Match Game…Picking frames that complement your patient’s face shape

With so many new employees in optical, we thought it high time to address the critical frame-selection question. That is, how to balance frames with face shapes. And, we hope you’ll share this info with newbies on your staff.

As someone on your staff has hopefully already told them, it’s easy. They just need to remember this simple rule: Opposites attract. In other words, look for frames that are the opposite shape of the patient’s face, and you have it made.

Tip: Opposites attract. In other words, look for frames that are the opposite shape of the patient’s face

6the number of frame shapes that staff needs to address


• Shape: The face gently tapers toward the chin, feature a wide forehead and prominent cheekbones.

• Frames: Considered the perfect shape for eyewear, almost any frame will look good.


• Shape: The width and length of the face are almost the same.

• Frames: Look for angular frames–squares or rectangles provide the perfect balance.


• Shape: The face is thinner toward the chin, which may stand out as a strong facial feature.

• Frames: Select frame styles that have a short “B” measurement to break up the length of the patient’s face and make it appear shorter.


• Shape: With the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline nearly the same width, the jawline is usually the most dominant feature.

• Frames: The round edges of round or oval frames will provide a good balance and soften features.


• Shape: With the face tapering rather sharply toward the chin, the forehead is often the most prominent feature.

• Frames: Stay away from angles and go for eyewear that is either a bit wider than the forehead or has design details near the bottom of the frame.


• Shape: The rarest shape, it’s difficult to fit because the face is widest at the temples.

• Frames: Rimless or drill mounts, when paired with oval-shaped lenses–cat-eye styles with detailing on the top–will work best.

Do you make sure staff is wearing frames that enhance their face shape? And, even more important, do they discuss face shape with patients? If so, join in the Facebook conversation here.

Erinn Morgan