Spectacles are eyeglasses. People wear spectacles because their vision is flawed.

Spectacles is an old-fashioned word, but it means something you probably see — and maybe even use — every day: eyeglasses. People who have defective vision need spectacles to see properly. Spectacles have two main parts: the lenses and the frames that hold the lenses. An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can test your eyes and see if you need spectacles. You can also call spectacles glasses or specs.

Definitions of spectacles
  1. noun
    optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
    synonyms: eyeglasses, glasses, specs
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    eyeglasses having two focal lengths, one for near vision and the other for far vision
    tight-fitting spectacles worn to protect the eyes
    eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
    spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring
    dark glasses, shades, sunglasses
    spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun
    type of:
    optical instrument
    an instrument designed to aid vision
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