Anti-Aging Eyewear - Eyeglass Fashion for Midlife

Eyewear Fashion After 50

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Did you know that wearing the right frame styles can help you look younger? Some frame styles can actually take years off your face. For all you boomers out there, here are a few tips for choosing eyewear that might make you look 20 years younger.

Eyewear After 50

The over-50 set is looking for stylish eyewear that complements their age and gives them a more youthful appearance. If you are in your 50s or older, you probably are looking for eyewear fashions geared to helping you age gracefully.

The following guidelines should help you in your selections.


  • Look for eye shapes that are uplifting to the face. Softer and more rounded corners are more desirable than sharp edges. These rounded corners help to soften the facial features.
  • For women, look for cat-eye shapes that have softer edges and a slight uplifting shape. For men, upswept rectangular shapes with rounded corners are very flattering.


  • Warmer tones work best for both men and women. For example, browns, berry tones, and jewel tones are flattering for women. Men may look for blues, browns, grays, burgundies and greens.
  • Keep your eye out for shiny materials but take care to avoid dull colors, plain silver and basic black.


  • When looking for frames, make sure you don't choose frames that are too small vertically. As we age, especially past 45 years of age, we develop presbyopia, the loss of near or close focusing power. This causes many of us to need a different prescription for near than for distance vision. As a result, you may need a multifocal eyeglass lens.
  • While very small frame shapes are fine for distance glasses or dedicated reading glasses, they don't leave much room for line flat-top bifocals or no-line progressive lenses.
  • While the newer digitally processed custom-designed progressive lenses work better than ever in small frames, a larger vertical dimension usually is much better for comfortable reading vision. It is simply difficult sometimes to fit a larger reading area in very tiny frames.


    • What has made the current over-50 set unique is that, unlike previous generations, they are not afraid to experiment with colors and different shapes.
    • Look for deeper shapes with a retro look. These are great for boomers who are truly young at heart and want just a little more style in their eyewear.

    Lens Type

    • Many over-50s tend to reach for over-the-counter reading glasses, or "granny glasses." These are the glasses you sometimes see on the end of people's noses while they are gazing over the tops of them. Avoid this look as it tends to make you look much older.
    • Make time for a comprehensive eye exam and find out what your true visual needs are. Your eye doctor may recommend a lens that can be worn more like regular glasses instead of peeking over the top of reading glasses.
    • No-line invisible progressive lenses are a great option for a youthful appearance. Also remember that just because you could be a candidate for a progressive lens, you don't have to wear them all the time. You will have access to not only good, clear distance vision, but also arm's-length vision and near vision without putting your glasses on and taking them off all day.


      Boomer Style, Eye Care Business. January 2013, pp 51-52.

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