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What Glasses Look Good for Each Face Shape?

Chances are you know your body’s weight, height, blood type, and allergies by memory.  But what about your face shape?  This may seem like a less important body feature to know by heart and you are correct.  However, when it comes to certain cosmetic rituals and accessorizing, it is good to be aware of your face shape.  Knowing the shape of your face helps you determine your best hair length/style, what type of hat to wear, and which makeup to use to contour and highlight your face.  Face shape also plays a large role in selecting the perfect shaped eyeglass frames to fit your face type.

When determining the shape of your face, there are three factors to consider:  the widest part of your face, the shape of your jaw, and the length of your face.  Pull back your hair and take a long look in the mirror to decide which shape best describes your face.  There are seven primary face shapes:  oval, heart, oblong, square, diamond, round, and triangle. 

Premier Eye Care Group helps you determine your face shape and best-fit eyewear:

Oval – A wider forehead with the width tapering towards your chin line are indicators of having an oval shaped face.  If you have an oval shaped face, you are considered ideal because of the balanced-proportions of your face.  Look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or even a tad bit wider) than the broadest part of your face.  Walnut-shaped frames are a good pick for oval shaped faces.

 Heart – Do you have a pointy jawline and an angled chin?  Is the top third of your face wide, while the bottom third very narrow?  If so, your face shape is probably considered heart shaped.  People with heart shaped faces should choose frames that are wider at the bottom to reduce the apparent width of your forehead.  Light-colored frames, as well as rimless ones, are a good bet for heart shaped faces.

Oblong – When your face’s horizontal to vertical proportion is more than one and a half the size, your face shape falls into the oblong category.  To make an oblong face look shorter and more balanced, try eyeglass frames that have more depth than width.  Geometric frames, in square or rectangular shapes, are the most popular for people with oblong faces.

Square – If your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are about equal in width, you most likely have a square shaped face.  To elongate and soften the sharp angles of a square face, look for eyeglass frames that have more width than depth.  Narrow frame styles, such as ovals, can help to soften harsh angles and make square-shaped faces appear longer.  

Diamond – Is your face narrow at the forehead and jawline with broad cheekbones in between?  If so, you are considered to have the rarest shaped face – diamond.  To help highlight your eyes and soften your dramatic cheekbones, try glasses that have distinctive brow lines.  Rimless eyeglasses and oval or cat-eye shaped frames are also good choices.

Round – If your cheeks are the widest part of your face, your face shape is classified as round.  To make a round face appear slimmer and longer, try wearing angular, narrow frames.  Rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep are another good option when it comes to lengthening a round face. 

Triangular – If your jaw is the widest part of your face, you most likely have a triangular (sometimes also referred to as “pear shaped”) shaped face.  The best frames for triangular faces add width and draw attention to the top third of your face.  Frames that are cat-eyed shaped, as well as with bold colors and heavy accents along the brow line, are ideal types of eyewear for this face shape.

Visit Premier Eye Care Group for Your Perfect-Fit Eyeglasses!

If you are searching for an eye glass doctor in the Harrisburg, PA or Camp Hill, PA region, look no more!  Now that you have determined your face shape and ideal style of eyeglass frames, let the opticians at Premier Eye Care Group help you see in style.  We offer an extensive inventory of eyewear for the whole family.  Whether it’s new glasses or corrective lenses you’re in need of, or a variety of other vision services, we are here for you and your vision needs.  Please contact us today at (717) 232-0843 or via our website.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

What You Need to Know About Children’s Eye Care

Children’s eye health begins in the newborn phase when pediatricians first evaluate their eyesight. For many babies, this evaluation may be sufficient for the first few months of life. But children should also have their vision formally checked several times before beginning elementary school.  This is especially important if there is a family history of vision or eyesight issues or a child is showing symptoms of difficulty with their vision.

At Premier Eye Care Group, our team of trusted eye care professionals recommend formal eye exams for your child at the following intervals:  

Infant Years (Ages 0-2)

As an infant, children should have their vision checked to ensure there are not any developmental irregularities.  Some vision tests that may be done by your child’s trained ophthalmologist or optometrist include:

  • Pupil Response – Evaluate whether the child’s pupil opens and closes properly in the presence and absence of light.
  • Fixate and Follow – This test determines whether your baby’s eyes are able to fixate on and follow an object, such as a light as it moves.  As a rule of thumb, infants should be able to fixate on an object soon after birth (such as a ceiling fan) and follow an object by the time they are 3 months old (tracking a parent).
  • Preferential Looking – Since no infant can read letters off of a typical eye chart, vision capabilities can be tested in different ways for young babies. This type of vision test involves using cards that are blank on one side with stripes on the other side to attract the infant’s gaze to the stripes.

Toddler Years (Ages 3-4)

A full eye exam should be completed by the age of three to prevent any loss of vision due to how children’s eyes work together.  Some common eye tests for young children include:

  • LEA Symbols – Instead of having children recite letters from a typical eye chart, young children are asked to name special symbols shown on the charts, such as an apple, house, square and circle.
  • Retinoscopy –This test involves shining a light into a child’s eye to observe the reflection from the back of the eye.  It helps to determine the refractive error of the eye, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.  This could help justify the need for glasses. 

Pre-School (Age 5 or 6)

It is helpful to get your child’s eyes checked before kindergarten, so that he/she is prepared visually to learn in elementary school.  Most states require children to get an eye exam done before starting public school. Throughout your child’s schooling, if his/her teacher states that your child is experiencing any of the following on a regular basis while attending school, you should contact an eye care specialist:

  • Poor school performance
  • No desire to go to school
  • Hard time paying attention
  • Difficulty reading and writing
  • Trouble seeing information on the whiteboard
  • Experiencing headaches, blurry vision, or eye pain
  • Taking a long time to complete school work

Children’s eyes should continue to be examined once every couple of years from kindergarten to high school graduation to address the natural growth of their eyes. Proper eye care is an important part of a child’s development. It is extremely important that children receive attention regarding their eyesight from an early age to ensure that everything is developing appropriately.  That way, diagnosis can be made to treat any eye problems before they worsen or lead to more serious complications. 

Premier Eye Care Group consists of a team of four optometrists and one ophthalmologist.  Located in the Harrisburg, PA region, we offer a variety of vision services in addition to a variety of eye exams for you and your family. You are sure to be in good hands with Premier Eye Care Group’s extensive knowledge, years of experience, and use of the latest diagnostic technology to treat eyes of all ages. SEE THE POSSIBILITIES!

Contact us today at (717) 232-0843 or via our website to schedule an eye exam for your child today.

Dr. O’Donnell and his Focus on Glaucoma

Dr. John O’Donnell  is a Board Certified Optometrist at our Harrisburg Premier Eye Care Group office.

He is a Diplomate in the Glaucoma Section of the American Academy of Optometry – one of just five in the world!  This impressive accomplishment is achieved by dedicated optometrists who strive to attain a level of excellence beyond the regular American Academy of Optometry Fellowship program.  It took Dr. O’Donnell about five years to complete this elite program and he is dedicated to being a lifelong learner in the field of optometry, specializing in glaucoma. 

Practicing since 1983, Dr. O’Donnell is a well-educated and dedicated optometrist.  He graduated from St. Joseph’s University and then went on to complete his optometric education at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. O’Donnell completed externships with honors at the Walson Army Hospital, at Lynch Pediatric Unit of the Eye Institute, and in contact lens with Dr. Joseph Gurwood. Upon graduation, he was recognized with clinical excellence awards for his internship at the Eye Institute and Externship at the Lynch Pediatric unit.

Upon completing these externships, Dr. O’Donnell decided to practice in an MD/OD group setting and continues that role today at Premier Eye Care Group in Harrisburg, PA.  An MD/OD group setting simply refers to an eye care practice that features both Ophthalmologists (who have their Doctor of Medicine degree – referred to as an “MD”) and Optometrists (who have their Doctor of Optometry degree – referred to as an “OD”).

Board certification became available for Dr. O’Donnell in 2011. He pursued this credential for a number of reasons:  personal and professional development, commitment to his patients for lifelong learning and equality among his ophthalmologist colleagues. You’ll notice that part of Dr. O’Donnell’s title is “FAAO” – which stands for Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry. The FAAO designation means they are recognized by their colleagues as knowledgeable and experienced professionals who have met the highest standards of professional competence in a broad range of eye care issues. 

Dr. O’Donnell’s strong work ethic and commitment to his patients and practice have set him apart from many other optometrists.  Below you will find just some of his great accomplishments in the world of optometry:

  • Diplomate in the Glaucoma Section of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Elected to the Optometric Glaucoma Society in 2017
  • Member of the American Optometric Association
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association
  • Member of the World Glaucoma Association
  • Recognized by Who’s Who in US Medicine and Health Care
  • Past president of both the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society

Since the late 1990s, glaucoma patients make up most of Dr. O’Donnell’s patient base at Premier Eye Care Group.  The American Academy of Ophthalmology defines glaucoma as a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. Sadly, it is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. There are two main types of glaucoma: open angle and closed angle.  The “angle” refers to the opening where fluid drains from the eye.  In closed (or narrow) angle, the passage is blocked and the fluid cannot exit the eye.  With open angle glaucoma, the channel is not obstructed. It is important to get glaucoma treated early on to prevent blindness.  The use of topical medication (eyedrops), laser therapy, surgery or a combination of treatments can help to lower eye pressure, which will cause less vision loss. 

Glaucoma can be diagnosed at any age – but it is more common after the age of 40.  It is important to attend routine eye examinations as an adult to try and prevent eye diseases, such as glaucoma.  Dr. O’Donnell refers to glaucoma as the “silent thief of sight” because there are no symptoms until late in the disease, when vision loss is inevitable.  It is estimated that there are nearly one million people in the United States with glaucoma that are currently undiagnosed because of lack of symptoms and failure to attend routine eye exams.  Don’t be part of that statistic – be proactive and schedule an eye examination with a trustworthy optometrist at Premier Eye Care Group today. 

Over the years, Dr. O’Donnell has been interviewed and has even written magazine articles about glaucoma. 

If you are over the age of 40, have a family history of glaucoma or any other eye risk factors – be sure to have your eyes examined regularly. Visit Dr. O’Donnell and the other optometrists at Premier Eye Care Group in the Harrisburg, PA region and SEE THE POSSIBILITIES!  With their vast knowledge, years of experience, and the latest diagnostic technology, you’re in good hands. 

Contact us today at (717) 232-0843 or via our website to help restore your eyesight.


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