There are several different types of Metal Frames. We have listed some of the more common options below.
- Stainless Steel Frames
- Titanium Frames
What are FLEXIBLE frames?
Flexible eyeglass frames, or metal memory frames, are metal eyeglass frames that can be twisted, bent, and crushed without breaking or losing their original shape. These types of frames are made of high tech composite materials and metal alloys, usually titanium. They are much lighter and more durable than traditional metal eyeglass frames and can withstand more abuse.
Benefits of flexible frames
Compared to other types of eyeglass frame materials, flexible frames are much more durable and lightweight. One of the reasons they are so popular is because they allow eyeglass wearers to have comfort and freedom. With flexible eyewear, there is no need to worry about replacing frames every time you fall asleep with your eyeglasses on, sit on your eyeglasses, or drop them on the ground. Also, because flexible frames can rebound from all sorts of physical abuse, they are an excellent option for children's eyewear.
Problems associated with flexible frames
Of course, one of the limitations of flexible eyewear is that this new technology will only protect the frames of the glasses. Glass lenses will still shatter upon impact. The key is to invest in flexible frames with polycarbonate lenses, which are much more impact resistant than glass lenses and less likely to break.
What are STAINLESS STEEL frames?
Stainless steel is a lightweight, durable, corrosion-resistant metal. Like other metal frames, stainless steel frames hold their shape and are extremely durable. Even after an accident, they can spring back into shape. They are easy to adjust and rarely discolor over time. Stainless steel frames can even be fabricated or coated in different colors for a more stylish look.
Both titanium and stainless steel frames are hypoallergenic, which means people with metal allergies can wear them comfortably. One of the main advantages of choosing stainless steel frames over titanium frames is that they are reasonably priced. Stainless steel frames are affordable and can be worn in virtually any environment.
Benefits of stainless steel frames
Here are just a few of the benefits of stainless steel eyeglass frames:
They are lightweight and comfortable.
They are readily available in a wide variety of shapes and styles.
They are an affordable alternative to titanium frames.
They are nickel-free and hypoallergenic.
They are heat and corrosion resistant.
They rarely discolor.
They are durable and hold their shape.
They can be made in a variety of colors.
They are easy to adjust.
What are TITANIUM frames?
Titanium eyeglass frames are thin, lightweight and durable. This same material is used in aircrafts, armored vehicles and orthopedic implants. Due to their strength and durability, titanium frames are often recommended for individuals with active lifestyles or children who may be more likely to break frames made of plastic and other less durable materials.
All-titanium frames are also hypoallergenic, which makes them a great option for individuals who want metal frames but are allergic to other metals, like nickel. Those who have metal allergies should be sure to look for all-titanium frames, as opposed to titanium alloy frames. Titanium alloy is not 100% titanium, but rather a combination of titanium and other metals, and may cause an adverse reaction in those with metal allergies.
Benefits of titanium frames
Titanium frames are a great option for those who want a pair of glasses that will last a while and do not want to purchase new frames every year or two. Titanium frames are durable enough to withstand everyday use from those with active lifestyles, but they are also lightweight and comfortable. In fact, because they are thin and lightweight, titanium frames can provide the perfect complement to high-index lenses, which are thinner and lighter than conventional lenses.
Titanium frames typically come in their natural silver-gray color, which is both modern and stylish. The modern look of titanium makes it a popular frame material for those who need corrective lenses. And, unlike other metals, titanium is not affected by water, humidity or salt so the frames will not rust. This makes them particularly beneficial for those who spend time near water or live in humid or coastal climates.
We invite you to work with one of our opticians today to choose the right metal frame for you.