Glasses Hinge Types
When shopping for new glasses, a good fit is essential. One of the aspects that determine the fit are the hinges. There are three main types of hinges for glasses: standard/barrel, spring and hingeless. Finding the ideal hinge for you will depend on your head size & shape, lifestyle, and desired comfort level.
Barrel hinges are the most common type of hinge. This hinge consists of many interlocking ‘loops’ that are stabilized with a small screw. The standard/barrel hinge is highly durable and easy to repair—a perennial favorite.
Another popular choice for glasses are spring hinges. These hinges can extend past the standard 90° and press a little more on the temples. Spring hinges are great for those who live active lifestyles because of this “snug” fit. However, repairing these hinges is not for the faint of heart. Specialty tools are usually required.
A recent trend in frames is ditching hinges altogether. Yes, you heard that correctly—no barrels, no screws, no hinges. This style is great for kids as it allows a wide range of flexibility and durability without the worry of “extra” pieces and parts.