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High vs. Low Nose Bridge: Choosing the Perfect Fit for You

The fit is one of the most important things to consider when picking out a pair of glasses. You don't want to have to adjust your glasses or worry about them falling off constantly. Not considering your facial features can be a big part of the problem.

Knowing whether you have a high or low nose bridge is crucial. But how do you know which one you have or how to pick out glasses to fit it? In this article, we’re telling you everything you need to know to find the perfect eyewear, whether you have a high nose bridge or low nose bridge.

What Are the Benefits of Finding the Right Nose Bridge Fit?

No face or head is the same shape and size. Therefore, it's important your glasses are designed for your unique face. Pay attention to how frames rest on your facial features, like the bridge of your nose.

If the glasses aren’t secure, they can slide down and affect your vision.

For example, glasses that don't fit the nose bridge cause the lenses to shift out of alignment, resulting in blurry vision and eye strain. You should feel the balanced weight of the frames on both sides of your head. Your glasses should also not touch your cheeks, as this is a sign that the nose pads are sitting too low.

You also want to note how narrow and tight the glasses are on your head. Glasses that are too tight can apply unnecessary pressure to your head and cause headaches. The glasses should extend behind your ears with a comfortable grip.

When glasses fit correctly, you should be able to wear them for hours without discomfort. You should adjust your eyewear if you are experiencing headaches or have deep imprints where they rest on your nose.

What Should You Know About High Nose Bridge Fit?

The bridge of the nose refers to the bony part at the top of the nose. A more pronounced or elevated nasal structure characterizes a high nose bridge. Understanding your facial features can help you achieve a more comfortable fit.

You might have a high nose bridge if:

  • Your raised nasal structure sits higher on your face.
  • The bridge of your nose is a prominent distance away from your cheekbones.
  • Glasses tend to slide down your nose.

What Are Some Tips for Finding Glasses for a High Nose Bridge?

Look for frames with a saddle bridge design. As the name suggests, these frames are shaped like a saddle and can spread the weight evenly across the nose, reducing pressure points. This style works well for people with higher nose bridges or heavier glasses.

Check the frame measurements, paying attention to the bridge width. Find frames with a wider bridge to ensure coverage and support for your nose bridge. Wearing frames with sufficient temple length helps maintain stability and prevent tilting.

Choose glasses with extended nose pads or built-in support structures. These frames accommodate higher nose bridges and are designed for stability. Extended nose pads help prevent eyewear from slipping so it will feel secure throughout the day.

What Should You Know About Low Nose Bridge Fit?

People with low nose bridges also have to pay attention when selecting glasses if they want them to fit properly. A low nose bridge typically refers to the bridge sitting closer to the face. It's a more common facial feature in individuals of Asian, African, or Hispanic descent.

You might have a low nose bridge if:

  • There's a minimal height difference between the bridge, eyes, and cheeks.
  • Glasses tend to slide down and rest on the cheeks.
  • The nose bridge is level or lower than the pupils.
  • A small surface area for support results in pressure points and discomfort.

What Are Some Tips for Finding Glasses for a Low Nose Bridge?

Frames made for a low nose bridge sit higher off the face — the design allows for more space between the lenses and eyelashes, and they can't rest on the cheekbones as easily. The nose bridge is slightly narrow to stay in place and not slide down.

Consider lightweight frames for minimal pressure on the nose bridge. Lightweight materials, such as titanium or acetate, provide durability and comfort while still stylish. Choosing frames with a streamlined design can also reduce the weight and make them more comfortable to wear all day.

Look for nose pads that rest on the side of the nose instead of on the slope between the eyes. This location can prevent strain and slippage on lower nose bridges.

Consider frames with temple arms that have a slight curve. Low-nose bridges feature a wider temple-to-temple distance, and the slight bend accommodates the space. These frames offer a roomier fit to relieve pressure and ensure you'll feel comfortable all day.

How To Measure Your Face for Glasses

Before selecting your perfect pair of glasses, it may be beneficial to measure your face. You can compare your measurements to those of the eyewear you're considering to determine if it will be the ideal fit for your nose bridge.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to measure your face for glasses:

Step 1: Measure Your Pupillary Distance

Take a millimeter ruler and measure the distance between the centers of your pupils. This measurement is often referred to as the pupillary distance (PD). For the clearest vision, you'll want the center of your lenses to align with your pupils.

Step 2: Measure Your Temple Width

Next, measure from temple to temple to find the width of your face. Hold the ruler just above the ear and across the bridge of your nose to the opposite temple. This measurement will help you find frames that are the ideal width and ensure they won't be too tight or wide.

Step 3: Measure Your Nose Bridge Width

Measure the width of your nose bridge to determine where frames will rest. Place the ruler horizontally across your nose bridge below your brow line. This measurement will ensure you know what glasses are the right shape and size to accommodate your nose bridge.

Step 4: Measure Your Face Length

Find the length of your face by measuring from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin. This measurement will help you decide the overall size of your glasses for a proportional appearance.

Step 5: Consider Additional Measurements

You may want to take a few more measurements depending on your facial features. Consider measuring the width of your cheeks and the height of your temples. These measurements can be helpful when looking for frames that will sit perfectly on your unique face.

How To Find the Right Eyewear To Fit Your Nose Bridge

Now that you know the basics of finding your type of nose bridge, it’s important to find the perfect eyewear for all-day comfort and optimal functionality.

Pair Eyewear provides the measurements for every frame. You can pick your glasses based on frames that closely match your frame width, lens height, bridge width, lens width, and temple length.

You should also consider your face shape when selecting glasses. Different frames will look best on different face shapes. For example, round frames suit people with oval, square, or diamond face shapes. Meanwhile, rectangular frames can be more flattering on rounder faces.

Try out our wide variety of frames using our virtual try-on feature. You'll be able to see how the glasses will rest on your face and which frames look the most flattering from the comfort of your home.

The Best Fit

Choosing the perfect pair of glasses is more than a fashion statement — it's about finding frames that are comfortable and made for your facial features.

When you know if you have a high or low nose bridge, you can select glasses that will fit just right and won't slide or be too tight. Taking your measurements and understanding your face shape can also help you find the best eyewear. Pair Eyewear offers glasses that fit your face and still reflect your personal style.


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