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You might think of wearing eyeglasses as separate from your overall health routine. But shopping for a new pair of frames with a new or updated prescription can keep your vision sharp and your eyes healthy.
This handy list below is a great starting point for finding the right frames for you.
We evaluated a wide range of eyeglasses to offer a selection of frames that work for as many face shapes and budgets as possible.
Some important notes to keep in mind: We considered glasses with different nose bridges, or where frames rest on your face. Below, we have a category for low nose bridge frames, which may work best for people who have minimally sloped noses or smaller nose bridges.
Some of the frame suggestions below also include adjustable nose pads, which can change the way glasses rest on the face.
Another important consideration is your prescription. If you have a strong prescription (greater than +/- 4.25), you may want to consider high index lenses. Otherwise, the lens may be too thick for the frames. Even with high index lenses, very strong prescriptions may require you to choose slightly smaller frames, as large frames can be too heavy on your face.
Here’s what we considered in choosing the following list of eyeglasses:
- User reviews. If a pair of frames got more negative reviews than positive, they didn’t make the cut.
- Company reputation. We went with companies known for having responsive customer service.
- A wide range of budgets. We wanted to provide a pair of eyeglasses for every kind of budget.
- A wide range of face shapes. We made sure to include eyeglass styles and shapes for every kind of face shape.
Depending on the frame’s brand name, strength of the prescription, and lens treatment, prescription eyeglasses can run anywhere from $50 to over $800. We offer something at each price point.
The pricing structure below is for single vision prescriptions that don’t include high index lenses. Depending on the retailer, high index lenses can add $30 to $120 to the price of your eyeglasses. Multifocals can add an additional $100 to $200.
- $ = under $100
- $$ = $100–$200
- $$$ = $200–$300
- $$$$ = over $300
Retro style tends to be a crowd favorite. The Ray-Ban Clubmaster, a “Mad Men”-inspired half rimless frame, is a popular choice, with 4.5 stars out of almost 450 ratings on Amazon. These frames come in a selection of color combinations, as well, so there’s something for everyone.
Best metal frames
For those wanting one of the best names in men’s eyeglasses, and a price tag to match, there’s Italian designer brand Persol. These steel frames come in eight different colors, from bold black and gold to soft gray. These frames also offer what Persol calls the Meflecto, a flexible stem system that eliminates pressure on the head.
Best wooden frames
Wood eyeglass frames are gaining popularity. As a material, wood is much lighter, and it also provides warmth, both in look and feel on the skin. These frames are eye-catching in a relaxed, natural way. They come in a striped dark hue, complete with black temple tips and spring hinges.
Rimless glasses: EyeBuyDirect Ride
Rimless glasses offer the most minimalistic option for eyeglass wearers who want their glasses to blend in with their face, or for those wanting a wider field of view. The aviator shape puts a stylish spin on rimless glasses, with red or blue accents on the temple tips for a pop of color. Adjustable nose pads provide a comfortable fit.
Half-rim glasses: Coach HC511
A well-designed frame with a half rim can give you a professorial look. These half-rimless frames come from Coach, a brand name synonymous with modern design. The cat-eye flair at the top of the rim adds a retro vibe and may be suited for those with angular, prominent features.
Clear frames have become popular in the last few years as an alternative for those wanting a more versatile style without going rimless. These clear, rectangular frames from fashion icon Calvin Klein are made from a lightweight acetate material called Zyl.
Like oval frames, round frames may help offset angular features or square faces. These intellectual-looking frames from RFLKT, a premium brand from EyeBuyDirect, have a classic keyhole nose bridge and are made of acetate. They come in clear or a range of tortoise colors.
These inexpensive, no-fuss oval glasses come in clear, brown, black, or aqua. The price includes the frame, basic prescription lenses, anti-scratch coating, and ultraviolet protection. Oval-shaped glasses may look best on those with square-shaped faces.
Zenni has a try-on feature that allows you to upload a photo of yourself so you can see how the glasses look on your face.
Perhaps the most well-known square glasses on the market are the Ray-Ban Wayfarers. These eyeglasses add a classic, cool style to your look. Choose black for bolder lines or stripped red Havana for a bit more color. Similar to rectangular-shaped glasses, square glasses may work best on round or oval faces.
Rectangle-shaped frames like these Oakley shades can help add dimension to rounder faces, and the satin black color adds a bold element to the frame. The plastic material helps make these frames lightweight yet durable. The wraparound arms are a signature of the Oakley brand and help keep the glasses snug to the face without pinching.
Large or oversized frames
These oversized frames are style-conscious but have simple enough lines to make them versatile for everyday use. Choose from stately navy, eye-catching green, or classic black. As a bonus, each of these frames is made from five recycled plastic bottles.
Warby Parker does a great job of creating frames with distinct design elements that are still versatile enough for everyday wear. The cat-eye shape of the Kimball lends a retro look to these frames, which are offered in classic tortoise or tortoise mixed with blue.
These shades are available in either medium or wide, so you can choose the width that works best for your face.
Glasses for low nose bridge
These square, professorial-looking frames are designed especially for low nose bridges and may work best for those with high cheekbones and wide faces. They come in a variety of colors, including matte tortoise, black tortoise, golden, and onyx/clear.
A nice feature of Bonlook, a Canadian online retailer, is that you don’t need to know your pupillary distance. Just upload a photo and they’ll measure it for you.
Though shopping online for eyeglasses has become more popular these days, there are still barriers to sidestepping the optometrist’s office.
A 2016 study of 33 participants found that people preferred eyeglasses purchased from optometry practices, rather than online, due to concerns over safety, frame fit, cosmetic appearance, and inaccurate optical centration.
If you want to buy your next pair of frames online, you can mitigate these concerns with the following tips:
- Safety. If you decide to purchase eyeglasses online, be sure to get your most updated prescription from your eye doctor. If it’s been a while since you had your eyes checked, consider making an appointment before ordering your glasses.
- Frame fit. Many online retailers provide dimensions for eyeglasses and even offer width options for frames. It may even be worthwhile to visit your optometrist’s office first to see which size frames may work best for you.
- Cosmetic appearance. Try-on features are available on many online retail websites and can help you determine which frame shapes, styles, and colors work best for you.
- Optical centration. If measuring your pupillary distance (PD) from home seems too tricky, you can get your PD from your eye doctor.
For many people, eyesight correction is a fact of life. Choosing a pair of frames doesn’t have to be an onerous task — with the right knowledge about what’s out there. So, start by doing your own research and get your vision correction needs sorted, then start picking the right frames for you.