Frame fitting and materials

As mentioned previously on ‘Choosing the Right Frame’, your prescription plays an important part in what kind of frame you choose. What materials your lenses are made out of are also to be taken into consideration. A thinner high index lens can be put into any frame, whereas a thicker lens isn’t suited for a rimless or half rimmed frame.

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Metal Frames

There are many different metals than can be used when making frames. Crude steel, stainless steel, titanium, and gold are a few of the metals used most often. The most beneficial part of having a metal frame is that they can be made to be extremely flexible and strong. Metal frames are also very lightweight.

Plastic Frames

While a plastic frame may sound like it could be a little on the flimsy side, the plastics used such as Optyl, Cellulose Acetate and Propinate, and SPX are actually very durablematerials. A huge plus to using plastic to form frames is its versatility with shape. Plastic can be formed into almost any shape imaginable for a frame.

Skin Sensitivity

If you have any allergies or skin sensitivities to a particular plastic or metal make sure to keep this in mind when purchasing your frame. Our team at Blackheath Eyecare will be glad to assist you in finding out the materials of the frames so that you are able to avoid any kind of physical discomfort.

Frame Comfort

With everything being said about looking fashionable and finding the right frame to compliment your features, it is important to remember that wearing glasses should also be comfortable. Pay special attention to how the frame feels on your face when you are trying it on. This is especially important if you are going to be wearing your glasses full time. The opticians at Blackheath Eyecare have had special training in adjusting frames, so if something doesn’t feel right, make sure to bring it to our attention. We can then let you know if it is due to a minor adjustment that we can make, or if the frame you have chosen is just not the right size for you. If you purchase your frame online, you are still welcome to stop into our practice for any adjustments you need.

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