Since choosing eyeglasses can affect your lifestyle and comfort, it can be an overwhelming project, but it doesn’t have to be. When you consider what you are looking for you must contemplate the type of activities you partake in and what style will fit best. It is also a good idea to find out what the preferred glasses are going to cost before going to the optician’s office, so you will not be surprised when you get there. Doing all these things will make it easy to pick out the perfect pair of glasses. A comparison of the most popular types of eyeglasses and their pros and cons are listed below.
Metal Eyeglasses are a popular choice of eyeglass frame because they are lightweight, strong, available in a variety of pleasing colors, corrosion resistant and hold their shape very well. Metal eyeglasses are usually easily adjusted if they become crooked or bent. The most popular type of metal used in eyeglass frame manufacturing is monel. However, several other types of metal are used including aluminum, nickel, silver, phosphor, bronze or trilam. Eyeglass buyers with any type of allergies should discuss their allergies with their optician before purchasing eyeglasses because some metals can cause severe allergic reactions.
Many eyeglass wearers like plastic eyeglasses because they are lightweight and available in a variety of patterns, textures and colors. Depending on the type of plastic used in the glasses, they can also be strong and durable. However, not all types of plastic eyeglasses are sturdy and durable. Other things to keep in mind when purchasing plastic eyeglasses is that their color can fade, it is possible for the glasses to melt, although highly unlikely with regular use, and they can be easier to break than metal frames. Since many plastic eyeglasses do not use traditional nose pads, some wearers experience issues with the glasses sliding down their face.
Plastic & Metal Combo Eyeglasses
Plastic and metal combo eyeglasses are popular with eyeglass wearers concerned with fashion. These type of glasses are available in a variety of designs including plastic glasses with metal accents and metal glasses with plastic accents. Although these glasses are very attractive, eyeglass buyers should remember that a plastic and metal combination eyeglass frame also comes with the cons of all metal and all plastic frames, which means they might not last as long as a traditional all-plastic or all-metal frame.
Titanium eyeglasses are traditionally a silver-gray frame, however, these frames are now available with a hint of color also. Like other metal frames, titanium frames are lightweight, durable, strong and corrosion resistant. All of these things make these frames great for active lifestyles and people who need thick lenses, but titanium frames biggest appeal is that they are hypoallergenic, which makes them a great alternative for allergy-prone eyeglass wearers.
Flexible Metal Eyeglasses
Flexible Metal, also known as Flexon or memory metal, is a variety of metal eyeglasses that adds a great deal of flexibility to the traditionally rigid metal frames. In addition to being lightweight, durable, and corrosion resistant, flexible metal frames are easily repaired if they are accidentally mangled. This feature is especially appealing for young children who must wear eyeglasses.
Considering all the material options available can help you make an informed choice that will guarantee the glasses last a long time and that you are happy.