Prescription Sunglasses Size Guide

Whether you are purchasing your first pair of prescription sunglasses or shopping for a replacement set for the pair your puppy shredded, we’ve designed this size guide to make purchasing your next pair of shades online easier.

 


 

Sunglasses Frame Measurements

Every frame has 4 key measurements: eyesize, bridge width, temple length, and lens height. If you currently own a pair of sunglasses, you may find the first 3 measurements printed on the inside of one of your temple arms, or on the inside of the bridge. Not all frames include these measurements, and if that's the case, proceed to the next steps.

 

Because most manufacturers do not measure total width of the frame, for general reference you can double your eyesize, and add your bridge.

LENS WIDTH x 2 + BRIDGE WIDTH = ESTIMATED TOTAL WIDTH

We say general reference here because there are many variables that affect the total fit of sunglasses, especially ones with sports wrap. For wrap around sunglasses, while this method still works, you'll want to consider the curve of the frames because you'll notice that lens width is much larger than with flat eyeglasses. With the curve, you'd want a wrapped pair of sunglasses to be about 5-10mm larger than your eyeglass frames.

  


Measuring Your Own Frames

Don't see any numbers that look like the ones pictured above printed on your frames? No worries; let's measure the pair you have. You will need a millimeter ruler for this. If you don't have one nearby, download our printable ruler HERE):

 

 


No Frames To Measure?

Maybe this is your first pair of prescription sunglasses. Maybe your last pair of shades endured an unexpected water burial at the lake last weekend. Regardless, you can still start fresh shopping online by using our handy size guide, in conjunction with our Face Shape Guide.

1. Grab a ruler with either inches or centimeters, preferably centimeters and preferably a flexible one. Don’t have one? Download our printable ruler HERE.
2. You will need to look in a mirror to measure the width of your face from temple to temple. This is where a flexible or printed ruler is helpful, and will provide the most accurate measurement. 
3. Use the following chart to translate your measurement into your ideal lens width: 

Temple to Temple Width in Inches

Temple to Temple Width in Millimeters

Suggested Lifestyle Sunglass Eye Size

Suggested Sport Sunglass Eye Size

4.25”

110mm

47-48mm

54mm+

4.50”

115mm

49-50mm

56mm+

4.75”

120mm

51-52mm

58mm+

5.00”

125mm

53-54mm

60mm+

5.25”

130mm

55-56mm

62mm+

5.50”

140mm

57-58mm

64mm+

5.75”

146mm

59-60mm

66mm+

 

Have additional questions on how to find the best size glasses frames for you? Call or email one of our Salt City Optics professionals at 1-888-507-1230 or info@saltcityoptics.com and we will be happy to further assist you.