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Break-Away Glasses

Over two million children in the United States wear some form of prescription glasses. The playful and active lifestyle of young children results in breakage and damage to corrective eyewear. This can be a financial burden to parents who are constantly replacing broken glasses. Currently, more flexible plastic glasses are on the market, but are not aesthetically pleasing and are still prone to breaking at critical weak points.

Break-Away Glasses are designed to “break” at the weakest points; the hinges and nose bridge. When excessive force is applied to these points, the joints will dislodge without permanent damage to the frames and can be easily reassembled. The (patented) elastic band allows the frames to retain their shape and be put back together after impact. The Break-Away Glasses are intended to have the same stylish appearance as popular children’s frames.

-Patented design prevents frames from permanently breaking
-Frames quickly reassemble when impacted
-Reduces cost associated with buying replacement frames
-Similar look and style as regular glasses

-Hinge Break Point: Elastic band prevents loss of earpiece after breakage; quickly reassembled without traditional pins and screws.
-Nose Bridge Break Point: Separates before permanent breakage; easily reassembled after impact pins and screws

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