Eyeglass Frames: A Material View of Technology
Frame selection is an important element for seeing well. Dr. Branning and our knowledgeable opticians will take the time to recommend the right frame materials, designs and frame shape to enhance the visual experience with your new glasses. Once your prescription is determined, you will then choose a new pair of frames from our dispensary. Our opticians will help you decide which frame is optimal according to your visual needs, style preferences and lens design.
Frame Materials: Metal
Frames made of metal are the most popular in the U.S. by far. Gold is durable, hypoallergenic and can be plated over other base metals. Nickel-silver is durable and flexible with many color options but is susceptible to corrosion and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Aluminum also works well for frames. It can be engraved and comes in a variety of colors. Titanium is the newest and hottest trend in frame materials. Titanium frames are hypoallergenic, extra lightweight and very durable. While pure titanium can be hard to adjust but is often used in certain parts of frames, such as bridges and endpieces. Other metals such as memory metal (50% nickel with titanium), Stainless Steel, Magnesium, and Cobalt are also being used today for their lightweight and durable qualities.
Metal Frame Materials Comparison
Gold Durable, corrosion resistant
Titanium Strong, light, hypoallergenic
Beta Titanium More adjustable
Memory Metals Strong, light, return to shape when bent
Stainless Steel Strong, thin
Beryllium Durable, comfortable
Magnesium Light, durable
Cobalt Strong, light
Palladium Light, strong, corrosion resistant
Monel Affordable, good colors
Aluminum Light, durable, nice finishes
Nickel Silver Affordable, good colors
Bronze Corrosion resistant, light
There are a number of different materials used to make eyewear today that fall into the plastics family. Some of the most popular are: Zyl, Optyl, Proprianate, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Carbon Graphit and Kevlar. In general, plastic frames are known for their durablity, comfort, ability to be reshaped and the broad range of colors and styles they are available in.
Frames are also made with very unique “add-on” materials for adornment, such as: wood, snakeskin, lizard skin, gems and Austrian crystals.
Frames in Stock
Our frame offerings change because we are always shopping for the best combination of style, craftsmanship and price. We typically have offerings from Taxi, Guess, Nike, Vera Wang, Penguin, Oakley, and Harley Davidson among others!