What are the 5 main types of eyewear and what makes them different?

Eyewear is a universally worn for many reasons and goes by many names from; glasses, sunnies, spectacles, eyeglasses and eyewear. The first eyeglasses are believed to have been made in 1290 in Northern Italy, since then eyeglasses have become an everyday accessory. There are 5 primary reason you may have a pair of glasses and today we are going to explore the top 5 types of glasses you can find on the market.

  1. Prescription Glasses
  2. Anti-Blue Light Readers
  3. Polarised Sunglasses
  4. Photochromic Glasses
  5. Fashion Glasses

Primarily what differentiates these types of glasses from each other is the type of lenses that are installed with thin frames.  

  1. Prescription Glasses - Prescription eyewear, also known as prescription glasses or prescription spectacles, are vision aids, consisting of specialty plastic or glass lenses mounted in a styled frame that holds them in front of a person's eyes, generally utilising a bridge over the nose and with spring hinged arms which rest over the ears, ultimately improving the vision of the prescribed. 

  1. Anti-Blue Light Readers – Is by far one of the latest developments in the glass’s world. They are very commonly used amongst both students and professionals alike, who primarily spend most of their days looking at screens. When viewing your screen for extensive periods all day every day it can take a detrimental toll on your eyes. Anti-Blue Light blocking glasses are available both with and without a prescription so if you wear specialty contact lenses, prescription glasses, or nothing at all you can still benefit from Blue Light glasses. We recommend the stylish stainless-steel framed Churchill by Winston Bentley Eyewear for blue light readers.

  1. Polarised Sunglasses – Polarised sunglasses help you see in what dangerous situations, where your vision is impacted by extensive amounts of glare, causing temporary blindness. Polarised sunglasses have a specialty lenses filter which creates vertical openings for light, meaning that only light rays that approach your eyes vertically can fit through those openings. These lenses will block out all the horizontal light waves bouncing off a smooth pond or a shiny car hood allowing you to see clearly. We recommend from the polarised collection the Otto by Winston Bentley Eyewear.

  1. Photochromic Glasses – Photochromic glasses are specialty lenses that can change from clear to polarised with exposure to the sun. In most cases depending on the brightness outside, this transition can happen in just 13 seconds. This gives you the ability to have 2 types of glasses in one, giving you the ultimate protection no matter where you are. We recommend the designer Steel photochromic glasses from Winston Bentley Eyewear.

  1. Fashion Glasses – Fashion glasses are eyewear that doesn't serve a purpose with specialty lenses but is simply worn to make a statement of giving your outfit a fresh look and feel. These fashion glasses are also known as ‘Plano’ glasses and can make you go from geek to chic in a quick second.