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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to talk to people who wear titanium glasses frames.

I can't afford to get new glasses every 2 years, so I'm looking to get some frames that will stand the test of time, so I can just get new lenses when my prescription changes.

I'd like to know:

how they wear over a period of years

whether they hold a shape pretty well w/o constant adjusting

whether they can be tweaked to fit a crooked head/face

if anyone has ever broken a pair, and how broken

are they worth the $

has anyone purchased them online

thanks!
cb19


Edited by Chicabee19 - 12/1/08 at 6:02pm
post #2 of 15

When it recently became necessary for my SO to start wearing glasses full time he got the titanium frames.  In his line of work he didn't want to end up in a scuffle and have his eyes or face cut from the glasses. 
He doesn't like the fit of them, but appreciates them for the safety they provide.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info about the fit. I was worried about that because I am really hard to fit with glasses. What in particular did he not like about it?

post #4 of 15

My hubby has these but he has rimless and a special series (I'll have to look at what they are) where no matter what lens you choose, you never have to replace the frames - they can be used over and over again (hmm..I think they're Marchon ? that sounds familiar).  They were verrrryy expensive though (complete set around $500.00) however - you can twist these around your finger or twist them in general and they will not break or pop out of the lens'.  Its a lifetime replacement on the frame/nose piece as well so for us, it was a no-brainer because he is very hard on his glasses.

They are FEATHER light - most of the time he doesnt even remember he has them on.

I myself had Lasik years ago and LOVE IT - would do it again in a heartbeat! big_smile  Best gift I could have ever given myself and the easiest 10 minutes of my life (and I was blind without glasses/contacts).

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"Deb, the home we like sometimes isnt the home we seek.......pray" -  Dad   

You Get What You Give...."Love is one soul inhabiting two bodies.." - Aristotle
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post #5 of 15

I have the rimless with titanium pieces.  They are wonderful.  They never need adjustment and they always fit on my face properly.  When the lenses cracked, I had them replace just the lenses.  The store will fuss at you about replacing them, but I insisted, and they still look great.  I think they are about 3 years old now.

post #6 of 15

I have the Sillouette (sp? and I can't read it when I have my glasses off)  brand and I LOVE them.  I've had the same pair of frames for years and just change the lenses.  New lenses, new shape.  Pretty neat.

They are very light weight. Sometimes I forget I have them on when I get in the shower.   They were pretty pricey, but worth it for the durability.  Although, I do have vision insurance which made them a little more affordable.

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post #7 of 15

I have been wearing titianum for a long time.  No problems adjusting them, they hold shape well, and are lightweight.  Mine have been yanked off by kids and knocked off by horses and tree branches and you name it and they have bent but haven't broken.  Bob ,Jack Russell, chewed the eye pads and plastic ear pieces off up 1 pair and bent them almost double in the middle but they didn't break. The guy I bought them from fixed them up good as new.  To me  they are worth the money.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

I've been looking at frames online, and I REALLY like the entirely rimless titanium frames.

They seem to be cheaper if purchased online.

post #9 of 15

Considering the lifespan of my glasses is greatly reduced by puppies, pigs, mud and 2x4's to the face.... the extra usable lifespan of the titanium frames would not be fully utilized.

post #10 of 15

You can try zennioptical. just buy whole new pair, it is cheap.

Here is an article about the China's Eyeglasses industry, you will be shocked to know that the 3 dollars cost eyeglasse, the retail stores are selling 300-500 dollars.

Here is some basic facts of China.

http://www.firmoo.com/post/9.html

China has gradually become the largest manufacturing base for eyeglasses frames, spectacle lenses and sunglasses in the past decade. Here are some fundamental facts about China's glasses industry.

1. China's manufacturing of eyeglasses-related products is mainly focused in four major geographic districts which are Shenzhen and Dongguan of Guangdong province, Xiamen of Fujian province, Wenzhou of Zhejiang province and Danyang of Jiangsu province respectively. These four districts produce about 90% of whole volume of China's eyeglasses industry.

Shenzhen and Dongguan are located at southern China's Guangdong province. These two cities are geographically close to Hong Kong, resulting in most of the manufacturers in Shenzhen and Dongguan being invested by HK eyeglasses companies. For this reason, Shenzhen and Dongguan are now the base for making middle- to high-end eyeglasses in China with most of the glasses labelled with world's most fames designers' logo. Shenzhen only has about 500 manufacturers with annual capacity of 200 million pairs of frames, lenses and sunglasses, and 95% of the products are exported to 130 countries, and 70% of European market share is from Shenzhen.

Xiamen is located in China's southeastern Fujian province. Xiamen is just the opposite side of the Taiwan Strait which is very close to Taiwan, therefore most the Xiamen glasses enterprises are Taiwan-mainland joint vetures. Different from other districts in China, Xiamen mainly focuses on the production and marketing of high-end sunglasses.

Wenzhou is in eastern China's Zhejiang province, the famous "Land of Overseas Chinese". Wenzhou's optical companies focus on manufacturing middle- to low-end frames and sunglasses. Its market of sunglasses in the world's market is about 40%. Wenzhou has about 1000 manufacturers in the area of frames, sunglasses and other accessories.

Danyang is in Jiangsu province which is near to Shanghai and Zhejiang province. This is a place where mostly the factories are engaged in the making of all types of middle- to low-end lenses. While Danyang also has some enterprises manufacturing frames, but the quality of the frames is of low end. The annual lenses producing capacity of Danyang is 150-200 million pairs which occupies about 70% of China's total volume and 50% of the whole world's.

2. China's eyeglasses indutry is export-oriented. In 2007, China exported 2.465 billion pairs of eyeglasses frames, lenese and sunglasses, with a total value of 3.344 billion US dollars. Unfortunately the average export price is only USD1.36 per pair. About 60% of China's total production of eyeglasses-related goods is for export, which has a world's low-end market share of 80%. In total China has about 4000 manufacturers in the eyeglasses and relative areas.

3. China is the most populous nation in the world. Out of her 1.35 billion population, about 300 million need some kind of corrective eyeglasses. Adding the consumption of sunglasses for fashion and protection purpose in the summertime, the whole market is immense. Therefore, many world's major chain retailers, such as LensCrafters, are entering and expanding in China's local market in hope of grabbing China's high-end consumers. Presently China has about 20,000 retail optical stores.

If you are interested in China's optical and vision eyeglasses industry, you may find the above information useful and helpful.

http://www.firmoo.com/post/9.html

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