Not sure what your glasses measurements are or how to find them? Keep reading, you’ll find all the information you need! The better your frames fit, the better they flatter your face. Consider searching for your glasses as you would for a pair of shoes – first, you need to know your size.
From lens width to bridge width, each of your glass’s features play an important part in determining the right frame size for you. In order to find a pair that fits perfectly, here’s a guide to help you find your glasses measurement. Scroll through the different sections of this guide to find your glasses features:
How to Measure Your Glasses
Frame size incorporates three key figures, all of which are measured in millimeters. Usually, the frame manufacturer prints the size numbers on the inside of the glasses’ temples. Sometimes they’ll print them on the bridge. You’ll find the following figures on your glasses:
- Lens width: Between 31-60 mm
- Bridge width: Between 12-31 mm
- Temple length: Between 115-155 mm
It’s easiest to find a pair of glasses that fit you already — whether they’re your current prescription pair, a set of sunglasses, or even your friend’s glasses (if you don’t yet have your own) and get the sizing from there. If you’re not familiar with the process, here’s how to measure your glasses.
Use Temple (Arm) Measurements
Look at the inside temple of your frame and check for the numbers indicated above. You can usually find them on the left-hand side, though some may be displayed on the ear piece or the bridge of your nose.
Typically, you’ll see three numbers:
- one 2-digit figure which represents the lens width,
- one 2-digit figure that represents the bridge width, and
- a 3-digit figure that measures the length of your frame arms.
Did you know that your lens thickness changes according to its width? Indeed, the larger the lens width, the thicker the lenses will be!
This also applies to lens height- if your new frame is much taller than the shape you’re currently wearing you can expect thicker lenses.
For prescriptions with a minus in the SPH portion the thickness is greatest at the edges of the lenses. For plus prescriptions that thickness is greatest at the middle of the lenses.
If you’re making a change from your current pair to a larger measurement in width or height in your new pair, consider choosing a thinner lens material to preserve a similar cosmetic look to the lenses even if your prescription hasn’t changed. In general a thinner lens will not only make your lenses look more appealing but will also be lighter and have less distracting curvature on the periphery of the lenses when you’re looking through them.
Use Measurements from a Current Pair of Glasses or Sunglasses
If you don’t see a clear series of measurements along the inside temple you can still find your best fit by measuring your glasses yourself.
1. Measure horizontally the inside frame width. Put the edge of your ruler over your frame and measure from the left hinge to the right hinge.
2. Measure the temple length. Place your ruler at the hinge and measure straight across to the furthest end of the temple.
- Frame sizes do not usually have to be exact – numbers within a few millimeters in either width or length should still fit. Spring hinges allow for increased flexibility and durability in the life of your glasses.
- If you’re making a big change in style – for example going from a wide rectangular frame to something round, chances are the lens width in the round pair is considerably smaller than what you currently wear.
- If you’ve been wearing a plastic frame without nose pads and it fit well, try to match the bridge size exactly if your new frame will be plastic as well. If you choose a metal frame, you can deviate from your current bridge size by 2-3mm and still have the adjustability of metal nose pad arms.
What Is My Bridge Measurement?
Your glasses measurements are not complete without your bridge measurement. One of the most common issues people face when shopping for eyewear online is finding the perfect bridge fit.
A bridge that’s too tight can pinch the nose and cause your frames to sit too high on your face, while a bridge that’s too wide keeps sliding down your face all day (talk about annoying!). In this section, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about nose bridge and glasses measurements.
What Is a Bridge Measurement?
The bridge measurement is the distance between the inside of one lens to the other — the part of the frame that sits just above (or on) your nose.
Acetate vs. Metal: Which Offers the Simpler Bridge Fit?
Generally, getting the right bridge measurement is much more important when it comes to acetate frames than with metal glasses.
If you prefer metal, you’ve got it easy! Metal frames’ bridges often come with adjustable nose pads that can be tightened or loosened to suit a variety of nose sizes. So, if your nose bridge is rather thin, metal frames with nose pads are recommended to prevent the frame from sliding.
Can I Use My Current Pair of Glasses to Find My Bridge Measurement?
Yes! If you currently wear acetate frames, your bridge measurement should be printed right on the glasses. You can usually find this number either along the arm or the nose bridge itself.
Traditionally, the middle number corresponds to the bridge measurement and is between about 16-21 mm on most glasses. If your frames fit well, this number will work for you across the board.
Can’t find your bridge measurement, or shopping for glasses for the first time?
Look in the mirror to see where your nose bridge starts and how wide or narrow your nose is. If your bridge is low (level or below your pupils), your bridge size will be a low number (maybe 16-18). If it is high (above your pupils) or if it is wider than average, you will need a larger bridge number (maybe 19-21).
Nose Bridge Position Is Just as Important as Size
It is also important to look at the location of the bridge on the frame. If you have a high bridge, frames with a bridge closer to the brow line are great! If you have a low bridge, frames with a curvier brow or a lower bridge would be a better choice.
How Does Frame Thickness Influence Your Bridge Measurement?
Because the bridge measurement is measured from the inside of the frame, a thick-rimmed frame with the same bridge size as a frame with a very thin rim will not fit the same, it might actually be too small.
For example, if you know your bridge is 17 mm and you’re looking at a chunky frame with a 19 mm bridge, it is very likely that it will be a suitable size for your bridge because it takes into account the extra rim.
Search Glasses by Size with Coastal
So, after all, you can order your glasses online with your own bridge measurement if you’ve concluded that…
- If your bridge is small: look for something in the 14-16 mm range.
- If your bridge is medium: you’ll be best suited to a bridge between 17-19 mm.
- If your bridge is large: your size would be 20-23 mm.
Once you’re confident, you can read our guide – how to buy glasses online. Using our handy size filter, you can search for only the frames that suit your size! And to complete your glasses measurements, you can also learn how to measure your Pupillary Distance (PD).
Now that you know all about glasses measurements, you can adapt your choice according to different frames features such as thickness, width, and length. Are you trying to make a fashion statement with your glasses, or do you want people to barely notice them? You could choose between two kinds of frames:
Thick Frame Glasses
Thick frames are bold and unmissable. People with strong facial features like prominent noses or chins should think about trying thick frames, which will help de-emphasize those features. Thick plastic frames can also hide lens thickness for high prescriptions!
Thick frames usually come in dark colors, but as they’ve grown in popularity other options have joined the mix—clear thick frames are a cool and trendy look.
Thin frames blend into your face. They emphasize your eyes and other facial features. If you want people to notice your face, not your frames—or if you don’t want to draw attention to your glasses—go for thin frames.
The width of your frames is like the width of your shoes—this isn’t a fashion choice, it’s a matter of getting the correct fit. A couple of frame width fit rules to keep in mind:
- There should be a gap between the arm of the glasses and your temple, but it should be a very small gap.
- When you smile, the glasses should continue to rest on your nose, not get jostled by your cheeks.
Choosing Arm Width and Length
Don’t worry too much about the width of the frame’s arms. These are nearly always designed to be in proportion with the thickness of the frame overall. Thick arms usually go along with thick frames and provide balance. They are most common on sunglasses. Most frames for regular glasses have thin arms.
Length of the temple, however, is another matter. Most adult women want a frame arm between about 135-140, whereas most adult men should look for frame arms from 140-145. These figures vary depending on face shape and size.
Note that it’s important to have your frame adjusted. The downward bend of the temple should be in the proper position to prevent your frame from sliding.
Ready to Find Your Next Pair of Glasses?
Now that you’ve learned a little more about how to measure your glasses, you have all the information needed to start ordering glasses online. Buying glasses online gives you a better range of styles and prices. And if the glasses that you’ve ordered are not a perfect fit, Coastal offers free returns for 14 days from delivery. If your first choice doesn’t work, you can try a second (or third, or fourth…).
Shopping With Your Glasses Measurements
Along with having a copy of your prescription on hand, knowing the dimensions of your glasses makes it quick and easy to buy your next pair online. Once you know the measurements of your best-fitting frames, you can confidently choose a pair with a similar fit and feel.
- Head to the MyFit tool on our website and click “Add” to input your glasses measurements.
- Enter the figures from your current pair in the separate fields.
- Store this measurement in your MyAccount (Optional) so you can always shop with your ideal fit.
- Browse the site and only see frames in your size so you can focus on style.
Now that you know how to search eyeglasses frame size, you can refine your search for your glasses measurements and then continue searching for the styles, brands, shapes, and materials. If you’re wondering how to measure your pupillary distance and eye size, take a look at our other guides. So, ready to start finding your perfect frames?