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Eyeglass Basics

Frame Design

Eyeglasses frames, with the development of new metals and polymers, have expanded in the category of materials. All materials have their advantages and disadvantages, whether its in value, looks, and durability. Take color, weight, durability, allergies, and value into consideration when shopping for frames.

Glasses with snap on frames rather than screw attached frames allow more customization in material and colors for a more unique look.

When shopping for glasses for children, choosing more flexible options such as titanium and nylon and spring hinges can reduce probability of breakage.

Different designs of glasses’ nose pads may provide comfort or cosmetic appeal, such as the look of the glasses on one’s face and how likely they are to slip.



Frame Styles

Eyeglasses, while correcting vision needs, can also provide style and cosmetic appeal. Using different color combinations, materials (wood, bamboo, plastic, metal), insignias (designer brands), and insets (gemstones, cutouts), you can customize glasses to match your style or personality.

Some prefer to wear glasses without frames showing, where rimless frame styles will accommodate.

Top left: This Calvin Klein style 484 rimless frame with multitoned zyl plastic temples and metallic hinges and bridge is shown in turquoise. Bottom left: This Fendi style F684R in brown has laser-etched temples with iridescent lace patterns, rivets, and crystals. Right: This silver-colored monel metal frame from the Oxygen collection by Framescape is called Zephyr.

Women’s glasses come in different styles, embellishments (rhinestones), and cutouts (swirls, geometric patterns)

Men’s glasses go for a classy look, with simple designs or patterns complemented by designer logos.

Unisex glasses include many different styles which can satisfy and fit either sex

Children’s glasses emphasize durability to prevent need for constant replacement


Technology in Eyeglass Lenses

Different innovations in the field of eyewear have allowed those with stronger prescriptions to enjoy better vision or attractiveness when compared to traditional glasses

Aspheric lenses have a more complex profile, and are slimmer, allowing for increased field of vision

High index plastic lenses allow those with stronger prescriptions thinner and lighter lenses

Polycarbonate lenses or trivex lenses allow for thinner, lighter options for those where durability is important, such as in outdoor activity

Photochromic lenses darken or brighten depending on the light conditions, and allow for quicker adjustments in lighting

Polarized sunglasses reduce glare from smooth reflective surfaces, ideal for those in contact with water

Anti-reflective (AR) coating reduces reflection and glare from vision, improving visibility

Consumers may also want to consider anti-fog, UV, or scratch resistant options



Sunglasses are common outdoor wear, even for those who do not
require vision correction. Sunglasses protect the eyes from UV
rays. Finding a balance between eye protection and style will
allow you to choose the perfect glasses. Glasses come in a variety
of different materials from plastics to metals.

Plano sunglasses or “non prescription sunglasses” do not have a prescription and are worn for their outdoor protection benefits, intended for those who do not require corrective eyeglasses.

Prescription sunglasses are intended for prescription eyeglass wearers, although some may prefer the ease of clip on sunglasses which convert normal prescription glasses into sunglasses—


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