Today’s eyeglass frames are made from various types of plastics and metals, in some cases a combination of both. This variety gives you a great number of options to balance affordability, function, and fashion.
We have more than 1,000 frame styles in our frame room to help you find that perfect combination. We have frames for women, men, and kids, plus a great selection of sunglasses.
What is covered by my Vision Insurance?
Most vision insurance policies have some type of frame benefit – it could be a fixed dollar amount towards the cost of a new frame, a discount off the usual & customary cost, or a combination of both.
For patients with Davis Vision: Available to everyone, we have Davis Vision’s collection of frames specifically matched to their frame benefits.
Some of the brands we carry:
Plastic frames can be soft or rigid, lightweight or heavy-duty, thick or thin. All plastic frames become malleable when heated, allowing a skilled optician to bend and mold the frame to precisely fit the shape of your face.
- Wide range of colors and styles
- More fashionable options than metal frames
- Sturdier than metal – a good choice for kids
- Good for anyone with a metal allergy
- Fixed nose bridge is not adjustable
- Do not hold their shape as long as metal
- Need re-adjustment more often than metal
- Generally thicker and heavier than metal
Metal frames come in stainless steel, nickel, nickel alloy, titanium alloy, pure titanium, and others.
- Minimalist look
- Nose pads are highly adjustable
- Will bend before it breaks
- Typically thinner, more lightweight than plastic
- Good for anyone with an active lifestyle
- Pure titanium frames unlikely to affect those with a metal allergy – and they last a long time
- Lacks the wide range of colors and styles plastic frames offer
- Models with springless temple joint more likely to break than plastic equivalent
- No good for anyone with a metal allergy, unless it’s titanium
- Thicker lenses required for very strong prescriptions are better in a plastic frame
Grooved Rimless Frames
A variation of a metal frame with metal wire on top and a durable nylon cord on the bottom.
Pros – in addition to metal…
- More minimalist than metal
- Lighter than comparable metal frames
- Add a polished edge to lenses for added style
Cons – in addition to metal…
- Exposed lenses more prone to chipping
- If nylon cord breaks, eyeglasses need to be fixed by an optician (at no charge)
Drill Mount Frames
Exceptionally light frames, no rim, no nylon cord, just lenses held together with two temple pieces and a nose bridge; as minimalist as you can get. Although much less common than in years past, these are still available.
These frames are not something we can do in our lab – these usually take 3 – 4 weeks to come in from the lab.