Eyewear Talk Blog

Join the Eyewear Experts at EyewearPlanet.com and OpticsPlanet.com! We talk about sunglasses, eyeglasses frames, prescription glasses, goggles and everything else related to the wonderful and stylish world of eyewear.

30 Oct
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Alright so maybe you don’t want to look like a Rapper, but maybe you have wanted to look like a Surfer, a cast member from Jersey Shore, or a night club DJ. There are thousands of styles of frames on the market right now. A certain style of frame paired with the perfect outfit and you’ll have no trouble duplicating any of those styles. Let’s break it down a little bit and find the perfect shape frame to create the appearance you desire for the day.

Do you want to look like a Naturalist or Tree Hugger perhaps? I’ve got two really cool brands for you: Wood U? and Earth Wood. For those of you that follow our blog Larum recently talked about the Earth Wood brand so I’m sure you already know all the beautiful details, if not go back and read it! Both of these environment friendly brands use real wood to make their frames. You can get them with lots of different lens colors and wood shades. Any of these frames paired with a fitted …
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16 Oct
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I got them. Yes, I finally got them. The Earth Wood Sunglasses came in and I love them. I am the proud owner of the fashionable Earth Wood Siesta 067e ESG067E. I want to go out on a limb and tell you how cool I think the new addition to my eyewear family is. To celebrate my new sunglasses I will try to use a copious amount of tree and wood idioms.

The Siesta is truly the most unique pair of sunglasses I have owned. Inside there is a phrase engraved “Face the sun and shadows will follow”. Very profound! I can’t believe how lightweight they are. It feels as though I have a titanium frame sitting on my face. The frame is a rich Espresso colored Bamboo wood and they smell incredible. Yeah, I smelled them only because the feel and look is so incredible that for but a second I doubted if they were real. With that notion I was barking up the wrong tree. When you look closely you see the grains and texture …
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09 Oct
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Let’s play a game of Eye-Spy. “I spy with my little eye, something that is Terra di Siena”. Today while working I found a stunning pair of sunglasses. I was distracted for but a second but I felt my heart rate quicken. I was checking my stock for a customer when I came across the Persol PO3087S Sunglasses. In stock we have the PO3087S-96-S3-58. There are four distinct features that caused me to go back to them after I had completed assisting my customer. First, the frame color name: Terra Di Siena Frame. This color is described as an earth pigment containing iron oxide and manganese oxide. In its natural state, it is yellow-brown and is called raw sienna. When heated, it becomes a reddish brown and is called burnt sienna. It takes its name from the city-state of Siena, Italy. It was one of the first pigments to be used by humans and is found in many cave paintings. Now that’s cool! Second, I immediately noticed the trademark silver arrow often referred to as the “Supreme …
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08 Sep
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Once upon a time there was this OpticsPlanet customer named Charlene. Charlene was an active person who loved travel and riding her motorcycle. I enjoy when she comes to see me because she is always prepared with questions and enough time to avoid hasty decisions. This time she needed eyewear that was versatile, reliable and could stand up to her very active lifestyle.  I immediately pointed out Wiley-X Prescription Eyewear, the leading provider of protective eyewear and ballistic products for the U.S. military. She tried on several pairs to find the perfect fit. Fit was especially important because she was planning a 2 week multiple European country motorcycle trip with her husband. It didn’t take her long to find the small to medium fit of the Wiley-X Blink just right with just the right seal from the removable Facial Cavity Seal that blocks wind, debris and peripheral light. In fact she even purchased an extra gasket in case of rain. She didn’t care for the bold black frames so Charlene went with the fun Aluminum Gloss Frame. It …
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28 Aug
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Do you cry like a baby when chopping onions? Have you ever been embarrassed when someone walks in the room and your eyes are all red and tears rolling down your cheeks? Then they ask “Oh my Gosh, what happened?” And then you say “I’m fine I’m just cutting up an onion”. Well no more. No more burning and itchy eyes. No more tears.  I have a solution.

Onions have unstable chemicals. Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes’ lachrymal glands so they release tears. These chemicals are released through fume which happens immediately when the onion is punctured. So, the obvious solution is to protect your eyes from these fumes.

Any glasses with a snug fit and a facial cavity or foam gasket will do wonders.  Wiley X offers a wide range of glasses with face gaskets. If you have a small face the Wiley X Blink would be great. It is available with a clear, polycarbonate safety lens which is great in case there is ever a freak accident and you accidentally …
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21 Aug
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Fairytales, fables and legends are based on brave woodsmen like Daniel Boone, Paul Bunyan and the hero from Snow White. I bet they wished they had sunglasses made from wood.

At home I enjoy waxing and polishing my wooden furniture. It’s therapeutic and I know my lovely things will last for years. But never my sunglasses! Can your wooden glasses get wet? The new hand-crafted Earth Wood sunglasses can. They are coated with a water proof wood seal to protect your sunglasses. This sealant ensures that the glasses are water resistant and will last for years. Their sunglasses are covered by warranty for 6 months from date of purchase. The warranty protects against manufacturer defects and not wear and tear. So stay away from woodpeckers. You can’t do too much damage to the Stainless steel hinges, right? Knock on wood.

I am so excited about my next pair of sunglasses by Earth Wood Sunglasses. I have ordered the Hermosa 097b. I chose this frame and color combination for the natural wood grain that I am sure will make …
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01 Aug
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Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses

I have a friend that’s a part-time police officer here in Illinois. He is a Texas born ice hockey playing Renaissance man and a genuine great guy. I get a healthy dose of the word y’all that makes me smile every time I speak to him. I asked Chase about serving and protecting. I asked him if it’s something he had always dreamt about. He told me: “Being a cop was something I always thought about growing up. However, when the recession hit my freshman year in college I decided to take a general business route for my future. I never thought I would get the opportunity to be a cop later in life. After working as a community service officer for a few months, the opportunity to attend the academy was presented and now here I am today! I am still learning and still love it!” Now this is a 24 year old with direction and a good head on his shoulders, a go-getter.

Chase sports the Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses on and off duty. They were a …
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11 Jul
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If any of you are like me, you probably have tons of old cheap sunglasses stashed here and there. I found about twelve pair in my glove compartment. Score! A lot of them I haven’t even seen or wore in over a year, and do you know why? Because they are old and boring, and I have moved on. I took all those glasses and made them into something fresh and awesome. Here is how you can do it too:

Tools you’ll need:

- A clean work space

-A small piece of packing tape

-Some old sunglasses

-A tiny screwdriver (you can get this a local drug store in an eyeglass repair kit)

-Creativity

Step One: Dig around and find all your old sunglasses that you no longer wear. (If you don’t have any, go to your local thrift store and pick up a few pairs to play with.) Lay these glasses on your clean work space and have your tape ready. The tape will be useful to you but helping you not lose all the tiny …
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07 Jul
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I get to see Audrey Hepburn every day. Well not the actual Academy Award-winning actress and humanitarian but a version of her. The iconic star has been deceased since 1993 but she works with me, she’s the stranger that rides the train with me every day and she is my dearest friends. I am referring to the real Audrey’s iconic beauty and style. Her influence and timelessness is still present.

In retrospect growing up I would visit my Granny and sit with her watching the Nostalgia Channel. I fell deeply in love with the silver screen and all the studio made starlets of that time plucked eyebrows and all. This is where I first say Andrey’s movies like Sabrina, My Fair Lady and of course Breakfast at Tiffany’s. My Granny and legends like Miss Hepburn demonstrated class, poise, grace and a fair dose of moxie.  With a colorful filmography including comedy and drama she left a legacy, becoming that rare movie star who men wanted to be with and women wanted to be. Audrey Hepburn assumed the role of
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13 May
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Do you know a puppy super hero? There are bomb dogs. Dogs overseas serving our country.  There are drug sniffing dogs. Our dogs make us laugh and feel better. Let’s face it they are members of our families! Because of this we buy them sweaters and tiny boots to protect them from the elements. But, does your Pooch have eye protection?

I was surprised to learn of a company out there called Doggles that specifically makes eye wear for animals. Mostly dogs but there were a few people putting them on Cats, although I don’t understand why a cat would need sunglasses, but to each is own. They are actually goggles for dogs, hence foreign objects, wind, and UV light. Doggles:  goggles for dogs are the first and only eye protection designed and created just for dogs!  They have been featured on such shows as CNN, Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, Good Morning America and many others. Doggles supplies many military and community service dogs since there lenses are made of polycarbonate material that is nearly shatterproof. Oddly …
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