Impact resistant eyewear frame assembly having a split frame and fastener reinforcement

  • US 7,137,700 B2
  • Filed: 05/09/2005
  • Issued: 11/21/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/20/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An eyewear frame assembly, comprising:

  • a frame having an aperture for receiving a lens, said frame having a split to expand upper and lower portions of said frame to insert or remove the lens from said aperture;

    first and second projections extending outwardly from said upper and lower frame portions, respectively, said first and second projections have first and second tapered portions, respectively;

    a sleeve for receiving said first and second projections, said sleeve having first and second inwardly extending and tapered tabs adapted to receive said first and second tapered portions to secure said first and second projections within said sleeve, said upper and lower portions of said frame being prevented from expanding when said first and second projections are received within said sleeve;

    first and second openings in said sleeve for depressing and removing said first and second projections from said sleeve;

    a bushing coupled to one of said upper and lower portions and having a threaded passageway therein; and

    a fastener coupled to the other of said upper and lower portions and having a threaded section threadedly engaged with said threaded passageway to prevent said upper and lower portions from moving away from one another,said bushing and said fastener being located inside said sleeve.

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