Most lenses are convex. our new Reverse collection is concave. Here’s why.
Look closely at the front of almost any pair of eyeglasses and one constant will emerge: whether on dollar store readers, prescription bifocals, or bling-y beach sunglasses, nearly every lens is convex. Curving slightly outward from the eyes, the lenses of eyeglasses are like extensions of the human eye itself, with its round shape optimized for pulling in as much reflected light as possible and allowing our animal brains to perceive the world.
Reverse is the most innovative sunglasses collection yet. It features a brand new concave lens design that has never been done before in the eyewear industry. This differs from standard sunglasses and eyeglasses, which have convex lenses. Simply put, concave lenses are the inverse of the lenses you’re used to seeing. They curve slightly inward toward your face, rather than away from it. “Woah,” am I right? As wild as they sound, they look even cooler.
To counter any distorted refractions of light—an optical light-bending that could have turned the lens into the equivalent of a wearable funhouse mirror—the lenses were finely tuned to just the right degree of concavity.
The Reverse lenses are also seen as an improvement on the experience of seeing through sunglasses.
The main difference is the concave lens design. Because the lenses are inversed, they sit closer to your eyes than standard glasses. While this offers cutting-edge style, there is a potential for “lash crash”—when your eyelashes touch the lenses. If you’ve experienced this with standard eyewear, you should choose a metal Reverse style rather than an acetate style. The metal styles have adjustable nose pads that can help you avoid lash crash. Optically speaking, there may be an adjustment period when you first try these frames. They may be a little disorienting because the lens is the reverse of what you are used to when you wear sunglasses. Check out the difference between concave and convex lenses in the graphics below:
The next difference is the frame and lens color options. The Reverse collection has unique colorways and lenses that really stand out. The nylon frame styles come in fun colors like transparent brown and transparent grey, as well as classic black. The metals come in colors like classic gold, silver, and anthracite. There is also a rose gold Aviator frame, which is paired with a beautiful blue lens. One of the coolest features of these sunglasses are the mirrored lenses on the Boyfriend Reverse. Because of the inverse lens design, when the sun hits the lenses, the mirror pops much more vibrantly than it does on a standard mirror lens. They’re perfect for those who love to make a statement!
Another big difference is fit. Reverse sunglasses are designed to fit the curvature of your face. Because the lenses are concave, they align with the natural curve of the cheekbones. Therefore, depending on your facial structure, there may be more space between the lenses and your cheekbones than there are with standard sunglasses. If you typically opt for low bridge-fit sunglasses, the Reverse collection may be a great fit for you. For example, if you find that standard Aviator teardrop lenses touch your cheekbones, you likely won't have that problem with the Aviator Reverse.