Different types of frame materials

If there’s one accessory that can entirely change your appearance, it is a pair of glasses. Whether you’re looking for designer sunglasses or timeless prescription eyeglasses for every day use, we have a wide selection of leading brands to discover. Choosing the perfect frames can be daunting - there are a host of different factors to take into account. In this article, we’ll discuss one of the primary areas of consideration – the type of frame materials available and the best options for you. 

Things to consider when choosing frame material

The right glasses should boost your confidence as well as improve your vision. When it comes to considering material, most of us feel drawn to specific looks and styles. However, other things should be taken into account, including:

  • Durability
  • Weight
  • Hypoallergenic properties
  • Price
  • Lens and shape retention
  • Flexibility

We always recommend paying a visit to a trusted optician to view and try on frames before making a purchase. You want a pair that not only suits your chosen style, but also sits comfortably on the bridge of your nose, allowing you to complete daily tasks.

Different materials used for glasses frames

With advancements in technology and the innovation of specialists, glasses now come in many shapes and styles. Here are the most common materials and their relative benefits.

Plastic Frames

Cost-effective and lightweight, plastic frames remain just as popular as they have always been. Most modern brands now use either cellulose acetate, zyl or propionate - all of which can be moulded and coloured to create a multitude of different looks. Plastic frames tend to have a moulded bridge that sits comfortably on the nose and reduces discomfort on ears due to the light weight. Those with higher prescriptions and thicker lenses will find this particularly beneficial. Plastic is also an ideal choice for those with metal allergies, offering hypoallergenic properties that allow for all-day-long wear.

Metal Frames

If you’re looking for durability, you’ll want to consider metal frames. From titanium to aluminium and stainless steel, these styles effectively withstand corrosion and also have a lightness that eliminates discomfort. They are minimalist, hold their adjustments well and tend to feature nose pads that can be individually adjusted for comfort. Those with active lifestyles tend to find themselves drawn to metal frames, largely due to their malleability. If the frames are dropped during activity, they can be easily reverted back to their original shape without causing damage. If you are prone to irritation from metal, opt for either titanium frames or those coated with palladium.

Other frame materials

While less common, some frame designers have used innovative techniques to create glasses frames from materials including wood, tortoiseshell, marble, leather and even paper. If you’re looking for something truly unique, do your research. Any investment should be one that pays off in the long run - especially when you’re dealing with proper eye health.

At The Eye Establishment, we are passionate about helping our customers find the perfect glasses. With a large selection of prescriptive eyeglasses and designer sunglasses to choose from, our team are confident you’ll find frames that elevate your style and boost your confidence. Shop for designer sunglasses for women, timeless glasses for the office or designer sunglasses for men via our online store or in our Kensington optician today.