There are a variety of materials that may be used to create the frames for your corrective lenses. The frame material that is right for you will depend on the style you want to have, the lifestyle you lead and what your optometrist in the Sunset Hills, MO, area has to offer. Common materials used include:
- Nylon: Most frames on the market today will be a blended nylon material. Nylon frames were first introduced in the 1940s, but the material was brittle. Thanks to the blending, nylon frames are now known for being lightweight and strong.
- Titanium: Titanium frames, some made from an alloy, often offer a more modern style for the wearer. Titanium is durable, hypoallergenic, lightweight and resistant to corrosion. While it often is thought of as being a steely-gray, you can get this material in a variety of colors.
- Beryllium: Cheaper than titanium eyeglasses, beryllium is a steel-gray metal that is also resistant to corrosion, lightweight, strong and flexible. It’s corrosion resistance makes it a good choice for people who spend time around salt water.
- Cellulose Propionate: A hypoallergenic, plastic option, this frame material offers wearers a lightweight, transparent frame. This is one of the lightest frame materials on the market.
- Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is not a flexible frame option, but it does boast being lightweight, hypoallergenic, strong and resistant to corrosion. If it is plated, you may be able to find this material in a variety of colors.
- Aluminum: Aluminum is a lightweight frame option that is strong and corrosion resistant. Thanks to a special coating that can be applied, it may come in a variety of colors.
At your next comprehensive eye exam, you can talk with your optometrist and optician about different kinds of materials used to make frames and lenses. As you look at different frame materials, you need to consider your budget and what is available in your market.