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2019 Prescription Eyewear Trends

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2019 Prescription Eyewear Trends

New year, new glasses! (Right?) But before you head out to buy your new glasses this year (hopefully at our clinic, of course!), let’s take a look at some of the trends for prescription eyewear for 2019.


Ziggy by Cendrine frames
Different frames styles from Ziggy by Cendrine.

A lot of people have glasses that are more neutral in shape (that is, shapes that are more rectangular or circular). Those shapes will likely never truly go out of style, but 2019 will also introduce more geometric shapes.

This year, look for octagons, hexagons, and bold squares. You may also find oversized, more retro styles that look somewhat like science fiction glasses from the 1980s. Aviators and the cat eye will still be in style; look for them more in prescription glasses this year.

On the flip side, simpler frame shapes will also be on trend. If you want something that isn’t rectangular or circular, but you don’t want a large and/or geometric frame, look for oval and butterfly-shaped frames. If you’re looking for something a little bit “more,” also trending this year is the rounded cat eye and the rounded aviator.

gold-plated Yves Cogan frames
22K gold-plated frames from Yves Cogan with a double bridge.

You may also find more lightweight materials, such as titanium and nylon. In acetates, look for shiny, glossy, and/or translucent frames.

Features and bridge styles

The most common bridge style is the single nose bridge. This year, though, look for more double-bridge frames (frames that have a nose bridge and a higher top bridge), or single top bridge frames (without the nose bridge). Also look for frames with brow bars, or distinctive accent pieces above the frame that emphasize the eyes and eyebrows.


Paradox frames with pastel blue accents
Paradox frames with pastel blue accents.

Along with olive green, the ever-popular rose gold will make its way to eyewear fashion. Also look for more neutral colours like nude, blush, smoke, or clear. For those looking for a softer, more feminine look, pastel colours may be more popular.

This year, tinted lenses are predicted to be making a rise in popularity – yes, even in prescription lenses. Coloured lenses come in a variety of colours, so you can show off your personality with a touch of colour. (Be aware, however, that these colour tints may not have any UV protection and you’ll still need proper sunglasses.)

What do you think about the 2019 styles?

Written by
Dr. Brent Hopfauf

Dr. Hopfauf is a born-and-raised Calgarian and one of the proud owners of Calgary Family Eye Doctors. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Calgary, he headed to Ontario for the Optometry Program at the University of Waterloo. Upon graduation, Dr. Hopfauf was named Class Valedictorian. He has had the unique opportunity to further his training in ocular diseases in Houston, Texas and has studied specific conditions that include glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, and uveitis.

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