Are gafas and lentes synonyms?

marmorado July 18, 2016, 8:03 am
What is the difference between gafas and lentes?
Are gafas and lentes synonyms?
Dan-H24 July 18, 2016, 10:58 am
I think that in a general sense they can be used interchangeably and you would be understood. However, I also think that gafas are used to describe glasses in some countries while lentes are used in others. Perhaps in a more technical sense, you could use gafas to describe eyeglasses...the frames and lenses....while lentes might more accurately describe the lenses themselves, or a camera lens, telescope lens, etc. Just my 2 centavos.
Are gafas and lentes synonyms?
Steven-W15 July 19, 2016, 4:52 am
Good response. Looks like I'll have to hold on to my 2 centavos...
 
Are gafas and lentes synonyms?
the-hefay September 21, 2016, 2:42 pm
Also, sometimes "gafas" means sunglasses.  In the post office here in Arequipa, Peru there is a sign saying "Gafas están prohibidas" and has a picture of tinted glasses.

​Another word for glasses is "anteojos."
Are gafas and lentes synonyms?
KelllaurBailar September 22, 2016, 2:08 am
I've always thought about gafas as sunglasses, and lentes as eyeglasses. I've never thought that meanings might change in other countries, but that's good to bring up. And thanks, hefay, for the other word...it sounds fancier
Are gafas and lentes synonyms?

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