Frames

We understand that you don't simply want to see well, you also want to look good. We offer a wide selection of stylish frames including those from top eyewear designers. Once you've selected the frames you love, we will help you determine which lenses are right for you, considering sun exposure, glare and durability.

Stop by to visit the Eye Care Center during open hours to browse our full selection of eyeglass frames. From Juicy Couture to Emporio Armani, Ray Ban to Marc by Marc Jacobs and more. We offer some of the most trend-setting frame and sunglass designs available.

 

Options

Different eyeglass frame materials greatly expand your options for a new look. While shopping for new eyeglasses or sunglasses, ask your option for advice about variety in colors, durability, lightness, favorite brands, hypoallergenic materials, uniqueness and price. In fact, finding eyeglasses with the qualities that are most important to you could be as simple as choosing the right frame material, because each type has it's own unique strengths.

Plastic

If you want the colors of the rainbow, then zyl (zylonite or cellulose acetate) is your material. Zyl is a very cost-effective and creative option for eyewear and is extremely lightweight. Particularly popular right now are laminated zyl frames that have layered colors. Look for light colors on the interior sides, which can make your eyewear "disappear" from your visual field when you wear them. An all black frame, on the other hand, is visible at all times on both interior and exterior sides.


Some manufacturers also use cellulose acetate propionate, a nylon-based plastic that is hypoallergenic. It's lightweight and has more transparency and gloss than other plastics. If your main criterion for a frame is lightness, then definitely consider propionate frames.

Eyeglasses made of nylon were first introduced in the late 1040's. Because of brittleness and other problems, eyeglass manufacturers switched to blended nylon (polyamides, co-poliamides, and grilamids). Today's blended nylon frames are both strong and lightweight.

Nylon is also a premier material for sports and performance frames, typically made of gliamides, grilamid or trogamid materials that are very resistant to hot and cold and are more flexible, yet also stiff.  Nylon also is easily molded into today's popular wraparound styles, as well as other shapes that are difficult to produce.

Plastic frames do have some drawbacks. They are easier to break than metal frames, they will burn (but are not easily ignited), and aging and exposure to sunlight decrease their strength slightly. Color can fade over time, but not as much with modern materials.

Metal

Monel - a mixture of any of a broad range of metals - is the most widely used material in the manufacture of eyeglass frames. It's malleability and corrosion resistance are pluses. Still, it is not 100 percent corrosion-resistant: for some people, monel can react with their skin chemistry. But this is preventable if the right kind of plating, such as palladium or other nickel-free options, is used.

Many frame manufacturers offer titanium and beta-titanium styles these days; titanium is a silver-gray metal that's lightweight, durable, strong and corrosion-resistant. It has been used for everything from the Gemini and Apollo space capsules to medical implants such as heart valves.

Titanium eyewear can be produced in a variety of colors for a clean, modern look with a hint of color. And they're hypoallergenic!

Some titanium frames are made from an alloy that is a combination of titanium and other metals, such as nickel or copper. In general, titanium alloy frams cost less that 100 percent titanium frames.

Beryllium, a steel-gray metal, is a lower-cost alternative titanium eyewear. It resists corrosion and tarnish, making it an excellent choice for wearers who have high skin acidity or spend a good amount of time in or around salt water.

Beryllium is also lightweight, very strong, very flexible (making it easy for an optician to adjust your glasses) and available in a wide range of colors.