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What types of frames do you sell?
We offer a variety of plastic, metal, pure titanium, memory or flex titanium, stainless steel, TR90 (durable, flexible and lightweight option), safety, shooter and sports frames. All of our eyeglasses come complete with complimentary UV and basic Anti-Scratch coatings.
Do you have a retail store where we can fit your frames?
We do not have a retail store. Being a pure internet shop is what allows us to offer our customers such low prices.
For fitting, we recommend that you look at the interior sidebar (arm) of a frame you already own to see the dimensions that suit you best. You can compare this with the dimensions on the Details Page for the frame you are interested in getting.
Note: Eyeglasses Dimensions are measured in millimeters: Lens width – Nose Bridge – Arm length
50 – 14 – 135
Can I order non-prescription frames?
Absolutely, on the product page, under the section “How Will You Use Your Glasses?” simply select ‘Fashion only’ and we will send you the frames with non-prescription lenses. You can also add options of tint and coatings to your non-prescriptions glasses.
Do you offer children’s’ frames?
Definitely!! Our kids frames are for children under 10 and children with small faces. For children in this age group, we still recommend them to have a consultation with an optometrist. Older children can use smaller adult glasses. Check out our selection of Kids Frames here!
Tips for Choosing the Best Frame For You
In learning how to select eyeglass frames, there are steps that can be taken to avoid a purchase that results in poor fitting frames. For many people in the market to buy new frames, making a fashion statement can sometimes be as important to the consumer as quality of vision. However, it is important to remember that knowing how to select eyeglass frames is not strictly an enhancement of one’s beauty. Comfort also plays a vital role in determining whether or not a purchase is made.
If you are buying eyeglass frames for the first time, you will want to start with some measurements. Measuring across the front of your eyes, where your glasses will sit, will help you determine what size you should start looking at. It may also be helpful to try on a few frames at an optical store and write down the measurements to find what will be a good fit for you. Once you have an idea of size, you can use our digital try-on system to see how each frame looks on your face, quickly and easily!
If you have already worn glasses before, then you can use those to help you size the frames. Your current glasses will have measurements for the bridge (the part over the nose), the frame width, and the arm length. If you measure your glasses with a millimeter ruler (better than inches because the resolution is smaller) then you can compare to the measurements we have for every pair of glasses on our site. In this manner, you can compare several frames to yours and get an idea of what it would mean to have, for example, a lens height of 35mm versus one that is at 26mm. Give it a try and you will find that it’s quite easy to do.
The Temple Arm Length can vary up to about 10mm from what is written on your frames as they are adjustable (you bend the “earpiece” to fit comfortably. If you have worn glasses, you know that this is an easy thing to do.
The Bridge Measurement, a.k.a. DBL or Distance Between Lenses, (nose) can be easily adjusted by moving the nose pads. Typically, the bridge measurement is between 15 and 20 mm and so a variation in this from your glasses to a new pair will not make much difference.
The Frame Width is not adjustable in any way so it is important to stay about 5mm from the measurement on your glasses.
The Lens Height and Width are provided to help you get an idea of how big the glasses will seem on your face. Typically, if the Frame Width and Temple Arm Length are similar to yours, then the frame will be a suitable size for your face. If you really like a frame and are not sure, simply measure the glasses you have (sunglasses will work too) and you will get an idea about how big they will be on your face.
Remember, every persons face is shaped slightly differently than the next and sometimes the face shape may change the shape of the frames you want to buy. There are a few tips that can be followed in looking for the perfect pair of frames. If you have plenty of facial hair, larger frames tend to mask certain features. Smaller cut frames may enhance a bearded look. Also, in knowing how to select eyeglass frames, try to avoid frames larger than your head. In other words, if you have a smaller shaped head smaller frames will not mask your features. More on this below…
Very Strong Prescriptions and Hiding Lens Thickness
We often are asked from customers with strong prescriptions, “I have a very strong prescription (greater than +/- 6.00). What do you recommend as the most aesthetically pleasing lenses without breaking the bank?”
Answer: In addition to order a higher index lens (1.61 or higher), the smallest frame possible that looks good on your face will help as well. We also recommend a frame that is fairly round or oval (no corners), where you look right through the center of each lens. These techniques minimize lens thickness.
Plastic frames will sometimes hide the edges of a think frame (good if you have a minus (nearsighted) prescription as the lenses for that type of prescription are thicker on the edges than in the middle).
Matching Eyeglass Frames To Face Shape
You should consider three main points when choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape, according to Vision Council of America (VCA):
• The frame shape should contrast with the face shape.
• The frame size should be in scale with the face size.
• Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
Five Basic Face Shapes – What Shape Are You?
While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are five basic face shapes. Below are descriptions of these face shapes and which types of frames work well for each. If you have any questions, please email or call us and we are happy to help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses. It’s like having a personal shopper!
A round face has soft, curvy lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. Try angular, narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape
The oval face is similar to a round but slightly taller. (Usually around 1 and a half times the with. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face, or heart-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow. (Heart-shaped frames are wider across the top than the bottom)
This shape has a broad forehead and a narrow chin. The best frame choices are usually those that are the same type of curve as your face as it moves from cheek to chin. Try frames that are wider at the top, very light colors and materials, and rimless or half-rim frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place to the temples by a few screws).
A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. Try more round and curvy frame styles, frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.
The rectangle face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face balanced, try frames that have bigger a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose. Also, try rimless or half-rim frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place to the temples by a few screws).
Are you warm or cool? Knowing the answer will help you easily select frame colors
• All people have either a cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) coloring. • Everyone looks best in his or her own color base. • Eyewear color should complement personal coloring. The main factors to determine the best color palette are the colors of the skin, eyes and hair.
Skin tone is the prime element in determining coloring. All complexions fall into one of two color bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.
Eye colors are usually a secondary element in determining coloring because of the wide range of eye colors. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost black.
Hair colors are also considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, salt-and-pepper and “dishwater” brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blond, flat black, brown-gold, “carrot” and “dirty” gray.
Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool,” then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that will suit you the best. Some examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise. For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber (darker) tortoise.
The “Go For It” Approach
As you can see from the information above, there are certainly some guidelines to follow which will help you to make sure your eyeglasses fit your face and coloring. BUT…do they fit your personality? There certainly are times when we stretch out with our fashions, and at Greateyeglasses.com we are committed to providing you with quality eyewear at great prices so you can stretch out with your eyewear, too.
So we say: “Go for it!” HAVE FUN!!!!”
How does the Try-On system work?
Our Try-On system is useful for seeing how a frame will look on you. Take a picture as you shop or upload a picture off your phone and select “Try-On” to see how great you look in a variety of frames. It’s that simple!
You can also choose a model with a face shape that is similar to yours to see how a frame may look on your face. You can adjust the size and angle of the frame to fit your picture, but keep in mind that these adjustments are not to scale. Use our measurement methods to make sure the frame is the right size for you.