Pros: Made of titanium, comfortable to wear, hypoallergenic
Cons: Don't fold up, get bent much easier, hard to straighten
These glasses by Silhouette can be ordered as clear eyeglasses, or they can be made into sunglasses, tinted in the shade of your choice.
This 7496 design was my first pair of Silhouette glasses, and I was attracted to them because of the extremely lightweight material they are made from. The frames are rimless, so it's less obvious that I am wearing glasses when these are on my face. The lenses are made of SPX plastic.
I have always had perfect vision, and didn't need glasses until I hit my mid 40's, and soon after I was wearing the no line bifocals to help with reading and distance.
The Silhouette frames are made from a strong, yet light titanium, and the Silhouette brand are the official eye glasses of NASA.
When I have these on my face, they are so light weight that I don't even hardly feel them on! They are especially comfortable on the bridge of my nose, and over my ears. They rarely leave those tell tale marks when I remove them. The bridge has nose pads that can be adjusted for additional comfort. Because there are no rims, the temples and bridge attach directly to the lenses by small mountings.
My eye Dr. told me that Silhouette are the toughest and most forgiving frames that they sell. I chose my frames in a light blue color, but they were also available in mauve, browns, and reds. If you desire it, you can have the edges of the glass tinted as well to match the frames. I actually had this done, and it wore off over time. I was told that they simply take a marker and hand mark the lenses! What a rip off.
When I bought these glasses, I chose the frames that didn't fold up. You can see by looking at the picture that they are curved quite a bit near the edges of the lenses. They then extend backward and curve inward and cross over at the back, but there is NO hinge here so you can't fold them up. I thought I would like this design, but I actually hated it! I can't tell you how hard it was to put these into an eyeglass case. Oh, I received a complimentary case with my purchase, but it was huge! I wanted to put them into a slim, flatter soft sided case that would fit into my purse easier. (I also had a second pair that I bought a couple years earlier, and I would switch between the two glasses).
Not only were these shaped frames not able to be folded up, but they were hard to lay down, I always had to remember to lay them down the proper way or risk getting the lenses scratched. Over time, the frames seemed to bend out of shape on me, and they felt crooked on my face. Numerous times I had to run them down to my eye Dr.'s office and have his staff straighten them out for me. And they had quite hard time getting them right too!
Now I will just say a word about the lenses that go into these frames. We have good health insurance that pays for one pair of eyeglasses every calendar year. For several years I paid extra money to have the scratch resistant coating as well as the anti-glare coating applied to my glasses, including these. I will never do that again! I loved the way there were no reflections with the anti-glare, but both of these coatings caused my glasses to be scratched, extremely scratched! I received a special cleaning cloth with these glasses, and I always sprayed them with a special cleaner and then used this cloth on them.
My husband, on the other hand, never had any coatings applied to his glasses, and he didn't have the scratches I bad. I lamented to my eye Dr. that I cared for them properly and didn't know why they were so scratched. I could hardly wait for the year to be up so I could get new lenses in these frames! Last January I decided not to get these coatings (on my newer foldable Silhouette frames), and I didn't go back for my new lenses until 1 1/2 years later, and there were NO scratches on my lenses. I believe that this is a way to get extra money out of the buyer, and be assured they will come back year after year for new lenses. I think it's a rip off, plain and simple, but that is my (and my husbands) honest opinion of this matter. You may feel differently, and we are all entitled to our own opinions.
I now have a pair of Silhouette frames that are the standard style, with hinges so that they will fold flat, and I love them! They are so much nicer than this style shown in the picture. I will never purchase this style again. And these frames are NOT cheap, they are running around $250-$300!! I believe they are cheaper at the Costco stores that have the optical sections in their store.
To conclude, I love the Silhouette brand, mine say the frames are made in Austria. They are indeed tough, bendable, and durable. I just don't care for this style frame because I am not able to bend the end pieces so I can fold them up.
Titanium is 50 percent lighter than the materials used in most metal frames. It's also hypoallergenic, it won't corrode, and it's one-third stronger than steel, so it's a great choice if you can afford it.
Although I love the Silhouette brand, I hate the style of these frames, so I have to rate them only 2 stars. If I can find my other Silhouette frames here on Epinions, I will review them, as I gladly give them 5 stars.