TOP Silicone Temple Tips
|Long tail||Good: Provide support at the back of the ear
Bad: Obvious from the side and back of the ear.
|Moderate elasticity||Good: Grip onto spectacle temple/arm well. Able to fit wider temples (up to 12 mm).
Bad: Require some effort to fit.
|Temple hook slot||Bad: Thick wall. Will cause irritation when it is pressed against the side of the head.|
|Forward pointing head||Good: More secure.
Bad: Will cause irritation when it touches the top of the ear.
|Durability||Good: Does not harden over time.|
|Price||Good: One of the cheapest in the market
This silicone temple tip is common in the market and comes in different colours. Made of silicone, it is relatively elastic and is able to fit over temple width of about 4 to 12 mm although it will require some effort to push it over wide temples. The long leg ensures that the hook will reach the back of the ear providing anchorage from behind. When positioned properly, and depending on the contour of the spectacle temple, it is comfortable and will be able to stop spectacle from slipping.
This design is more suitable for skull temple. As the front opening of the hook is extended forward, the corners of the opening will be in contact with the top of the ear if it is pushed too close to the ear resulting in a pressure point that will cause discomfort over time. In a skull temple spectacle, the hook may be placed about 10 to 20 mm from the top of the ear and the tip of the hook will be in contact with the back of the ear, providing anchorage. This design is not appropriate for library/straight-arm temple as the hook will need to be positioned close to the top of the ear to provide anchorage. This will cause discomfort at the top of the ear and the side of the head after some time.
The wall of the slot is thick with grids and it may cause discomfort when it presses against the head. This will be the case for properly fitted spectacle where the spectacle temple/arm is bent to fit close to the head.
Given that the material is opaque, it is highly visible from the side and from behind. It is recommended only for skull temple spectacles and in activity where functional requirement is needed and aesthetics are not important. It is also for spectacle where it is not required to remove the hook once it is in place. Made of silicone, this temple tip is relatively durable and is able to retain its elasticity for a few years.