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Guide to Frame Measurements

frame-measurements

 

Finding the Frame Size

If you're a glasses wearer you may notice some numbers on the arms or the bridge. These numbers usually include the frame model, colour code and measurements. This may look something like the following image:


glasses-frame-size

The numbers displayed in this image indicate the following dimensions:-


55-18-145


  • 55(mm) will represent the lens width
  • 18(mm) will represent the bridge width
  • 145(mm) will represent the overall length of the arm

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Understanding Frame Measurements

The diagram below illustrates the fundamental elements and component parts which make up the spectacle frame.  In terms of the fitting of the spectacle frame, the bridge is perhaps the most important part to consider when choosing your frames, because it is here that the major bearing surface and area of contact between the front and the face is situated. The bridge design should facilitate a comfortable and supportive fit which will maintain the position of the lenses over your eyes with a natural gaze.

 

The Bridge Width

The bridge width is the minimum horizontal distance between the nasal surfaces of the rims on a plastic or metal frame, or the minimum horizontal distance between the nasal surfaces of the lenses in rimless frames. If a frame has adjustable nose pads on metal arms various modifications can be made in order to achieve a satisfactory fit;

Increasing the distance between the pads may be appropriate in cases when:
 

The frame size is sitting too high on the face

The bifocal segments or distance section of a progressive (Varifocal) lens are too high

The bridge is too small a fitting for the nose

The distance from the eye to the lens is too great


Decreasing the distance between the pads may be appropriate in cases when:

The frame sits too low on the face

The bifocal segments or distance section of a progressive (Varifocal) lens are too low

The bridge is too low for the nose

The lenses are sitting too close to the eyes and lashes

 

The Lens Width

The lens width is the distance between the vertical sides of a rectangle containing the lens shape (in mm), the diagram above illustrates this.  The sizes for the lens width and bridge width can usually be found on your current glasses by looking on the inside of the frame (usually printed on the arms or the bridge)

 

The Arm Length

The arm length is measured from the dowel point to the extreme end of the side, this is made up of the length to the bend and the length of the drop to give the overall length of side.

When choosing a new spectacle frame check your current frame sizes by looking for the printed measurements (usually found on the arm or bridge), for example:

52-16-135
52 (mm) will represent the lens width
16 (mm) will represent the bridge width
135 (mm) will represent the overall length of the arm

 

Overall Frame Width

Another measurement to consider would be the overall width of the frames, the diagram above illustrates this, it is important to note, aside from two times the lens width plus the bridge width the overall width is also dictated by factors such as the thickness of the rims of the frames and how swept out the lugs are from the frame. Our measurements give an approximate indication to the overall width taking into consideration the lenses and bridge not the lugs of the frame, this measurement is approximate and will vary according to the type and design of the frames.


 





 

The Perfect Frame for you!

The shape of your face is the most important factor when choosing frames. The following descriptions should help you decide which frame design is right for you.

Round Faces
Rectangular frames would be most suitable.

Oval Faces
Most frames will suit this face shape. Size is the most important point when deciding on frames.

Triangular Faces
Rectangular frames would be most suitable.

Square Faces
Oval Shaped or Round Frames would be most suitable.

Rectangular Faces
Oval and Round frames would be most suitable with medium or larger size models.

We have written a separate guide to face shapes that you may find useful, click here to read more.



Article produced by James of SelectSpecs.com