A refined range of bifocal glasses consisting of frames from both our Core collection and seasonal Elements collection.

Proudly handmade in our Glasgow workshop, each frame front is precision machined from premium-grade cellulose acetate undergoing 8 stages of increasingly fine tumble and hand polishing. Via tradition pin-riveting, the 5-tenon hinges are permanently fastened through the 8mm thick acetate.

Bespoke to Banton Frameworks, we’ve fitted each frame with our signature uni-piece temple. A comfortable piece of tapering steel which has been durably finished in a hypoallergenic PVD coating.

Congruous to the quality of our glasses, your prescription lenses will come with anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings at no extra cost.

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STYLE

HOW DO I USE THE VIRTUAL MIRROR?

Click “Try on” beside any of our bifocal glasses frames.

A window will appear where you’ll see a ‘LIVE’ option. Click LIVE and adjust your head to fit within the orange head-template. The glasses should appear on your face, just like magic.

For more detailed instructions, click here.

WHY SHOULD I BUY THESE GLASSES?

Some love them, others hate them.

Heck, we’ve even been told they’re “all the same shape.” So yea, our frames aren’t for everyone.

But if you’re looking for timeless glasses, in classic colourways, you're in the right place. Frames that’ve been designed well, made well in the UK. It's what we do here.

Sure, they’re thick, robust and even slightly heavy. But that’s everything we intended when we began making glasses.

The way they should be.

WHAT GLASSES SUIT ME?

Finding glasses to suit your face shape can be a little daunting right?

To make things easier, we’ve made you a helpful face shape guide. It’s free, downloadable and should help you find your perfect pair of bifocal glasses.

You can thank us later.

WHICH GLASSES FRAME SHOULD I TRY?

By your next eye test, you’ll still want your glasses to look good, right?

That’s about 2 years from now. So your best bet is to choose a frame that’ll suit your face shape, because let’s face it, it’s not changing anytime soon.

For some friendly advice, check out this handy guide about choosing glasses for your face shape.

IS IT OK TO BUY GLASSES ONLINE?

Buying glasses online can be just as easy as buying any accessory or garment.

But when you add lenses to the equation, they can get a little tricky. Make things easier and arm yourself with an up to date prescription and your pupillary distance.

It’ll make things much simpler when your order your lenses. If you’re unsure, you can always get in touch with us or even have your lenses fitted elsewhere.

Honestly, you won’t hurt our feelings.

FREE HOME TRY ON

Your new glasses, free, for a whole week.

Yup, you can borrow your glasses before you buy them with the easy pay-delay by Klarna.

It’s the simple way to try your new glasses at home.

MADE IN THE UK
FROM THE HANDS THAT MADE THEM

We make design and make bifocal glasses, right here in Glasgow, UK. It’s a rare thing.

Using the finest cellulose acetate and bespoke metal components, each of our spectacle frames are handmade in our workshop.

DO YOU ACTUALLY MAKE THESE GLASSES?

We’re not just another eyewear brand. Ours are made right here in Glasgow, Scotland.

But to make you great glasses, we have to use great ingredients. Which is why we only use Europe’s best quality acetate and our own bespoke hardware to make all our frames.

It’s taken a while to learn how to do all this, but you can see for yourself how we design and make our glasses right here in the UK.

DO YOU ONLY MAKE ACETATE GLASSES?

Yup. It’s taken the better part of a decade to learn to use this amazing material. Rather than become a jack of all trades, we’ve focused on high quality acetate frames in timeless frame-shapes.

Plus, acetate is a bio-plastic made of plant fibre, which means it’ll biodegrade.

SIZE & ADJUSTMENTS

CAN YOU ADJUST MY GLASSES?

Yes we can. After you’ve tried your glasses at home, let us know if they need a little tweaking.

Most commonly, your glasses will need widening or narrowing for your head. Sometimes, the temples may need a little adjusting too. Be descriptive with your requirements so we can do the best job we can.

If your glasses need further adjusting, you can follow this handy guide at home.

ARE YOUR GLASSES ALL THE SAME SIZE?

Our bifocal glasses vary in size between different models. But each model only comes in one size.

For example, an A-model is bigger than a B-model. For now, this is how we make them but, in the future, our size-range will grow as our factory grows.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE OF GLASSES?

Take the easy route and check your old glasses for their sizing. These dimensions are usually pad printed on the inside of the temple or the frame-front.

They’ll be written in the order of lens diameter, bridge width and temple length. Eg: 52 [] 18 145. You can compare this dimension to the sizes of our glasses in each of our men’s glasses.

DO YOU MAKE A THICKER GLASSES ARM?

Currently, we offer one shape of temple arm.

It’s a uni-piece design with very few components which makes it simple, understated and oh so smooth to wear.

It’s become our signature, something we really think you like. Our temple length is 145mm long which you can adjust to fit your head using these instructions.

LENSES

I GET FREE LENS COATINGS?

You bet.

Anti-scratch and anti-glare as standard. It’s the new standard.You’ll love it.

Anti-scratch:Keeps your lenses lasting longer with this hardy lens coating. It reduces the build-up of scratches and scuffs to keep your lenses in good working order.

Anti-glare:More light can pass through your lens, rather than bouncing off it. This yields better light efficiency giving you better visual acuity and contrast.

+ Add ultra blue light blocking?This coating can reduce the amount of HEV light emitted from digital screens that passes through your lenses. Chances are, you use a mobile phone or computer so this coating can come in real handy.

Discover the effects of blue lightin our blog.

CAN YOU FIT MY LENSES?

Of course we can.

First, we’ll send your glasses to you containing plano display lenses.

After a few days, you can tell us if you like them or not using our handy returns form.

Then, you simply return your frame for lens fitting or for a refund. Your bifocal lenses will be fitted to your frame which will then be posted back to you.

Easy as that.

HOW LONG WILL MY BIFOCAL LENSES TAKE TO FIT?

Depending on your prescription, bifocal lens fitting can take between 5 - 10 working days to fully process.

To save us both time, we can order your bifocal lenses before you return your glasses back to us. This way we can reduce the waiting time as your lenses are cut, edged and coated.

Handy right?

HOW DO I GET MY PUPILLARY DISTANCE?

Easier than you think.

Use this free PD ruler and instructions to measure it yourself. It only takes 5 minutes.

DO YOU ACCEPT EYECARE VOUCHERS?

We accept Edenred eyecare vouchers. If your employer wants you to provide a receipt of purchase and our regular receipt isn’t sufficient, get in touch and we can arrange this with you.

DO I NEED BIFCOALS?

You’ll know it’s time for bifocals if your close reading is starting to get a little…tired.

This due to the onset of presbyopia which commonly happens during middle age.

Not sure if this sounds like you? Take your free close reading test.

WHAT DOES BIFOCAL MEAN?

Two lens strengths, one pair of glasses. Oh yes, bifocals are the equivalent of two spectacles frames in one.

Real quick; they have a small segment in the lower half of the lens which is used for close reading. By looking through this section of your lenses, you’ll be able to read things up-close.

HOW DO BIFOCAL GLASSES WORK?

Bifocals contain two lens-segments. The main segment of the lens is for single vision, usually for intermediate or distance focus.

The second smaller segment is for close reading, within 35cm. Together, they give you two sets of corrective focal power which can be super cost efficient.

Why? Because you can avoid rotating between two separate glasses frames. Nice right?

If you’d like to know more about bifocal lenses, click here.

WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VARIFOCALS AND BIFOCALS?

Bifocals contain two separate lens sections. A main section for intermediate/distance vision and another smaller, lower section for close reading.

Bifocal glasses are easily identified by a visible split-line between these lens areas.

Varifocals, on the other hand, contain numerous lens strengths without any split-lines in the lens. Depending where you look through the lens, you can visually select the right focal power to see what’s ahead of you.

Learn more about how varifocals work here.

WHICH IS BETTER BIFOCAL OR PROGRESSIVE LENSES?

Bifocals are a simpler, less technical type of lens. You can simply ‘jump’ between two separate lens-strengths, whether you want to see close-up or at a distance.

Varifocals (progressives) are more intricate. They give you multiple lens-powers to choose from, starting at the top of the lens to the bottom in a smooth spectrum. As varifocal technology advances, they’re becoming less expensive and easier to get used to wearing.

Bifocals are becoming slightly outdated, but can be preferable as they can be easier to get used to wearing.

WHAT TYPES OF BIFOCAL LENSES CAN I GET?

We offer the most common type of bifocal lens, the ‘D-Seg’. But if you like, you can ask us to use one of three types of bifocal lenses.

These are categorised by the shape of the close-reading segment (seg) in the lower portion of the lens. Our D-seg lenses have a ‘D’ shaped reading segment. A Round-seg lens will have a near circular reading segment. And finally, a Franklin-seg will have a dissecting split-line across the bottom third of the lens.

(As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin invented the first bifocal lens. He cut two different lenses in half and stuck them together.)