Anatomy of Eyeglasses

Weather in the market for new eyeglasses or just in need of repair. Here are a few terms you may want to be familiar with when speaking with an optician-this is the general name for a person who makes or sells eyeglasses.

  1. Rims: Are the part of the eyeglasses that give your glasses their character. Their function is to hold the lenses in place.
  2. End pieces: These are the small parts on the front frame that extends outward to connect the front frame to the hinges.
  3. Bridge: The bridge is the center of the frame that rests on your nose and joins the two rims together. Most metal frames have joining points from the eye wire to the bridge. Plastic frames are one piece molded nose Bridge and wire.
  4. Hinges: Sit between the end pieces and the temples. This allows you to close your glasses by folding the temples inward.
  5. Lenses: Are the clear pieces of glass, plastic or other materials held in place by the rims. The lenses are crafted and shaped with your unique prescription to help you to see clearly.
  6. Screws: Are exactly what you think. Tiny screws typically made of metal or plastic that are inserted into the hinge to connect the temples to the end pieces.
  7. Nose pads: The rounded plastic pieces under the bridge that sit on your nose. They give a more comfortable and secure fit.
  8. Nose pad arms: Used mostly for metal eyeglass frames. Nose pad arms are the mounting mechanism used to attach the nose pads to the frame.
  9. Temples: The name for the arms of the glasses that extends from the hinges to the ear.
  10. Temple tips: The end pieces of the temples that wrists directly on the ear. Sometimes called the earpieces.







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