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Guide to Optical Frame

Spectacle Frame is an optical appliance which is a combination of lens and frame front with extended sides and helps to maintain proper position in front of the eyes.

The parts of the frame:


Temples Temples
Long arms on the sides of the frame that extend from the hinge and over the ears to keep the eyeglasses on your face. Temple length varies and plays a factor in the fit of a frame
Hinges Hinges
Moveable joints found on the inside of the frame which allows the temples to fold inward. Spring hinges in eyeglass frames allow for the best fit flexibility in a frame, as the spring temples can hyperextend beyond 180 degrees.
Lenses Lenses
The clear or tinted material placed inside the frame you choose. Lenses commonly come in clear plastic or polycarbonate. Fully magnified, bifocals, multifocals, reading sunglasses, and computer lens types are available at Rivoli EyeZone.
Nose Pads Nose Pads
Small 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 Bar Top Bar
A 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.
Picture7.png Bridge
The arched portion of the front frame that rests on your nose and bears most of the weight of the glasses.
Picture8.png Pad Arms
Also called as Nose pads these are 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. Acetate or plastic frame has a fixed nose pad.
Picture9.png 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. These can be adjusted to an extent to provide a comfortable fit.
Picture10.png Screws
Small 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.
Picture11.png End Pieces
Small parts of the front frame that extend outward from the lenses to connect the front frame to the hinges.
Picture12.png Eye Wires
Also known as rims, this is the front portion of a metal frame where lenses are inserted and held in place.
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