How To Choose The Right Glasses Frame Material

The main factors that people consider when choosing quality spectacle frames are price and style. There are many other factors you should consider such as how light, strong, flexible, and resistant to corrosion the frames are.

Many types of metal and plastic are used to make eyeglass frames today. Some frames combine materials, such as a frame that has plastic around the lenses and titanium temple pieces. Different situations and people will require different materials.

Metal Eyeglass Frames

Frames made of metal, titanium, or alloys (a combination of metals) are generally resistant to wear and tear.

Titanium frames can be very strong, light, and corrosion-resistant. Hypoallergenic means they are safe for those who are allergic to nickel or other metals. There are many colors available for titanium frames.

Monel can be described as a mixture of different metals. These frames can contain nickel or other metals which could cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. Most monel frames have a protective coating. Monel frames can be very flexible and are resistant to corrosion.

Beryllium is less expensive than titanium and is extremely light and strong. It’s also flexible which makes it easier for opticians to adjust them. Beryllium is highly resistant to corrosion. These frames are a great choice for those who spend a lot of time near saltwater. There are many color options for beryllium frames.

Frames made of stainless steel are light and strong but not as lightweight as titanium. They are less expensive than other metal frames, and they resist corrosion.

Flexon is, as its name implies, a flexible material. Flexon, an alloy of titanium and aluminum, can be bent or twisted back to its original shape. These frames are light, hypoallergenic, and resistant to corrosion.

Aluminum is sometimes used in high-end frames. It is strong, corrosion-resistant, and flexible.

Plastic Eyeglass Frames

Because they are lighter and more affordable, plastic frames are the best choice.

There are many types of plastic frames:

Zyl (zylonite or cellulose acetate), is lightweight and inexpensive. It comes in many colors. An optician can easily adjust Zyl frames.

Cellulose propionate, a lightweight nylon-based plastic, is hypoallergenic. It is a bit more flexible than other plastic frames.

Nylon is the name for acetate, which is a type of plastic. Another popular material used to make glasses is nylon. Nylon was first used to make eyeglasses in the 1940s. The original material used for this purpose was less durable, but it was stronger.

Because it is easy to mold into wraparound shapes, this material is often used for sports sunglasses. Plastic can feel stiff and uncomfortable. You can only dye it with basic colors. Nylon sunglasses and eyeglasses are very strong but can be brittle if they are exposed to low humidity and over time.

Optyl can be described as a brand name for epoxy resin. It becomes malleable when heated, which makes it easy to mold the frame to your face.


There are many options when it comes to eyeglass frames materials. Each one has its pros and cons. Your lifestyle, your style, and your budget will all play a part in choosing the right frame. One person’s ideal frame may not work for another and vice versa.

This guide contains valuable information to help you choose the best frame material for your eyeglasses.

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