Eyewear Talk Blog

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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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05 May
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Hello Readers, I realize it’s been way too long. Have you missed me? The Eyewear Group of OpticsPlanet has been busy preparing for our busiest season of the year. Spring is in the air and summer is quickly approaching. At my last eye exam my doctor told me that I need to give contact lenses a break. Taking her advice I have been dutifully wearing my new Versace VE3154 Eyeglass Frames. However on those few bright spring afternoons we have had so far in the Chicagoland area I found that I was now in serious need for prescription sunglasses. It hasn’t been that sunny but for those of you how are used to wearing sunglasses most of the year realize that you become pretty dependent on the protection. At home I have a drawer full of sunglasses (in their cases of course) that I would sport while wearing my contacts last year but again it’s time for change. I feel like I did this not too long ago while trying to choose my geek chic look. Well as
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13 Mar
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Working as an Optician I hear time and time again, Heather I’m so upset, I lost my prescription glasses! It is very common for people to call me up and request for me to replace an order they placed not too long ago. This always make me feel very bad. We all know that prescription sun or eye glasses are NOT inexpensive. Because this makes me feel so bad, and I’m not going to lie: I to have lost my glasses before: I did a little research to give you some tips on how to not lose your glasses.

 

1.)    Have a home for your glasses. Where ever you take them, have a home. When they’re in the car have one set location where you always place them. If you wear your then into your house have a designated shelf or bowl where you store them each time. This will automatically cut out those times where you can’t remember where you threw them last and you have to tear the house apart only to remember that you …
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05 Mar
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Admit it, there has been times in your life when you have pretended your ordinary lipstick shot lasers like Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers, or played with pretend gadgets in the car like James Bond.  Recently I have come across two pretty sweet Spy gadgets that are tons of fun to play with.

 

You may have heard there is a lot of buzz floating around about the new Google Glass tech toy. This piece of equipment does so much. Basically it is a very tiny computer attached to what looks like an eyeglass frame with a little clear window pane of glass above the right eye. The tiny computer projects a translucent image onto the clear window, so while you can see images such as the time, you can see still through the pane of glass in front of you. “What does it do” you ask? Well, the Google Glass does a ton of things. It will tell you the time. Give you directions. It can take photos and movies of things in front of you. …
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05 Feb
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Valentine’s is shrouded deeply in folklore and liturgical celebration (Catholic public service or duty). Several martyrdom stories stretching back to Roman persecution of Christians were attached to the various early Christian saints named Valentinus. The day was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages (c. 1001–1300), when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their feelings for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as “valentines”. Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the hearts, doves, and the figure of the winged Eros. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards, E-cards and romantic dinners. Did you know that eyewear is the 2nd most popular accessory for women? Take that as a gift idea for my readers needing some help.

Today many celebrants don themselves in red or pink attire and finally find reason to pull out that “interesting” heart printed clothing. I have found something that that individual can add to their …
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