Willkommen to Dresden

Dresden does things differently. We’re Australians inspired by German design and craftsmanship.

No Womens, Mens or Kids, simply our Dresden frame style in four sizes XS, S, M, L for the best fit. Choose your own colour combo – as classic, spiffy, understated or bright as you like. Our modular glasses system is our own invention. We manufacture the Dresden frame ourselves, right here in Australia within a zero waste, closed loop system.

Sunnies, prescription sunnies, reading, desk, distance, multifocals, contact lenses? We do the lot. In a way that’s so much simpler and better suited to the everyday realities of being a glasses-wearer.

Better still, no silly mark-ups. Complete prescription glasses and sunnies with precision Zeiss lenses from just $49.

What you get with our Dresden system:

  • Ultra-durable, lightweight frames in your choice of unlimited colour combos. All made by us here in Australia (yes, really!) with recycled and recyclable materials.
  • Quality Zeiss lenses
  • Expert eye health care led by some of Australia’s best optometrists.
  • Fast turnaround delivered by our knowledgeable, friendly and diverse crew.

If you’re in the neighbourhood come and see us. We’d love to help you, whether it’s in-store or online.

Wir sind Dresden.

Book an appointment with one of our highly qualified optometrists or give us your prescription. We’ll cut your lenses and assemble your glasses in-store so you can see how simple it is, as well as getting your glasses Schnell. No secret labs. No white coats. No great mystery.

Precision Zeiss lenses

Outstanding quality, precision Zeiss lenses easily swap between Dresden frames:

  • Reading or Distance (Single Vision)
  • Multifocal/Progressive
  • Bifocal
  • Desk/Computer (Progressive: intermediate to reading) with optional blue light protective coating
  • Sunglasses – non-prescription (standard, polarised or mirrored) and prescription (polarised or transition)

Single vision prescription glasses and sunnies, and regular non-prescription sunnies can be ordered via our online shop. Specialty lenses like Multifocals and high index can be ordered at any of our workshops.

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Our story

Here’s where we impress the pants off you with all our past experience in optics. Except until recently, we didn’t have any. Zilch. Dresden has come at things differently – from the same place as you.

Our founders are two frustrated glasses-wearers, Bruce Jeffreys and Jason McDermott. Because, let’s face it, glasses are annoying. You lose them, you break them. You scratch them. You forget them. They’re fragile, expensive and hopelessly inconvenient … [read more]

Local manufacturing

A desire to be closer to manufacturing has been fundamental in shaping Dresden. Our frames are designed and made by us right here in Australia. We injection mould a fully recyclable nylon which is ultra durable and beautifully lightweight. We are also making frames out of recycled beer keg and lids and plastic washed up from the ocean!

We’ve drawn on a craft excellence we felt has been lost, where there was a direct connection between the making of a product and the person it was intended for – something we associate strongly with a German approach to design and manufacturing. We admire how Germany has maintained its traditions, yet has a hypermodern, progressive edge.

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