The ideal size - how to choose the right width
Is your face rather narrow, medium-sized or wide? This is the starting point for the next step. If you already have a pair of glasses, you can simply measure your glasses from cheek to cheek to determine the width.
Tip: Mister Spex has developed a search function to help you find glasses in the same or a similar width. You can find the search function directly under the width filter on the overview page of our glasses and sunglasses. You will also find detailed instructions on our service page on the topic of choosing the size for your glasses.
Here are some basic hints and tips on choosing the right size of glasses:
First and foremost, the size refers to the width of the frame. If it is too large or too small, it can quickly slip or create pressure points. For the perfect fit, you simply orientate yourself to the width of your face and let your hair fall naturally. Of course, if you are going for a certain look, you can ignore this rule. Fashionable cat-eye or butterfly eyeglasses, for example, are somewhat larger in size, while nickel glasses are smaller.
2. Nose bridge
The bridge width is the shortest distance between the lenses below the nose bridge and is measured from the inner edge groove of one eye to the inner edge groove of the other. Why is this little piece so important? In order for the glasses to fit well, the bridge of the glasses must fit the width of your nose. If the glasses do not sit properly on the nose, this can lead to unpleasant side effects like pressure points or headaches. The optimum visual performance also suffers because, if the glasses slip, the optical centre also slips.
3. Width and height of the glasses
This is about your field of vision. With small lenses, your field of vision is somewhat restricted whereas with a larger lenses, your eye also captures external viewing zones. However, the glass should not be wider than your face and the eyebrows should remain visible. An exception here is with sunglasses: the eyebrows often deliberately concealed for optimal sun protection. The lenses are measured at the widest and highest points and the point in the middle is ideally where you should be looking through.
The length of the temples determines the wearing comfort of your glasses, as they must sit properly. If they have too much room, the glasses have no hold and if they are short, the glasses sit too rigidly, resulting in pressure points and headaches. An optician can adjust the temples to fit you.
Tip: you can order up to four pairs of frames to be delivered to your house at no cost. Try them on for up to 10 days before returning. Find out more here.
Tips for finding the right glasses for your lifestyle
Of course, when and where you use your glasses will make a difference when shopping for a new pair. Here are a few things to consider:
How much are your correction values?
For both shortsighted (myopic) and longsighted (hyperopia) prescriptions, the higher the values, the thicker the glasses. For this reason, if your values are really high, you will need a thick frame to contain the thick lenses. If your values are low, you can choose delicate frames.
Reading, sport or varifocals?
If you only have eyesight problems when reading texts or, for example recognising the keyboard at work then reading glasses could be just what you need.
See our extensive collection of reading glasses
A well-fitting pair of glasses is indispensable for sporting activities. You have to feel comfortable and safe. Specially designed sport eyeglasses with prescription or varifocal lenses help you stay in the game
Find out more about sport glasses
Do you need a varifocal lenses in your everyday life? If so, you must select frames with a predetermined minimum height.
Learn more about varifocal glasses
If you have found your perfect glasses and you know your prescription, you can order the glasses right away! If you do not know your prescription or if your glasses are not sitting properly, you should go to your optician for an eye test or an adjustment of your glasses.