Sunglasses are an important part of our eye health.
Wearing polarized sunglasses in the summer seems to be a no-brainer for most, but in the winter our eyes tend to be neglected. I notice when I play tennis people squinting in the sun as they can’t see clearly, or out in the sun and snow, squinting to see clearly. It’s never really only a question about clearer vision…though that is important..but also the protection our eyes need from the sun.
As the atmosphere gets gradually stripped off the uv rays are more and more damaging to our eyes and skin. In the winter when driving, in the outdoors and/ or in the snow, wearing prescription sunglasses will protect the eyes from the many glares and reflection. We all seem to think that the summer is the worst time for the eyes, but in reality, there is much more reflection from a surface covered with snow than that of grass. 95% to 6%.
These UV rays can damage our eyes just as they would our skin.
It is important to realize that not just dark sunglasses will do the job, normal tinted sunglass lenses do not protect from the glare, they reduce the brightness but cannot selectively eliminate the reflection from the light. They must be polarized sunglasses.
Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks the intense reflected light, reducing glare.
With polarized sunglasses when driving the reflection of light on the other cars and objects around us are eliminated, thus reducing if not stopping the need to squint. This will also keep the skin from wrinkling from the constant squinting around the eyes and forehead… as well as from straining and fatiguing the eyes.
All who enjoy the outdoors should protect their eyes from the glare, and reflection as well as the UV rays, by wearing polarized!
We will find that we will enjoy clearer vision and will have eyes that are less tired and much healthier.
You can further improve the advantage by getting bifocal sunglasses or progressive sunglasses which will make it easier for you to see your phone or any reading at a much closer range.
At Eyewear Insight we offer free UV coating, anti-reflective coating and anti-scratch coating on all our glasses, so if you decided you will go with the cheaper tint option you still have your eyes somewhat protected – we’ve got your back on that one.
Finding affordable eyeglasses for seniors is very important. Nope, you don’t have to compromise on style and fashion just because your eyesight might be a bit weak. For those that are over the age of 65 prescription/reading glasses is almost a given. AND not compromising on your style and following trends is still fun at any age!
Seniors by this age are probably on pension or some type of retirement income. And if they have only social security then there is surely a problem affording the necessary glasses – every year if the eyesight is getting worse. Social security and most insurance do not give the proper coverage for this age group. Since at this age most are wearing progressive (no-line) lenses or some prefer bifocal lenses the bill can really add up especially when there are other options to consider. Such as anti-scratch coating, anti-reflective coating and UV blocking.
Fitting: If you have been wearing glasses for a while you can simply use the measurements of your current and well fitting frames and buy one that is in the same range. Or else you can always go to an optician and get the glasses adjusted (actually most don’t need too)
Your PD (this is your pupillary distance) you must get this from your eye care specialist or have a friend/family measure your PD for you
On AARP I’ve read comments about online stores not filling prescriptions well.
I for one will say that in the 7 years we are in business there have been a handful of times that the lab made a mistake on the prescription, it just doesn’t happen. But if it does – mistakes can happen, Eyewear Insight guarantees every pair. So no matter who makes the mistake (eye-care specialist, you — when entering or ours) we will get you the right glasses.
Types of Glasses Offered
Progressive or Bifocal glasses each starting at $45
Reading glasses (these are custom reading glasses with prescription quality lenses) each starting at $27.00
Prescription Progressive Sunglasses
a) Photochromic (gets dark in the sun and light indoors) starts at Frame + Lenses $93
b) Polarized (always dark sunglasses) start at Frame + Lenses $108
c) Mirror Lenses start at Frame + Lenses $70
d) Tints (gradient and solid not as strong UV protection but looks good) addition starts at Frame + Lenses $53
c) Blue light (computer) blocking addition Frame + Lenses starts at $62
Additionally, we offer on all glasses free anti-scratch coating, free anti-reflective coating and free UV blocking.
No matter what, buying affordable eyeglasses for seniors online is not a bad option. Especially with a 100% guarantee you basically have nothing to lose but glasses to gain!!
So get your prescription and come and check out our collection. Your custom eyeglasses await you!
There is nothing more hip right now than the cat prescription eyeglasses, even the regular sunglasses.
Everywhere you look. On celebrities, on the runways or out and about on the streets these are really make another wave..another come back.
Cat eye glasses started becoming very popular in the 1950’s; not only did women wear them but men did to. Some say cat eye glasses were usually associated with the beehive hairstyle, others say it was the inspiration of Cat Woman on the Bat Man series starting in the 1940’s. Looking at the costume one could feel that this was the beginning of the conception of Cat eyeglasses; add to that the classic name for women as “cats” and as having cat fights…it’s all very possible.
No matter where they originated they have enjoyed a very long life in the center stage of fashion starting from the ’50 till about the ’70s. During that period they saw a remarkable transformation from extreme bejeweling to a clean simplicity that was ever so enduring.
As we come rushing to the present …I would say …for the last 4 years cat prescription eyeglasses have seen a gradual resurgence.
Fashion trends usually start on the streets and sometimes thrift store buys can build the mystic of any style.
There is a sexy allure to a woman wearing cat eyeglasses, be they prescription glasses or sunglasses…they create a mystery and sophistication that we do indeed maybe attribute to the cat family. Looking at the eyes of the lady in the picture from the ’50’s she certainly has a playfulness and sexiness that is clear.
Today these cat eyeglasses are seen with a thicker frame that make the wearer appear younger and fresh, yet showing style and sophistication that can move through the day into the night for an evening dancing under the stars. Here are a few styles that are easy and affordable. Customize them as you like and create your own look. These are the ‘sign of the times’!
Here is a writing that I came across online…this sums things up..
(I’ve changed the linked online company to eyewearinsight.com)
“I went into a LensCrafters on Saturday because it was the closest “In-Network” optical provider for EyeMed. A UCSD psychology student ran me through the ancillary optical tests such as peripheral vision, eye pressure, etc. I thinks she was fairly new to operating these instruments, but she had no guidance from a mentor or such. She had a hard time adjusting the instruments properly and was frequently jerking my head around and knocking it against the instruments. She gave six attempts at measuring eye pressure, but ultimately “gave up”. Then, she tried to sell me on an “advanced” eye scan that was an extra $39 and provided the same information as a pupil dilation. Then, the psychology student handed me off to the optometrist. He did the usual routine, albeit late, in a manner that was rushed and forcibly friendly, and with a breath reeking of cigarette smoke. He tried to sell me on the advanced eye scan again and I suckered up. I told him I would buy it if he provided me with a copy of the scan on a thumb drive. Apparently, with the regular pupil dilation, pictures are not normally possible, or so I was told. I get a prescription for -0.25, -0.25 in each eye. Nothing much. Now I get to see what this EyeMed “insurance” gets me in terms of lenses, frames, coatings, etc. After the doctor was finished, he physically handed me off to a Lenscrafter sales rep. (Even though I think they are supposed to be separate business entities in CA and that this relationship runs afoul of the intent of the law).
Sales-rep directs me to the “cheapest”, full price frames, which start at $100. Minimum price for cheapest lenses was $140. Anti reflective coating = $80 . That’s $320 for a pair of glasses. I ask sales rep what’s in the anti-reflective coating to make it so expensive. She says, “No one has ever asked me that before”. Anyway, “Insurance” gives me $50 off of lenses, $40 off frames, $45 off coating. In such a situation insurance pays $135 and I pay $185 for a pair of glasses. Cool! Luckily, LensCrafters was having a 30% off sale on frame + lens combos. So I am thinking that would be $320 – $72 (30% discount) – $135 (insurance) = $113 . I have never bought glasses before, this seemed expensive, but perhaps reasonable. Then, I tell the sales rep that I have insurance and she says, “oh, you can’t combine store discounts with insurance”. Think about this.It makes no sense. It made no sense to me whatsoever and I pressed the young, over-dressed sales rep for details. She seemed to recite what a boss might have told her and said the store would make no money if they allowed customers to combine store discounts with insurance. I persisted, saying, “but with the insurance you still get the same amount because insurance + what I pay still equals retail minus 30%.” She repeated her same point, emphasizing that they could, “not allow customers to do that”. Sure enough, I later found it written in the fine print of their 30% advertisement. It still made absolutely no sense to me. The store would be getting the same amount of money either way. RIGHT?
When I get home, I see what the Internet has to offer in terms of glasses. “www.eyewearinsight.com” provides me with a similar looking pair of glasses for ~$37.50, including shipping from China via California. Apparently, JC Penny, and apparently other retail optical stores send their frames to “China” for lenses anyway, so perhaps it’s better to, say, “order directly from the source” by ordering online. There are also a bunch of other low cost online alternatives. I log in to EyeMed online and see if there are any “Out-Of-Network” benefits for frames and lenses which could conceivably cover the marginal cost of glasses ordered on-line. There are none. That seemed pretty curious to me. EyeMed would rather pay $135 for me to buy a pair of retail glasses from LensCrafters than to reimburse me for a $20 set of glasses from Hong Kong. That seems like a horrible way of doing business for EyeMed. Doesn’t it?
Well, it seems like a pretty stupid business strategy until you dig around and examine EyeMed’s placement in the corporate hierarchy of its parent company, Luxottica. Not only does Luxottica own EyeMed, but it also LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Sunglass Hut, Target Optical, BJs Optical, and JC Penny’s Optical. Coincidently, these are the only “In-Network” providers in the EyeMed network. So, in essence, Luxottica has no interest in combining insurance with in-store discounts because it ultimately comes out of the parent company’s bottom line. Moreover, why would EyeMed provide reimbursement for online optical retailers when doing so would hurt the market share held by Luxottica’s optical retail stores? In essence, EyeMed is merely an instrument to protect the market share of the Luxottica family of companies, and it provides little to no substantiative cost amelioration to consumers — what many would regard as the principal purpose of insurance.
After getting a feel for the way the EyeMed, retail optometry world operates, it seems like it is most cost effective to simply abstain from purchasing a vision plan all together, or at least to get one with some very modest “Out-of-network” benefits. But with the cheap price of glasses available online, abstaining from a vision plan probably makes the most sense. These issues with EyeMed vision are compounded by the fact that it is a plan into which a subscriber must pay. In essence, the subscriber is merely paying for the right to buy severely over-priced optical goods. Below, I have pasted my “In-Network” “benefits” for reference. The final remaining interesting feature about how EyeMed operates is how it represents its coverage via its definition of a “Co-Pay”. In the Luxottica – EyeMed world, the “Co-Pay” is the amount paid by EyeMed while “% of charge” is the amount paid my the subscriber. You might note that this is the exact opposite of what “Co-Pay” is in the medical insurance world. If this is at all intentional, it is a conspiracy to sucker HR providers and employees into pursuing the apparently attractive benefits of the EyeMed vision plan.”
While most of us tend to see the trends as a basic guide there are some amoung us that are brave and daring with their sense of style. The designers of our time constantly show us what is on the far, far side of fashion.
The strongest trend by far are the round glasses , updated or vintage inspired…but here’s more:
Trend : Fun & Out There
Designers like Moschino and Nicholas K give us funky out-of-this world looks that are colorful and at times very funny! Prada shows great wooden frames taking the current trend of using wood as a medium to yet another extreme.
Yes this does continue with updated looks and style lines or with the classic look…sunglasses are either tinted or mirrored. This sporty yet polished look has now become a timeless and classic style that when seen through the special touch of each design house.
Trend: Cat Eye
Here is another classic that is fast becoming an essential must have! Though these seem geared toward the fashionista with a bit of style and punch, cateyes frames are a great addition to anyone with a looks of curves. The lines offer a nice contrast to the rounding effect and can give great balance to your look. This look is quite sexy whether you pick the more retro version with large designed motifs, the delicate chic-modern rimless tinted styles. or the more softer cateyes that enhance and invite!
What makes these very cool ( because these are just a type of frame that is always available) is the NEW trend that has updated this look…the rimless portion of the frame is usually at the bottom or as in the browline styles we see the rim going straight across and the rest of the lenses are rimless. Here the rim is curved cheekily down the side of the lenses and teasing to go around but doesn’t. I think these create a very seductive look and give the eye a very lovely type of enhancement. YAY let’s have some fun with our glasses people! Other designers are a bit more modernist looking (Miu Miu) here they leave the top portion of the frames as rimless and put the rim around the bottom of the lenses.
Trend: Round Glasses
Retro round glasses ala John Lennon or even the huge ones as we have seen with Twiggy in the 60’s continue to push forward…here is another trend that has seemed have caught on quite strongly and is fast becoming yet another staple.
Versace, Gucci, Pucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten and so many more show round glasses as the staple detail of their collection. So get your round glasses one!
These round sunglasses are the “summer’s must have” according to Style.com
Trend: Square , Flat Top or Geometric Frames
Well here we go…these are the quintessential retro frames, these scream out the 70’s. I don’t really feel that square glasses have really had their fair share of the stage so it’s time now wouldn’t you say. From Miu Miu and Prada to Georgio some designers do show a version of any of these there. They are fun and inspire such a sense of style and je ne sais quoi that they are a positive addition to your wardrobe. By next year I think this trend will catch on in a stronger way.
As Spring is upon us we have a few picks from around town to give you a good idea of what is in store for Spring 2014 Eyeglasses Trends, this will help us all know what the directions will be in the coming summer months in accessories fashion.
More big glasses: relevant is cat-eyeglasses, big sunglasses and anything funky and in your face.
Have a look see what you think for the Spring 2014 Eyeglasses Trends…this from Harper’s Bazzar .Cool tinted lenses in aviator frames inspired by retro designs and animal printed funk essential frames are some of the styles you will see.
From Burberry’s we see a completely different look…more sixties type smaller more oval shape in white no less. But still reminiscing about the fashions of old, with just the slightest of that Burberry twist.
On Forbes there is a nice collection of trends one of which from Prada has now been coined as the mathematical-look; which is basically a uni-brow look, but a bit cooler than just a straight line. Then there is the “aquatic look”, which is softer and a shade or shades of blue giving it a nautical feel. The “garden look” has a printed frame in colors pink, white and some orange..colors more like flowers.
Cavalli on the other hand shows updated versions of cat-eye sunglasses that are very cool.
Though looking around on the streets we see more of the same from celebs and fashionistas retro looks seem to still be on the plate. Plenty of looks from the 60’s and 70’s…retro wayfarer shapes, aviator shapes as well as the big, big eyeglasses…and big sunglasses as in the days of Jackie O.
And for the latest is Fashion week in Copenhagen looking at the Street Styles
there are the round glasses, the aviator and the wayfarers…they all reign strong on the styling streets of this very design oriented European city.
One of the strongest trends and most fun are colored tints on the eyeglasses that just give a very sleek look.