How to Try on Eyeglasses

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Trying on eye glasses requires you to examine a number of different aspects of each pair you try. Get tips on how to try on eye glasses with help from an eye and facial plastic surgeon in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Matheson Harris, an ophthalmologist Salt Lake City, Utah. It's important that you follow a few simple tips when you try on new eyeglass frames to make sure you pick the right frame for your face, and that allow you to see best through your new glasses. There are a few different aspects of an eyeglass frame that are important to consider. The first would be the width of the glasses on your face. You want to be sure that the width from either side is wide enough to bridge your temples. You also want to look at the bridge and make sure it's wide enough for your nose as well as make sure that the bridge comes across the top of your nose without touching. When looking at the side of the glasses you want to look at the temple bar and make sure that that is long enough that it can go out past the edge of your ear. Oftentimes these can be adjusted somewhat by an optician where they can melt this portion of the glasses to shape the ear but it definitely has to be long enough to get clear past the backside of your ear and and hook around. When looking at eyeglasses there are several different types of styles. These smaller ones are called fashion frames. While they are very in fashion and nice looking, for some people they can be difficult to wear. The problem comes in that the eyeglass height can at times be too small. Sometimes it's going to be a problem where you'll be looking over the glasses or if you have a bifocal,especially a progressive bifocal lens, or the no line bifocal, there's not enough room within that distance of the lens to fit the glasses, the normal prescription for looking at distance and the bifocal part to look at near. In a larger frame you are able to put a larger lens and thus have more room to look through the upper portion of the lens as well as look down through the bifocal. If you find you're having trouble with your current lenses in seeing with both portions, you may require a larger lens. The last part of looking at eyeglasses is of course choosing a frame that fits your face. For some people this isn't important but for others the shape of the lens, whether it be square, oval, or different tear drop shapes, are important to augment or improve the shape of the glasses on your face. If you have other questions about the shape of eyeglasses or any other aspect of eyeglass fitting, an optician in your area can be a great help.

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