With Glasses, the Eyes Have It!

Some of the professional staff at Park Ophthalmology remember the “old” days when wearing glasses were considered more of a sign of intelligence than a fashion statement. But in the year 2012, stylish eyeglasses can be a fantastic fashion accessory, and many people today have several sets to wear on different days of the week.

No longer called eye glasses by the industry, the new term is eye wear.  Designers from France, the U.S., and Italy among others, all bring excitement to the blend of vision, style and fashion. It is interesting to note that Guess, Lucky Brand, Burberry, and Versace among many have complete lines of designer eye wear. Because eye wear is on the faces of our patients for up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, it is critical and essential that they fit right when you come in for your eye exams.

Why should you check the fit and the purpose?
Glasses aren’t exactly like pairs of shoes, so why does it matter if they fit? First, they won’t look as good if they are not fitted properly. Second, they can keep sliding down your nose while at work or press uncomfortably on your ears while out to dinner. Most importantly, if they don’t fit well, they may not be correcting your vision properly as prescribed. When we perform general eye exams we can even assess the type of sports medicine protective eye wear you might wear in an active lifestyle. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented with the appropriate protective eye wear. They do work. Consult the doctors at Park Ophthalmology to determine which types of protective glasses are best suited for a particular sport.

How can you tell if the eye wear fits well?
Although your Park Ophthalmologist will help you with your new glasses if needed, adjustments can happen anytime. Here is how to tell if they fit you properly:

  • Frame: Frames should be wide enough so that the temples do not touch your head, but fit securely. You don’t want too large a gap. A good measure is to fit a finger between the temple and your face, no more, no less. Also check along your eyebrows to make sure the frame is level and not angled.
  • Arms: The “arms” or stems of the ear should extend straight back, not touching your head until just before your ear. The arm should curve only at the ear, not before.
  • Nose: The nose bridge on your glasses connects the two lenses. As you look in a mirror, see that it fits against the bridge of your nose. Be sure to have the nose pads adjusted to avoid uncomfortableness and pinching. The new plastic frames without pads should also fit well.
  • Pupils: Alignment is very important. It is critical to check the distance between the two pupils to be sure everything is centered.
  • Face: Make sure your glasses don’t rest on your cheeks or touch your eyebrows. They should also stay in place as you look in different directions or smile, frown or laugh. Find the pair that looks and feels the best.

If any of these areas aren’t feeling right, get an adjustment. Glasses are too personal to take lightly. It is important to look good with vision to look good in fashion.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offer a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit: Photo by zirconicusso courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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