spectacles & Sunglasses  

Find the ideal frames and sunglasses
to suit your face shape, budget and prescription WITH OUR STYLE GUIDE. 

FRAMES

Whether you're after a classic retro look or the latest must-have design, Gwynns Opticians have a wide range of frames for you to choose from. 


With our wide selection of frame shapes, colours and materials, you're bound to find the perfect frame to compliment your face shape and colouring.

Sunglasses 

Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays while looking stylish at the same time with a pair of sunglasses from Gwynns Opticians' extensive range. 


With our prescription sunglasses, you can protect your eyes without compromising on the quality of your vision.

step 1:

How To Choose Glasses That Will Complement Your Face Shape 

Take a look at some of these tips for which
 type of glasses to choose, depending on your face shape. 

Glasses for square faces

Square faces are distinctive and angular because the forehead, cheeks and jaw are all similarly broad. Those with this facial shape look great in oval or round glasses since these soften the angular features. Aviator glasses or models in cat-eye style are flattering on an angular face. Glasses with square frames are not recommended.

Glasses for round faces

In round faces, the cheeks and forehead are about the same width and the chin is round. Rectangular glasses shapes give round faces some contour and make the face look narrower. Frames should be elegant but not too thin. Circular glasses should be avoided.

Glasses for heart-shaped faces

The typical features of the heart-shaped face are a broad forehead, pronounced cheekbones and a narrow chin. Most frames look good on this face shape; however, oval, and round glasses may be the best choice here. Bright colours and full frames are somewhat unfavourable as they can emphasise the characteristic tapering of heart-shaped faces.

Glasses for oval faces

Oval faces have a narrow chin and forehead and more pronounced cheeks and are about twice as long as they are wide. People with this facial shape can wear many styles, be it round, angular or bold. If you have this face shape, make sure your glasses are not too big or too small. Avoid very narrow frames.

step 2:

How To Choose The Right Size 

Now let's turn to sizing.

1. Frames 

Manufacturers size frames according to width. Choosing a size that fits is essential for comfort. If you go too wide or narrow, the glasses could create pressure points or slip off your face. Larger frames may benefit from thinner lenses.

2. Bridge

The bridge supports the weight of the glasses and holds them in place on the face. Choosing the right size, therefore, is vital. Poorly fitting bridges can lead to pressure points, headaches, and slipping.

3. Width and depth of the glasses 

The width and depth of your glasses determine your field of vision. Smaller lenses reduce the amount you can move your eyes while keeping your head still and still benefit from lenses. For larger glasses, the lens should not extend beyond the widest part of your face. Bifocals and varifocals often benefit from slightly deeper frames.

4. Temples 

Any glasses you choose should fit the distance between your temples. Too wide, and your spectacles will be loose; too tight, and you may experience pressure points and headaches.

step 3:

Tips On Finding The Right Glasses For Your Lifestyle 

WHAT IS YOUR PRESCRIPTION? 

The power of your prescription determines the thickness of your lenses.
The higher the power, the thicker the lenses so you may need a smaller frame or thinner lenses to accommodate them. 

LONG & SHORT DISTANCE

These spectacles are for those who experience mainly one task, for example distance (driving or TV) or reading or phone and tablet use when reading.

Sport 

Sports spectacles can include wrap around lenses to give you full vision and sun protection when you are at your most active. They can also have toughened lenses to protect your eyes from impact.

Bifocal Lenses

Bifocal lenses provide both distance and near vision in a single lens. Typically, the area for distance vision is at the top and for reading at the bottom, allowing both separate distance and reading prescriptions to coexist in a single lens.

PHOTOCHROMIC & TINTS

These lenses change from clear to sunglasses, meaning you only need to carry one pair of prescription spectacles, rather than two. Newer lens types go lighter, go darker and change quicker, you can even get mirrored lenses.


Tints come in all shapes and sizes; from a basic sunglass tint, mirrored lenses to polarised tints which are fantastic for cutting down glare. Tints can go on prescription lenses, even bifocals or varifocals and can be fitted into most frames, not just existing sunglasses.

Single Vision Lenses 

Single vision lenses have only one focal range, whether you use them for driving, working or reading. They are a basic lens, mainly for those who are short or long-sighted. 


Unlike bifocals and varifocals, they can only correct one type of sight problem at a time. Hence, users over 45 of these glasses usually carry separate pairs of single vision glasses for different tasks.

Varifocal Lenses

Varifocal lenses combine multiple focus points in a single lens, allowing you to see comfortably at all distances.


As they have no dividing line (unlike bifocal lenses), they look the same as single vision lenses. They are ideal for those who are new to glasses because they are relatively easy to adapt to. 

COATINGS

Coatings can make your spectacles look better and work better. They can provide some resistance against scratching, or cut down reflections when driving or using a computer, phone or tablet. The anti reflection coating will also make your lenses look clearer in your frame.

DRIVING DAY OR NIGHT

  For some people, driving during the day and night can be a challenge - many struggle to differentiate colours at low light levels. Our glasses for night driving provide you with better visual fidelity, giving you more confidence on the road after sundown.

hi index

These materials enable us to make your lenses thinner and flatter. This means that moderate to high prescription lenses will be thinner at the edge of your frame, or in the centre which can make the spectacles look and feel better to wear.

Work 

If your job has specific needs, we can help as you may need safety lenses to protect you in work? Often your employer will have specific lenses they want you to have, for example lenses with higher impact resistance or spectacles specifically for computer use or specialised office lenses if you spend a lot of time on a VDU screen.

Reading 

Our reading glasses are for people who find reading text on the phone or in a book difficult. They make it easier to see words on the page, reducing eye strain and improving your quality of life.

Computers & Screens 

Having to refocus regularly throughout the day on a pixellated screen can be a lot of effort. You may benefit from lenses designed for PC and office use.

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Would you like spectacles that will suit and fit you better? If so, get in touch to arrange a consultation.  

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