The Pros and Cons of Plastic Frames

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Choosing a pair of prescription safety eyewear can be a little stressful at times. There are so many options between the style, the color, and more importantly, the material of the frame. Today we are going to discuss the pros and cons of plastic frames.

The Pros of Plastic Frames

For many, when we think of eyewear, we think of plastic frames. For many years, plastic frames have become the cheaper material to create sunglasses, prescription glasses, and safety eyewear. There are many pros to choosing plastic as the material of choice, such as plastic frames can be very comfortable. Plastic frames are better if you are looking for a thicker frame and style option. They have a molded bridge that rests on your nose and is easy to put on, plus they are better if you have a metal allergy of any sort. They are also very light, meaning the backs of your ears rarely get sore due to the frame’s weight. This leads to another pro of the frames when you incorporate prescription lenses.

You should always consider your prescription level when choosing your frame material. If you have a higher prescription, this means your lenses are likely to be heavier and thicker. If this is the case, you will want lightweight plastic frames to support the lenses and keep you comfortable while wearing your eyewear. Plastic frames also come in several colors for men and women of all ages. If you’re style-conscious or have a child who wants to pick out a fun color for their first pair, you will always be able to find a color frame that will look good and make you feel good too. There are many pros to this material!

The Cons of Plastic Frames

While you may think you’ve settled on plastic frames as your choice, we want you to know the cons still to make an informed decision when your purchase. When it comes to plastic frames, they are generally one-size-fits-all. While the plastic bridge on the nose is comfortable, it doesn’t fit everyone’s nose. These are not adjustable, and they don’t have nose pads which means they cannot be adjusted if they slip down your nose. It is also important to consider your lifestyle if you want plastic frames.

Plastic frames aren’t always the most durable if you have a more active lifestyle. If you get hit in the face while wearing them, there is a possibility they could break. Polycarbonate or metal frames may be the better option if you plan to wear your eyewear during sporting events or higher intensity activities. Also, if you are looking for a specific style frame, plastic frames don’t come in half-rim options.

Shop Plastic & Other Frames at SafeVision

As you can see, there are many pros and cons to plastic frames. At SafeVision, we have various frame materials between the PENTAX and Wiley X brands, including plastic, polycarbonate, and metal. If you’re unsure which frame type you think is best, visit our website and talk to one of our representatives. They will help you find the right frame for your lifestyle that fits both your job and your personality.

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