Accessibility View Close toolbar

What's in a Frame?

Image of a pile of glasses.

Finding a great looking eyeglass frame can be tough work. What looks good on you? Should you go with round lenses, or square? What should your frame be made out of? Choosing the material of your eyeglass frame is the first order of business, since that will narrow down your search to one specific category.

Metal

There are two major categories of frame materials -- metal and plastic. Metal frames are easy to adjust, they hold their shape fairly well, and they can last for years. Metal frames are most often made of "monel," a blend of a variety of different metals that vary from brand to brand. There are many different sub-categories of metal frames:

Semi-Rimless

Semi-rimless frames are quite popular, and feature a "clear looking" bottom half of the lens. The lens is mounted in the metal top half of the frame with a very thin metal or plastic monofilament that holds the lens in place.

Rimless

A full rimless frame, also called a "drill mount" features temples and a bridge that are mounted directly into the lenses. The bridge and the temples can be made from metal, or a hybrid of metal and plastic.

Flexible Frames

Flexible frames are becoming more popular among athletes and children, because their titanium based material allows the frame to bend and flex without breaking.

Who Shouldn't Wear Metal Frames?

All metal frames have nose pieces that lift the frame off the bridge of the nose and provide support for the frame. Some individuals do not like the feel of nose pieces, especially those who have stronger prescriptions and thus thicker and heavier lenses. Additionally, some individuals are allergic to the metal used and may break out if the metal touches their skin.

Plastic

Plastic frames are the second major material for eyeglass frames, and are as equally popular as metal. Plastic frames can be thick or thin, and can be made in a broad range of colors. Plastic frames must be adjusted by using heat in order to soften the material and allow malleability.

Zyl

Zyl, also known as cellulose acetate, is a lightweight but strong material used for the majority of plastic frames. Laminated zyl frames can have a layered color look, or traditional zyl can be made in bolder, darker colors like black and brown.

Who Shouldn't Wear Plastic Frames?

Most anyone can wear plastic frames, however, individuals with stronger prescriptions and thicker lenses may notice that plastic frames are quite heavy and cumbersome.

Before you choose what material you'd like for your frame, visit an eye care professional and try on several different styles. Take note of the feel of each frame in addition to how it looks, and don't be afraid to ask about the different options available to you.

New Patients Receive 15% OFF Second Pair of Complete Glasses!

No form settings found. Please configure it.

Store Hours

Hollywood Beach Location

Monday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-8:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-9:00 pm

Sunday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

West Palm Beach Location

Monday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Sunday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Contact Us

Located inside Wings Beachwear

Testimonial

  • "Information coming soon..."
  • What's in a Frame?

    Finding a great looking eyeglass frame can be tough work. What looks good on you? Should you go with round lenses, or square? What should your frame be made out of? Choosing the material of your eyeglass frame is the first order of business, since that will narrow down your search to one specific category. Metal There ...

    Read More
  • What to Look for in Sunglasses

    All sunglasses are designed to shield your eyes from bright sunlight. Many sunglasses go a step beyond and also promise protection from ultraviolet (UV) light rays and other types of natural radiation from the sun. Protecting your eyes from these damaging rays is essential for keeping your eyes healthy. ...

    Read More
  • The Science Behind Perfect Eyesight

    It's easy to take vision for granted when the eyes perform flawlessly. However, when eye problems crop up, it's hard not to wonder how the eyes work. In a properly functioning eye, a number of elements must cooperate perfectly to create good vision; just one malfunctioning factor in this instantaneous ...

    Read More
  • How to Properly Wash Your Face

    Most people establish their face washing habits when they’re teens, and then never give it another thought. But maybe it’s time to reexamine this basic beauty ritual. The way you wash your face can make a difference in your skin’s health and appearance. Here are face washing best practices, as ...

    Read More
  • Protecting Your Skin in Winter

    If you live in a place that gets cold during the winter, then it’s not just the winter blues that you need to beat. When the temperatures drop, your skin can become dry and cracked. Cold winter air also tends to be drier, which sucks the moisture out of the body. And if the wind picks up, any exposed ...

    Read More
  • Why Water Matters to Our Skin

    Even though staying hydrated is essential for your overall health, it’s not clear how much of an impact it will have on your skin. Some people say that drinking more water doesn’t help their skin, but others find that staying hydrated gives their skin a healthy glow. If you have acne, you might ...

    Read More
  • Preventing and Reducing Wrinkles

    Wrinkles are one of the many byproducts of the advancing years. And while we may want to celebrate the wisdom that comes with age, most of us aren’t so excited about the wrinkles! Let’s look at why wrinkles happen, what we can do about them and how to slow their arrival. Causes of Wrinkles Wrinkles ...

    Read More
  • Soothing Puffy Eyes

    Puffy eyes strike people of all ages. But it gets worse with age. Younger people might pass off puffy eyes as a side effect of an exciting night on the town. Older folks just look tired. But you don’t have to be a victim to puffy eyes. Here are some strategies for minimizing this unattractive look. What ...

    Read More
  • Minimizing Large Pores

    For many women, large pores are a top beauty concern. These small holes can feel giant, leading to lowered confidence and self-esteem. But if large pores have you singing the blues, here’s what you should know. Causes Everybody has pores. Some people’s are just more noticeable than others. These ...

    Read More
  • Treating Adult Acne

    Many teenagers experience acne, but this condition can also affect adults. Even more frustrating, a treatment that worked during adolescence may not work for someone as an adult. It might even make the acne worse. Like acne during the teenage years, adult acne is caused by bacteria that grow in a clogged ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up