t forget your vision. Remember to protect your eyes from the sun, take breaks from your electronic devices and schedule regular eye exams.
  3. Eliminate or reduce time suckers (activities or people) that don’t add value to your life and support your long–term goals or mission. You need to know how to recognize and hold honest boundaries in relationships, remaining true to your own needs while being connected to other people.
  4. Delegate tasks that are not important to your goals. This means you must recognize that some things just don’t matter – being an awesome cupcake baker is not essential to being a loving mother. Hire someone else to bake your cupcakes or turn the baking experience into a project you can enjoy with your child.
  5. Be present and experience the fullness of the moment. If you’re off the clock, unplug from work, set your phone aside and immerse yourself in the present situation and company without burdening yourself with guilt, frustration or anxiety. Engage in authentic conversations with your family members and enjoy their company without being distracted or otherwise preoccupied.

Learn to recognize when imbalance is creating stress and be deliberate about honoring your priorities. You’ll be happier and healthier – mentally, spiritually and physically.

Important Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Whether you’re new to contact lenses, or you’ve been wearing them for years, it’s important to put the following tips into practice.

Putting in and Removing Your Contact Lenses

First, wash and dry your hands thoroughly.

Whatever is on your hands when you touch your contact lenses could end up in your eyes. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands with antimicrobial soap. Then dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel before handling your contact lenses.

Also, avoid using cream or oil-based soaps and lotions before touching your contacts, as these can contaminate your lenses or leave an oily film.

Always start with the same eye for contact lens insertion.

When inserting your contacts, start with the same eye every time. You’ll be less likely to switch the lenses by mistake. That’s especially important because your left and right contact lenses can have different prescriptions.

Place your contact lens in your palm.

Hold your contact lens by putting it in the palm of your hand. Pinching the lens between your fingers increases the chance you’ll nick it with your fingernail. Fingernails can harm the surface of the lens, and are also a rich source of bacteria.

Remove Your Contacts if You Experience Pain or Discomfort

If your contact lenses start to hurt or feel uncomfortable, or if people comment on the redness of your eyes, remove your lenses. Then check them for cracks or scratches, and discard any damaged lenses.

If pain or discomfort happen repeatedly when wearing your contact lenses, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can help diagnose the problem and make sure you have the right lenses for you. In the meantime, it may be best to wear your eyeglasses instead.

Stock up on contact lens solution

Unless you wear daily disposable contact lenses, it’s a hassle to discover you’re out of lens cleaning solution at the end of a long day. Having contact lens solution on hand is especially important because you should use fresh cleaning solution each time you touch and store your contact lenses. Never use tap water to clean your contacts. It can contain impurities and infectious microorganisms.

Keep Your Glasses With You

Having your glasses available, especially during vacations, will come in handy. For example, many contact lens wearers prefer their glasses first thing in the morning before they head out for the day. And if debris or another irritant makes your lenses uncomfortable during the day, you’ll be glad you kept a pair of glasses with you.

Always Wear Sunglasses, Even With UV-protective Contacts

Even UV-protective contact lenses don’t block all of the UV rays that harm your eyes. Wearing UV-protective sunglasses will help reduce the strain and harm to your eyes and vision. Be sure to tell us about the kinds of outdoor activities you do so we can help assess your exposure risk and recommend the right protection for you.

Only Buy Contact Lenses From Legitimate Sources–and With a Valid Prescription

Any contacts you buy need to be prescribed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist–even lenses without vision correction, such as color contacts or decorative contacts worn for Halloween. In fact, in the U.S., you cannot buy contact lenses without a valid prescription. That’s because contact lenses are considered medical devices. And only a licensed eye care professional can ensure your contacts are medically safe and properly fitted for you.

Remember, taking care of your contacts is essential to taking care of your vision and your eye health.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see if contact lenses are right for you, or if you have questions about your current contacts or are experiencing any wearing problems, please give us a call.

The Benefits of Daily Contact Lenses

When we conduct a contact lens evaluation and fitting in our office, your personal preferences and routines help determine which lens replacement schedule we recommend. The most common replacement schedules are every day, every two weeks, or every month. Each schedule has its strong points.

The benefits of daily lenses are:

  • You never have to clean them. No nightly cleaning routine. No parade of lens solution bottles. At the end of a long day, just toss the lenses out and go to bed.
  • An easy–to–remember wear and replacement schedule. No more calendar reminders to replace your contacts. You start every morning with a fresh pair.
  • They may help with eye allergies and protein build–up. With less time for allergens and protein deposits to build up, daily contacts give these irritants less of a chance to cause eye discomfort or other problems. Also, a fresh, smooth lens surface every day is gentler on irritated eyes.
  • A great fit for teenagers. Between school, sports, and social lives, teenagers are apt to forget or ignore cleaning and changing their contacts. And that can lead to problems like lenses that irritate the eyes and eye infections. Dailies make cleaning unnecessary and changing lenses a breeze.

Greater Convenience Also Means You Might Need To Buy More Lenses

Because you use daily lenses only for a day and then throw them away, if you wear your lenses every day, you’ll need to buy more lenses than you would if you used lenses with a two–week or monthly replacement schedule. (Some patients alternate between wearing daily contact lenses and eyeglasses, so their lens supply lasts longer.)

During your appointment, we’ll examine your eyes to find the right contact lens prescription and replacement schedule for you and your needs. If you’d like to find out if daily contact lenses are right for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please contact our office.

Polarizing Lenses – The ABCs

Polarized lenses are used in sunglasses to reduce glare from reflective surfaces such as the surface of a lake or the hood of a car. They accomplish this feat through a process called polarization, much like a Venetian blind controls the amount of light entering a room through a window.

“Polarization” refers to the fact that reflected light rays (glare) are oriented in a plane that is parallel to the surface off which they are reflected. Sunlight itself is not polarized but glare created when sunlight bounces off a highly reflective surface is polarized.

Since there are many more horizontal glare-producing surfaces in the world around us, most glare we encounter will be horizontally polarized. A polarized lens has a laminated surface containing invisible vertical “stripes”. These invisible stripes act like a vertical grating and block horizontally-polarized light from passing through the lens. The illustration below explains how lens orientation affects the transmission of polarized light.

The bulb produces light that is not polarized. The polarizer lens here transmits only vertically-polarized light. The analyzer lens lets the light pass when the “stripes” are vertical but blocks the light when the stripes are horizontal.

If a wearer of polarized sunglasses tilts their head left or right while looking at a source of polarized light (glare off a lake or chrome car bumper), the same effect is seen.

For outdoor use, polarized lenses are an excellent choice. Fishermen and boaters in particular benefit from polarized lenses because they deal almost exclusively with horizontal-surface glare. Fishermen or boaters wearing polarized sunglasses can more easily see below the surface of the water to spot fish or submerged obstacles. Some experts feel that polarized sunglasses are also a good choice for snow skiers but other experts disagree. Polarized sunglasses do cut the polarized glare coming off the surface of snow but they also tend to reduce contrast and make icy patches or bumps (moguls) harder to see. Yellow or amber lenses actually increase contrast and are generally regarded as a better option for snow skiers.

There are some limitations to the use of polarized lenses. In laptop computers, the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) uses polarized light to control both brightness and color. Since they block transmission of some polarized light, polarized lenses can cause distortions when viewing the laptop screen. LCDs are also used in automobiles so clocks and other instrument displays may become temporarily unreadable.

Dry Eye Syndrome: 
Symptoms and Treatment

dry eyes syndromeDry eye syndrome is a common condition that we see most often in older adults. We call it “keratoconjunctivitis sicca.” You can call it DES, or simply dry eye.

For millions of people, dry eye is a condition in which the eyes don’t produce enough tears to adequately lubricate and nourish the surface of the eye (the cornea) and surrounding tissues. Dry eyes can also be caused because the eyes produce poor quality tears that can’t do the job they were intended for.

Why Your Tears are Important?
Tear production directly impacts the health and comfort of your eyes. Your tear glands constantly produce small amounts of tears, creating a smooth surface over the cornea. This constant lubrication is essential so your eyelids can open and close over your eyes without causing irritation or soreness.

Your tears also:

  • Reduce the risk of an eye infection
  • Wash away dirt and debris in your eyes
  • Keep the surface of your eyes smooth and clear

Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Redness (“bloodshot eyes”)
  • An increased sensitivity to light

dry eyes computer useIf you think, “Hey, that’s how I felt last week,” think back to what you were doing. We’ve all had red, dry eyes at some point. Were you in a hot, windy environment? Working in an office with air constantly blowing onto your face? Or spending too much time staring at a computer, cellphone or TV screen?

A constant breeze can dry out your eyes. And staring intently at digital displays of a TV screen can cause you to not blink as often as you should; when that happens, your eyes don’t get the moisture they need.

If you weren’t trekking across the Sahara Desert (or watching a long movie about it on TV), and you’ve noticed that your eyes feel dry more often than they used to, please let us know. We can schedule an appointment to help determine if you have dry eye and what treatment options are right for you.

Treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome
While common, dry eye syndrome isn’t something you’ll simply “get over,” like the common cold. Instead, we can prescribe one or more treatments for you to help alleviate the symptoms.

Treatments may include:

  • Applying eye drops. If your eyes are chronically dry, then applying moisture by using artificial tears throughout your day may help. Splashing water in your face won’t do the trick. That’s because your tears are more than just water. They also contain other ingredients that help fight infection and lubricate the eye to keep it moist.
  • Ointments and other medications. If you need a little help getting those tears to start flowing, we may be able to prescribe medication to help.
  • Conserving your natural tears. To keep natural tears in your eyes longer, the small ducts that allow tears to drain can be blocked with tiny silicone or gel–like plugs that can later be removed, if needed. A surgical procedure is also available to permanently close the tear ducts.

If you’re concerned about dry eye, or think you or a loved one may have the condition, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!

Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please contact our office.

Glaucoma Test – No Air Puff

We have a new glaucoma (eye pressure) test that is considered much more accurate than the “air puff test”.  There is no sensation, no eye drops, AND it can be used over soft contact lenses.  Now everyone can experience no fear about getting the eye pressure test!

Your Teen and Contact Lenses

Teenagers (and the parents who love them) often ask us about switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses. Whether the change is permanent or just an alternative to glasses, there are several great reasons for getting your teen into prescription contacts.

  • Freedom: Your teen may simply be tired of wearing eyeglasses, especially thick frames that slip and slide down the bridge of his or her nose.
  • Sports: Glasses don’t mix well with active sports. They can fall off. Even worse, they can break, leading to injury. Repairing or replacing broken glasses is also costly. And glasses don’t provide the peripheral vision needed during game play. The good news is that quality contact lenses solve those problems. They make it easier to wear protective goggles, too.
  • Glasses-free look: Remember your teen years? Were they awkward or smooth sailing? Maybe a mix of both! In any case, your teen may simply prefer the way he or she looks and feels without glasses.
  • Eye color change: Today’s natural–looking color contacts are very popular among teens. And they’re safe–so long as they’re prescribed by an eye care professional.

Talking About Contacts With Your Teen: Important Topics

Contacts are medical devices. Did you know that contact lenses are considered medical devices? It’s easy to understand why. The eyes are one of the body’s most important and delicate parts. That’s why what we put in and on them must be medically safe and properly fitted by an eye care professional.

Wash your hands before handling and inserting your contact lenses. Your eyes are one of your immune system’s most vulnerable points. To help keep germs away and protect your vision, follow the hand washing instructions from your eye care professional.

Handle your lenses with care. Contact lenses can tear. Never wear torn contact lenses. They can scratch your eyes leading to infection and other possible vision problems.

Consider daily disposable contacts. Clean contact lenses are key to helping keep your eyes healthy. Daily disposable lenses or “dailies” are worn for the day and thrown away before going to sleep. They offer several benefits:

  • No nighttime lens cleaning required, saving time and cleaning solution. (Particularly beneficial for teens that may forget to clean their contacts or ignore the process.)
  • An easy–to–remember wear schedule.
  • They can help people with eye allergies. Starting every day with a fresh pair of lenses means there’s less time for allergies to flair and deposits to build up.
  • They offer a self–esteem boost in helping teens succeed with their new responsibility.

Don’t share your contacts–ever! Your contact lenses are fitted and prescribed just for your eyes. Sharing contact lenses can encourage an eye infection and other vision problems.

A special caution about Halloween contact lenses. Like color contacts, novelty contact lenses are popular, especially for Halloween. As we mentioned earlier, it’s essential to have contact lenses of any kind properly fitted by an eye care professional. In fact, some lenses may not be FDA approved unless they’re purchased from a licensed professional. Wearing contacts that aren’t fitted and prescribed by a professional could harm your teen’s eyes.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to fit your teen for contacts, or to learn more about them, please give us a call.

Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please contact our office.

What is 20/20 Vision?

Most of us are familiar with the term “20/20 vision” and know it means our eyesight is pretty good.

But what exactly does “20/20” mean? Is it possible to have vision that’s better than 20/20? Is it safe to drive if you don’t have 20/20 vision? And what does it mean if your vision is 20/40? Or 20/200?

Also, can you have 20/20 eyesight and still have vision problems? (Spoiler alert: The answer is “yes.”)

It All Started With an Eye Chart

In 1862, a Dutch eye doctor named Hermann Snellen devised an eye chart that became the standardized way eye care professionals to this day determine a person’s distance visual acuity–how clearly someone sees distant objects.

The traditional Snellen eye chart has a single large block letter (usually an “E”) on the top of the chart, and 10 subsequent lines of progressively smaller block letters. Each line has more letters than the previous line to keep spacing between the letters relatively uniform.

By experimentation, Snellen determined the smallest letters a person with “normal” vision could consistently identify correctly. This became the 20/20 line on the chart. In other words, if you can correctly identify letters of this size on the eye chart (but none smaller) from a testing distance of 20 feet, you have normal (or “20/20”) vision.

Since the standard testing distance for the Snellen chart used in the United States is 20 feet, the top number in the Snellen fraction is always “20.” The bottom number varies, depending on the size of the letters on each row of the chart.

Here’s how it works

Three lines above the 20/20 line on the Snellen chart, the letters are twice as large as those on the 20/20 line. A person with normal visual acuity therefore can be expected to correctly identify these larger letters from a viewing distance that is roughly twice that of the normal testing distance of 20 feet (so, 40 feet).

If this line is the smallest line of letters a person can correctly identify at the normal testing distance, he or she has “20/40” vision–this is the smallest line of letters they can see at 20 feet, but a person with normal vision can correctly identify these letters at a distance of 40 feet.

So the larger letters on the Snellen chart are designated with visual acuity fractions that have a larger second (bottom) number, which is the maximum viewing distance from which a person with normal vision can correctly identify the letters on that line of the chart.

The “big E” on the top line of the traditional Snellen chart is the 20/200 line. If this is the smallest line on the chart you can correctly identify from a testing distance of 20 feet, your distance vision is very blurred. How blurry? A person with normal vision could stand 200 feet from the chart and still be able to identify the letter. Roughly speaking, that person with normal vision has distance visual acuity that is 10 times clearer than yours.

Is it possible to have better-than-normal visual acuity? Yes!

The traditional Snellen eye chart has three lines of letters below the 20/20 line that contain letters that are smaller than those on the 20/20 line. The letters on the bottom line are half the size of “20/20” letters.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to identify the letters on this smallest (20/10) line, it means your distance visual acuity is twice as good as that of a person with “normal” vision. In other words, you can identify these very small letters from the standard testing distance of 20 feet, but a person with normal vision would have to be twice as close to the chart–only 10 feet away–to be able to correctly identify them.

How Visual Acuity Is Measured

Visual acuity usually is measured one eye at a time. The person having their vision tested covers one eye and reads aloud the letters on each row, beginning at the top. The smallest row of letters he or she can correctly identify indicates the distance visual acuity of that eye.

The traditional Snellen chart used in the United States has 11 rows of letters, with the following visual acuity designations for each row:

A common variation of this chart is the “tumbling E” chart, which contains multiple lines containing the block letter “E,” in progressively smaller sizes and displayed in varying spatial orientations (rotated in increments of 90 degrees). This chart often is used to test the visual acuity of children who are too young to fully know all the letters of the alphabet or to test the eyesight of illiterate adults.

Instead of saying the name of letters aloud, the child or adult being tested indicates with their extended fingers the direction of the “arms” of each “E” on the chart (up, down, right or left). Studies have shown visual acuity results obtained from a tumbling E chart correlate well with those obtained from a standard Snellen eye chart.

In Europe, Snellen visual acuity testing usually is recorded with metric notations, using a standard testing distance of 6 meters. In this system, a visual acuity measurement of 6/6 is equivalent to an American measurement of 20/20, 6/12 is equivalent to 20/40, and so on.

And in case you’re wondering if your eye doctor can correctly measure your distance visual acuity in an exam room smaller than 20 feet in length, don’t worry. With the help of mirrors and a projector, your eye care professional can simulate a standard testing distance of 20 feet in a room half that size–or even smaller!

By the way, to be granted an unrestricted driver’s license in most of the United States, your best-corrected visual acuity–that is, your distance visual acuity measurements obtained while you are wearing your eyeglasses or contact lenses (if you need vision correction)–must be 20/40 or better.

Good Vision Is More Than Visual Acuity

Distance visual acuity is only one aspect of good vision. Having 20/20 eyesight does not mean you have perfect vision.

Other important components of clear, comfortable vision include the ability to change focus and maintain focus on near objects, depth perception, peripheral vision, accurate eye movement and alignment, and more.

To see the world as clearly as possible and enjoy a lifetime of good vision, be sure to see your eye doctor for regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams.

 

Picking the Right Eyeglass Frame

Don’t like wearing glasses? Maybe you just haven’t found the right frames. In addition to helping you see the world more clearly, eyeglasses should enhance (not detract from) your appearance, and should be comfortable, stylish and stay properly positioned on your face.

Here are a few essential tips when shopping for eyeglass frames:

Consider Your Face Shape

One of the most important factors to consider when selecting eyewear is to assess the shape of your face before trying on frames. Why? Because the most attractive eyeglass frames are those that complement and balance your facial features, not mimic them. In other words, if you have a very round face, rectangular frames or other frames with well-defined angles will look better than round frames (which will tend to exaggerate the roundness of your face).

There are seven basic face shapes. Though everyone’s face is a unique blend of shapes, here are some helpful tips to determine your predominant facial shape and which frame styles will look best on you:

Round

  • A round face has nearly symmetrical curves, and the height and width is nearly the same.
  • Frames with angular shapes tend to look best on a round face, and rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep will help a round face look slightly taller, giving it a more pleasing oval appearance.
Oval

  • An oval face is taller than its width and has gentle curves. An oval face generally is considered the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions.
  • A person with an oval face can wear many frame styles successfully. To maintain the attractive balance of an oval face, look for frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face and avoid frames that have an excessive width or depth.

 

Oblong

  • An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose.
  • To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width. Decorative or contrasting temples also can add width to the face for a more balanced appearance.
Base-Down Triangle

  • A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheeks and lower portion of the face.
  • To add width to the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that have a “cat-eye” shape and/or decorative detailing on the top half of the frame.
Base-Up Triangle

  • A broad forehead and a slender jaw line characterize this face shape.
  • To minimize the width of the top half of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, such as an aviator shape. Also, light frame colors and rimless frame designs tend to look good on this face shape.
Diamond

  • Diamond-shaped faces have a relatively narrow forehead and jaw line, and broad (sometimes high) cheekbones. This face shape is relatively rare.
  • To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones of a diamond-shaped face, try frames that are prominent or distinctive at the top of the frame (at the brow line). Oval rimless frames also look good.
Square

  • A square face has a broad forehead and a prominent, angular jaw line, and the length and width of the face are of similar proportion.
  • To make a square face look softer, try oval frames or other curved frame shapes that have more width than depth.

 

Choose a Frame That Complements Your Skin Tone and Eye Color

According to eyewear experts at The Vision Council, the best frame colors complement your natural skin tone and enhance the color of your eyes.

When considering your skin tone, understand that all complexions are categorized as having either a “cool” or “warm” color base. A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones; a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow undertones.

There’s one exception: olive-colored skin is considered cool despite being a mixture of blue and yellow tones. Hair color also is categorized as cool or warm. Cool hair colors include blue-black, salt-and-pepper, auburn, strawberry blond, platinum blond, and silver-white. Examples of warm hair colors include yellow-blond, golden brown, black with brown undertones, and brown-gray.

Eye color is another secondary element in determining your coloring, but there are many subtle variations of eye color. For example, blue eyes can range from nearly violet (cool) to a pale blue-gray (warm). Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) to nearly black (cool).

Once you consider your skin tone, hair color and eye color, it’s time to start picking frames that complement your coloring:

  • Frame colors that usually look best on cool complexions include black, gray, silver, blue, blue-gray, pink, and dark tortoise.
  • Frame colors that complement warm complexions include: gold, copper, brown, khaki, peach, fire-engine red, and blond tortoise.

You may be tempted to choose a frame color that “goes with everything.” But consider instead a color that truly flatters you and helps you make your personal style statement.

Make Sure It Fits

For both comfort and appearance, the size of your eyeglass frames should be in scale with your face size. Here are a few tips to make sure your eyeglasses will be comfortable and fit well:

  • For adequate width, the edge of the frames should protrude slightly beyond the width of your face so that the frame temples don’t press against the side of your head.
  • Make sure the temples are long enough so they can be adjusted properly behind your ears to keep the frame securely on your face when bending over or making quick movements. (Your optician will help with this fit.)
  • The bridge of the frame should rest comfortably and securely on the bridge of your nose, without pinching. (Frames with adjustable nosepieces enable a more customized fit.)

Remember: even if you love the “look” of a frame, if it doesn’t fit properly, you’ll be unhappy in the long run.