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Optical Frames are the part of a pair of glasses that holds prescription lenses in the proper position. These are frames in which opticians can mount different types of prescription lenses. They are best suited for a particular visual requirement. Optical Frames, when worn with corrective lenses, can help sharpen your vision for different activities like reading, driving or computer use.

Uses of Optical Frames

1) Vision problems: The lenses in optical Frames focus light rays properly on the retina in the eye.

2) Distance lenses: For fitting lenses suited for distance correction.

3) Reading lenses: Provides vision correction for people suffering from presbyopia or long sightedness. This correction is usually for reading or computer use.

4) Multifocal lenses: These are lenses that provide both near and distant correction.

5) Protection: Optical frames protect against flying debris for construction workers, lab technicians or welders.

Parts of optical Frames

  • A pair of eye wires or rims
  • A bridge connecting the two eye wires
  • A chassis, the combination of the eye wires and the bridge
  • Top bar or brow bar, a bar just above the bridge providing structural support and or style enhancement
  • A pair of nose pads that allow for comfortable resting of the eye wires on the nose
  • A pair of pad arms that connect the nose pads to the eye wires
  • A pair of temples on either side of the skull
  • A pair of temple tips at the end of the temples
  • A pair of end pieces to connect the eye wires to the temples
  • A pair of frame front end pieces
  • A pair of hinges connecting the end pieces to the temples and allowing for a swivel movement

Optical frames come in different styles, sizes, materials, shapes and colours. They may be made from plastic, acetate, metal, titanium, TR90, or a combination of plastic and metal. Optical frames can be full-rimmed, semi-rimmed, or rimless.

Always ensure you have the right optical frame for your lens prescription to ensure maximum comfort.