What are the Best Frames for Thick Lenses

| 21.11.2020

The thing with strong prescriptions is that you need a strong lens to go with them. And not every frame style can hold a thick lens


That is why it is important to know what kind of frame is best suited to thick lenses and what are the best frames for high prescription glasses.


When choosing the correct frame, you do not just need something to hold your lenses, but also something that does not compromise on the aesthetics. 


For that, you need to know what to stay away from and what to play with in order to get a working yet stylish design of the frame.


Best Frames for Thick Lenses


Generally speaking, oval or rounded shape frames are suitable for thick lenses. That is because they are easy to construct and can easily fit the thicker contour of your lenses.


In terms of the frame style, having a full-frame is better because it can completely account for the thickness of your lenses while a half rim or rimless design would accentuate the heavy lenses and make them stand out.


It is also better to have a moderately thick frame than a thin one. That is because they can fit your lenses completely and avoid the infamous coke bottle effect where a thick lens may protrude from a frame giving an unsightly appearance. Having a thick frame does not necessarily mean that you have to compromise on style. You can easily get many attractive designs with thick frames.


Another detail you may want to avoid is slender or angular frames. That is because this sort of design of frames makes it almost possible for opticians to fit the lenses into.


While you may want a moderately thick frame overall it is a good idea to have a frame that is light in weight. A thick lens already adds a lot of weight for you to carry on your nose bridge and add to that a heavy frame and it could be a major nuisance. A plastic-like cellulose acetate may be a good option. Generally speaking, plastic frames can be slightly lighter than metal frames.


An Alternative to Thick Lenses


A suitable alternative to thick lenses is high index lenses. They are made up of substances that are denser than your ordinary glass and plastic material so that they can bend a greater amount of light while being considerably thinner. This is because they have a higher index of refraction of about 1.60 and more which is much higher than ordinary glass or plastic lenses. So they allow you to deploy small glasses frames for high prescription glasses.


They may be a little high on the price point but the kind of functionality and the aesthetic benefit they offer is unprecedented. One drawback they can have is that they may be a little reflective and for that you can apply an AR coating to decrease glare. You can apply a blue light protective coating if you are in front of screens a lot. 


Of course, the final alternative could be corrective surgery like LASIK but that is something to be decided by your ophthalmologist.




So by now, you should be clear about your options of frames for thick lenses. To sum it all up, you should look for rounded lightweight lenses that are moderately thick so that they can fit the lenses perfectly. 


You should avoid certain designs like rimless or half-rim design and stay away from slanted or angular frames as the lens can be tough to adjust for them. 


Having said all that, something like a high index lens can solve all those problems of thick lenses for you by reducing the lens thickness while giving you the same performance.