At Advanced Eye Centers, we offer a wide variety of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and athletic glasses for men, women, and children from the most reputable brands including:
- Flex Kids
- Silver Dollar
..and many other brands
Eyeglass Frame Materials
Plastic frames today are made from wood flakes, cottonseed fibers, stabilizers, and plasticizers. These are referred to as Cellulose acetate or zyl. Many frames are formed by injection molding. However, the more expensive designer frames may be hand made. Zyl frames come in a variety of colors, and a popular frame today is laminated with layered colors.
The majority of frames sold in the USA today are metal frames. Metal frames come in a variety of different alloys and are used by all the well-known brand names and designers. Things to consider when selecting metal frames: color; finish – shiny, brushed, flat; style, and durability.
- Titanium: Titanium is extremely lightweight and durable, will not rust, and can be made extremely thin because of its’ strength. For patients with allergies, titanium is hypo-allergenic. These frames come in a variety of colors and styles.
- Beta Titanium: Beta Titanium is much more flexible and adjustable in key areas, such as the bridges, temples, and end pieces. Beta Titanium includes a small amount of vanadium and aluminum which adds the flexibility.
- Flexon: Flexon is a Titanium-based metal that the manufacturers such as Marchon refers to as “memory metal”. Flexon frames return to their original shape even after being bent, crushed, or twisted. Flexon is lightweight and very comfortable to wear.
- Nibrodal: Nibrodal is a new metal that is similar to blending both Titanium and Stainless Steel. It is corrosion resistant and very durable, as well as being very comfortable.
- Stainless Steel: Stainless Steel is the most popular frame material. It’s lightweight, corrosion resistant, and hypo-allergenic. Stainless Steel is approximately 2/3 iron, 1/5 chrome, and the remainder is a mixture of other materials.
More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year. More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear.