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Small Eyeglasses for Men

Many men have difficulty finding small eyeglasses frames. Most commonly, men look for small eyeglasses either for fashion, or because they have a strong prescription and are trying to minimize edge thickness.  Also,  small men often look better with small glasses, as big glasses can reinforce their “smallness”. Small glasses tend to make small men look a bit larger, but more importantly, small glasses have the right proportions for a small face, leading to an overall impression of harmony and balance. For men with strong vision corrections, small glasses also serve to keep the lenses thinner at the edges, and lighter.


Disadvantages of Small Eyeglasses

The main problem with small glasses is that they are not suitable for progressive or bifocal lenses. Most small glasses frames have a “B” (height) measurement of 28 or lower, which makes a multifocal lens difficult or impossible to install. Too-small glasses frames will pinch the sides of the head, and that becomes uncomfortable. Also, too-small frames restrict the visual field and force people to turn their heads more to see things in the periphery.

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Right Size Small Eyeglasses

To find the right size of small glasses frame, the place to start is to learn the size of your current eyeglasses frame. You can read the numbers printed on the inside of the frame, or measure it with a ruler. Follow this link to read more about how to get your frame measurements.

Once you have determined the size of your current glasses, you can then look for frames with a similar size, but you really want to concentrate on the eye size + eye size + bridge size = total frame front size. For example, if the frame is a 45-17, then your frame front size is 107mm. From there, you can use our advanced search feature to look just for glasses in that range.


Small, Designer Glasses Frames for Men

We have put together here a collection of small, designer frames for men. There are some brands that we particularly like for small frames:  The Ted Baker and Gant Eyewear collections both have several styles of small eyeglass frames for men.  The John Lennon Collection has a number of small, wire rim metal frames.  And, we love the Original Penguin line which has some small frames for men.