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Opthalmic Frames
Frame Selection

By Shape of Face
Face Shape Description Recommended Frame Shape
Oval Normal Most shapes will be suitable
Oblong Long Deep frame preferably with low temple attachment
Round Wide Relatively narrow frame preferably with a high temple attachment
Square Wide Same criteria as round
Triangular Erect triangle Width of frame should approximately equal lower widest part of facial area. Darker colors work well
Diamond Inverted Triangle Lighter looking frame is recommended such as metal or rimless or lighter colors in zyl


Bridge Selection

Selecting the proper bridge size and shape for any given patient is a crucial part of frame selection both from a cosmetic and a purely practical perspective. Since a “high” bridge such as a keyhole style tends to accentuate nose length it should be avoided with longer noses and recommended with shorter, stubbier noses. The opposite holds true with “lower” bridge designs such as a saddle bridge. Patients with especially narrow bridges are generally successful with adjustable nose pads. Very often adjustable pads can be added to a zyl frame which may increase the selection of wearable frames for the narrow-bridged patient. Saddle bridges and “comfort” bridges for metal frames are difficult to adjust, therefore care must be taken to insure the fit is suitable right from the beginning during the initial frame selection.


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