Dynamic Dispensing: Back To Basics


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 optician@opticianworks.com.


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  1. All that you said is true, however, if you don’t have the benefit of having a good fit pair of glasses on the patient’s face when doing an adjustment, one must learn quickly how to show the patient, the way your instructor showed you many years ago, how having too tight of temple fit does not allow for nose the bridge to set properly on the nose, or temple tips locking in place behind the ears. Since for me at least, this scenario is much more prevalent than even the initial proper fitting, then it makes sense that the most important fitting aspect to know is how to bring the temples out past 90 degrees to afford a much better overall fit. Just my opinion.

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