I'm needing to replace my eyeglasses and have to order them online since I can't leave my house. I'm aware there have been various discussions about this here, but I haven't been able read everything and put the pieces together. I'm hoping someone can answer the questions I have:
1. Frames: Metal out? Plastic in? If so, is there a particular type of plastic?
2. Lenses: I need progressive lenses. What type of material is best?
3. Online stores: So far I've search ZeniOptical, but they only have one frame in my size and it's metal. Are there other reputable online vendors you trust? (I heard a story about a vendor who had checked out OK online--BBB, etc--but still stiffed their customers and got away with it, so I'm leary.)
I've used Eyebuydirect.com several times for buying eyeglasses online. They have treated me honestly, and when I was unhappy with how a pair looked after receiving them, they exchanged them for a different pair for free with no questions.
Real glass lenses are too heavy on my nose, so I prefer "plastic" lenses which may be called Trivex, polycarbonate, Hi index, etc). Progressive works on either plastic or glass lenses.
I have glasses with plastic (acetate?) frames and and a rimless pair with a thin metal nose bridge. I prefer the rimless, maybe because my vision isn't inhibited by the frames. I am very ES, but do not notice feeling worse when wearing the rimless with the metal bridge, but I wouldn't chance wearing a full-metal frame. I do wear contact lenses about 50% of the time - no ES effects there and the lightest of all :)