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Vision Source of Texarkana

Frame Materials

Our optical dispensary has a wide variety of spectacle frames available. Many designer lines are presented including: Ralph Lauren Polo, Giorgio Armani, Coach and Donna Karen just to name a few. We have over 900 frames in stock. In addition to the economy and designer frames available on display inour Optical Dispensary, we can special-order almost any frame available in the world.

Today's frames are made of many different materials including:

1. Zylonite/Zyl
2. Cellulose Propionate
3. Nylon
4. Rubber
5. Carbon Fiber
6. Polyamide
7. Optyl
8. Kevlar
9. Nickel Silver
10. Monel Metal
11. Aluminum
12. Beryllium/Copper
13. Memory metals
14. Titanium

Each of the above materials has different properties that have advantages and disadvantages. Today most "plastic' frames are made of zylonite, cellulose propionate or polyamide. The "metal" frames are usually made from nickel silver and Monel. Today we recommend titanium frames for their high tensile strength and ultra lightweight and impressive corrosion-resistance. If you would like a plastic material the polyamide materials hold their color very well and are highly scratch resistant and hypoallergenic too. Please ask us about which material would be best for your lifestyle. In addition to the material used many frames are made differently:

  • All metal frames
  • All plastic frames
  • Combination frames - part metal and part plastic
  • Rimless mountings
  • Nylon suspension frames - semi-rimless
  • Sports frames
  • Industrial frames

Each frame has a different design to the bridge and this is very important when selecting your frames. If the bridge does not fit your nose then the frame will not balance the weight of the lenses and your glasses will be uncomfortable. Today plastic and metal frame materials use a different design on the bridge of the frame to make it more comfortable. In addition, temples can come in different styles and materials. Many hinges have different mechanisms that are designed to absorb the stresses of daily use.