Retro Spectacle selects its Charity of the Year for 2018/19

24, November, 2018

Retro Spectacle supporting Guide Dogs

Retro Spectacle are delighted to announce that we have a commercial participator agreement with Guide Dogs

We will donate 3% of our annual gross profit to Guide Dogs which means every pair of vintage and retro glasses and sunglasses we sell contribute towards this fantastic cause.

Selecting a charity isn’t an easy task as there are so many deserving cases but with our passion for vision for all (and also dogs!) we felt this was a good decision to give something back and we hope you feel the same.

The charity is not solely focused around dogs, but also offers other services such as 1:1 sighted guiding which helps people regain confidence and get out and about in the local community and services catered to children and young people.  

Guide Dogs have been around for over 80 years. There are over 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK. Guide dogs are accessible for both blind and partially sighted people. 

The ability to get around is vital in order to live a full life yet thousands of people who are blind or partially sighted never leave home alone. Guide Dogs empowers visually impaired people to do that and relies on the support of the public to fund its services.

The full lifetime cost of a guide dog from birth to retirement is around £58,000.

Guide Dogs relies on the skills and energy of around 11,000 volunteers who do everything from fundraising to boarding our dogs in training.

Retro Spectacle fully support Guide Dogs aims of wanting a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else and we help people with the skills they need to get around.

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Size Guide and Frame Measurments

It is important when purchasing your vintage glasses that the size of the frame is taken into consideration. All our frames have the measurements displayed for each frame on a tab called Measurements. The measurements displayed are the Lens Width, Bridge Width, Temple Length, Temple Width & Lens Depth. The measurements provided indicate the size of your glasses and are all recorded in millimetres.

Lens Width is the distance across the lens measured from the bridge. This distance can be dependent on the style of the glasses chosen, for example round glasses will have a smaller lens width. People with high prescriptions are better to keep the lens width as small as possible, as the greater the lens width the thicker the lenses.

Lens Depth is the depth of the lens at the greatest point.  A frame needs a minimum Lens Depth of 28mm to accommodate varifocals. 

Bridge Width is the distance between the lenses which sits across your nose. The greater the bridge width the wider the bridge across the nose. 

Temple Length is the length of the side from the dowel point to the end tip. Its important the side length is long enough to sit over your ear. 

Temple Width is the width of the frame across the inside of the front of the frame from temple screw to screw. This indicates the width of the frame, and is a great measurement to compare to your existing spectacles.

If you are unsure as to the size of any of our spectacles or you need advise or help comparing them to your current spectacles get in touch with us at