The Franklin Split

The Franklin Split

Two pairs of lenses to one frame. The original bifocal invented by Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin Split_front view

Bifocals were invented in 1784, when Ben Franklin had trouble seeing both close up and far away. Franklin had two pairs of spectacles cut in half and put half of each lens in a single frame.

The lower one for near vision and the top half for distance viewing.

Franklin Split left viewFranklin Split right view

Although there is not a lot of call for this type of spectacle with the technology available to us today, sometimes old school is the only way to go.

Dispensed and fitted all in practice.