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Sifting through dozens of options for frames is daunting. Thinking about your lifestyle and need for frames before you step through the optometrist’s door helps narrow your choices.
If you’re highly active, prioritize durable, lightweight frames. Those who expect to wear their glasses less often may prefer a simple, budget-friendly pair of plastic or monel frames.
Consult your optometrist for a thorough vision exam, and ask about the type of frames that make most sense for your lifestyle.
After learning that you need prescription lenses, finding glasses that best suit your looks may be paramount in your mind. Although finding the right frame shape for your face is essential, understanding the types of frames that best fit your lifestyle is equally important. With the largest eyewear manufacturer producing 65 million frames per year, there are many options from which to choose. Frames become a part of your identity, projecting an overall vibe about yourself to the people you meet.
Before trying on a single pair of glasses, consider what you’ll use them for. Are they reading frames that you’ll frequently be taking on and off your face? Glasses for distance viewing that you’ll wear all day? A pair that you’ll wear to give your eyes a break from contacts? Frames that must be appropriate for a conservative office? These lifestyle factors will influence the type of frames you choose.
Eyewear manufacturers continue to innovate new materials for frames. Some of the most popular options include:
Plastic. Commonly made from zyl (or zylonite), plastic frames are a good value and come in a range of colors. Laminated zyl frames with layered colors are a popular choice. For those who want a very lightweight option, plastic frames made from cellulose acetate propionate are lighter and more transparent than other forms of plastic frames.
Titanium. Known for their strength and durability, titanium frames are light and hypoallergenic. Because titanium is a premium metal, these frames are often at a higher price point.
Memory metal. Made from a blend of titanium and nickel, memory metal (also known as Flexon) frames provide more flexibility than regular titanium frames. These frames may be twisted, bent, and flexed without losing their shape. Memory metal frames are perfect for adults who are very active or hard on their glasses.
Stainless steel. For a chic modern look, stainless steel is a great choice. The frames are light, durable, relatively flexible, and resistant to corrosion. A range of finishes gives stainless steel frames more pizzazz than a basic silver color.
Monel. Made from nickel and copper, monel frames are a good bet for the very budget-minded. However, the quality of monel frames varies, and they may corrode or discolor over time.
Just as you wouldn’t wear the same shoes to the office as you do for a night out on the town, investing in multiple frames might be a smart choice. Many people have a pair of eyeglasses for everyday wear as well as a sportier style for physical activity. If you can’t find just one pair that meets your requirements, consider different frames for the different aspects of your lifestyle.
Great service! Dr Gertsberger is wonderful. He takes care of my whole family and we have all been pleased with our eye care.
Dr. Michael Houseman took great care of my 92-year-old father, who can't hear very well at all, and who gets confused easily. He was very patient and kind, and spent extra time giving him the best prescription possible. When we went to get glasses, they were able to cut the lenses in house, very affordably.
AMAZING customer service! The doctor and staff were incredible to work with and really care about their patients. They explained everything and were extremely helpful!
Great Drs. and friendly staff.
What fan can I say? If you need prompt, professional eye care, Garden City Optometrists is where you need to go for the best eye care in Southwest Kansas...they'll keep an eye out for you. (:-) Art Gomez, Scott City, Kansas
This place has been in operation for more than 100 years, so they must be doing something right. That "something" is prompt, professional service. I've never had to wait long for an appointment or to be seen once I arrive at the office. The staff knows what they're doing, and I've never walked away unhappy.
I was shopping for my third set of glasses from Garden City Optometrists. The entire staff got in on the experience, showing me frames that they thought would work well for me. We didn't find exactly what I was looking for, so they ordered some more examples. I've had nothing but great experiences with all of the doctors and staff here. See you guys in a few days for my new frames!