Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

The options for glasses frames are never ending, reflecting the personal style of the wearer and holding the lenses in place. Frame materials also vary depending on the prescription of the lens and each individual's needs and lifestyle. Whereas adults might prefer a thinner, lighter frame, active teens and children may require a more durable material to accommodate their daily activities.

The most popular frame materials include:

Acetate/Zyl: These are different versions of a plastic frame material.

Titanium: This metal alloy is very strong, yet lightweight, and is oftentimes hypoallergenic.

Monel: This is a mixture of a broad range of metals that is malleable and corrosion-resistant.

Flexon: This is a titanium-based alloy – also called a "memory metal" because it comes back into shape after twisting or bending – that is lightweight, hypoallergenic and corrosion-resistant.

Aluminum: This is a lightweight and highly corrosion-resistant metal.

Stainless Steel: This is a lightweight, low toxicity and strong metal that is also typically nickel-free, making it hypo-allergenic.

Beryllium: This is a steel-gray metal that resists corrosion and tarnish, making it a good choice for those who spend a lot of time in or around salt water.

Wood or Faux Wood: True wood is often used for sustainability purposes to create frames. Sometimes, faux wood finishes are applied to frames for fashionable purposes.