Have you experienced confusion in trying to differentiate between the compositional parts of your glasses? For instance, can you locate the bridge versus the top bar, the temples versus the end pieces or nose pads versus pad arms? If you answered no, you are not alone.
glasses parts and pieces can become confusing for the average wearer to
decipher. Peruse our diagram of reading glasses parts for a detailed
explanation of the typical pair of eye wear. Reading
1. Bridge: The area that arches up over the nose between the lenses thus supporting the majority of the glasses weight. There are several different types of bridges:
2. End pieces: The portions of the frame front that extend outward from the lenses and connect to the temples.
3. Eye Wires/Rims: Part of the frame front into which the lenses are inserted.
4. Frame Front: (not pictured) Outermost front part of the eyeglass frame which holds the lenses in place and bridges the top of the nose; consists of bridge, end pieces, rims and lenses.
5. Hinges: Portion of the frame that connects the frame front to the temples and allows the temples to fold inward in a closing motion.
6. Lenses: Clear glass, plastic, or polycarbonate eyeglass parts which hold a wearer's prescription.
7. Nose Pads: Plastic pieces which may be attached directly to the frame or pad arms. These help keep the frame in its proper position on the wearer's face, while providing comfort and a snug fit.
8. Pad Arms: Attachments that hold the nose pads in place; typically allow adjustments so that they may conform to the wearer's nose.
9. Rimless Frames/Mountings:(Not pictured) When the temples and bridge attach by mountings, or metal fixatives, directly to the lenses without the use of eye-wires or rims.
10. Screws: Tiny metal fasteners found at eyeglass hinges which connect the temples to the frame front; and on the bridge, which hold the nose pads in place.
11. Temples: "Arm" pieces of the frame that extend over and/or behind the ears to help hold the frame in place. There are several types of temples:
13. Top bar: A reinforcing bar that crosses the top of the glasses, between the two lenses, on some metal frames; popular in aviator style glasses.