Halloween Monocle Sale!

Posted on September 27, 2013 by Jim B.

If you need a monocle to complete your Halloween costume, then we have you covered.  We have a huge selection of Halloween monocles - and they're all on sale through October 31st!

Costume Monocle

Sometimes referred to as a theatrical monocle, our costume monocle is a classic addition to aristocrats, villains, professors, or other great costumes.  It's also a great accoutrement if you're looking to enhance you Steampunk, Edwardian, or Victorian outfit.

Our costume monocle comes in either Silver or Gold, and uses the same high quality frame found in our Classic Monocle.  The plano lens is CR-39 plastic and won't break or pop out if dropped.

Tinted Monocle

Add some color to your monocle - and your costume - for even more fun.  Our Tinted Monocles come in a wide range of colors and are lots of fun.  The tinting makes the monocle look a little less serious - perfect for whimsical outfits.

And we can color match!  Just send us a sample and we'll match any color you provide.  Send an email to customerservice@nearsights.com for more information.

Remember: Our tinted monocles are custom made for each order; please allow 10 business days for delivery.

Mirror Monocle

Looking for something that *really* stands out?  Pick up one of our Mirror Monocles.  These come in three colors: Silver-on-Silver, Gold-on-Gold, or Blue-on-Gold.  The CR-39 plastic lenses in these monocles are tinted and then coated with a hard mirror finish - they are incredibly reflective and are a great addition to any costume.  Add a Matching Satin Lanyard for the complete package.

Remember: Our mirror monocles are custom made for each order; please allow 10 business days for delivery.


Don't forget to send us a picture with your monocle - we'd love to feature you on our blog and social media.

You can find us on Twitter (@RealMonocles), and Facebook.

Happy Halloween!

Nearsights Monocles on NPR!

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Jim B.

If you're in the Bay Area, and were listening to KQED on Friday 09/06, then you might have heard Nearsights Monocles mentioned on NPR!

I donated 20 monocles to our local NPR station in exchange for some on-air coverage of our products.  The donation worked out well for both of us, and I look forward to being back on KQED soon!

As part of the experience I answered phones during two pledge breaks - two of you who called in looking for monocles go to speak to me directly - and I also got a tour of the KQED studios.  If you liked my previous "behind-the-scenes" posts, then you'll enjoy the pictures below.

This was one of the easiest volunteer activities I've ever participated in.  Pledge breaks are only 8 minutes long, so you only really have time to speak to two or three people before it's over.  You get unlimited drinks and snacks, and also a backstage tour of the studios.  It's a very easy and fun way to give back to the community.

It's so easy to watch TV or listen to the radio and forget the people who are at work behind the scenes making things happen.  Directors, technicians, makeup, cameras, writers, sales people, engineers, and on... Like most consumer goods we focus on the product (in this case the talent) and forget how many other people are involved.  How many people do you think it takes to make an iPhone?  A monocle?

This is a picture of our "nerve center;" there is space for about 40 people to work the phones, and the whole thing is setup in a TV sound stage.  When KQED runs television pledge drives they happen here, and people working the phones are often in the background shots.  All of the volunteers were friendly and interested in learning more about monocles.  One person even asked, "Monocles?!  Do they even make those anymore?"

KQED Studio During Pledge Break

On the other side of the wall is the studio below.  This one was being setup for one of an evening news program.  Note that there are no camera men - all the cameras are operated via remote control from the "nerve center" across the hall.  During filming there is usually only one off-camera person in this room.  Apparently KQED is the last media company in the Bay Area to go fully remote with cameras.  Just a few months ago there would have been 5 people working this room during the broadcast.

KQED Studio
Here's the "nerve center" where the director and technicians sit and coordinate the live shots as the program airs.  During a live broadcast the director will see all incoming video (from the 5+ cameras in the studio, and any cameras on-location and connected via satellite) and two final outgoing streams (one live and one backup) as well as any other video that he/she may want to splice in.  There is a lot of information being presented here.

And finally, one of the many radio studios that KQED has here in San Francisco.  This studio has room for 3 speakers.  Not surprisingly, it's much simpler than the TV studio.

And that concludes the tour.  I'll have some more pictures for you after out next media spot.  Have a great week!

Posted in Behind the Scenes

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.

Posted in Announcements, New

Monocles Around the World: Gerry Crown, Endurance Rally Champion!

Posted on August 17, 2013 by Jim B.

Congratulations to Gerry Crown on his 1st place finish in the 2013 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge!

Gerry and his partner Matt Bryson drove their Leyland P76 12,247 kilometers (7,610 miles) in 237:30:10 for a first place finish in a field of 96 competitors.  The race lasted 33 days, crossed eight countries, and passed through some of the most desolate places in the world.

Gerry says, “Mongolia is where the rally is lost and won.  The going is so rough that many cars are broken there but if you can come out of Mongolia with a lead, as we did, then you stand a good chance of doing well.”

Gerry has completed in the Peking to Paris since 1997; this is his 4th race and his 2nd win!

Read more about the journey on Gerry and Matt’s race blog.

Congratulations Gerry!
We'd love to share your stories, too!  Email us at customerservice@nearsights.com to learn more.

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!

Posted in Announcements, New

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.

Posted in Announcements

What Power Monocle is Right for Me?

Posted on May 09, 2013 by Jim B.

Are you looking for a monocle to read with, but don’t know what power (diopter) lens is best for you?  Then you’ve come to the right place!

Click the picture below to download the Nearsights Monocles Home Eye Test

Nearsights Monocles Home Eye Test


  • Download and print the Nearsights Monocles Home Eye Test.
  • Cover one eye.
  • Hold the paper ~40 cm (~16 inches) from your eye in well-lit conditions.
  • Read the sample, and stop when you can no longer read a complete line.  This is the limit of your visual acuity.
  • Look to the right, and find the associated diopter; this is the approximate correction needed to provide normal visual acuity (20/20 or 6/6 vision) – and the power of monocle that is best for you.

Simple, easy, and effective – enjoy!