Are bigger frames better for progressive lenses

by , February 16, 2024

Selecting the right frame size for progressive lenses is crucial for optimal vision and comfort. While larger frames may provide a broader field of vision, the relationship between the frame size and progressive lenses should be carefully considered. A bigger frame can provide an easier transition between the distance, intermediate, and near vision zones; however, if the measurements or lens type are not chosen carefully, it may be difficult for the patient to find the near zone at the bottom. Factors such as the wearer's facial features and the placement of the progressive lens corridor are key

The best frame height for progressive lenses

Are bigger frames better for progressive lenses

The best frame height should be carefully considered for individuals who wear progressive/ multifocal lenses. Progressive lenses offer a gradual increase in prescription strength, with a smooth transition from the distance vision at the top to reading or near vision at the bottom. The correct frame height ensures the wearer can comfortably and easily access all three zones – distance, intermediate, and near.

The ideal frame height should consider the progressive corridor's size and shape, which is the area where the different prescriptions blend together. A taller frame height allows for a larger progressive corridor, offering more space for each prescription zone. This is helpful for those who prioritize a larger reading area for books, tablets, or working on a laptop computer. A shorter frame height may be preferred for those who prioritize a more discreet appearance to their eyewear or have specific visual requirements like a wider distance vision zone. We recommend a frame height of at least 30 mm to accommodate a progressive lens.

Your facial anatomy will impact the ideal size for your frame, particularly the bridge of your nose. Individuals with a flatter or non-existent bridge may require nose pads to ensure adequate frame fit. Each individual has a unique bridge, and the same frame may sit higher or lower on the nose. The fit of the frame on your face and the position of your eyes in the frame may be more important than frame size.

Lastly, you should remember that if the frame is so large that it slips on your nose, you will constantly have to readjust your frame and struggle with your progressive lenses. If you have a high eyeglass prescription, your lenses may be heavier and increase the weight of your glasses.

Advantages of bigger frames for progressive lenses

Choosing a bigger frame for your progressive lenses can offer several advantages, including:

  • 1 :Wider Reading Area: Larger frames generally provide more vertical space for the progressive corridor, allowing for a larger reading area. This is an advantage for prolonged periods of reading, working on a laptop computer, or using your phone.
  • 2 : Enlarged Intermediate Vision: A taller frame height can contribute to a larger intermediate vision zone for viewing a desktop computer screen and your car's dashboard.
  • 3 : A Seamless Transition: A larger frame height can also provide a smoother transition between the different prescription zones in your progressive lenses, improving your visual experience and adaptation.
  • 4 : Fashion Appeal: Some prefer the look of larger frames for a stylish and modern appearance.

How to choose the best frames for progressive lenses

Here are some tips to help you choose when selecting a frame.

  • 1: : Choose a sufficient height and width frame to accommodate the progressive lens corridor. A taller frame ( larger B dimension) offers more space for a seamless transition between powers, while a wider frame offers an increased field of peripheral vision.
  • 2: Consider Frame Material Choose a more lightweight material if you will be wearing your glasses for long periods of time. Titanium or stainless steel frames are lighter, more durable, and may be more resistant to breakage.
  • 3: Bridge Design: Ensure the bridge of the frame sits comfortably on your nose. A poorly fitting bridge can affect the alignment of the progressive lenses and compromise your vision. A frame with nose pads may be best if you have a flat bridge.
  • 4 : Temple Length : Choose a frame with temples (arms) that provide a secure and comfortable fit but do not press too tightly on your temples or behind your ears.
  • 5 :Frame Style: Frames with a classic or rectangular shape often work well for progressive lenses, as they offer a balanced look and provide adequate space for all vision zones. More rounded frames may be preferable for those with a high prescription for seeing distance. The round edges hide the edge of the lens where it is the thickest. The chosen frame color and shape should enhance your facial features.
  • 6 : Use our Virtual Try-on : TAt Overnight Glasses, our virtual try-on is available to identify your facial shape and to see your appearance in each pair of frames. If you click “try-on” from any product page, you can use your digital device’s webcam and the site’s virtual mirror to view the fit of the frame on your face.

How to be sure your progressive lenses are fitted correctly

The fit of your frame is important for optimal vision and comfort. You should start with a comprehensive eye examination to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate prescription. A skilled optician can guide you through the selection process, considering frame fit, measurements, and lens customization. When you put the frame on your face, ensure it sits on your nose where it is comfortable to wear. The fitting height of the progressive lenses should align with your eyes' natural position when looking straight ahead so that the corridor will be at the appropriate height for a comfortable transition between distances.
Measurements, including the segment height and pupillary distance, must be accurate for your progressive lenses to fit correctly. Progressive lenses may require an adaptation period even if you have worn them previously. If your prescription has changed, lens type has changed, or frame style is different, it may take your brain and eyes time to adapt. Consult a professional if you experience discomfort or visual issues after two weeks.


Ultimately, the best frame size for your progressive lenses is a personal choice that involves a consideration of your facial structure, prescription requirements, and lifestyle factors. Consulting with an experienced optometrist or eyewear professional is invaluable in finding the right frame size to maximize your visual comfort and performance with your progressive lenses.

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Courtney Dryer, OD, is a 2011 graduate of SCO from Charlotte, NC. She's the owner of Autarchic Spec Shop. She... "Read More"