Bifocal Monocles Now Available!

Posted on January 30, 2015 by James Berry

We’re excited to begin offering Bifocal Monocles!

We’ve heard from many of you that a single vision prescription lens isn’t enough – you want a bifocal lens in your monocle for even easier more convenient monocle use.  In the past we’ve provide bifocal lenses as a special order, but starting today we’ve incorporated bifocals into our regular product line.

Bifocal monocles are perfect for men and women who want both reading and distance corrections in their monocles.  If you’re looking up and down from something frequently then a bifocal monocle may be just what you’re looking for.

Our bifocal monocles are available in both our stainless steel and acetate frames, and in four different lens materials: CR-39, Polycarbonate, Trivex, and Glass.  We recommend a glass lens for all of our prescription monocles – including bifocals.  Glass is the most scratch-resistant lens material, and the number one concern we hear from customers is that their monocle will scratch.
Our bifocal lenses are in the traditional “Flat Top” style and do have a visible line where the correction changes.   Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer progressive lenses (also known as “no-line bifocals”) at this time.  If you’d like a progressive lens in your monocle, then please talk with your optometrist – we’re happy to supply the frame!

Our new bifocal monocles are listed as an option on our Prescription Monocles.

As always, if you have any questions please email or call – we’re happy to help!
(877) 667 - 6494

 Nearsights Monocles Bifocal Prescription Monocle

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Monocles in The New York Times!

Posted on March 08, 2014 by James Berry

On Thursday, March 6th The New York Times ran a story by Allen Salkin on monocles: “One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic: The Monocle Returns as a Fashion Accessory.”  The story posits that the monocle is coming back thanks to “new gents” - a “subspecies of hipsters” who have taken to wearing monocles as a fashion statement.  As is common, some details of the article were cut by the editors at The Times; you can read more detail about the story  on Allen’s blog.

Shortly after the Times published their article the topic was picked up by other media including: The Washington Post (with three blog posts here, and here, and here), The San Francisco Chronicle, and Vanity Fair.

Allen reached out to me in early-January after seeing our ad in The New Yorker Magazine; I’ve known that this was coming for a while, and I’m surprised and excited about the impact!

What do you think, is this a new fashion trend?

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Introducing 37 mm Classic Monocles in silver, gold and black!

Posted on November 25, 2013 by James Berry

A monocle that is too large is uncomfortable and can be extremely difficult to wear.  Our new 37 mm monocles are specifically designed for men and women between 5’6” and 6’0”.  And we haven’t just made our Classic Monocle smaller - we’ve redesigned it for a more modern look and an easier more comfortable fit.

The frame on our new 37’s is stainless steel - it’s strong, light, and very durable.  The lens is a high quality polycarbonate and is surfaced with an anti scratch coating for greater durability.  Every monocle includes a 100 cm (36 in) black polyester lanyard for convenient wear around your neck.

Now available in silver, gold, and - new - black finish.  Enjoy the comfort and convenience of a monocle that really fits!


Nearsights Classic Monocle in Black

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Sport Magnifiers now Available in Multiple Diopters!

Posted on October 30, 2013 by James Berry

Starting today we have Sport Magnifiers available in a full range of diopters from +1.0 to +4.0.  Previously available in only +2.0, or +3.0, we've added 5 new SKUs to give you a wider - and better - selection.

Our Sport Magnifiers are a unique reading accessory for active men and women who don't want to be bothered with cumbersome glasses.  These magnifiers have a durable and waterproof acetate frame, a high quality hard-coated polycarbonate lens, and include a 100 cm black lanyard.

Available in the following diopters:
+1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0, +3.5, +4.0

Order yours today and stay active!

PS Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@realmonocles) for updates, pictures, and monocle fun!

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New Lanyards Now Available!

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Jim B.

Are you looking for a way to add a little more personality to your monocle? Then check out our new lanyard options!

Nylon Lanyards

These are easily my favorite lanyard option. The 1.5mm diameter braided nylon cord is strong, flexible, and comes in many different colors and patterns. These really stand out and look great with any of our monocles. The neon colors are especially bright – Neon Pink is my favorite.

Satin Lanyards

Add a satin lanyard to your monocle for an added touch of class. These are 30% cotton / 70% rayon, strong, light, and very comfortable. The bright silver, gold, and navy colors really stand out; these lanyards pair very well with our Classic Monocle

Microfiber Lanyards

Choose a microfiber lanyard if you’re looking for a thicker, bolder lanyard. These lanyards are 3 mm wide; made of polyester microfiber, they are light, strong, and water resistant. A great choice for any of our monocle frames.

Ball Chain Lanyards

Made of either steel of aluminum, these lanyards are practically indestructible. Available in gunmetal, stainless steel, nickel plated steel, or shiny aluminum these are a great way to add a tougher look to your monocle. These lanyards fit well with any of our monocles, but are obvious complements to the Ruggedized Tactical and Sport monocles.

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More Power to You – New Lens Options Now Available

Posted on August 06, 2013 by Jim B.

I’m happy to announce that we now offer monocles in many lens power (diopter) options.

Starting today you can order your Classic Monocle in +0.0, +1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0, +3.5, and +4.0 diopter.

I’d heard from many of you that +2.0 was just a little too strong, or that +3.0 was just a little too weak. I hope that these options make things a little easier on your eyes.

If you don’t know which diopter is right for you, then download the Nearisghts Eye Test and test yourself at home.

Click here to download the Nearsights Eye Test

And don’t forget about our Prescription Monocle option – if none of these lens options meet your needs we can always create a monocle tailored to your exact prescription. More details on that option here:

Nearsights Prescription Monocle

More power to you!

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Prescription Monocles Now Available!

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Jim B.

I am excited to announce that Nearsights now offers prescription monocles!  If you’re looking for a monocle with a prescription lens, then we can help.

How do I order a prescription monocle?

  1. Add a Prescription Monocle to your Shopping Cart
  2. Checkout - and include your phone number
  3. We will call you within 24 hours to confirm your frame choice and prescription, answer any questions, and complete your order

What frames are available?

We can add a prescription lens to any of our monocle frames – your choice!

Why do you need my contact information?

In the United States eye glasses are regulated as a prescription medication.  For regulatory compliance we need to confirm your prescription prior to completing your order.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Most prescriptions are filled on the next business day; please allow 5 – 7 days for your monocle to arrive.

How do you handle returns?

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase.  If you are not 100% satisfied with your monocle you may return it within 30 days – no questions asked.

Can you replace the lens in my antique monocle?

Absolutely!  We can replace the lens in any monocle (or glasses) frame.  Please contact us for pricing on this option.

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