Among the various eyeglass frame materials on the market, two options stand out: metal and plastic. Most eyeglass frames are made of either of these two materials, making them the most popular go-to options even for first-time eyeglass wearers. But which should you choose?
Today’s post from Eye and Vision Care aims to simplify your selection process by enumerating and highlighting the features of metal and plastic frames.
These frames are typically more expensive than their plastic counterparts. However, they can withstand standard wear and tear better than plastic eyeglass frames. Titanium frames are durable, lightweight and resistant to corrosion. You can choose a variety of colors, and they are hypoallergenic to boot. If you’re looking for a more flexible metal material, Beryllium frames are a better, more affordable option.
For something lightweight, corrosion-resistant and hypoallergenic but with maximum flexibility, Flexon frames are the right ones for you. They’re also perfect for active kids who can’t wear corrective contacts just yet. Other metal materials include aluminum frames which are typically used for high-end eyeglasses. Metal frames are ideal for professional settings such as the office.
Plastic frames tend to be more affordable. They come in various styles and colors. However, they also tend to break more easily than metal frames. Popular plastic materials include zylonite, which is lightweight, blended nylon, which is the perfect material for wraparound sports eyeglasses, and optyl, which is extremely malleable. Cellulose acetate propionate is a hypoallergenic option for those with sensitive skin. Plastic frames are more commonly used by kids and those who work in a more casual environment.
Knowing which material will suit your lifestyle and style preferences better can help you choose between metal and plastic frames. In any case, you may consult your primary eye care provider for their recommendations.
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