How are sunglasses measured?

Sunglasses are measured by three aspects; lens width, bridge width and temple length. Usually labelled on the inner temples (arms) of your frame, these measurements are in millimetres and may be separated by a small square, dash or space. Eg: 63 [] 18 145.

 

If you have well-fitting spectacles or sunglasses take a note of these measurements and use them as a guide for your next new pair.

If you don’t have spectacles or sunglasses use the helpful guide below.

 

Man with ruler across his face measuring the distance between his temples

How do I know what sunglasses fit my face?

Holding a ruler horizontally across your face, measure the distance between your temples in either cm or inches. You can check your ideal sunglasses size via the table below.

(Your temples are the soft skin located between your eyes and ears above your cheekbones.)

It’s best to use a ruler for this measurement because it stays straight; unlike a tape measure which can bend and needs two hands to use.

Face size (cm)

Face size (inches)

Sunglasses size

11.5cm – 13cm

4.5” – 5.1”

Small

13.5cm – 14cm

5.25” – 5.5”

Medium

14.5 – 16cm

5.75” – 6.25”

Large

 

 

Man wearing Aviator sunglasses with white arrow diagram across one lens

How do I know my lens width?

To know your lens width, use a plastic ruler (to prevent scratches) to measure one of your sunglasses lenses from their widest outer-edges. This measurement is always taken in millimetres and is the first set of digits labelled on your frame. Eg: 55 [] 22 145.

Adult sunglasses lens widths typically range between 49mm and 63mm.

Lens width

Sunglasses size

49 – 54mm

Small

55 – 57mm

Medium

58 – 63mm

Large

 

 

Man wearing Aviator sunglasses with white arrow diagram across the nose bridge

How do I know my bridge width?

To know your bridge width, measure the inner-most distance between your lenses in millimetres. Then minus this number by 3. Your bridge width is the second set of digits labelled on your frame. Eg: 55 [] 22 145.

For example, if the distance between your lenses (DBL) is 23mm, your frame has a 20 mm bridge width.

Adult sunglasses bridge widths typically range between 14mm and 25mm.

Bridge width

Sunglasses size

14mm – 17mm

Small

18mm – 21mm

Medium

22mm – 25mm

Large

 

For a guide to glasses for big noses click here.

 

Side view of man wearing Aviator sunglasses with white arrow drawn across the temple length

How do I know my temple length?

To know your temple length, measure (in mm) from the hinge to the bend and then from the bend to the temple tip. Combined, these measurements are your temple length which are the last set of digits labelled on your frame. Eg: 55 [] 22 145.

Adult sunglasses temple length typically range between 120mm and 150mm. However, it is common that temple lengths aren’t always stated by certain brands and manufacturers.

 

Bridge width

Sunglasses size

120mm – 130mm

Small

130mm – 140mm

Medium

140mm – 150mm

Large

150mm +

Extra Large

 

UV400 printed on the inside of a black sunglasses arm

What is UV400?

UV400 means sunglasses lenses can protect your eyes up to the 400-nanometre wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light. With regards to skin and eyecare, UV400 sunglasses protect you from the most dangerous range of electromagnetic exposure. UV400 and UV40 mean the same thing.

 

UV light sub-type

Frequency (nm)

Danger to eyes & skin

UVA

315 - 400

High

UVB

280 - 315

Medium

UVC

100 - 280

Low

 

 

What does CE mean on sunglasses?

CE stands for Conformité Européenne. (French for "European Conformity.) Spectacles and sunglasses which are compliant with EU health, environment and safety regulations must bear the CE mark. This emblem is usually labelled on the inner surface of the temple or frame, marked via pad printing or laser etching.

 

White measurement numbers printed on a tortoiseshell sunglasses arm

What measurements do I need to order glasses online?

To order glasses or sunglasses online, it’s good to know your lens width, bridge width and temple length. These measurements help you select the correct size of frame for a proper fit. For ordering prescription lenses, you’ll need an up to date prescription and your pupillary distance (the distance between your pupils in mm.)

 

 

Man with large head wearing round wire sunglasses running his hand through his hair

 

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