Having recently re-done my Eyeglass Frame Fit Photo Gallery I was thinking about the importance of frame fit. Sure enough a few weeks go by and in walks a patient with a pair of Silhouettes and says, “I need these tightened up, they keep falling down my nose.” I take one look at them and could tell that they had been bent around the bridge giving them three times the face-form they should have had. I said, “I see the problem.” Took them back, straightened them out and he walked away a happy man.
It was not the excessive face form that was causing the problem! It was the excessive face form that was shoving the temples against the sides of his head that was the problem.
Sometimes we just need to go back to the basics. One of the first lessons in frame fit I can recall was about the importance of proper width. To demonstrate this my instructor had us simply apply a little pressure mid-temple on a pair we were wearing and guess what? That frame shot off your nose like it was on a spring! Try it sometime!
Yes, people are getting larger. So, yes, you need some larger frames. Luckily more and more companies are offering L and XL and XXL frame lines. These allow you to provide a proper fit for your heavier set men, women and even children, your larger (“pumpkin”) heads, and of course the big-guys they were designed for.
If we offer these frames we sell them!
If we sell them then the companies will make more of them!
The more of them we have the better we can serve our patients with properly fitting eyewear!
Now, start demanding these frames come with cases that the XL glasses actually fit in!
For more on the proper fit of eyeglasses see www.opticianworks.com
For a great line of XL eyewear see www.modernoptical.com
Submitted by Guest BloggerJohn Seegers MEd. is the owner of OpticianWorks.com, a website dedicated to optical dispensing. Questions, comments, ideas, suggestions you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.