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Glasses VS Facial Authentication

Written by Aly Beach & Tiana Benoit Monday, October 9, 2023 Posted in General

With new facial authentication devices hitting the market every day, it may raise some questions about the qualifications to allow facial programs to function properly - including one pressing concern: Glasses. Will glasses impact the accuracy of the facial scan? Can people wear them while being scanned?

The short answer is yes. Yes, you can wear glasses because it generally doesn't impact the facial scan. However, this can depend on the type of glasses. For example, if you wear dark, thick sunglasses one day, it might not work as intended, depending on the system. But, if you wear prescription glasses daily, your face will still be recognizable.

Most facial verification/authentication systems are designed to authenticate users by pinpointing and measuring facial features, many of which would not usually be affected by glasses - like the shape of the face/chin/cheekbones, nose placement, lip shape, etc.

With all that in mind, it is still highly recommended that you set up your facial scan while wearing your everyday glasses for the best results to prevent any problems for future authentication. This is also a general consensus in the industry because authentication results can be dependent on the system itself - and some are pickier than others. However, for most systems, there isn't an issue. So, spectacle wearers are good to use facial authentication with ease!