Glasses Parts and Descriptions

Eyeglasses and Sunglasses are completely different types of products, although the names of all the parts are exactly the same. In this section we will explain what each part does so you have a better understanding of how glasses come together.

  • Frame Face
  • Temples
  • Temple Tips
  • Hindges
  • Pad Arms
  • Nose Pads
  • Top Bar
  • Bridge
Frame Face

The Frame Face is the most popular for plastic frames. The Frame Face temples are bent down with a slight angle over your ear and will follow the outline of the skull.


The temples of your eyeglasses are the long stems of the frames that connect the front of the eyewear to the back of your head (just behind your ears). Eyeglass temples must be the correct length for your glasses to fit comfortably and securely on your face.

Temple Tips

Temple Tips are the plastic coating that is sometimes removable that covers the end piece of the temple. It is designed to cushion the support of the temple on top of your ear.


The Hinge is the component of the glasses that connects the temples to the front of the frame. The Hinge is designed to allow the temples to swing.

Pad Arms

Pad arms are welded to the frame itself and hold the nose pads in place. The pad arms usually allow adjustments to itself by bending. Don't bend the pad arm too much, as they are fragile and can easily break.

Nose Pads

Nose pads are plastic objects that are attached directly to the pad arms. They assist in keeping the frame in its appropriate place. Nose pads come in a variety of colors and styles.

Top Bar

A top bar is a part 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. Bridge – The arched portion of the front frame that rests on your nose and bears most of the weight of the glasses.


The bridge is the part of the glasses which makes contact with your nose.