Eyeglasses

Men's eyeglasses: Frames and lenses

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Comfort, fit and durability rank high with men when it comes to choosing their eyeglasses.

While many men are concerned with style, they usually won't forsake comfort and fit just to look good.

Comfort and fit

Here are some key areas to check out to make sure the eyeglass frames you choose will be comfortable and fit well.

Make sure the frames are wide enough so the temples of the frame don't press against the side of your head. The front of the frame should be slightly wider than your face so the temples don't touch your head as they extend back to your ears.

Next, make sure the temples are long enough. The should be of adequate length so enough of the temple rests behind your ears to keep the frame securely in place. The curve at the end of the temple should extend over the ear without pressing down upon it.

Also, check the bridge (nosepiece) of the frame for comfort and fit. Many glasses have adjustable silicone nose pads that allow your optician to fine-tune the fit. For frames without adjustable nose pads, make sure the fit is secure without pinching the bridge of your nose.

Finally, when you try on eyeglass frames, move your head up and down and also bend over as if to pick something up from the floor to see how well the glasses stay in place. With the properly adjusted nose pads and temples, your glasses should stay secure without feeling tight or uncomfortable.

Durability

Men who want eyeglasses that are more durable than usual should consider frames made from titanium, stainless steel and flexible materials, such as Flexon.

Titanium and stainless steel are stronger and more durable than other metal frame materials. Flexon, a titanium-based alloy, will return to its original shape even if you twist or bend the frame severely. [Read more about these and other eyeglass frame materials.]

Five lasting trends in fashionable men's eyeglasses

  1. Men's frame styling has become much more masculine, with older shapes and sizes being reborn with a modern twist.
  2. Masculine shapes and double brow-bar styles have re-emerged. Made with newer and often more durable materials, these classic styles  are back in vogue.
  3. Larger and bolder eye sizes and frame shapes are in. But be careful not to go too big if you have a small face.
  4. Rimless and semi-rimless styles, where the eyeglass lenses are fastened to the frame by screws (rimless frames) or a transparent nylon wire (semi-rimless frames), are perfect for the man who wants a modern or minimalist look. Combine a pair of rimless glasses with anti-reflective lenses and the glasses practically disappear.
  5. Titanium is a very popular material for men's frames. Used in golf clubs, bicycles and space shuttles, titanium is super lightweight, non-corrosive, very durable and stylish as well. Titanium frames rate high in both the function and the fashion categories.

Other options such as stainless steel and aluminum also are popular for eyeglass frame materials because they are lightweight and durable properties.

For a young, hip or retro look, men are turning to plastic frames, which come in a wide variety of styles, including thin plastics, bold, black '50s-style frames and layers of colored plastics laminated together to create a unique effect.

Classic shapes in tortoise patterns also are likely to remain in style forever.

First step: Update your prescription

The first step in choosing glasses that look good on you is to schedule an exam with an eye doctor near you and get your eyeglass prescription updated.

Take that step today! And while you're there, ask about the latest men's fashion frames.

Page updated June 2019

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