Why do frames splay?

Understanding Why Eyeglass Frames Splay: A Guide to Preserving Frame Integrity

Splayed frames – when the arms of glasses spread outward and no longer snugly fit the wearer’s head – can be a common issue for eyeglass users. This not only affects the comfort and fit of the glasses but can also compromise their functionality. Let’s explore the reasons and how to prevent it.

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1. Causes of Frame Splaying

  • Regular Wear and Tear: The most common cause of frame splaying is the regular wear and tear. Over time, daily use can weaken the frame’s hinges and structure, leading to a looser fit.
  • Improper Handling: Frequently putting on or removing glasses with one hand, or placing them on the head, can unevenly stress the frames, causing them to bend and splay.

2. Material Matters

  • Plastic Frames: Plastic frames, particularly those made from lower quality materials, can lose their shape more easily than metal frames. They may become more pliable and prone to splaying, especially in hot conditions.
  • Metal Frames: While typically more resilient, metal frames are not immune to splaying. Repeated stress or bending can weaken the metal at the hinges.

3. Impact of Poor Storage

  • Lack of Protection: Storing glasses without a protective case can expose them to situations where they can be sat on, stepped on, or otherwise mishandled, leading to frame deformation.

4. Preventive Measures

  • Proper Handling: Always use both hands to put on and take off glasses. This evenly distributes pressure and reduces the likelihood of your frames to splay.
  • Regular Adjustments: Visit an optician for regular adjustments to keep your frames properly aligned and fitting well.
  • Use a Protective Case: Store your glasses in a hard case when not in use to protect them from accidental damage.

5. Fixing Splayed Frames

  • Professional Adjustments: An optician can often adjust splayed frames back into their proper shape, especially metal frames that can be gently bent back into place.
  • Replacement: If the frames are severely splayed or damaged, or if adjustments don’t hold, it may be time to consider replacing them.

Conclusion

Understanding the causes of frame splaying and taking proactive steps can significantly extend the life of your eyewear. Proper handling, regular adjustments, and protective storage are key to maintaining the fit and functionality of your glasses.

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