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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 the wearer’s face.



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




Lenses – Clear or tinted material placed inside the eye wires or plastic frame that have your chosen magnification throughout the lens. Lenses commonly come in clear plastic or polycarbonate. Fully magnified, bifocal, multifocal, reading sunglasses, and computer lens types are all found on


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



Top Bar – Bar found above the bridge that connects the two eye wires and provides extra weight-bearing support. A top bar is most commonly found on aviator styles, but not all frame shapes have them.



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



Pad Arms – Adjustable attachments that hold the nose pads in place. They allow room for adjustment so the glasses fit the wearer’s natural face shape. Not all frames have pad arms; this feature is most commonly found on metal wire 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.



Screws – Tiny metal fasteners found at hinges, used to connect the end pieces to the temples. Sometimes screws are also 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 WiresThe front portion of the reading glasses where lenses are inserted and held in place. Also referred to as rims. Eye wires are most commonly found on metal frames.



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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