Glasses normally used for vision correction or eye protection.

Safety glasses are a kind of eye protection against flying debris or against visible and near visible light or radiation. Sunglasses allow better vision in bright daylight, and may protect against damage from high levels of ultraviolet light. Other types of glasses may be used for viewing visual information (such as stereoscopy) or simply just for aesthetic or fashion purposes.

Glasses are typically supported by pads on the bridge of the nose and by temple arms (sides) placed over the ears. CR-39 lenses are the most common plastic lenses due to their low weight, high scratch resistance, low dispersion, and low transparency to ultraviolet and infrared radiation. Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are the lightest and most shatter-resistant, making them the best for impact protection.

Though frames can be both lightweight and flexible, and new lens materials and optical coatings are resistant to breakage and scratching, glasses can pose problems during rigorous sports. Scraping, fracturing, or breakage of the lenses can require repair by an optician.

Westside Eye Clinic also offers contact lenses as an alternative to glasses.

Eyeglasses normally correct and compensate for four types of vision deficiencies:

Type of Lens:

  • Bifocals

  • Trifocals

  • Progressive

  • Extreme magnification (bioptics)

Types of Glasses:

  • Corrective

  • Safety

  • Sunglasses

  • Ready-made reading glasses