Picking out the perfect pair of glasses frames is important, especially if you plan to wear your glasses full time. Your frames ultimately become part of who you are, so wearing glasses that complement your features and are comfortable is essential. A simple change in frame material can greatly expand your options for a new look. While shopping for glasses, it is important to consider the different varieties of color, lightness, durability, hypoallergenic materials, uniqueness, and price.
Plastic frames are lightweight, cost effective, and come in an array of colors and patterns that you can mix and match with whatever you are wearing. Light colors on the interior sides of glasses can make eyewear “disappear” from your line of vision when you are wearing them. At the same time, all-black frames, or frames that are dark on the interior, will be visible to you while you are wearing them.While plastic frames are the go-to choice for many glasses wearers, they do have some drawbacks. Plastic is easier to break than metal frames, and exposure to sunlight could slightly decrease their strength. They are also most likely to melt under a high temperature.
Unlike regular plastics, nylon is resistant to hot and cold temperatures and is more flexible, making it a popular material for sport glasses. Eyeglasses made of nylon were first introduced in the 1940s, but because of brittleness and other problems, manufacturers switched to the durable, blended nylon that is used today.
Metal is the most widely used material to make eyeglass frames. Many people opt for metal frames because they are attractive, for their malleability, and resistance to corrosion.
Titanium-style frames are very popular because they are lightweight, durable, strong, and corrosion-resistant.Titanium glasses can be made in a selection of different looks, from modern to classic. They are also hypoallergenic, and they retain theier shape better than other metals. Titanium glasses bend according to force, but retain their shape due to the resistance alloy provides.
Beryllium is another alternative to metal or titanium. Beryllium is a lower-cost alternative to titanium eyewear, and it is resistant to tarnish, making them a good choice for those who spend time around salt water.
Stainless Steel is another alternative to titanium. Stainless Steel frames are lightweight, high strength, and hypoallergenic. It is hard to make eyeglasses frames with stainless steel due to welding difficulties; however, stainless steel temples are extremely springy.
Resources on Frames Materials
- All About Vision: “Eyeglass Frame Materials”
- VisionRx on Eyeglass Frames Materials
- Pearle Vision: “Why Materials Matter”