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Plastic Glasses: All You Need to Know

What Are Plastic Glasses?

Plastic glasses are some of, if not the most popular kinds of glasses in the world. Their low-cost, easily workable material parts mean that they are both incredibly accessible and incredibly customisable. They offer a huge selection of shapes, patterns and colours that other materials like wood or metal, despite having their own unique features, simply can’t match. 


How Much Are Plastic Glasses?

Plastic glasses, due to their ease of manufacture and low-cost materials, are often much more affordable than other glasses materials. At SmartBuyGlasses, plastic glasses like this range from the SmartBuy Collection are typically available at around the 25-pound mark. However, you can pick up some really stylish specs like these Laurie glasses for only £6 for both frame & lens. 


What are the Pros and Cons of Plastic Eyeglasses? 

If you’re looking to buy plastic glasses, it’s worth making a note of their pros and cons - there’s nothing to lose by being an informed customer! This little guide will help you decide if plastic frame glasses are the right choice for you.


Pros of plastic glasses:

  • They’re lightweight - glasses like these are great for sports or other activities where you don’t want some intricate, heavy specs weighing you down. They’re even great for office work or education. If you need them throughout the day, lightweight glasses won’t be as noticeable on your face all the time. Naturally, they’re also perfect for kids. 

  • They’re affordable - lower-priced materials mean that the overall product cost is reduced. It’s better for your budget, it’s better for you!

  • They’re flexible - plastic has a great degree of flex, meaning plastic glasses are more suited to thicker prescription lenses, as well as general wear-and-tear from wearing them on a daily basis.

Cons of plastic glasses:

  • Breakages - one of the only disadvantages of plastic glasses is that they do snap more easily than their metal counterparts. However, it must be noted that they’re also a lot cheaper.


Where to Buy Plastic Glasses

If you’re looking for the best plastic glasses online, look no further than the huge range available at SmartBuyGlasses. Including great-value, high-quality brands like Arise Collective and SmartBuy Collection, this range of glasses is a must for anyone looking to get their hands on some forward-thinking glasses.

To ensure better eye health around the world, it’s important that eyewear is both affordable, accessible and sustainable. Arise Collective has partnered with 1% For The Planet, an amazing charity whose members have donated over $265 million to environmental causes in the last few years, so you can feel comfortable that you are shopping for a brand that gives back when you purchase plastic glasses at SmartBuyGlasses. 


Acetate Glasses

Acetate is a high-quality form of plastic which, in recent years, has really established itself on the eyewear scene. It’s a truly durable alternative to other premium glasses materials - one of the reasons why it’s been picked up by so many big glasses brands. However, for cheap acetate glasses there’s really no better place to shop than the SmartBuy Collection. With a range of both plastic and acetate frames, it’s the best place online to find high-quality acetate frames. 


How to Adjust Plastic Frame Eyeglasses

To make any small adjustments to the frame, run any plastic parts under hot water or heat with a hair dryer for 2-3 minutes and then carefully bend. If the frame slides down your face too much you can bend the earpiece closer to a 90-degree angle to tighten the fit. If your plastic glasses don’t feel like they’re responding to your efforts to adjust them, take them into a glasses store; it’s never worth breaking your glasses while trying to fix them! If they just can’t seem to fit, you can browse thousands of alternative options here, with a whole range of alternative sizes and fits!


How to Remove Scratches From Eyeglasses Plastic

Here’s a quirky yet simple trick to remove scratches from your plastic eyeglasses. Apply a small amount of non-abrasive toothpaste to some cotton wool, then slowly buff away the scratch. Toothpaste is a quick and easy hack for minor scratches, so if you have a deeper scratch, you may need to repeat this process quite a few times.


How to Clean Plastic Eyeglasses Frames

If you’re looking for the best way to clean your plastic glasses frames, just read through our simple 5-step guide:


  1. Run your glasses under warm or lukewarm water. It’s fine to get your lenses wet as well; water alone will not damage them.

  2. Lather up your hands with soap and water. The mixture of water and detergent should be forming bubbly suds by the time you’re done.

  3. Wipe down the frames with your (soaped-up) hands. Make sure to pay attention to the joints between the frames and lenses when you do this; they are the most likely part of the glasses to accumulate dirt and abrasive dust.

  4. Dry off the glasses with a high-cotton or microfiber towel; this will help to both absorb any excess water and will ensure the lenses aren’t scratched.


If you’re interested in becoming a truly smart buyer, head on over to SmartBuyGlasses and check out our best value plastic glasses and acetate glasses here. If you want to read more about glasses, sunglasses and the science behind them, you can browse through our Optical Centre here.

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