Lensless glasses

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Lensless glasses are glasses that lack lenses. They are worn solely for aesthetic or fashion purposes, having no function in vision correction or eye protection. The frames are usually oversized, and commonly all black in color. They may be worn in conjunction with contact lenses. Advantages of lensless glasses are that they do not fog or reflect, and there is no lens that will touch long eyelashes and eyelash extensions.[1]

Lensless glasses first became popular in Japan in the 1990s. The trend died out, but has resurged recently in China and Taiwan.[citation needed]

Maison Martin Margiela released gold frames that are lensless and half-rimless.[2][3][4]


Many NBA players wear lensless glasses with thick plastic frames like horn-rimmed glasses during post-game interviews, geek chic that draws comparisons to Steve Urkel.[5][6][7][8][9] Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, known for his red frames claimed to have started the trend when he entered the league in 2008 but LeBron James of the Miami Heat disagreed.[6][10][11] James' teammate Dwyane Wade calls them "nerd glasses."[10] After the Heat won Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals Wade took it a step farther by wearing flip-up sunglasses.[12] Wade said he was, "paying a little homage to Dwyane Wayne tonight", referencing Kadeem Hardison's popular character from A Different World.[13]


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  3. ^ "Would You Wear These Lensless Glasses? | MTV Style". Style.mtv.com. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  4. ^ Gold Half-Frame Lensless Glasses. "Maison Martin Margiela Gold Half-frame Lensless Glasses for women". SSENSE. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  5. ^ "Whacky NBA Playoff Fashion!". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
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  11. ^ Golliver, Ben (2012-06-13). "Russell Westbrook claims he started 'nerd glasses' trend; LeBron James disagrees". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  12. ^ "Wade brings back flip shades at the podium!". YouTube. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  13. ^ Devine, Dan (2012-06-20). "Dwyane Wade wears flip-up sunglasses to post-Game 4 press conference because, at this point, whatever, man | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26.