How to read glasses sizes


Glasses sizes are actually just the measurements of the frame in millimeters. Imagine a box placed around the lens:

To get the size, we measure the distance between and within the boxes:

These measurements are usually printed on the frame, on the inside of the temple or behind the bridge.

To measure temple length, you begin at the center of the screw that attaches the temple to the frame front. Follow the length downward and over the bend to the end of the earpiece. (Simply tilt the ruler when you get to the bend and continue to measure).

Common Formats


There are many possible formats for the size when printed on the frame. Here’s what you might find:

Lens Width – Bridge Width

49□16

49-16

Lens Width – Bridge Width – Temple Length

49□16 135

49-16-135

Lens Width – Bridge Width – Temple Length – Lens Height

49□16-135 B40

49-16-135 B40

49-16-135-40

Learn Your Size


Now you know how sizing works. Let’s figure out what size you need.

Read it off your old pair

If your old frames fit well, then others with the same dimensions will fit pretty well too.

Grab your glasses and look for the size information printed on the frame. (See “Glasses Sizes Explained,” above.)

 

Look it up online

Sometimes the size isn’t printed on the frame, but the brand and model are.

You can use this information to find your frames online. Retailers who carry them will usually list the size.

The model can be:

  • A word: Kate Spade Rebecca
  • A number: Ray-ban 5041

Type this into a search engine and see what you find.

 

If all else fails, measure by hand

Can’t find the size of your current pair? Simply take out a ruler (with millimeters) and measure it yourself. Use the boxing method described above.

 

Adjust for accuracy

Glasses sizes are technically for the lenses, not the frames.

But the lenses extend invisibly into the frames a little ways. That’s how they are held in place. So, they are a little larger than what you can see.

When you are measuring by hand, you have to account for the part of the lens that is invisible.

Use these simple adjustments for a more accurate measurement:

 

For example, let’s say you have plastic frames and you measure by hand:

  • Lens width  48
  • Bridge width  18

 

The actual size you need is:

  • Lens width  49
  • Bridge width  17

 

“I’ve never had a pair that fit me well.”

How frustrating! In this case, you will need to estimate your size.

Even if your old pair fits badly, they can still be useful as a jumping off point.

Put them on and stand in front of a mirror. What would you like to be different about them? Are they too wide? Too tall? Not tall enough?

If you can tell how you’d like them to fit differently, then grab a ruler. Visualize where you’d like the frame to sit, and measure the difference.

How to read glasses sizes


Glasses sizes are actually just the measurements of the frame in millimeters. Imagine a box placed around the lens:

To get the size, we measure the distance between and within the boxes:

These measurements are usually printed on the frame, on the inside of the temple or behind the bridge.

To measure temple length, you begin at the center of the screw that attaches the temple to the frame front.

Follow the length downward and over the bend to the end of the earpiece. (Simply tilt the ruler when you get to the bend and continue to measure).

Common Formats


There are many possible formats for the size when printed on the frame. Here’s what you might find:

Lens Width – Bridge Width

49□16

49-16

Lens Width – Bridge Width – Temple Length

49□16 135

49-16-135

Lens Width – Bridge Width – Temple Length – Lens Height

49□16-135 B40

49-16-135 B40

49-16-135-40

Learn Your Size


Now you know how sizing works. Let’s figure out what size you need.

Read it off your old pair

If your old frames fit well, then others with the same dimensions will fit pretty well too.

Grab your glasses and look for the size information printed on the frame. (See “Glasses Sizes Explained,” above.)

 

Look it up online

Sometimes the size isn’t printed on the frame, but the brand and model are.

You can use this information to find your frames online. Retailers who carry them will usually list the size.

The model can be:

  • A word: Kate Spade Rebecca
  • A number: Ray-ban 5041

Type this into a search engine and see what you find.

 

If all else fails, measure by hand

Can’t find the size of your current pair? Simply take out a ruler (with millimeters) and measure it yourself. Use the boxing method described above.

 

Adjust for accuracy

Glasses sizes are technically for the lenses, not the frames.

But the lenses extend invisibly into the frames a little ways. That’s how they are held in place. So, they are a little larger than what you can see.

When you are measuring by hand, you have to account for the part of the lens that is invisible.

Use these simple adjustments for a more accurate measurement:

For example, let’s say you have plastic frames and you measure by hand:

  • Lens width  48
  • Bridge width  18

 

The actual size you need is:

  • Lens width  49
  • Bridge width  17

 

“I’ve never had a pair that fit me well.”

How frustrating! In this case, you will need to estimate your size.

Even if your old pair fits badly, they can still be useful as a jumping off point.

Put them on and stand in front of a mirror. What would you like to be different about them? Are they too wide? Too tall? Not tall enough?

If you can tell how you’d like them to fit differently, then grab a ruler. Visualize where you’d like the frame to sit, and measure the difference.

Ready to love your glasses?

Ready to love your glasses?

Ready to love your glasses?