Do Your Glasses Make Your Eyes Look Smaller or Bigger?

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This is a common question for people who have recently been prescribed glasses. “Will my glasses make my eyes look small?” or “Will the glasses make my eyes look bigger?”  

I get it, Y’all are quite anxious about the answers to, Do Your Glasses Make Your Eyes Look Smaller or Bigger? Let us see, what could the answers be!

Do Your Glasses Make Your Eyes Look Smaller?

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Well, to answer your question straight, it depends. It’s not always necessary that they are gonna make your eyes look smaller but you need to consider a few things to correct it.    

A Large Frame Size 

A glass with a large frame will enhance your entire face, and in that process might make your eyes look smaller than they actually are. If you want to give the illusion of large eyes, you better buy glasses with a small frame or small lens shapes. 

Frame Shape 

The shape of the frames can also play a role. For example, cat eye frames produce the illusion of elongated eyes giving you pretty lined and winged eyes. 

Prescription Lenses 

If you have a high prescription glasses like more than -6, your eyes are bound to look smaller because of the magnification feature of concave lenses.   

Do Glasses For Nearsightedness Make Your Eyes Look Smaller?

Patients of myopia, you have been summoned! Sorry to say, but the glasses have the tendency to make your eyes look a bit smaller than they actually are because of the magnification feature of concave lenses. 

You cannot do anything about it, but at least know why this happens so you can avoid them in the future. 

Frame Size and Style 

As I already told you, bigger frames equal small eyes. So if you have no wish to make your eyes look small, you will have to choose frames that are near to the same size as your eyes. 

Prescription Strength 

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Strong and high-prescription glasses for highly damaged eyes result in thicker lenses, that in turn make your eyes look thinner. When your lenses are thick, large frames make your eyes look slightly small, and normal-sized frames make your eyes look strangely big!


Also, very strong prescription glasses can cause a slight magnification effect when viewed through the lenses, which could increase the size of your eyes. 

Individual Variation 

Note that your facial features and the way you carry your glasses can affect how the glasses impact the eye size. For some people, it might not be a big noticeable change in eye size with glasses, while others might notice it more.

So, my myopic peers, are we satisfied here?

Why Do My Glasses Make My Eyes Look Smaller? 

It all depends upon the factors mentioned above. Your glasses do not have the provision to make your eyes look smaller, but if the circumstances provided allow for it then it may happen. It is neither your fault, nor the glasses, but other considerations too like the frame size, frame type, prescription power, etc…

Are There Any Glasses That Make Your Eyes Look Bigger?

Are There Any Glasses That Make Your Eyes Look Bigger?

As I already mentioned earlier, there are certain glass styles and features that can create the illusion of larger eyes. You just need to know what features you will need in your glasses, and that is when I come!   

Let me tell you that frames that have a thinner and lighter design, particularly near the lower rim, can expose more of your eyes and contribute to the perception of larger eyes. Choose round or oval-shaped frames. They are more free and will create a sense of openness and space around your eyes.

When it comes to lenses, clear or lightly tinted lenses draw attention to your eyes, making them appear larger. And if you have anti-reflective coatings on the lenses then it’s a home run! They reduce glare and reflections, allowing others to see your eyes more clearly, again making them look huge.

But, but, but, individual features also contribute to this play, so if you have naturally small eyes, nothing can make it look big other than insanely high prescription lenses. Thus, trying on different frame styles and consulting with an optician for the same, can help you find the best fit. 

How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger In Glasses?

As I said, you cannot increase the size of your eyes if you naturally have sleek and small eyes. But what you can do is scam people into thinking that you do have big eyes! How to do that? Come, let me show you;

Thin Framed Glasses 

Opt for glass frames with a thinner design. Frames that are not too wide or heavy expose more of your eyes and thus create an illusion of big eyes. These are the glasses that make eyes look huge!

Round Frames 

Choose frames with a rounded or oval shape. These shapes soften the angles and provide more space around your eyes, all while making your eyes look big!

Neutral Frame Color

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Lighter frame colors, such as pastels or neutrals, can draw attention to your eyes and make them appear more prominent, especially if you are dressed in pastel color clothes too.

Clear/ Lightly Tinted Lenses

These lenses can minimize distractions and keep the focus on your eyes, making them look bigger.

Eye Makeup

Oh, we all love this! Apply makeup to enhance your eyes and give them a bigger look. Use eyeliner along your upper lash line, curl your lashes, and use mascara to make your eyes stand out.


Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to cover any dark circles under your eyes. This can make your eyes look more awake and open, thus bigger.


Apply a light, shimmery eyeshadow or highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes. This can create the illusion of brighter, larger eyes.


Groom and shape your eyebrows to frame your eyes nicely. Well-defined eyebrows can draw attention to your eyes and enhance their appearance.

I just know that all the girls loved the latter part of this section. Especially when you are being recommended to do makeup for something. How good it feels! 


So, we are at the end of the article. I had a lot of fun writing this article because it seemed to mirror my thoughts when I wore my first prescription glasses. I am glad I could help people with this article. Good luck folks!   

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Tessa Reynolds
Meet Tessa Reynolds, who lives in Denver, Colorado. She likes to write about sunglasses, and eye makeup so that she can share her knowledge, and help all the people who need something for their eyes. When she is not writing, you can find her skiing in the mountains of Colorado.