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How Do Monocles Stay On Your Face?

The monocle is designed to sit comfortably between the fleshy parts of the eyebrow and fleshy part of the lower eye socket above the cheekbone.

The metal frame of the eyepiece has a protruding ledge called "The Gallery".  It is specifically located at the top and bottom sitting proud of the mainframe.

schematic image of a monocle gallery

Benefits of the Monocle Gallery

  • Ensures the lens sits clear of the eyelashes to allow you to blink naturally.
  • Allows a secure fit with relaxed muscles around the eye
  • Allows custom prescriptions with astigmatism as the gallery orientates the lens each time it is positioned
  • Prevents scratches if you place the monocle down on rough surfaces.

Muscles That Hold the Monocle in Place

Illustration of a head with the skin removed showing the muscle structure of the face with a silver monocle in the right eye

The Orbicularis Oculi is a strong muscle that covers the circumference of the outer orbit and provides the monocle with a nice relaxed tension to hold it comfortably and reasonably firmly in place. 

There is no need to over contract or squint the eyelids together for the monocle to stay in place.

The cord supplied with all Monocle Madness products will save you dropping it if you over relax or get very surprised!

If you are having trouble keeping the monocle in place or wondering how to wear the monocle, don't worry!  "How do I wear a monocle?" is the most common question we get from our customers.  So we've put together a comprehensive guide for you.  Click the link You can view us how to wear a monocle guide.


  • Simon

    If you’re in a sweaty hot country like Oz and, no matter how hard you nestle the galleries, it slicks up and pops out: fear not, there’s an easy fix.

    Thin leather thonging/lacing, wrapped around the gallery rail and set with a drop of super glue at each end.

    Works brilliantly and looks classy too!

  • Norman
    Really easy to wear after a while. Like anything in life it’s getting comfortable with how you feel.

  • Lex Hakker
    I am a composer/arranger from Holland and I am wearing a monocle for about 3 years now.

    I find it really useful and practical to have a monocle hanging around my neck for the most of the time. It is not only handy to read the menus in the restaurants (and pay the bills), but it’s also useful to have a quick glance at a musical score. Not to mention the fun I have when (young) people react very amazed and begin to ask questions when I place it before my eye… ;-)

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