How to Choose Glasses to Fit Your Face

If your eye heath and eyesight have faded with time, you’re certainly not alone. Actually, roughly 75% of American adults use some sort of vision correcting mechanism. As we age, there are a myriad of factors that contribute to declining eyesight. Whether you have a condition, regular wear and tear, or just feel like you can’t read everything you used to be able to, vision correction is a common pursuit.

Whether you’re a contacts-lover or a glasses-wearer or somebody in between, we all know the struggle that is choosing a new set of frames. Round frames, cat eye frames, rectangular, extra-angular, oh my! The key to finding the perfect pair that emphasizes your favorite features? Finding a pair that fits your face properly.

If it’s finally time to forego your glasses, contact our experts at Advanced Eye Medical to learn more about your options for Orange County LASIK eye surgery.

The first step is to establish which of the four common face shapes you have. You likely already know which of these matches your features, but if you don’t, follow these guidelines:

1. Oval: Oval faces have balanced features and high cheekbones and the chin is typically narrower than the forehead. Simply put: your face is longer than it is wide.
2. Round: Rounded faces typically have full cheeks and a rounded chin, and your face is as wide as it is tall.
3. Heart: People with heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead, high cheekbones, and a narrower chin. Their facial features are wider at the top of the face and come down to a narrow chin.
4. Square: Those with square faces have a very prominent jawline, wide forehead and noticeably angular features.

Even if you don’t feel you match any of these descriptions exactly, it’s likely that you fall into one of these categories more than the others.

Now comes the next step: choosing a design! Each face shape is flattered by different designs and sizes. choosing one that flatters your particular face shape is a game changer. But, what are those designs and sizes?


If you have an oval shaped face, try looking for some bold shapes, colors and textures! Oval faces are flattered by many types of glasses, so looking for a pair that emphasizes the balance of your face is key. Look for a pair that are wider than the widest part of your face. Lucky for you, this is considered the easiest face shape to shop for!


If you have a round face shape, look for glasses with strong details with frames that are wider than they are tall. The wider shape will flatter the roundness in your face and make it appear slimmer. The strong features and angles of the glasses are flattering because those with round faces typically do not have a highly angular face, and rather have more rounded features. A fun print, an interesting color and strong detailing can add lots of contrast and definition to the face.


For you heart-shaped faces out there, try looking for frames that are wider than your forehead (the widest part of your face) and perhaps some design work on the bottom half. This will help balance out your features and emphasize your beautiful, strong cheekbones! We think light colors are flattering and don’t take away from your beautiful features.


Because of your strong jawline and angular features, look for round shapes with thinner frames. We also think neutral colors help flatter your jawline and keep a nice, even balance throughout your face. A pair with strong angles might make your face appear more angular than you want!

Orange County LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’re sick and tired of hunting for frames and putting in contact lenses, perhaps LASIK is right for you. From its seriously low level of risk and phenomenal, consistent results, this procedure will leave you with great eyesight and without the hassle of eye corrective gear. LASIK has tons of benefits, including:

-Corrected vision
-Low amounts of pain associated with the procedure
-Vision is corrected or improved immediately or the following day
-Quick recovery
-Results can be adjusted later on in life
-No longer needed corrective eyewear

For more information on Orange County LASIK eye surgery and whether or not you are a qualified candidate for the procedure, contact us!

How Sunglasses Can Save Your Eyesight

In addition, to being a must-have fashion accessory, sunglasses are an important tool for keeping your eyes safe from harmful UV radiation. UV exposure can increase your risk for developing eye related diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and even cancer of the eye and eyelid. And because ultraviolet rays can have a detrimental effect on your eyesight, it is imperative to wear good quality sunglasses to protect your eyes from harm.

Things to Consider

The damage caused by UV rays is cumulative and may not appear until later in life which is why it is so important to start protecting your eyes at an early age. Children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of UV radiation. This is because their pupils are much larger than adults and therefore they take in more UV rays. Because of this, it is important for parents to always to make sure their children have sunglasses on when they are outside for long periods.

Sunglasses don’t just protect your eyes from UV radiation they also protect them from dust and other airborne particles that may harm your eyes.
Non-prescription sunglasses are just as protective as prescription sunglasses provided they have the same UV protection and lens size.

While you can find contact lenses that are designed to protect your eyes from UV rays they do not provide comprehensive eye protection because they leave your eyelids exposed. And because the eyelids are a frequent cancer location, it’s important for those whose wear contacts also wear non-prescription sunglasses.

You should always wear your sunglasses when you’re outside, but it’s especially important to wear them during peak sunlight hours roughly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the UV rays are at their strongest.

You should wear sunglasses even when it’s cloudy outside to protect your eyes from UV rays.

Wearing a wide brim hat can also protect your eyes from UV radiation. Try pairing with sunglasses for maximum protection

Be sure to wear sunglasses all year round not just in the summer months.

An added benefit to wearing sunglasses is that they protects your eyes from developing wrinkles and other signs of aging.

What to Look for When Choosing Sunglasses:

  • Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Those that do a lot of driving or boating should consider getting polarized sunglasses to reduce glare.
  • Bigger sunglasses offer better protection.
  • Costly sunglasses do not necessarily provide the best protection.
  • Darker sunglasses do not necessarily protect better than tints. Always read the label and base your choice on the amount of UV protection they provide.
  • When in doubt speak to an eye care professional before making a purchase.

Now that you know how sunglasses can save your eyesight be sure always to wear a pair to protect your eyes. If you have further questions about what sunglasses to choose, please feel free to contact us, we’d be happy to help. If you need to book an appointment with us just visit