Spring hinge glasses frames allow the temple part of the frame to move back and forth. It adds comfort and will protect your glasses from breaking. These hinges are equipped with a small spring that affords the arms a greater range of movement and does not limit them to the traditional, 90 degree angle. These hinges provide greater comfort for the wearer and are more able to withstand everyday use. Most Spring Hinges are constructed with 3 barrels and can be equipped to any kind of frame materials such as metal, plastic, acetate and so on. Spring hinge glasses do have its advantages as well as disadvantages.
The advantages are that spring Hinges require less adjustments. While it is still a good idea to go see your optician if these frames are falling off your face, the likelihood of this happening right out of the package is low. Unlike Standard Hinge frames, Spring Hinge frames have given and take to them. This gives the customer a comforting squeeze or, as we like to say glasses hug, that let’s the wearer know their glasses are always there. Spring Hinges are better for physical activity. Due to their snug fit, Spring Hinge frames are more likely to stay on while running or jogging, which makes them a good choice for people with an active lifestyle or for children’s glasses.
The disadvantages are that these hinges are significantly more difficult to repair. Not for the DIY’er. These frames must be taken to an optician and sometimes must be shipped to the manufacturer for special repairs. Some manufacturers have their own version of the spring hinge which requires specialty tools to maneuver.