"Even so, Nearsights, an online retailer based in San Francisco that specializes in monocles, said its sales nearly tripled last year to $66,000, from $26,000 in 2012. The owner, James Berry, said that his customers include many men in their 40s and 50s who are finding that no amount of squinting with the naked eye enables them to decide if an iPhone emoticon is a nurse or a grinning devil. These wearers can’t bear the thought of soiling their noses with those banners of middle age, drugstore reading glasses."

— According to this New York Times trend piece, monocles are making a comeback, either due to a hipster sense of haberdashery or, equally likely, because iPhones are ruining the eyeballs of people who feel they are too cool for regular Warby Parkers. Discuss.