Frame Material

The River’s Edge Optical offers a large selection of eyewear frames to meet everyone’s style and budget.

Eyewear frames are available in a wide variety of materials including plastic, full metal, semi rimless and drill mount rimless materials.  The materials used to construct an eyewear frame and the craftsmanship involved influence the price of the eyewear frame. Add to that designer labels and you can begin to get an understanding of how prices can vary.

The following information describes the different ophthalmic eyewear frame materials and how they are used in different aspects of eyewear frame manufacturing.  Because of the vast majority of materials now used in eyewear frame manufacturing, there can be a large diversity in color choices, durability, weight of the frame and even hypoallergenic properties that can be employed. Finding the best possible eyewear frames may be as simple as choosing the correct frame material.  The opticians at The River’s Edge Optical can help assist you in understanding frame material choices and find the most appropriate style, comfort and durability that you are looking for to meet your personal budget.

Eyewear Frame Material : Plastic

Zyl is very cost-effective and a creative option for eyewear, as it is extremely lightweight. Popular right now are laminated zyl frames that have layered colors. Look for light colors on the interior sides, which can make your eyewear disappear from your visual field when you wear them. In addition, it will not create a shadow on your face like a solid dark frame.

Cellulose Acetate Propionate, a nylon based plastic, is hypoallergenic.  It is light weight and has more transparency and gloss than other plastic. If your main criterion for a frame is lightness, then definitely consider propionate frames.

Nylon is a premier material used for sports and performance frames, typically made of materials that are very resistant to hot and cold and are more flexible, yet also stiff. Nylon also is easily molded into today’s popular wraparound styles, as well as other shapes that are difficult to produce.

However, plastic frames do have some drawbacks.  They are easier to break than metal frames and aging and exposure to sunlight decreases their strength slightly.  Color can fade over time also, but not as much with the modern materials.

Eyewear Frame Material : Metal

Monel is a mixture of any broad range of metals.  It is the most widely used material in the manufacturing of spectacle frames. It is malleable and somewhat corrosion resistance. However, it is not 100 percent corrosion resistant. For some people monel can react with their skin chemistry.  This could be preventable if the right kind of plating is applied to the frame, such as palladium or other nickel-free options.

Many frame manufacturers offer titanium and beta-titanium style these days.  Titanium eyewear can be produced in a variety of colors for a clean, modern look with a hint of color. They are also hypoallergenic.

Some titanium frames are made from an alloy that is a combination of titanium and other metals, such as nickel or copper.  In general, titanium alloy frames cost less than 100 percent titanium frames.

Beryllium is a lower-cost alternative to titanium eyewear. It is lightweight, strong, very flexible and available in a wide range of colors.

Flexon is a titanium based alloy.  This unique and popular material is called a “memory metal”. Frames made of flexon come back into shape even after twisting, bending and crushing.  Flexon frames are lightweight, hypoallergenic and corrosion- resistant.

Aluminum and stainless steel are also other metals that frames can be made of, although not as popular as the materials listed above.

For the discerning consumer and patient that wants distinctive style and is willing to make the investment, they can get eyewear frames or design accents made from unusual materials. Wood, bone, buffalo horn, solid silver, gold and even sterling silver are available. These can often be used to enhance the overall  fashion and design of the eyewear frame.  Often times you will also see semi-precious or precious stones and crystals added into the eyewear frame. These are often used to accent the eyewear frame and design and are typically a premium eyewear option used in more formal office or dress occasions.  Rhinestones are a fun and less expensive alternative used to create a flashy or retro look, especially in the upturned cat eyewear frames.

In summary, eyewear materials are critical in the function and design of the frame,

At The River’s Edge Optical, our large selection of eyewear frames allow us to be across the board in terms of function, style and budget.  We have a primary goal in mind, which is to meet the needs of each individual customer that walks through our door.  Our opticians’ sixty years of experience, combined with our investment in providing you with current and stylish eyewear frames with a vast variety of material choices, makes us an optical destination that is without peer.

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