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What are Asian-fit glasses? Everything you need to know

26 Feb 2024

When shopping online, you may have come across the term Asian-fit glasses (or low-bridge glasses) and been curious about the meaning. These particular frames are designed to offer enhanced comfort for people with a low nose bridge, wide face, flatter features and high cheekbones, which are all common characteristics among people of Asian descent. Yet, of course this is not to say that these facial features are exclusive to this community. In fact, it can vary greatly between individuals. If you find that your glasses are tight around the temples, frequently slip down your face, sit too high up or brush against your eyelashes, you might actually benefit from this particular frame design yourself.

It is a common misconception that every pair of glasses fits every single person on the planet. We all have different facial features that vary greatly from one and another. Take facial recognition technology for example, people can now access their phones and devices using just their face which very quickly identifies their unique features and unlocks their screen, giving them complete access to all their private information. Our face is part of what makes us unique and sets us apart from others. Finding a pair of glasses that fits just right and which are comfortable is absolutely essential.

Asian-fit glasses vs standard frames

To begin with, when glasses were first created, a one-size-fits-all approach was applied by most manufacturers. Since then, glasses have become a popular fashion accessory. Today, fashionistas across the globe are provided with vast collections of the latest optical designs. The demand for new eyewear is ever expanding. Glasses companies have since realised that these old-fashioned standard frames are better suited to people with a more prominent nose bridge and a narrow face. The standard pair of glasses still exists but with the growing popularity of prescription eyewear, newer alternatives have since been designed for individuals with a lower nose bridge, rounder face shape and higher cheekbones.

Asian-fit glasses, also known as low-nose-bridge glasses, have larger nose pads that allow the frame to sit in the right place on the sides of your nose, creating enough space between the frame and your face. For people with a less angular nose, the thicker pads ensure a secure grip so the frame doesn’t slide off. People with a low bridge will also benefit from adjustable nose pads which allow a more bespoke fit. The wider, shorter lenses are tilted which stops the glasses from resting uncomfortably on your cheeks. Meanwhile, the wider temples allow more wiggle room for round and heart-shaped faces and the curved tips ensure a secure grip behind your ears. Below we have highlighted the main features of each.

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Asian-fit glasses

A narrower nose bridge

Bigger, bulkier nose pads that are very often adjustable

Shorter, wider and slightly tilted lenses

Wider and slightly curved temples

A flatter frame design

Standard glasses

A wider nose bridge

Small to average-sized nose pads

Long, straight and thin temples

How do I know if I have a low nose bridge?

The easiest way for you to find out whether or not you have a low nose bridge is to look at your face from the side in a photo. Or, alternatively, place one finger on the very top of your nose and look in the mirror. Next, ask yourself, ‘is my nose bridge above, horizontal or below my pupils?’ If it is horizontal or below the pupils, then you most likely have a lower nose bridge and will benefit from a pair of Asian-fit glasses with a relatively small bridge width.

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How to measure your face for glasses

If you have a very subtle nose bridge, you should start by measuring your face for glasses at home first. Make a note of your face width, nose bridge and temple length. Simply use a ruler to make precise measurements in millimetres. This will help you find your lens widthbridge width and temple length. At this point, you will have all the information you need to choose new glasses that fit just right. You should be aware that the average measurement for standard-fit nose bridges is usually between 14 millimetres and 31 millimetres. Meanwhile, Asian-fit nose bridges typically start around 8 millimetres. Read our guide to sunglasses for small faces for helpful tips on how to measure your face for glasses.

Top tip: Glasses with a smaller bridge width are best for people with a low nose bridge but you can also benefit from glasses with slightly raised or adjustable nose pads. This will provide reliable grip and fit your lower nasal bridge securely.

After measuring your face, you’ll then have the information you need to start browsing our website for frames. At Glasses Direct, we have a variety of frame sizes for you to choose from. Keep an eye on the frame measurements which are illustrated in millimetres below each product. This will help you find a comfortable new pair of glasses.

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The best glasses for a low nose bridge

We have carefully handpicked a range of fashionable frames just for people with a low bridge. All of these designs make a comfortable and reliable pair of glasses that will not cause you any irritation. They all have a relatively narrow nose bridge, adjustable pads or bulkier nose pieces for a secure fit, slightly curved temples, wide lenses and a flat frame design.