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Shop our collection of plastic acetate glasses and sunglasses from today's top designer brands.

All acetate glasses orders include premium prescription lenses custom crafted by the state-licensed opticians at The Optical. Co

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What is zyl acetate?

Cellulose is a natural polymer which represents the backbone of the whole plant kingdom. Cellulose Acetate is created when reacted with acetic anhydride. To improve its physical characteristics and usability, plasticizers are added to become one of the most important raw materials for the production of glasses.

Unlike plastic, quality acetate frames provide a great lasting fit that can be shaped properly to each person. We work with the world's leading eyewear craftsman that use different forms of cellulose acetate material sourced all around the world. Each acetate has its own unique color, look and feel.

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Over 60% of glasses purchased from online discounters are made incorrectly. The Optical. Co was born to fix that.

We offer professional grade eyewear and prescription lenses at the most affordable price.

All prescription eyeglass lenses are custom crafted for you by our state-licensed optical experts. It's a new level of optical quality you can see and feel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is all zyl acetate glasses the same?

There is a lot that goes into making a premium quality acetate material used to make eyeglasses. Premium acetate glasses will have better color, be more durable and hold its fit and shape better than cheaper acetate glasses. All zyl acetate eyewear at The Optical. Co is made using only the finest acetate materials.

What's the difference between plastic and acetate eyeglasses?

The Earth-friendly collection of eyewear is made from new bio-based acetates designed to be more biodegradable and create less carbon than the traditional manufacturing process. M49 bio-based acetate by Mazzucchelli replaces the traditional plasticizers with a new agent of vegetable origin making M49 a bioplastic with a remarkable bio-based content.

Is bio-based acetate good for the environment?

The Earth-friendly collection of eyewear is made from new bio-based acetates designed to be more biodegradable and create less carbon than the traditional manufacturing process. M49 bio-based acetate by Mazzucchelli replaces the traditional plasticizers with a new agent of vegetable origin making M49 a bioplastic with a remarkable bio-based content.

Are plastic or metal frames better?

While metal eyeglasses provide a comfortable, adjustable fit, plastic acetate glasses are more popular overall. This is mostly due to many factors including a wider range of styles and colors. Metal eyeglasses also have much more components to manufacturer and can commonly be found at a higher price point than plastic glasses.