What is The Difference Between Acetate and TR90 Frames?

We choose frames because we like the style and how they look on our face. Acetate and TR90 frames are close in comparison on their look, but there are a few characteristics that separate the two types of frames. We are going to share the features of the TR90 and Acetate frames to help you choose the right frame for your customers.


Acetate Frames

Acetate material was first used for eyewear in the late 1940s because of brittleness and other problems with previously used plastics. Today’s acetates are known for being durable, lightweight, and flexible.

Cellulose acetate also has the most extensive range for transparency, vibrant colors, and finishes. More complex acetate eyewear can be produced by layering several colors or transparencies and sandwiching them together.

Cellulose acetate is a plant-based plastic that is hypoallergenic. So if your customer has a known allergy to plastics or metals, the Acetate frames would work great for them.

Here are a few of our Acetate frames:


The Dolabany Abigail frames are embedded with a hint of glitter within the acetate material that is sure to stay in place and will not fade. These two-toned frames have a subtle flare shape that adds a dramatic note to an already eye-catching style.  You can find the Abigail in a Demi Blue pattern.

The Dolabany Minster is a classic frame shape produced with high-quality acetate with our distinguished keyhole bridge and real metal rivets. The Minster is available in our signature colors: Blue Auburn, Ebony Syrup, Brown Dusk, and the popular Matte Black and Crystal.

The Dolabany Peace frames are modified round model eyewear produced with high-quality acetate. Note the retro stylings of a keyhole bridge and real, original rivets. The Peace frame is available in the collection’s most admired color tones: Multi Demi, Teal Demi, Amber Demi, and Brown Dusk.


TR90 Frames

TR90 is a thermoplastic material that is incredibly durable, flexible, and lightweight. Frames made with TR90 are extremely comfortable. Since they are flexible, they can bend under pressure and contour your customer’s face comfortably.

Because of the TR90 frame’s flexibility, it also makes them resilient to damage. The TR90 frames are made for active adults and kids alike. Since the material is pliable, they are far less likely to break or bend from impact.

With its rubber-like texture and matte finish, it might be hard to imagine this material as the emerging superstar from the Dolabany collection. However, it is those seemingly ordinary features that have contributed to its success. The TR90 models by Dolabany offer comfort, durability, and style to the consumer.

And most remarkable of all, TR90 glasses are supremely lightweight. The TR-90 material allows for an extremely comfortable, all-day wear. Because it’s an ultra-lightweight material, more so than any acetate frame, and possesses a rubber-like texture, the consumer will feel like they aren’t even wearing glasses.

For those that have sensitive skin, the TR90 frames would also make a good alternative.  The TR-90 material is hypoallergenic for those that may receive a skin reaction from acetate or metal frames.

Here are a few of our TR90 frames:


Though all of Dolabany’s TR-90 models maintain similar qualities, the Dolabany Sardi seems to have trumped them all. Its success can be accredited to the design and structure of the frame. An idyllic shape and size were achieved when the model was first conceived as many different face profiles can enjoy the benefits of the Sardi. A frame that is easy to fit on many different customers is hard to find. In addition to feeling comfortable, the Sardi adds a trendy, retro look without appearing too thick or bulky. Not to mention, there are 26 colors to choose from.

The Dolabany Samantha adds bright hues and feminine flair to the TR-90 line. With it’s subtle cat-eye shape to the popular, lightweight material the women are going to love the look and feel of these frames.

The Dolabany Honalo is excellent for active men.  With the rectangular frames and comfort of the TR90 frame, the Honalo is an excellent fit for any shape face.

The Dolabany Chef and Surgeon are great frames for kids. The features of our TR-90 material are ideal for the active lives of our children. TR-90 is flexible, durable, hypoallergenic, resistant to extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), and lightweight (ideal for pressure points at the temples and nose).  Kids want to make a statement too, and they can do that in the many colors we offer.



We hope that you have enjoyed our blog! Did you learn a little bit more about the Acetate and TR90 frames?  Here at Dolabany, want to help you stay informed and up-to-date with all of our current frames, along with our new releases.

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What Is The Acetate Material Used to Make Eyeglasses? | Acetate vs. Molded Plastic Frames | Acetate Eyeglass Frames Are Durable and Long-Lasting

What is the acetate material used to make eyeglasses? Cellulose acetate is a hypoallergenic, plant-based plastic, that first appeared in the late 1940s because of its durability. Today’s acetate frames are known for being strong, lightweight, and flexible.

Cellulose acetate is a non-petroleum based plastic made from natural cotton and wood fibers. While petroleum products can be more expensive and harmful to the environment, cellulose acetate is from renewable materials.

Acetate eyewear is made by forming layers of plastic into large blocks then carefully slicing individual parts, hand polishing, and assembling them into a frame.

The possibilities are endless for acetate eyeglasses. Cellulose acetate has the broadest range for transparency, vibrant colors, and finishes. An array of intricate colorations can be produced by layering several colors or transparencies in layers and melting them together.

Cellulose Acetate Frames vs. Injection Molded Plastic Frames

Cellulose acetate is hypoallergenic and made from renewable resources. Acetate frames are lightweight and very strong.  These frames are made from cutting, forming, and polishing sheets of plastic.

Injection mold frames are made by injecting a more brittle petroleum-based plastic that is liquified, then inserted into an aluminum or stainless steel mold. Colors are added through a spray application then coated and tumbled for shine.

Injection mold frames are generally less expensive; however, they are considered to be lower quality.

Acetate is stronger, flexible, and more durable than regular plastic frames, which is why we use them for eyeglasses frames. They are more resistant to pressure placed upon the frames and can bend further before breaking. Acetate is a higher quality plastic than injected molded frames.


Besides the fact that acetate frames are lightweight, they are also very durable. Acetate frames are made by forming, cutting, and polishing multiple sheets of plastic; which gives these frames their strength. Since the acetate process takes longer with the many layers coming together rather than a straightforward molding, the acetate frames are very durable.

Strength and durability are essential aspects of eyeglasses frames, especially since glasses are the lifeline for 64% of the American adult population.  Without them, some people wouldn’t be able to function, let alone read one sentence in this paragraph. Eyeglass frames are vulnerable items because an impact slightly too hard on any point on the glasses might render them obsolete. For instance, if the bridge breaks, then you have two halves which won’t stay on by themselves. If the frames surrounding the lenses break, you won’t be able to see out of one eye. In this sense, durability is essential, and acetate provides it.

Long Lasting and Affordable

Since acetate is a form of plastic, it doesn’t cost a lot to make acetate eyeglass frames. Acetate eyeglasses frames are a worthwhile investment. They provide the essentials of vision correction, but they are comfortable to wear if you need your glasses on while you are awake.

Since acetate frames are melted and molded into different eyeglass frames, the design and color of the frames won’t chip away, even after a couple of years of daily wear.

Dolabany Acetate Eyewear

Here at Dolabany, we have several frames made out of Cellulose Acetate.  We are going to share a few of our top sellers.

Dolabany Peace

The Dolabany Peace frames are modified round model eyewear produced with high-quality acetate. Note the retro stylings of a keyhole bridge and real, original rivets. The Peace frame is available in the collection’s most admired color tones: Multi Demi, Teal Demi, Amber Demi, and Brown Dusk.

Dolabany Abigail

The Dolabany Abigail frames are embedded with a hint of glitter within the acetate material that is sure to stay in place and will not fade. These two-toned frames have a subtle flare shape that adds a dramatic note to an already eye-catching style.  You can find the Abigail in a Demi Blue pattern.


Acetate glasses last longer and are stable, thanks to the plastic frame that huddles the lens inside. When choosing your new eyeglass frames, you want to be sure to select a pair of eyeglasses that is comfortable to wear, affordable, and flatters your face shape.

3 Reason NOT to Buy Prescription Glasses Online | Why can’t I buy Dolabany Eyewear online?

Online shopping has many conveniences, right? You don’t have to leave your home, and you can easily find what you need in just a few clicks. Not to mention some of the great deals you can find online. However, the internet should not be the go-to solution for purchasing prescription glasses. Online shopping might seem like a brilliant idea, but it has many disadvantages.

It is incredibly difficult to get a pair of prescription glasses to fit your unique face shape and size in a store. Can you imagine what would happen if you’re ordering online? Eyeglasses that don’t fit just right are not only an annoyance, but they can also impact the accuracy of your vision as well.

We want to share with you three reason to NOT buy your prescription glasses online to save you from the hassles of returning the eyewear that you purchased online.

Choosing The Correct Lens Options Is Important

When buying eyeglasses, the frame you choose is essential to both your appearance and your comfort when wearing glasses. Without the lenses, your eyewear would be pointless. There are numerous lens decisions you will have to make before you complete your order. But the eyeglass lenses you choose influence four factors: appearance, comfort, vision, and safety.

When it comes to your lenses, there are even more factors that you will need to consider. What kind of material (polycarbonate, high-index, or plastic) is better suited for you. What level of UV protection do you require? And whether or not to add an anti-reflective coating. If you are unsure about the benefits of each and which ones are better suited for your vision, you could end up purchasing lenses that hinder your eyesight.

A common mistake people often make when buying eyeglasses online and in the store is not spending enough time considering their choices of eyeglass lens materials, designs and coatings. To help you make this decision, you should go to an independent optician and eye care provider.

Great Vision Requires Accurate PD Measurement

The optical center of your eyeglass lenses is the part that gives you the most accurate vision, and it should be directly in front of your pupils. To determine how to place the lenses in the frames the optician needs to know the exact distance between your pupils or PD. Trying to measure the distance between your own pupils can be tricky.

If you require bifocal or progressive lenses, you really need to be seen by a professional. Trying to buy bifocals or progressive lenses takes a lot of precision measuring and explaining. If you are trying to purchase bifocals or progressive lenses online, you may end up with a pair of glasses not suited for your vision.

Getting Comfortable Eyewear

When you buy eyewear online, you are not able to “try them on for size.” How do you know how they will look on you? Are they comfortable on your face?

Many times, an experienced optician is a good judge of whether the frames you love will work for you, or not. They can also determine whether they will cause you problems once the lenses are inserted. If you require a stronger prescription, a knowledgeable optician will also be able to explain why thinner, lighter lenses will make your glasses more attractive and more comfortable.

Why can’t I buy Dolabany Eyewear online?

At Dolabany Eyewear, we believe that it is imperative for you to be prescribed eyeglasses and fitted for eyewear by an eye care professional. Therefore, we don’t sell our eyewear in the “big-box” chains, and we do not allow our collections to be sold through online retailers. We believe that eyewear should be fitted and sold in a professional and personalized environment by eye care providers

Purchasing a new pair of prescription glasses doesn’t have to be a stressful event, and we want to help you make sure you are getting the right eyewear. To find an eye care provider near you, visit our website’s Store Locator. If for any reason your local eye care provider does not carry the brand you want, that is Dolabany Eyewear and Plume Paris let us know, and we’d be more than happy to contact them for you.

Click here to search for a Dolabany representative in your area. Don’t forget to like and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to keep up on our new releases! If you have any questions, feel free to email us here.

Should Your Customer Have a Spare Pair of Glasses? | How to Sell the Second Pair of Frames

Many consumers think that having a second pair of glasses is just silly. But when it comes down to it, accidents happen, things get lost or broken, and they get forgotten. These are all good reason for customers to have a spare pair of glasses.

Here we are going to share with you four reasons your customer should have at least one spare pair of prescription glasses.

Why Have a Second Pair Of Frames

Make the Second Pair Prescription Sunglasses

Those customers that need to wear their prescription glasses at all times and don’t have prescription sunglasses are harming their eyes when they outside. The sun’s UV rays are very hard on our eyes. According to MedicineNet, UV damage that has been linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, cancer and pterygium (a growth on the white part of the eye). It is imperative that we share this information with our consumers.

Why Your Customers May Need Eyewear Dedicated to the Computer/Office


If your customer has progressive glasses, it might be a good idea for them to have a dedicated pair of glasses for computer work. This eyewear dedicated to the computer will be single vision glasses that they can leave at their desk, and can even have computer glare protection. Having a single vision pair of glasses for the computer allows your customer to have the crispest vision while working on their computer.



Different Looks for Different Occasions

Would your customer wear jeans and a t-shirt to a board meeting, to eat at a fancy restaurant, or to a wedding? Hopefully not. We all have different outfits for different occasions, so why shouldn’t everyone have different frames for separate occasions? Perhaps they get the crystal or clear frames to wear to the office, and the bright red frames for going out on the weekends.

Accidents Happen


Not everyone wants to talk about the accidents that can happen to their glasses, but they do happen. For instance, your customer left their prescription glasses laying on the coffee table, and the new puppy decided they would make a great chew toy, or has taken them out back and buried them in the dirt. Many things can happen to prescription glasses, so it is always ideal to have a back-up or second pair, for “just in case.”



How to Sell the Second Pair of Frames


The number one secret to selling the second pair of frames to your customer is not to sell. Educate them!
As a professional eye care specialist, it is imperative that we are educating our customers as to why they should have more than one pair of eyeglass frames. We are doing them a disservice if we aren’t.

We need to be sure we are educating them and not trying to sell them. They may still walk out with just the one pair, but at least you have done your part by educating them.

How do They Know if We Don’t Tell Them

Many customers don’t realize that they can have that extra pair of frames for their computer work, or get prescription sunglasses in their favorite frame and don’t have to wear those big, bulky over the frame sunglasses.

Seal the Deal

The optometrist needs to “seal the deal.” When getting ready to close out with the patient, they say, “Here is the script for your glasses and I’m also going to give you a script for a pair of glasses that are meant specifically for the computer. You said that your eyes were tired after working on the computer for 7-10 hours a day and these lenses will provide protection against the harmful blue light from your computer and help with your eye fatigue and headaches.”

No matter what you do, the key is to remember that it’s your job to educate each patient on what is best for their eye health, care, and vision. You’re helping the patient by providing them with the best and safest eyewear for everything they do. And if you don’t tell them, how will they know?


We are committed to helping and educating all of the independent eyewear professionals out there. Here at Dolabany Eyewear, we are also committed to not selling our products on the internet. Selling frames online takes away from the personal and professional fitting of the frames.

Every face is different, and it takes a professional, licensed optician to make sure your customers are getting the right frame to fit their face. When people purchase from the big box stores, they are not getting the professional, high-quality, handmade frames that you would get from an independent eye care professional.

We would like to see you as a Dolabany representative, so please reach out to us here so that we can talk and get our frames on your shelves.

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