When it comes to selecting the perfect pair of eyeglasses, the ongoing debate between plastic and metal frames takes center stage. While both materials have their merits, plastic frames have earned a distinct reputation for catering to diverse needs and preferences of glasses wearers, making them a popular choice in the eyewear landscape.
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Reshaping Our Understanding of Plastic
When we think about plastic goods, we often associate them with quickly made goods that won’t stand the test of time. However, at Zenni, we pride ourselves in delivering quality products using top notch materials. Under the umbrella of plastic frames, there are Acetate, Ultem, and TR plastics which are excellent for their durability and are actually the same materials used in many of the luxury eyewear frames. So when we’re talking about plastic frames, think of beautiful, durable frames that can suit any style!
In terms of manufacturing, plastic frames are typically crafted using a process called injection molding. This involves melting plastic pellets and injecting the molten material into a mold to create the desired frame shape. The result is a seamless, uniform frame that boasts both strength and style. The injection molding process not only allows for intricate designs but also contributes to the cost-effectiveness of plastic frames, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers.
Now let’s go into some of the benefits of plastic frames.
The Benefits of Plastic
Have you ever taken off your glasses only to find two telltale red indents on your nose bridge? That’s when you start browsing through the lightweight options for your next pair of glasses. While metal frames often take the spotlight for being lightweight, many plastic frames are also very lightweight and have the added benefit of being easily adjusted to the contours of your face for optimal comfort.
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Many glasses wearers suffer from allergic reactions or contact dermatitis if they are allergic to any of the alloys in metal frames such as nickel or aluminum. If the alloys in metal frames, like nickel or aluminum, trigger allergic reactions, consider the allergy-resistant embrace of plastic, titanium, or stainless steel frames.
Durable glasses are indispensable for those leading active lifestyles, especially for children exploring the world with boundless energy. Robust frames ensure longevity, withstanding the wear and tear of everyday activities. For active individuals, durability means glasses that withstand accidental bumps or falls, providing reliability in various environments. In the case of active children, the sturdiness of frames becomes essential to endure their dynamic activities while ensuring consistent vision correction. Opting for durable glasses not only offers peace of mind for parents but also guarantees that eyewear remains a steadfast companion, seamlessly adapting to the demands of an active lifestyle for both adults and children alike.
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Versatility and Style
The versatility of plastic frames in terms of design and color options adds a vibrant dimension to the eyewear landscape. Plastic allows for a broader spectrum of shapes and hues, providing wearers with an extensive array of choices to express their personal style. Whether one gravitates towards bold, statement frames or prefers subtle, classic designs, plastic frames offer the flexibility to cater to individual tastes and fashion preferences.
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As an embodiment of modern eyewear innovation, plastic frames provide a lightweight and durable solution that allows wearers to showcase their unique style with a diverse range of shapes and colors. Whether seeking frames that can endure an active lifestyle or simply wanting a chic accessory that complements individual fashion sense, plastic frames undeniably shine as a top-tier choice in the ever-evolving world of eyewear.
About the Author: Dr. Catherine Ong
Dr. Catherine Ong, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, School of Optometry and currently provides primary and speciality eyecare in a private practice setting. She has a passion for patient education and enjoys reshaping technical concepts into digestable topics for all patients. When she is not seeing patients, you can find her exploring new restaurants, exercising, or trying out new recipes.