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.

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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30 Jan
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Whether you are beating the Bunny slopes or tackling the X Games Superpipe, you’ll need some ski Goggles this season to protect your eyes! If you’re one who loves to sled, a snowboarder, skier, snowmobile guy, or even a snowman maker this blog will help you gain knowledge about Goggles. All ski and snowboard goggles will offer some basic protection from wind and cold, but beyond the basics there are some key features to consider: lens type, lens color/tint, interchangeable lenses, frame size and fit.

Lenses:

Your goal is to get the tint that will provide a good combination of color definition, contrast, depth perception and eye fatigue protection, all with the right visible light transmission (VLT) for your light conditions. A low VLT number such as 15 percent means less eye fatigue on sunny days. And a high VLT number such as 70 percent means better color and depth perception on low-light days.

- In low light and fog, yellow, gold and amber lenses filter out blue light, emphasizing shadows in the snow so you can see …
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20 Jan
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Have you ever been caught in an amazing, once in a life time situation and wished so hard you had something to record it with? Sky diving? Dance recitals? Your first dance at your wedding? Now with the new Google glass  you can catch all those moments with photo or on video all in first person. I have to admit at first I was skeptical when I heard about this product. Okay so you can get directions or update Facebook, I can do all that with my phone! Then I watched a few videos on the products landing page… You can do so much with this little device. You can make calls, video chat, read email, translate languages, check flight schedules, map & time your runs ALL activated by your voice. It’s pretty cool. It’s like Siri only WAY better!

This unit is mounted almost identical to an eyeglass frame . Comfortable sitting on your ears and nose to make the unit hands free with the visual screen slightly above your right eye. Being an optician I could immediately …
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26 Dec
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As a result of my profession I witness people using inappropriate methods of cleaning their lenses. They incessantly use clothing, paper towels and tissues to clean their ophthalmic or sunglass lenses. Sometimes while speaking with me right at my desk.  I will be honest: This is like nails on a chalk board to me. I get numerous calls daily from customers asking me for pricing of new lenses because their lenses are so scratched. They inquire about preventing scratches advice on sustaining the quality of their lenses. Many wonder which is the best cleaning product to use that won’t damage their coatings. Well this is easier than you think. Use fresh water and the cleaning cloth provided with the eyewear. They should be included but If not you can always purchase one from us. And when the cloth no longer cleans the lenses up to your standards put them in the pockets of pants or jeans and throw them in the wash. However please avoid using fabric softener that day. If you feel that you must use a detergent …
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09 Dec
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I acquired my inspiration for this Blog from my ride into work today. Last night Chicago had its first significant snowfall of the season. And we’re not finished; the forecast predicts the coldest air of the season will arrive in Chicago this week following a chilly weekend. Last night’s snow has whitened the city and surrounding burbs averaging around 3 inches. On my traverse to work I appreciated the clear roads but the glare from the melted snow was strong almost dangerous. This is even the perfect weather for blue or brown polarized lenses.

Glare happens when light bounces off of reflective surfaces such as water, glass, snow, cars or roads. This is the perfect weather for polarized sunglasses. Polarization improves your ability to see without straining your eyes! The benefits of wearing polarized sunglasses include enhancing your vision and increasing visible details all while blocking dangerous glare. I truly believe in the technology behind polarization.

Wear sunglasses even in winter. Snow reflects more UV rays than most other surfaces. Take care of your eyes when you ski, snowboard, …
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03 Dec
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Recently I caught wind of a story about a little 4 year old boy out there that was sad about wearing glasses. Little Noah was in tears when his mother reminded him to wear his new glasses. His mother then turned to Facebook to find encouragement and support for her dear son. It was there that thousands of people all over the world shared pictures of themselves and their loved ones including pets with eyeglasses. It was truly heartwarming. I was in 6th grade when my teacher called my mom and told her that I was having trouble seeing the chalkboard. It was then after that call I had to start wearing eyeglasses. Trust me Noah, I wasn’t too happy about glasses but I have become older and somewhat wiser and today I am Editor-n-Chief of EyewearTalk where I spend most of my year blogging about the magic and coolness of eyewear. It may be hard for a small child to realize this since style is not a priority at such a young age. But I can’t …
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19 Nov
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13 Nov
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I’m sure you are all aware of the ever growing trend of body modification. This includes such things as tattoos, colored hair, and piercings, which by the way, I am ALL for. But did you know that body modification goes WAY beyond that? People are now even modifying their eyeballs. Yes, I said their eyeballs.

 

The least abrasive method I was able to find was a contact lens with jewelry attached. Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek, 29, has developed jewelry consisting of tiny crystals or flowers that hang directly from the eye by a micro-thin medical wire attached to either prescription or blank contact lenses. In the light, this gives the appearance of tears streaming down the cheek. This fancy body modification is expected to make its debut for consumers soon in London and is expected to sell for around $325.00 each. Even though this piece of jewelry appears to be painful or dangerous, Klarenbeek said users of his prototypes so far have been “amazed” at their comfort.

 

 

Another interesting non-abrasive method for transforming your …
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