Canada, an estimated 75% of adults will use or require some form of vision correction to help them see better. Of that, nearly 42% of men will wear glasses at some point during the day. If you are looking to purchase glasses for a guy you know or you are a guy and looking to purchase glasses for yourself, then there are many things you will want to consider. Very small changes in design and placement can make a big difference in terms of how you look. Below is a quick guide to men’s glasses, designed to point you in the right direction the next time you step into an optical store.
The Importance of Fit
Usually, people go straight to finding the right kind of glasses for the shape of their face. While this is a good thing to review, you should first consider the importance of fit. Fit regards how well the glasses settle on your face. Glasses that are too bunched up in front or wide will look awkward. Glasses where the frames hit the cheeks will also look odd and should be avoided. Another thing to consider in regards to fit is that the bridge resides squarely and flush against your nose. Any gaps will mean that your glasses are too small for your face. As a final consideration, be aware that hiding the eyebrows behind thicker frames can look odd and should be avoided.
Figure Out the Shape of Your Face
Glasses help to counteract the shape of your face and will look best when they fit in with how your face is arranged. Is your face square, round, triangle, oblong, oval, diamond, or heart? You can determine this by following a guide online; taking measurements, and seeing what category you fall into. As your friends to choose the category that is most fitting, as it can be hard to judge your own face. Knowing the shape of your face will help direct you to the best style that compliments your face. For example, triangle, square, and oblong faces can benefit from larger glasses with wider frames while oval, round, diamond, and heart faces will benefit from thinner, longer lenses.
Putting It All Together
Anything else to consider? Take an hour out of your schedule to look through the glasses available at the store. Using the guidelines posted above, you will have a good idea of where to start looking. With this information, you can select a dozen or so pairs and try each one in turn to see what works and what will not.
If you prefer some assistance, one of our qualified opticians will be happy to help you find the right fit and hand-select a few styles to give you a look to impress.