People who wear glasses are concerned with finding the most comfortable glasses possible while still protecting their investment with frames that are durable. Heavy eyeglasses are a common complaint among eyeglass wearers. Glasses that are too heavy can slip, cause headaches, or be uncomfortable around the bridge of the nose, on the temples, or over your ears.

It’s important that your eyeglasses are as comfortable as possible. This affects not only your lifestyle but your vision; people whose eyeglasses are uncomfortable tend not to wear them when they should. Lightweight eyeglasses are available in a wide array of styles and materials and greatly improve the comfort of wearing eyeglasses.

Plastic Lightweight Eyeglasses

Plastic is one of the more popular materials for people seeking lightweight eyeglasses. Plastic eyeglasses come in a wide variety of colors and styles and are offered by most of the popular designers.

Zyl (or xylonite) is an extremely popular new option in plastic eyeglasses. It’s especially popular for the many layered color looks that are offered, and these are extremely lightweight eyeglasses to wear.

Nylon is another very good choice. Nylon-based eyeglasses are glossier and more transparent than other plastic eyeglass frames and have been made much more durable in the last few years. Nylon frames are extremely popular with athletes and sports enthusiasts for their flexibility and durability, in addition to their light weight.

Plastic frames do have some downsides. They are prone to fading from sunlight, can be broken more easily than most metal frames, and can also become scratched fairly easily.

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Metal Lightweight Eyeglasses

Metal has been a traditional favorite among consumers looking for more lightweight eyeglasses. Monel is a mixture of a wide variety of metals and has been the most common form of metal eyeglass frame for some time. It’s very malleable, so it doesn’t break as easily as plastic and it is corrosion resistant, though not 100% corrosion free.
One of the drawbacks of Monel, though, is that some people do have adverse skin reactions to it. If you have issues with wearing some metals, you may have problems wearing frames made of Monel. [1]

If you do have issues with metals or with Monel in particular, you can still wear metal lightweight eyeglasses. Titanium and beta-titanium are very popular choices, since they’re hypo-allergenic. They’re also very durable and resistant to corrosion, but titanium eyeglass frames can be tinted to various colors, allowing a bit more style choice than other metal frames. Titanium alloys, which are a blend of titanium and other metals, such as nickel, are also a good choice, especially if you’re on a tight budget. They’re very lightweight eyeglasses, but they cost far less than 100% titanium frames.

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Rimless Lightweight Eyeglasses

Going with a rimless style is also a good option for lightweight eyeglasses. Less frame material means less weight, and they’re available in both metal and plastic. Many people prefer the look of rimless glasses to full frames and some people find them less distracting than rimmed glasses.

Whichever material you choose for lightweight eyeglasses, you’ll need to be careful with your frames to protect them from damage. Although they are more flexible than other frames, they can easily become stretched or warped if not handled with care.

Lightweight eyeglasses are available in such a wide array of colors, styles, and materials that you’ll easily find a pair that suits your taste, your lifestyle, and your personal fashion sense.

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1. http://www.allaboutvision.com/eyeglasses/eyeglass_frame_materials.htm