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Vision Correction: Finding the Right Frames

Design, material and treatments are the three components that make up a pair of prescription lenses. It is important to select the right combination of these elements for your particular visual needs and to always consult your eye care professional.

SIZE — Your eye care professional is focused on frame requirements for your prescription lenses to help insure long-term wearing comfort. They will make certain that progressive, bifocal and trifocal lenses meet certain depth requirements. Your eye care professional can help you select a frame that fits the shape and size of your face, accentuating your positive features, and making sure the width of the frame and the length of the temples are the right fit for you.

MATERIAL — Acetate plastic frames are lightweight, fashionable and come in just about every color imaginable. Blended Nylon is strong, yet flexible, primarily used for sports and performance frames. Lightweight Propionate is a hypoallergenic blended nylon. Monel is stronger than steel, malleable, and corrosion-resistant. Titanium is strong, lightweight, non-corrosive, and hypo-allergenic. Beryllium is similar to titanium, but is more lightweight, flexible and less expensive. Memory Metal is lightweight, corrosion resistant, and “remembers” its shape. Flexon is a “Memory Metal” that is hypoallergenic. Ticral frames are moderately priced, durable, strong and available in many colors. Stainless Steel frames are lightweight, and strong, anti-corrosive and resistant to heat and abrasion. Aluminum is lightweight, corrosion-resistant and available in different colors. Primarily used for contemporary styles.


  • Spring hinges are designed for additional comfort to allow the frame temples to move both forward and backwards.
  • A sun clip-on may quickly and easily turn your regular glasses into sunglasses.
  • Anti-Reflective (AR) is applied to the surface of lenses to reduce reflection.

The quality, longevity and price of your frame are affected by a number of eyewear components. When choosing a frame that fits your personal style and budget the best it is important to review and understand your available options. By making the following decisions first, you can narrow down your choices to a specific category of frames.

  • Begin by selecting a plastic or metal frame. Plastic frames are offered in a vast assortment of colors while metal frames are more subtle and limited.
  • Decide on the frame style, such as a full frame, semi-rimless or rimless frame.


With a vast selection of eyewear available it is important to understand the basics prior to making a frame decision.

Prescriptions may fit one fame style over another, so always review your lens options with your eye care professional.


Have you ever tried on a great style frame and asked yourself –

Why doesn’t this look the way I imagined? Accentuate your best features by matching a complementing frame to your face shape. Help soften angular facial lines of a long, narrow face with round or oval frames. For those that may have a larger forehead, full cheeks, or rounded chin, sharpen your features and create definition when wearing a rectangular, aviator-style, square or geometric shaped frame.

Speak with your eye care professional for assistance in choosing a frame that complements your image, budget, lifestyle, and the one that makes you feel your best.