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Plastic—including acetate or Zyl—is the top material for comfortable, lightweight eyeglasses and sunglasses. Plastic frames are durable, they can accommodate thicker prescription lenses, and they're usually hypoallergenic. Because plastic is easily moulded into unique shapes and can be injected with pigment or even laminated to create a layered effect, plastic frames come in a wide array of colours, shapes, and finishes to satisfy a multitude of style sensibilities.

Plastic Eyewear Frames for Style and Durability

Plastic is a popular material for eyewear frames—but when it comes to glasses, "plastic” can mean a number of things. Zyl and nylon-based acetates are some of the most common options in eyewear because they're lightweight and durable. These plastics can be layered or laminated to create a range of colours, textures, and patterns, resulting in fashionable frames that show off your personal style.

And plastic frames are popular for sports and active lifestyles. Explore the GlassesCanada collection of plastic eyeglasses, sunglasses, and prescription sunglasses for men and women to discover classic frame shapes, bold new silhouettes, and colourful options for every taste.

Plastic Eyeglasses FAQs

What is the best material for eyeglasses frames?

Frames that are made out of metal, titanium, or some type of alloy tend to be more resistant to wear and tear, but plastic frames are also popular because they're not as expensive and can come in a variety of colours and styles. The problem with plastic frames is that they can break more easily. And over time, the colour can start to fade.

Is plastic a good material for eyeglasses?

Plastic can give you a lot of colour options, especially with zylonite (also called cellulose acetate). It's both cost-effective and extremely lightweight, but some manufacturers use acetate (which is a nylon-based plastic that's hypoallergenic). Nylon is also good for performance frames that are used for playing sports because they're flexible and are resistant to hot and cold.

What are plastic eyeglasses frames made of?

Plastic frames can be made of a number of different materials, but here are a few of the most common:

  • Zylonate — Because it can be made into a number of shapes in a relatively inexpensive manner, zirconate is one of the most popular eyeglasses frame.
  • Propionate — This material is often used in sports frames, because it's both durable and flexible. It's also lightweight and hypoallergenic.
  • Cellulose Acetate — This plant-based plastic was first used for making eyewear in the late 1940s because it was easier to work with than other plastics, and its durability has improved since then.

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Are glass lenses better than plastic?

The two main differences between glass and plastic lenses are weight and scratch resistance. Glass lenses are a lot heavier than plastic ones, which can be annoying for several reasons. The extra weight on your nose can be uncomfortable and can cause your glasses to slide off your face. Plastic lenses are lighter, but they're not as resistant to scratches.

Can plastic eyeglasses frames be adjusted?

To adjust your plastic frames, run the part you want to adjust under hot water or with a hairdryer for two or three minutes. And carefully bend it to the desired position. If the frame keeps sliding off your face, you can bend the earpieces closer to a 90-degree angle so they'll fit a little tighter. But you should never try to bend or adjust any plastic frame without heating it up first.

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