Many women have difficulty finding small eyeglasses frames. The “Jackie Onassis” large style exacerbated this problem, because for years women looked for the larger lenses to fit this trend. However, there are many situations in which small eyeglasses are much more practical and stylish than a larger frame.
Most commonly, women look for small eyeglasses for comfort and fit. Small women often look better with small glasses, as big glasses can reinforce their “smallness”. Small glasses tend to make small women 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 women with strong vision corrections, small glasses also serve to keep the lenses thinner at the edges, and lighter.
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.Read More