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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 become an instant eyewear expert. Knowing the parts of your glasses will help you find a pair that not only improve your eyesight, but fit well and look great, too!

Glasses Parts Diagram

Glasses Parts:

1. Eye Wires – The front portion of the reading glasses where lenses are inserted and held in place. Also referred to as rims.

2. End Pieces Small parts of the frame that extend outward from the lenses to connect the eye wires and the temples.

3. Bridge – The arched piece in the front, center of the frames that rests on the wearer’s nose  and connects the eye wires. The bridge is designed to bear most of the glasses’ weight.

4. Hinges – Slightly flexible parts of the end pieces which allow the temples to fold inward.

5. Lenses – Clear or tinted material placed inside the eye wires designed to hold the wearer’s prescription or magnification. Lenses commonly come in clear glass, plastic, or polycarbonate. There are a variety of lens coatings that can make your lenses scratch resistant, anti-reflective, polarized, mirrored, or tinted. Read our guide on lens coatings to decide what coating, if any, is right for you.

6. Nose Pads – Small plastic pieces secured under the bridge that help keep the frame in its proper position, while providing comfort and a snug fit.

7. Pad Arms – Attachments that hold the nose pads in place. They allow room for adjustment so the glasses fit the wearer’s natural face shape.

8. Temples – Long arms on the sides of the frame that extend over the ears to keep the glasses on the wearer’s face.

9. Temple Tips – Plastic coverings that cover 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.

10. Screws – Tiny metal fasteners found at hinges, used to connect the end pieces to the temples. Sometimes screws are found on the bridge to hold nose pads in place.

11. Top Bar – Bar found above the bridge that connects the two eye wires and provides extra weight-bearing support. A top bar is not found on all styles of glasses.

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!

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  • 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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