Getting New Glasses? What They’re Made of Matters!

May 31, 2020

The vision test is complete, and now it’s time to choose your new glasses! Some of us love this moment – we’re excited to try on every style and color. The rest of us are stressed out and overwhelmed. With so many different choices available, it can be hard to decide which one is best for our needs. Don’t worry - the staff at Pro-Optix Eye Care is ready to help! Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular types of frames and lenses available, so you can be informed and ready to go when you’re choosing your newest high-fashion eyewear.


If you’re looking for lightweight, strong and fashion forward frames, zyl is the material of your dreams! Also called zylonite, acetate or cellulose acetate, this plastic comes in a wide range of colors and shading. Durability also makes zyl a great choice for younger children who are hard on their glasses. Zyl is easy to work with and simple to adjust, but it can become brittle as it ages. Zyl frames are ideal for those who want a unique look at a reasonable price, which is why it’s such a popular choice for many popular designer frames.

If a metal frame is on your wish list, there are several popular materials to consider. Monel is a popular alloy made of nickel and copper. Strong and stress-resistant, Monel is often used to stabilize frame bridges and end pieces. It may cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to nickel, but coated Monel can reduce the chance of a reaction. Stainless steel and aluminum frames are strong, have a lovely luster and are corrosion-resistant, but they are harder to shape due to welding and soldering difficulties. Stainless steel is often used in the temples and hinges of many frames, as it is exceptionally springy and moves well.

Titanium frames are delightfully lightweight, very strong and corrosion resistant. They’re sturdy enough for older children to wear, and they are hypoallergenic for those who react to metals. Titanium frames also come in a variety of colors to match your mood or your wardrobe. They are among the most expensive frames to produce, so the sticker price is usually among the highest of any frame choice you might make. Beryllium closely resembles titanium and comes in many colors, with the added bonus of being less expensive. If you love the idea of titanium but your pocketbook doesn’t, this metal may check all the boxes for you.


Most people give less thought to the lenses they’ll wear than they do to the frames. As we all know, what’s on the inside is what counts, so be sure to carefully review the choices you have for lens material and choose the one that best fits your needs.

Polycarbonate lenses were first introduced in the 1970’s and are still sold today. They provide excellent impact resistance at a light weight, making them an ideal choice for children, athletes and for use in safety glasses. If having a super thin lens is your main goal, a high-index lens is what you want. Generally speaking, the thinner these lenses are, the higher their price tag. Trivex lenses feature the lightest weight among lenses and are as impact resistant as polycarbonate. All three of these lens types can block 100% of UV rays. Click here for a more in-depth look at the different types of lenses available.

Not all lenses are available for all prescriptions, so it’s important to discuss your options in depth with the optometrists at Pro-Optix Eye Care. They can help you choose the perfect combination of lenses and frames, so don’t wait to see your best and look better than ever. Call 713-360-7095 to schedule your appointment with the premier eye doctors in the Tanglewood/Galleria Area today!

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