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There are many different materials used in eyeglass frames. Metal, plastic and carbon fiber frames are the most common. The Eyeglass Shop believes is committed to educating our customers about their choices in eyeglasses. If you have a question, contact us.

Frame Materials - Metals

Metal frames tend to be thinner, lighter, and more subtle in design and appearance. Thanks to new coloration techniques, metal frames are also available in a wide variety of colors.

Monel Base Metal
Monel eyeglass frames are usually an alloy of nickel and copper, this is the most commonly used material in metal frames. Monel frames are hard and sturdy, yet flexible enough to be adjustable; they can be coated in alloys or enamels. Many finishing treatments are available in a wide range of colors and textures.

Ruthenium frames are made from a platinum metal with strong, durable, non-corrosive qualities. The surfaces are hard and highly-resistant to scratches.

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel Frames are strong and lighter weight than Monel. Stainless Steel is corrosion-resistant.

Titanium eyeglass frames are ultra-lightweight, very strong and completely non-corrosive. This material is used in supersonic airplane construction.

Frame Materials - Carbon

Carbon fiber or graphite is the fashion choice for sunglasses. It's strong, lightweight and sexy.

Carbon Fiber (Graphite)
Added to nylon and plastic materials to increase strength. Colors are opaque; baked enamel provides texture and shine. Carbon surfaces are resistant to damage, very durable and shape-retentive. Its qualities permit thin and delicate eyeglass frame designs.



Frame Parts

Bridge - the area which rests on the nose.

Eyewire - Runs around the border of eyewear lenses.

Frame - The structure holding the lenses to the face.

Hinge - Connects the temple to the rest of the frame.

Lens - the prescription part of eyewear.

Nose Pads - Located in the bridge area; they help to distribute the weight for a comfortable fit.

Temple - the side pieces that hold the eyewear to the ear.

Frame Materials - Plastic

Did you know that many eyeglass frames have the appearance of plastic, but are actually cellulose acetate - a vegetable-based product?

Cellulose Propionate
Eyeglass frames made from Cellulose Propionate are lightweight and hypoallergenic, available in a wide range of colors and densities, which are usually translucent. Formulated for injection molding, they allow for more intricate designs.

Copolyamide is also known as polyamide. This material is flexible and impact-resistant with a scratch-resistant surface that's very lightweight. Eyeglass frames retail their shape and color well. These frames are excellent for active lifestyles and sportswear.

Nylon eyeglass frames are extremely durable, but are only available in opaque colors.

"Polycarb" eyeglass frames are used in safety and sports frames.

Rubber eyeglass frames employ a combination of rubber and nylon and are most frequently used for sports eyewear and sunglasses. Rubber is soft, pliable and comfortable to wear.

Zyl is also known as zylonite - a trade name for cellulose acetate. Zyl is the most commonly used eyeglass frame material.

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