I’m Asian, and low bridge glasses changed my life
Finally, I've found glasses that are made to fit my face.
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With more time in front of a computer screen, people who wear glasses might be looking for an upgrade. But what do you do if you have a low nose bridge?
I fall into that category—and it’s been quite a few years since I’ve gotten a new pair of glasses. I must confess that I hate wearing glasses. They constantly fall off my face and never seem to fit even with getting adjustments at the eye doctor. Also, my long eyelashes smudge my glasses, meaning I have to constantly clean them.
I’ve had these problems my entire life because I’m of Asian descent (specifically East Asian) and my facial features, like a lower nose bridge, have made it nearly impossible to find properly fitting glasses in the U.S.
Reviewed has previously recommended Glasses USA, so I was excited to see that the brand offered “Low Bridge Fit” glasses. These types of glasses are specifically made to fit those who have low nose bridges as well as wide faces or higher cheekbones.
I’m not exaggerating when I say these glasses have changed my life. Here’s why these low nose bridge glasses are my new favorite accessory and why you might want to try them too if you have a similar face shape.
What are low bridge glasses?
According to the Glasses USA website, low bridge fit glasses are for people with low nose bridges—when your nose bridge is level or lower than your pupils—as well as those with wide faces or have high cheekbones.
Some of the things to expect with these glasses are:
-- Adjustable nose pads or larger nose pads
-- Slightly curved temple arms
-- Adjusted lens tilt
I’ve seen brands label this style as “Asian Fit” glasses as they are designed for the facial features more commonly found in East Asian people. They may not fit every single person of Asian descent, though, as facial features can vary widely.
However, these glasses could fit anyone who has a low nose bridge.
How the low bridge glasses fit on my face
After browsing Glasses USA low bridge fit offerings, I settled on prescription glasses from Versace and sunglasses from Stella McCartney.
Unlike most glasses, these glasses fit better all around. They have thick nose pads that make the glasses sit higher off my face, allowing for more distance between the lens and my eyelashes—and eliminating those annoying mascara smudges I was dealing with.
The nose bridge hugged my face more tightly, so they actually stayed in place and were not falling off with every nod and turn I made. I actually shook my head up and down (think ’90s head banging style) while wearing these glasses, and they didn’t fall off once. I was amazed!
With other glasses I’ve worn, I usually felt a pain in my temples after a few hours, but this didn’t happen with the low bridge fit glasses as they’re set wider to accommodate a wider face.
One surprising feature that I didn’t realize I needed before was that these glasses sit farther off my face. The additional space was just enough room for my cheekbones, so when I smiled my glasses didn’t fall, an annoying thing that happened with other glasses I’ve worn. This extra room also kept my eyelashes from rubbing (and smudging) my lenses.
What I don’t like about low bridge fit glasses
I have to admit that there was very little I didn't like about these low bridge fit glasses. They are the only glasses I’ve ever worn that actually fit my face. My only complaint is there’s a much smaller selection of low bridge fit glasses compared to the "normal" styles on the Glasses USA site, but I was still able to find stylish frames that I liked.
Plus, if you don’t like your low bridge fit glasses, Glasses USA has a 14-day return policy that offers a 100% store credit or new pair of glasses. Though it means you’ll still need to order another pair from the site.
Are the low bridge glasses worth it?
These glasses are more than worth it. I will never be able to go back to glasses that are not low bridge fit after wearing these.
While the small differences in the low fit bridge glasses may seem insignificant, my glasses-wearing experience is much better. I was especially elated that I no longer have to squint through blurry lenses from eyelash streaks or constantly wipe my glasses.
The low bridge fit is perfect on my face, and while Glasses USA doesn’t have every style available, the retailer does offer a wide variety of brands and price points, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your taste and budget if you’re looking to try this style of glasses.
What to look for when buying low bridge glasses
If you’ve struggled to find glasses that fit your face and are thinking about purchasing low bridge fit frames, here are some things that you should consider.
Price: Glasses can be expensive, especially if you choose designer frames. However, most retailers have frame options that will fit any budget.
Fit: People with a low nose bridge know that finding glasses that fit can be difficult. Bad-fitting glasses can pinch the sides of the nose, slide down your nose, or pinch the press the sides of your face. Luckily, some online retailers have quizzes that will help narrow down what frames suit your needs.
When ordering glasses online, you'll also need some information about your eyes, including your prescription and your pupillary distance. If you haven't had an eye exam in a while, it would be good to see your eye doctor before getting too far into the online ordering process.
Look: Some online retailers have apps that will allow you to try on glasses virtually. Others will ship you glasses without prescription lenses so you can actually try glasses on at home.
Lens options: Which lens is right for you will partly be determined by your prescription. People who have a strong prescription might want to opt for high-index lenses. Others might need bifocals or even trifocals. Progressive lenses are designed for people who need multifocals but only want a single lens.
Beyond prescription issues, there are a multitude of lens options: UV protection, anti-scratch treatment, light-responsive lenses, and blue light glasses, to name a few. The more options you choose, however, the more likely you are to spend more money.
- Return policy: Even if you go through the fit process and try on the glasses—virtually or at home—there's still a chance that you won't like the frames you ordered. Before ordering, it's important to look at a retailer’s return policy so you know how long you have to try your prescription glasses and send them back if they don't work for you. ##Where to find low bridge fit glasses Glasses USA also offers more than 100 different styles that are considered low bridge fit as well as different coating options for the lenses, such as blue light blocking and anti-scratch. Other websites have similar offerings, including those we found to be the best places to buy glasses online.
On many sites, you’ll find top brands like Ray-Ban, Prada, and Oakley with low bridge fit versions. The inventory for these specific glasses seems to sell out fast, so if you see a pair you like you may want to snag them before they sell out.