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Parts of an Eyeglass Frame

The first step in finding the perfect pair of readers is understanding how they work! Take a look at our detailed glasses diagram below and read more about each part below the image.  Knowing the parts of your glasses will help you find a pair that not only improves your eyesight, but that will fit well and look great, too!

Parts of an Eyeglass Frame

Temples – Long arms on the sides of the frame that extend from the hinge and over the ears to keep the glasses on your face.



Hinges – Moveable joints found on the inside of the frame which allows the temples to fold inward.




LensesThe clear or tinted material placed inside the frame you choose. Lenses commonly come in clear plastic or polycarbonate. Fully magnified, bifocal, multifocal, reading sunglasses, and computer lens types are all found on™.


Nose PadsSmall pieces secured under the frame bridge that rest on your nose and help keep the frame in place, while providing comfort and a snug fit. On metal frames, nose pads are plastic, while most plastic frames have built-in nose pads.



Top BarA bar that sits above the bridge and connects the frame around each lens. This frame feature is usually only found on aviator or trendy frame styles.



BridgeThe arched portion of the front frame that rests on your nose and bears most of the weight of the glasses.



Pad Arms – Adjustable pieces attached to the frame on one end and the nose pad on the other.  They allow room for adjustment so the glasses fit the wearer’s natural face shape. Note: not every frame has pad arms; they are most commonly found on metal frames.


Temple Tips – Plastic pieces that cover the temple ends where the temples rest behind the ears. They provide extra comfort to the wearer, especially on glasses with metal frames. Also referred to as earpieces.



ScrewsSmall metal or plastic pieces inserted into the hinge to connect the temple to the frame’s end piece. Screws may also be found on the bridge to hold nose pads in place.



End Pieces Small parts of the front frame that extend outward from the lenses to connect the front frame to the hinges.



Eye WiresAlso known as rims, this is the front portion of a metal frame where lenses are inserted and held in place.



Bifocal – Our bifocal reading glasses have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses.



Now that you’re an expert in eyewear anatomy, learn more about different reading glasses frame styles and types. We’re certain there’s a pair out there for everyone!

Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.

  • Jim Richardson


    my distance vision isnt bad, my reading vision is 3.5, I would like a very light tint with 20/20 on top and 3.5 the lower 1/4 so I can drive and read messages when I need to, is that possible?

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