Three Factors to Choosing Eyeglass Frames

Helping our patients choose just the right frame is important to us, a frame that complements your face and your style.  Luckily, The Eye Studio has an expert on staff!  Our optician Amelia is amazing at helping our patients, and we have a wide selection of high quality frames from which you can choose. As you’re thinking about what type of frame you may want, here are three tips that can help!

Face Shape
Is your face round, oval, square, diamond or heart-shaped? The shape of your face will help you determine which frames enhance your look.

  • Round Face: Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. This quality can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, adding balance to your round features.
    Frames to Avoid: Rimless frames, round frames and small frames will accentuate the roundness, making your round face look even rounder.
  • Oval Face: Frames that suit an oval face have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape.
    Frames to Avoid: Eyeglasses that are overlarge and cover up more than half of your face will throw off the natural balance and symmetry of the oval face.
  • Square Face: Eyeglasses that soften the angularity and sit high on the bridge of the nose look best on square faces. Oval or round eyeglasses will balance and add a thinner appearance to the angles of a square face.
    Frames to Avoid: Angular and boxy eyeglass frames will sharpen and draw attention to your angular features, making a square face appear bulky.
  • Diamond Face: Play up a narrow forehead and chin with eyeglass frames what sweep up or are wider than the cheekbones, such as cat eye glasses and oval frames. These frames will accentuate your cheekbones and delicate features.
    Frames to Avoid: Boxy and narrow frames will accentuate the width of your cheeks, drawing attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.
  • Heart-Shaped Face: Frames that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin are ideal. Eyeglasses with low-set temples and bottom heavy frame lines will add width to that narrower part of your face. Round eyeglasses or square eyeglasses with curved edges will help draw attention away from a broad, high forehead.
    Frames to Avoid: Steer clear of any style or color of frames that draws attention to the forehead. This includes frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.

The key to finding the right frames is to remember that opposites attract. Select eyeglasses that contrast from your facial contours and bring symmetry and balance to your prominent features.

Consider Colors That Match Your Skin Tone
Just as the shape of your face helps determine which frames look best, so does your skin tone. More important than hair color and more decisive than eye color, skin tone sets the tone for high fashion frames. Select a shade closest to your skin tone:

  • Warm Skin Tone
    If you have a yellow, bronze or golden cast to your skin, you have a warm complexion. Stay away from contrasting colors such as pastels. White and black frames are not flattering either. Instead, the best frame colors for you are light tortoise, browns shades, gold or honey, beige, and olive green.
  • Cool Skin Tone
    If your skin has pink or blue undertones, you have a cool complexion. Avoid colors that wash you out and instead reach for frames that are silver, black, dark tortoise, pink, purple, blue, mauve and gray.

What’s Your Lifestyle  and Personality?
There are eyeglass frames for every way of life! Think about the activities you will do while wearing your glasses. If you’re active, frames which can twist and bend without breaking are a great option!  However, if you work in an office, a classic style will fit well with your business attire.  The frames you wear can say a lot about your personality. You can have a pair of glasses that showcase your fun loving side on the weekends and a pair that emphasizes your get down to business tone during the week! Choose a frame in your favorite color as long as it doesn’t clash with your skin tone, or have fun with a frame with detailed embellishments and flare. Choose either one style of frames to express your personality or have a small collection of frames on hand to easily alter your appearance to suit your mood!

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As important as finding the right frame is, choosing the right lenses is even more important!  Your lenses will control how clear and comfortable your vision is.  Here at The Eye Studio, we’ve made a commitment to make sure that every patient has access to lenses utilizing the latest in technologies for unprecedented vision but at the same price you would pay for lesser quality products.  We take our commitment to your vision seriously!

  • Digital High Definition Lenses:  The technology that introduced digital lenses is changing the way we see!  These lenses are customized specifically for your vision through a computer guided process that lends clarity, contrast, color, and brightness not capable in older, traditionally cut lenses.  You will be amazed how well you see!
  • Trivex or Polycarbonate Lenses:  Trivex or polycarbonate lenses are impact resistant lenses – a fantastic choice for children and sports and safety eyewear. These lenses also offer full UV protection and are lightweight for optimal comfort.
  • Anti-Reflective Coating: Anti-Reflective Coating reflects light off the lens surface, providing wearers with a reduction in glare and eye fatigue. Anti-Reflective coating is especially helpful when driving after dark and working on a computer.
  • Progressive Lenses: Progressive lenses, often referred to as “no-line bifocals” are a great option for patient’s over 40 who need two viewing powers, one for distance and one for up close.  Progressive lenses provide continuous progression of lens powers to facilitate clear viewing at all distances.
  • High-Index Lenses: High-Index lenses are thinner and lighter lenses than those produced from plastic. High Index lenses are especially useful to those with strong prescriptions, creating eyeglasses that are comfortable to wear without the awkward look of thick lenses.
  • Scratch-Resistant Coating: Although no eyeglasses are completely scratch proof, Scratch-Resistant Coating does provide lenses with a harder surface that resists scratches. Scratch-Resistant coating is a must for children’s eyeglasses.
  • Photochromic Lenses: These lenses adapt from clear indoors to fully dark in bright sun, providing the wearer with a superior visual experience, and offering a distinct advantage over ordinary clear lenses.
  • Polarized Lenses: Polarized lenses are used in sunglasses and provide wearers with a filter to eliminate the glare experienced from highly reflective surfaces, such as water or snow. Polarized lenses are also capable of being worn indoors to protect light-sensitive individuals from light exposure. These lenses are recommended for patients with eye conditions such as cataracts and age related
  • Ultraviolet Coating: Ultraviolet Coating provides sun protection for the wearer’s eyes, blocking harmful ultraviolet light. Too much exposure to the sun can result in eye damage including cataracts and retinal damage.


The good news is you have lots of options for your new glasses so you can come up with the perfect combination lenses to meet your needs.  After talking to you during your examination, Dr. Barton will also make recommendations based on her findings and your needs for work and pass-time activities.

See the slideshow we’ve prepared below for additional information!


Because our goal for your vision in your new glasses is UNPRECEDENTED CLARITY AND COMFORT, we recommend a high definition digital lens for the sharpest vision on the planet, made in the strongest,safest Trivex material on the planet with an anti-reflective coating to eliminate glare and improve the cosmetics of your new lenses.  In addition, if you have a high prescription, then you might consider thinner high index lenses.  Want the convenience of all-in-one sunwear?  Then photocromatic “transition” lenses are for you!  Do you spend a lot of time outdoors on the water or in the snow?  Then polarized “no-glare” lenses would be another great option!

We invite you to scroll through the slideshow on the right to learn more!