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Eye Health: What are the main factors to consider when shopping for a pair of glasses?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton
Special to KyForward

Shopping for eyeglasses can be fun and frustrating at the same time. To streamline the process, I have a new business coming to Central Kentucky this summer… more to come in a future column!

In the meantime, there are two main things to consider when shopping for glasses: your face shape and coloring.

With some help from Cosmopolitan.com, here’s a basic guide to finding your ideal pair of glasses.

Determine your face shape. You’ll want the shape of the frame to contrast with the shape of your face. I also suggest looking for frames that are in scale with your face size.

The most common face shapes and frames that look most flattering on them:

— Heart-Shaped Faces – Aviators balance out a broader forehead with a narrower jaw line and a more pointed chin. Rimless styles keep a heart-shaped face from looking heavy on the top.

— Square-Shaped Faces – Ovals and rounded rectangles soften a strong jaw and lengthen the face. Oval faces look best when wearing top-heavy frames and butterfly shapes.

— Narrow Faces, I suggest taller frames and decorative temples. Decorative details at the temples draw attention to the sides of the face, which makes it appeal broader.

— Half-Rim and Cat-Eye Shapes look nice on those who have trapezoidal faces. Both of those shapes bring the attention up and balance out jaw lines.
Round faces tend to be balanced out with rectangular frames and contrast bridges. A contrasting bridge can make the eyes look farther apart.

Analyze your coloring. The main elements that determine the best color palate are the colors of your skin, eyes, and hair. Choose a color that compliments your features. If you want the glasses to stand out, choose ones that contrast the tone of your face and hair.

Also, keep in mind you don’t have to choose a frame color that you can wear with everything. Focus on finding a pair of glasses that reflect your personal style.

Source for some content: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/advice/a17832/4-tips-for-glasses-by-face/

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Dr. Dawn Stratton is the founder of Stratton Eyes. She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and earned her Doctor of Optometry in 1994. Based in Lexington, Dr. Stratton is a member of American Optometric Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the National Association of Professional Women and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She also provides eye exams for patients at the Hope Center, Room at the Inn and The Nest. Visit Stratton-Eyes.com for more information or call 859-245-2020 or email office@strattoneyes.com. You can also find the office on Facebook and on Twitter @StrattonEyes.

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