3 Things To Consider When Choosing Eyeglasses

Some people do not like wearing glasses, so how they look on our face and the process of choosing the right pair is important. Trying on every single pair of frames in the store is always an option, but a less time consuming idea is to determine the shape and colouring of your face. With this process you can easily understand which eyeglass frame styles and colour compliment your features the best.

When matching eyeglass frames to face shape consider the following 3 points:

  1. Eyeglass should repeat your best feature, an example might be blue frames to blue eyes.
  2. The frame should contrast with your face shape.
  3. The frame should be to scale with your face size.

Faces are generally a combination of shapes and angles, so the 7 basic shapes are listed here:

  1. Oval is considered to be the ideal shape with its balanced proportions. To balance the oval shape out, frames that are as wide as the broadest part of your face are suggested.
  2. Base up triangle is a face wider in the top third than the bottom third. Choose frames that are wider at the bottom, lighter coloured, or wireless to minimize the wider top portion of the face.
  3. Oblong is a face longer than it is wide with long, straight cheek lines and a longer nose. To balance this shape, choose frames with more depth than width, and add decorative or contrasting temples to make the face appear wider.
  4. Square faces have a strong jawline and broad forehead, with width and length in proportion. They look best with wire frame styles, frames with more width than depth, or narrow ovals.
  5. Diamond shaped faces are narrow at the eyeline and jawline with broad cheekbones. Choose glasses that highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, and that feature distinctive brow lines or detailing. Rimless wire frames, an oval or cat eye shape work well also.
  6. Round faces often want to elongate their features. To make a round face appear longer, thinner and more angular, choose light frames that lengthen the face and a clear bridge that widens the eye area.
  7. Base down triangle, with its narrow cheek and chin area need added width for balance. Frames that are heavily accented with colour and detail on the top or cat eye shapes add emphasis to the top third of the face.

After you’ve had your comprehensive eye exam with our Optometrists in Calgary, should you require corrective lenses you will be prepared with the information provided  to choose the best eyeglass frames for your face.

Why Are You Nearsighted

Individuals who have been diagnosed with Myopia, or nearsightedness, may have questions about how it happened. The blurred distance vision that they experience is the result of imprecise optics of the eye. With normal vision, light entering the eye focuses on the whole retina. For those with myopia, the light focuses on the front of the retina instead. Because of this, objects viewed in the distance appear unclear and out of focus. Nearsightedness typically begins in childhood and increases as a child grows, but it can worsen at any age. On the other hand, it can surprisingly also improve with time, even as we enter our older years.

Who doesn’t remember their parents telling them to turn on a brighter light while reading or to not sit too close to the TV? Other things such as reading too much or playing video games have been questioned as possible culprits for Myopia. Despite a ton of research, no real cause has been determined to this day.

Myopia has been shown to be on the increase in the general population, which is a cause for concern. Researchers question whether this is due to family genetics, the amount of close work we perform or even what part our diet plays. The answer is probably a combination of one or more of these factors.

Recent research in Asia suggests that spending more time outdoors reduces the risk of developing nearsightedness. As we place increasing demands on our eyes through focusing on the screens of our computers, tablets, and phones, this research highlights our need to head outdoors more frequently.

Based on the benefits uncovered by this research, parents should make sure their children spend at least 40 minutes outdoors each day. Additionally, scheduling regular eye exams can help to keep your child’s eyes healthy. Now is the time, schedule your appointment with our Optometrists for a comprehensive eye exam in Calgary.

How School Affects Children’s Eyes

Preparing your child for a new school year means shopping for new clothes, backpacks and filling endless school supply lists. A visit to your child’s Optometrist may be something else to do to get your child off to a healthy start. As parents we want to give our child the best chance to do well in school, and that’s why their ability to see clearly at all distances is vitally important. We’ve listed some common eye issues below that might cause your child to experience difficulty in school, and  we suggest including an eye exam with an Optometrist as your child begins a new school year.


The most common eye issue that Calgary Optometrists diagnose is myopia, often referred to as near sightedness. Students sitting far away from blackboards or in large lecture halls can experience blurred vision, leaving them unable to see the material properly. Some younger students may have lower grades or become disruptive because they can’t see clearly. Unable to see the material and take notes can cause them to fall behind.


Farsightedness, or hyperopia is the exact opposite of myopia and prevents the student from seeing clearly and focusing close up. The closer the material, the more difficult it is for the person to do their work. Because of this, they may find it easier to avoid their work altogether. If hyperopia goes undiagnosed, your child may experience fatigue, headaches and eye turning issues.


The lesser known astigmatism means that the clear front surface of the eye is not completely round, which affects both distance and near vision. This is not a disease of the eye per say, rather a misshapen eye that can easily be corrected with prescription lenses.

It is recommended that all patients, including children, should have their binocular vision checked as well. Even if they don’t require prescription lenses, a person could experience vision problems when their eyes don’t align properly, an easily corrected problem.

Schools throughout Calgary offer screening programs to find any vision issues your child may be experiencing in class. Another option is to call and schedule an appointment with our Optometrists where a comprehensive eye exam can better determine the complete health of your child’s eyes.