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A Guide to Carbon Fibre Glasses

Strength and Durability are key

carbon fibre glasses guide

When discussing innovation in the eyewear market, carbon fibre takes the cake! Carbon fibre glasses are the latest breakthrough in eyewear technology, which is a significant shift from traditional materials like plastic or metal. These innovative frames not only boost the sleek aesthetics but also offer unimaginable durability and flexibility.

Understanding Carbon Fibre Glasses

Carbon fibre is a strong and thin fibre which consists mostly of carbon atoms. These atoms bond in tiny crystals that are aligned in parallel to the long axis of the fibre. When they are woven together, these fibres create a composite material that is some of the most lightweight, durable, and resilient you can find, making it perfect for numerous applications, including eyewear of course.

Properties of Carbon Fibre

Carbon fibre is well known for its unique combination of properties. Its defining characteristic is its strength-to-weight ratio. It is five times stronger than steel, yet it weighs about two-thirds less! The durability and resilience offered by carbon fibre make it resistant to impact and damage, so its wide application in industries such as aerospace, automotive and now eyewear is really no surprise.

Carbon fibre also has an insane amount of elasticity, meaning it can be flexed or bent without deforming or breaking, making it perfect for glasses frames that need to endure constant wear and removal. Its corrosion resistance also makes sure it does not react with sweat or skin oils, which is a common problem or annoyance that users experience with metal frames.

Benefits of Carbon Fibre Glasses

There are so many benefits to choosing carbon fibre glasses. The sheer strength and durability of carbon fibre make these frames almost indestructible, as they can last much longer than any frames made from traditional materials.

The fact that carbon fibre is lightweight also helps you have the perfect comfort when wearing frames made with it. It allows you to wear thin, sleek frames that do not add pressure to your nose or ears, making them perfect for long-term use. Additionally, carbon fibre glasses are hypoallergenic, another added benefit for those of you with allergies to certain metals or plastics.

Finally, carbon fibre offers a modern, chic look. The woven pattern of the material gives you a unique, stylish appeal that is really versatile and suits loads of different styles and tastes.

Disadvantages of Carbon Fibre Glasses

While carbon fibre glasses come with a massive list of advantages, they have a few downsides worth discussing. Their main disadvantage is their price tag! Carbon fibre is a high-end material and the complex process of making carbon fibre glasses frames makes these products more expensive than conventional glasses. This pricing can be off by their durability. meaning they will outlast most other frames.

Carbon fibre glasses may also lack the variety in styles and colours seen with plastic or metal frames. Even though they are seen as sleek and modern, if you are looking for a more classic or colourful look, you might find the options available currently somewhat limited.

Points to Consider When Buying Carbon Fibre Glasses

When you are buying carbon fibre glasses, you need to consider the quality of the carbon fibre used. Make sure it's a genuine material, as there are many imitation / fake products on the market. Remember, the frames should feel lightweight yet sturdy at the same time.

You also need to take into account the design and fit of the glasses. While carbon fibre glasses are quite comfortable because of their lightness, the design should ideally suit your face shape and style. Also, check the glasses' flexibility, as carbon fibre frames should have some give to endure regular use without deforming or breaking.

Finally, check your budget. Even though they are more expensive, carbon fibre glasses will last you longer, look and feel sleeker, and cause fewer pressure points and irritation than regular acetate or metal frames. So for many people the extra price tag will be money well spent.

Is Carbon Fibre Good for Glasses?

We believe the answer is a resounding yes. Carbon fibre offers the perfect blend of strength, weight and style, making it an excellent choice for glasses frames. While there are some disadvantages, like the cost and limited style range, the benefits far outweigh these small inconveniences for most people. With their growing popularity, carbon fibre glasses are clearly more than a passing trend and are here to change the eyewear industry for the better. 

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 28 Jul 2023, Last modified: 20 May 2024