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Everything about acetate glasses you should know

Lensmart 2022-06-21 11:51:10

Acetate is a plastic made from nylon. It has recently been introduced in eyeglasses as an alternative to traditional materials. Because the components of acetate are not the same as plastic, the term “plastic” may be misleading. It is also true when speaking about acetate glasses.

The name, acetate, implies that it is made of plant material, which is primarily wood pulp and cotton. The use of organic materials provides the product with an immediate advantage over its petrochemical competitors. It is especially an advantage today as many people are extremely environmentally conscious.

The most advantageous result of using organic materials is that they are hypoallergenic and thus will not cause the user any discomfort from allergic reactions, such as steel and other plastics may. Regular plastic is a petrochemical product, and petroleum products are harmful to the human skin. It is particularly advantageous when perspiration and heat come into contact with the human skin.

In addition to their hypoallergenic benefits, acetate-based eyeglasses can be worn comfortably all day without any adverse effects. It is also an extremely strong and flexible product, making it a more durable alternative to plastic for your eyeglasses. Plastic has a tendency to crack due to its brittleness. Hence, the acetate glasses will last much longer and also keep their beautiful appearance.


a man and a woman wearing acetate glasses


Is Acetate a Good Material for Glasses?

Acetate is a transparent material that can be managed by layering and incorporating various patterns and colors into its design and manufacturing. Because these properties are embedded within the material, they are not abrasive. Thus, any desired effect and color can be achieved.

Aside from durability and eye-catching colors, they can be easily adjusted to the customer’s face and needs. Lensmart’s Melusine gives you an idea of how beautiful acetate can be. When purchasing a frame and lens combination with acetate glasses in mind, you should know that they are made in a sustainable manner; the frame is durable and long-lasting, and the frame is of premium handmade quality.


Melusine: Square Purple/Blue/Pink Eyeglasses for Men and Women


Furthermore, it is eco-friendly and is a renewable resource. Hence, it should be a good alternative to other types of glasses, especially for the environmentally minded patrons of Lensmart.


What are the Benefits of Acetate Frames?

Acetate is derived from organic materials, and it, therefore, has the following sustainable outcomes:

1. It is not harmful to the environment and is therefore environmentally friendly.

2. The materials are renewable.

3. It is hypoallergenic.

4. It can be made to various color specifications or requirements.

5. It can also be made transparent.

6. The higher grades of the frames can be adjusted by opticians to individual requirements.


When faced with a choice of frames, it is an asset to choose a pair of acetate glasses. They provide different types of shapes, such as symmetrical squares, preppy rounds, slanted cat-eyes, or something in between. The stylish cat eye glasses Audrey are a beautiful example of this type of frame.



Audrey: Cat-eye Red Eyeglasses For Women



Acetate Glasses Vs. Plastic Glasses

TR90 and Grilamid are examples of high-quality plastics that have been used for a long time. These are less common because the manufacturing process makes them more brittle, more difficult to adjust, and have fewer color options. Thus, in the color choices, acetate glasses would be a winner, as can be seen in the beautiful Eowyn at Lensmart.


Eowyn: Oval Pink Eyeglasses For Women


Plastic frames are also made from a variety of plastics, including polyamide, nylon, polycarbonate, carbon, carbon fiber, and Optyl (an epoxy resin). Even though acetate would last longer, plastic frames do have an advantage over it.

Plastic frames have a clear advantage over acetate in some areas, such as sports. They are much less expensive, more durable under stress, hypoallergenic, and more flexible. It comes with built-in rubber nose pieces when designed for athletics.

When sweaty, these nose pieces become tackier and create a firmer grip. It can, however, cause friction over a long period. You should remember, too, that acetate glasses are hypoallergenic for those with allergies.

Besides the difference in quality between plastic and acetate, there is also a price difference. Acetate frames would usually be more expensive because of the manufacturing process.


Are Acetate Glasses the Best Choice for You?

The most important reason for choosing acetate glasses would be their quality. As in all cases, and in particular in the case of eyeglasses, quality may vary. In most instances, European and Japanese manufacturers produce higher quality acetate frames and materials.

Japanese quality is considered to be world-class based on its dedication to perfection and quality. They display a superior level of skill when working with acetate. Takiron has built a reputation for making a harder acetate that holds its form or shape better for longer. It has even managed to create even thinner frames. The Japanese acetate, called Zyl, is preferred and has unrivaled longevity. Ask Lensmart about the quality of their acetate glasses, such as Isla.


Isla: Oval Colour Eyeglasses for Women


Second to the Japanese acetate is the Italian acetate called Mazzucchelli. It is much preferred as Japanese acetate and has a long history of craftsmanship. It has a different process in how the blocks are cut and the material cured.

The result is a Havana tortoise color, blending light and dark spots with its base color. See Lensmart’s favorite tortoiseshell glasses, Mabry. The materials the Italians use are, however, a little softer than the Japanese material and may not have the same longevity in respect of shape or form.


Mabry: Square Tortoiseshell/Brown Eyeglasses for Men and Women


How to Find the Best Acetate Glasses?

When choosing a frame or material, it would be useful to compare the characteristics of various materials to see how they perform. You can make your decision based on your personal requirements, preferences, and the manufacturing characteristics of the glasses you choose.

You do not have to look far as Lensmart offers a wide range of acetate glasses. You can find acetate glasses here with a variety of weights, color ranges, sizes, and shapes. There are shapes for every type of face, and you, therefore, have a wide choice.

This is also the place to be if you are looking for good-quality acetate glasses at good prices. Choose acetate glasses if you have facial allergies, as these glasses are, as mentioned, hypoallergenic.


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