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Why Do People Wear A Monocle?

With the hipster revolution in full swing you may have noticed the monocle benefitting from this too, the resurrection of this once famous vintage eyepiece is happening right now before our eye(s).

The modern day pioneer of the monocle eyepiece was Sir Patrick Moore who wore monocles from the age of 16 throughout his life and accessorized them with the bushy eyebrow. Where he led, the hipsters are following, the monocle is making a comeback but apart from being a fashion statement, why do people wear them?


What Is A Monocle?

A monocle is a type of corrective lens used to correct or enhance the vision in only one eye. It consists of a circular lens, generally with a metal ring around the circumference that can be attached to a cord or chain. The other end of the string is then connected to the wearer's clothing to avoid losing the monocle.

The monocle is a corrective lens for a single eye, they're usually worn by people who are long-sighted and need help to see things close up. For those with different visual requirements a prescription monocle can be used to correct the vision.

They are handy and are popular among chefs who need help seeing recipes as they can be easily clipped on to aprons. On the other side of the kitchen they are popular amongst diners who need a little assistance reading the menu.

They're also used by people with a drooping eyelid, a condition known as ptosis, to keep their eye open. Although, put quite simply, some people just don't want to use glasses when they have a problem in one eye.


Why The Monocle?

With the inevitable onset of poor eyesight and the need for reading glasses one can be become annoyed by having to remember not only his mobile phone, wallet and car keys but there was now another addition to the daily essentials list, and with pockets already full, the frustration of where to keep your spectacles will leave you with a dilemma.

Should you struggle to take them with you each time, just to use for the odd text message or reading a menu rather than leave them at home and struggle? You have tried a vast array of glasses, found them slow to use, fiddly and easily breakable.

The perfect solution became evident after finally getting hold of an eye monocle! With the correct lens power it immediately solved the problem. Both eyes can be kept open allowing you to see close-up and distance at the same time (the brain is clever you know). Super lightweight and durable, it can be worn around the neck, unnoticeable until it is intended for use.

The simplest solution is often the best and it lies within the sphere of the eye monocle.


Who Should Wear A Monocle?

Everybody! Is the short answer, practical and portable, they are the ultimate fashion accessory and the ideal corrective lens for the single eye.

  • Fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer? Those mountain views won’t see themselves in HD.
  • Enjoy skiing? That après ski wine list won’t look at itself
  • Suits you sailor? That sonar won't navigate itself either.
  • Photography your gig? Those photos won't shoot themselves.

And so the list goes on………….
The moral of the story? well, there isn’t one really, just that you don’t have to be a ‘hipster’ to rock a monocle. 

Tell Us What You Use Your Monocle For?

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  • Sir Bungalow Jones, Esquire

    Tally ho lads, with this handy eyepiece, the dastardly Hun will never sneak by our proud British Machine gun posts!

    With love, I have the Honour to be,

    Sir Bungalow Jones, Esquire, OBE


  • Paulo Leal,Sr

    I would like one purposes.

  • Richie

    I am from the north of ireland so I must distinguish myself somehow.

  • Olivier
    The monocle is a very handy item, and it’s also an aristocratic accessory…

  • Neil

    I’m long sighted and wear contact lenses, one of +2.1 and one at +1, which is a good compromise between long distance and reading for everyday life, but not so great for viewing dense spreadsheets. My +1 monocle evens out my eyes for close work. Perfect solution!

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