Essilor See Change

The latest updates from Essilor See Change, FramesDirect.com’s parent company’s initiative to bring good vision to everyone, everywhere.

  • World Sight Day, held each year on the 2nd Thursday of October, is a key moment to raise awareness on the importance of good vision. Essilor doubled their impact this year, reaching twice as many people as in 2015 with free vision screenings and eyeglasses  Learn more.
  • More than 400 Dallas ISD and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD students from low-income schools were given free eye exams and eye glasses by Essilor. Learn more.
  • To celebrate a new partnership between Essilor Vision Foundation Singapore and Optometry Giving Sight Singapore both organisations pooled over 100 volunteers to help close to 1,500 people in need with corrective and protective vision care. Learn more.
  • The Vision Impact Institute sponsored IAPB’s (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) 10th General Assembly. The event is the premier global discussion of public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment with 1,200 participants from around the world.  Learn more.
  • China is the birthplace of the Vision Ambassador inclusive business model, created by 2.5 New Vision Generation two years ago. By the end of this year, 1,000 Vision Ambassadors will be bringing primary vision care to remote communities in China. Learn more.

Top 10 Oakley Polarized Sunglasses

 You step outside in your brand new sunglasses. You got them for free with a bunch of other promotional giveaways at your last half marathon. Oh yeah, these look good, you think to yourself.

Making your way to the sidewalk, you press play on the first song in your running mix. Picking up speed, you notice an intense glare reflecting off the pavement, your eyes tearing up slightly due to the burn. Wanting to escape the glare and hoping for a more scenic route, you venture to the park near your house. However, your dark lenses do nothing to enhance the scenery and dull the view instead. You return home defeated, wondering if there is a better way.

Oakley Polarized Lenses

Oakley Polarized Lenses

Oakley has a solution: HDPolarized lenses.

You may have heard the word “polarized” tossed around before, but you’re not really sure what it means. Without getting too much into the science, polarized light is light that bounces off surfaces, reflecting light and creating glare. Polarized lenses filter out polarized light.

In addition to pavement, water and snow also cause glare when the sun reflects off them. Not only is glare annoying, the UV light from the glare can harm your eyes. Oakley polarized lenses block 99% of glare.

Oakley polarized lenses are some of the clearest lenses on the market. While other brands use glue to attach polarized filters, Oakley uses infusion molding to make their lenses. As a result, their one-layer lenses prevent distortion, blur and shifting of objects when you look through them.

You can choose from a wide range of lens options based on the outdoor condition. For example, if you are going to be out on the water, Bronze Polarized or Deep Blue Polarized lenses are really good at filtering out the glare from the water. If you go for a run, OO Red Iridium Polarized or Black Iridium Polarized lenses can block the glare reflected off asphalt.

Not only is Oakley at the top of its game when it comes to polarized sunglasses, they have so many different styles, whether you are looking for a sporty pair of sunglasses for extreme performance, an active pair with some performance features or a lifestyle pair for daily use. Check out our list of top 10 Oakley polarized sunglasses!

1) Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses  are some of the most popular Oakley frames out there, Oakley redefines sport sunglasses using the newest technology from their labs. Also see the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses and withFlak 2.0 XL Replacement Lenses.oakley flak 2.0 XL sunglasses

2) Holbrook Sunglasses are inspired by vintage frames, making them some of the most fashionable sunglasses in the Oakley collection. Also see the Holbrook Prescription Sunglasses.

oakley holbrook sunglasses

3)  Twoface Sunglasses feature flexible temples that allow for a precise and comfortable fit. This frame is perfect for men who aren’t extreme sport players but still have an active lifestyle. Also see the Twoface Prescription Sunglasses.

oakley twoface sunglasses 4) Fives Squared Sunglasses are stylish, square-shaped frames that offer the durability and comfort you would expect from Oakley, perfect for on-the-go types.oakley fives squared sunglasses

 5)  Gascan Sunglasseslike most of Oakley’s sporty frames, are made of O-Matter, Oakley’s innovative lightweight and durable material. Also see the Oakley Gascan Replacement Lenses

oakley gascan  6) Turbine Sunglasses use Unobtainium, an Oakley material that increases grip with sweat, on the temple tips and nose pads, as do most of Oakley’s sport frames. See also the Turbine Prescription Sunglasses

oakley turbine sunglasses

7)  Feedback Sunglasses are a cool pair of women’s aviator sunglasses that provide sun protection and style for the casual look. Or try Oakley Feedback Prescription Sunglasses oakley feedback sunglasses

8)  Oakley Radar EV Path is a semi-rimless frame featuring signature Oakley sculptural, high-tech design. Oakley is known for their precision craftsmanship and innovation. Also see Radar EV path Replacement Lens and Radar EV Path Prescription sunglasses

oakley radar ev path sunglasses

9)  Half Jacket 2.0 XL are a sleek men’s pair that gives athletes sunglasses to wear during their workout (or on a more laid back day.) Also see the  Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses and  Half Jacket 2.0 XL Replacement Lenses

oakley half jacket 2.0 XL
10) Batwolf Sunglasses feature a shield lens that’s good for all types of sports, also see the Batwolf Sunglasses Replacement Lenses .

oakley batwolf sunglasses

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Jewelry for Your Eyes: Top 10 Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

For the ultimate luxury fashion experience, add a little bling to your eyes. Don’t worry I’m not talking about piercing your eyebrow or gluing gems to your eyelids. I mean wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses with shining, glittering, radiant details. Details that make glasses like jewelry.

Eyewear designers get inspiration for embellishments from fine jewelry. Think of all the elements that make bracelets and broaches pop and sparkle. The look of diamonds, stones, studs, and gems. Wearing jewel encrusted eyeglasses will make you feel like something special. Even when you aren’t wearing them for vision, you’ll will want to wear them on your head like a headband! Don’t be surprised if you start seeing this type of eyewear in jewelry stores soon.

Most of the jewels found on glasses sold at FramesDirect.com are Swarovski crystals, which are also used in glass sculptures and chandeliers.

Check out our list of top 10 of eyeglasses and sunglasses that will bring more attention and sparkles to your eyes and face!

(1.) Caviar 5601 Champagne eyeglasses: This stunning pair of frames is perfect for any unapologetic lovers of glam. The interesting geometric shape, the large Swarovski crystal embellishments and the ornate gold accents will light up your face, any outfit, and get lots of attention.

caviar 5610 champagne glasses

 

 

 

 

 

(2.) Gucci GG2820/F/S sunglasses: Note the crystal covered double G logo at the temples! A more subtle bling to this pair, but the over sized wrapped gradient lenses will add some drama.

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(3.) Tura R122C eyeglasses: These, delicate rimless frames are so ornate but not over the top. Sweet metal fretwork with crystals dotted like flowers on the vine. These will let your beauty shine through with just a hint of sparkle.tura-122c

(4.) Cazal 9057 sunglasses: These are some serious statement pieces. With the side shield and unapologetic gems on the temples, Cazal’s do more than protect your eyes – they heighten your reality.cazal 9057 sunglasses

 

(5.) Judith Leiber Hammered Starlet JL 1708 eyeglasses: You don’t see a lot of colored stones on eyewear, and that detail makes these eyeglasses all the more unique. Available in different finishes, but the emerald stones on this bronze pair are especially striking. judith leiber eyeglasses

(6.) Lulu Guinness L127 sunglasses: The crushed diamond effect on the cat-eye wing of these sunglasses is a very modern take on a timeless look.lulu guinness sunglasses

 

(7.) Versace VE1175B eyeglasses: Some people LOVE Versace: if that’s you  – We found your glasses! The classic Medusa head logo is on full display on the temples, surrounded by 2 rows of crystals. versace eyeglasses

(8.) Vera Wang Camellia sunglasses: All my gold girls – these are available in black with gold/diamond details as well, but give green a chance. Look at the smokey, opalescent gems set in pavé.vera wang sunglasses

 

(9.) Gucci GG3553 eyeglasses: The classic Gucci horseshoe motif made over with crystals is featured on the temples of this rose/mauve pair. This is basically a neutral that compliments all skin tones.gucci eyeglasses

(10.) Kate Spade Karyna/S sunglasses: The last are certainly not least. This isn’t the first time Karyna has been featured on this blog (for a reason.) You can also get these in Pink with Pink daises, but that yellow gem is so precious!kate spade sunglasses

 

 

 

 

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New York Fashion Week: Spring 2017

Even though Fall is upon us, the fashion world lives in the future, and there, Spring is already in bloom. Of all the fashion weeks, New York is our favorite, because we carry so many of the brands from the runway at FramesDirect.com. Tory Burch, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs are all customer favorites, but at the top of the heap are Kate Spade and Michael Kors. So, we wanted to pair up some of the runway looks from this week with sunglasses from those designers.

Kate Spade went all bohemian at her recent show, and let the preppy ponytail down for some Moroccan inspired fun.  Tassels and applique abound, and whether in florals or stripes, the palette was bright and refreshing. The light and airy feel of the garments gave a casual vibe, and block heels, or flat-heeled sandals made the looks very wearable. These are our three favorite looks from the show paired with some Kate Spade sunglasses that could take the outfit outside.

The flirty striped dress on the left, with the peplum and pink bow would look great with Narelle sunglasses in Black with Gray Gradient lenses.

The amazing dark denim outfit with pink roses would be divine with Klaudia sunglasses in Transparent Tan with Brown Gradient lenses.

And the hippie tasseled dress with coat on the right would suit the Candida sunglasses in Almond with Polarized Brown lenses perfectly.

Michael Kors showed lively, upbeat and feminine silhouettes, featuring ruffles, florals, and nipped-in waistlines. There were forties inpired platform shoes and plenty of bright colors (though the three favorite looks we choose are pretty much brown and white, ha.)

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We think Kendall (on the far left) would look gorgeous in theses MK1013 Sunglasses in Gold-Silver.

Some of you may think “puffy shirt” from Seinfeld, but we think, paired with the flowing white trousers, it’s perfection. Don’t you think MK1012 Sunglasses in Gold-White with Liquid Gold lenses would go with that look?

And on the right, this gorgeous embroidered dress is the perfect wedding guest dress and the MK2024 Sunglasses in Tortoise-Gold would totally vibe with the seventies influence.

Runway Images from Vogue.com

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Rimless Eyeglasses: Fashion Meets Minimalism

In the late 1880s rimless glasses were invented in an effort to make eyeglasses more inconspicuous. They weren’t meant to be a fashion statement at the time, but Theodore Roosevelt popularized the style (during his presidency, from 1901 – 1909.) Since then, rimless glasses have been the choice for politicians, scientists, professors, and anyone else looking for functional yet elegant eyewear. Some people think rimless frames make them appear more mature, trustworthy, and intelligent. Steve Jobs was another iconic figure who preferred a pair of round, rimless glasses. You can capture his look, if not his genius, with the Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round eyeglasses.

Steve Jobs glasses

There are benefits to wearing rimless frames beyond their appearance. Rimless glasses are lighter than full rim frames, so therefore more comfortable. And since the rims aren’t obstructing your view, your peripheral vision becomes wider and clearer. Rimless frames suit all types of faces, and can pretty much be considered Unisex, flattering both men and women.

Recent years have seen new technologies evolve for mounting lenses to rimless frames. An important thing to consider when selecting rimless eyeglasses is the appropriate lens material, since it will have to withstand being drilled through. Choose a polycarbonate or a Hi-Index lens material; these are strong enough to work with rimless frames. Plastic lenses crack and break more easily, which is why they are not a good choice.

FramesDirect.com offer over 150 different styles of rimless glasses, from all the highest quality manufacturers, but here’s a countdown of  our top ten most popular pairs:

10.

caviar 4873 glasses

 

 

 

Caviar 4873 Austrian Crystal eyeglasses

9. 

ck536 calvin klein glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin Klein Collection CK536 eyeglasses

8.

bb 495t brooks brothers glasses

 

 

 

 

Brooks Brothers BB 495T eyeglasses

7.

jl309 john lennon glasses

 

 

 

 

John Lennon JL309 eyeglasses

6.

rx8724 ray-ban glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Ray-Ban RX8724 eyeglasses

5.

ti 8600 charmant titanium glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Charmant Titanium 8600 eyeglasses

4.

wingfold evs oakley glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Oakley Wingfold EVS eyeglasses

3.

art-bilt rimway eyeglasses

 

 

 

 

Art Craft Art-Bilt Rimway eyeglasses with Cable Temples

2.

steve jobs glasses

 

 

 

 

Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round (Steve Jobs) eyeglasses

1.

silhouette rimless glasses 7581

 

 

 

 

Silhouette Rimless 7581 Titan Minimal Art the Icon eyeglasses

Since rimless eyeglasses have increased in popularity, rimless frames have gained more of a fashion element, taking advantage of color, texture and embellishments. And rimless isn’t only for eyeglasses.

Check out selections of  rimless sunglasses and rimless prescription sunglasses

Rimless glasses never go out of fashion, because of their understated utility – and the fact they put the focus on the person and not the glasses.

 

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Staff Picks: FramesDirect.com Opticians’ Fav Frames

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Back to School Glasses

(Rose’s glasses in the image above are Coach HC5065)

close up on stack of bookBeginning a new school year is all about fresh starts. (Even if school is a distant memory, we can all claim “back to school” as an excuse to make fresh choices.)  Everyone’s getting new clothes, but new GLASSES can really make you feel reborn. Here’s to a clean slate and clear vision: four super-fresh eyeglasses, stacked like library books, from our favorite brands.

Kate Spade

Jaydee eyeglasses

Kate Spade creates classy eyewear, but they still know how to have fun. Available in 4 pretty color choices, including classic black and ballet slipper pink, their Jaydee glasses are a perfect example of this. The blue is most unique, but a flirty cat-eye shape, and temples featuring a mottled, animal print (or translucent pastel) guarantee you will get noticed no matter what color you choose.

kate spade jaydee

Ray-Ban

RX6365 eyeglasses

Ray-Ban eyeglasses are known for their statement-making, geek-chic styles. But don’t think there isn’t a more grown-up side of Ray-Ban. These RX6365’s are sophisticated, but you still get the trademark shark fin temples and an array of colors to choose from. Perfect for someone who has matured over the summer.

Ray-Ban rx6365 eyeglasses

Oakley

Pitchman R eyeglasses

These Oakley Pitchman eyeglasses are for that intellectual guy with a serious sporty streak. They’re a unique combination of high-tech materials and rugged detailing with an old-school shape (round lenses and keyhole bridge.) For some reason these remind me of when Ned Flanders takes his shirt off  – and he’s ripped. oakley pitchman R eyeglasses

Prada

PR 27SV Eyeglasses

Here’s the easiest piece of advice to follow if you want to look too cool for school – just get a pair of Prada glasses. The two-tone colorways on the maroon and grey versions of the PR 27SV are particular appealing, as are the triangular metal rivets on the end points.

pr 27sv

oakley holbrook sunglasses

Get Jessica Alba’s Look with Oakley Sunglasses

Jessica Alba’s success is well known, not just a beautiful actress but also the founder of a natural baby products start-up (the Honest Company) that’s valued at over a billion dollars. Jessica also has enviable style. You often read about celebrities appearing “effortless” in their fashion choices. But, if you’re like me, you’re suspicious that it took a team of stylists and many hours to achieve that carefree look. However, this breezy style on Jessica appears to be a genuine expression of her casual, almost androgynous side, (with the baggy t-shirt, blazer and sporty shades).

oakley sunglasses

We love this look on Jessica because it reminds us that just because something is labeled for Men or Women doesn’t mean that’s how you have to wear it! These fun shades are a dead ringer for the Oakley Holbrook sunglasses in Matte Black with Emerald Mirrored Iridium lenses. The Holbrook’s are labeled for men, but they would look great with a big pair of hoop earrings like Jessica has creatively styled her sunglasses.

If you’re in the market for Jessica’s outfit, we tracked down similar pieces online to style the rest.

Here’s some suggestions:

Trina Turk Modernity Large Hoop Earrings, $88 from dillards.com

Pima Cotton U-Neck Tee in Optic White, $65 from vince.com

Gold Arrowhead Necklace, $34 from HabitJewelry on etsy.com

Theory ‘Gabe’ Stretch Wool Blazer, $425 from nordstrom.com

jessica alba style

oakly holbrook
Holbrooks are some of the most popular Oakleys due to their classic silhouette and high performance lenses. They’re the epitome of what makes the Oakley brand cool, because they sit perfectly at the intersection of sporty and stylish.

In the fashion department, these Holbrooks provide a timeless square shape reminiscent of a Ray-Ban Wayfarer, plus they boast the unique keyhole bridge and double metal rivet detailing.

Oakley technology brings innovations like Plutonite® lenses (which filter 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light) and O-Matter™ frame material which is both lightweight and durable

The Oakley Holbrook is available in a huge range of colors to suit any taste, but the wild mirrors are pretty fun.

 

 

Latest Sunglasses (Wildest Sunglasses) for Summer 2016

Looking through the latest sunglasses arrivals at FramesDirect.com for something fun and summery for you guys, these 4 pairs screamed “pick me” the loudest. It’s fun to go wild with details and materials; why stick to rhinestones, or rivets, or over-sized shapes when you can have all three.

Here are some of the most fun, out-there, statement-making designer sunglasses to come out this Summer of 2016.

First up, Kate Spade Karyna/S sunglasses, these just make me smile. The cat-eye shape and daisy detailing are such a fun throwback. I love the classic yellow and white daisies, but these are available in ALL pink as well!

KATE SPADE KARYNA/S SUNGLASSES

KATE SPADE KARYNA/S SUNGLASSES

kate spade sunglasses pink

 

If those Kate Spades aren’t Fashion (with a capital F) enough for you, these out-there  Gucci sunglasses are for a girl whose heart beats for bold Italian style. Now that Alessandro Michele (former head of accessories) is in charge, you can expect more and more of these wild choices. Oversized square frames and rhinestones add just the hint of humor needed to balance out that bold, distinctive Gucci branding.

GUCCI GG3862/S SUNGLASSES

GUCCI GG3862/S SUNGLASSES

Ok guys, I didn’t leave you out, this macho pair of Flecked Green Tortoise Lowdowns (from Smith) will give you all the visual technology and specialty materials you crave. But this color…it’s like glittery camouflage! These are a great way to do a unique take on the iridescent colored lens trend.

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SMITH LOWDOWN/N SUNGLASSES

You’ve seen this style on the festival circuit, you’ve seen it in the street style snaps from outside the fashion shows – now invite this space age cat-eye to curl up in your collection! Don’t think you have to be a fashion blogger to fall in love with this Marc Jacobs pair. Surprisingly, they can be as sleek and stylish as you like – that’s an instant classic.

MARC JACOBS MARC 10/S SUNGLASSES

MARC JACOBS MARC 10/S SUNGLASSES

Photochromic lenses

Have you ever wondered how Transitions® lenses work?  The magical mash-up of sunglasses and eyeglasses, when you see them change color, you feel like  – the future is now.  Transitions® are an example of photochromic lenses.

Some other names for photochromic lenses are Light Adaptive, Variable Tint, Photochromatic, but many people call just them by the popular name brand Transitions®; you could say they’re the the “Kleenex” of photochromic lenses.

If we start with the etymology of the word, photochromic comes from two Greek words; photo meaning light and chroma meaning color.

Photochromic lenses change color when exposed to light.

You can get clear photochromic eyeglasses that change all the way to dark sunglasses, or photochromic sunglasses which are just for outdoor wear (and do not get completely clear.)

So how do Transitions® lenses work? When exposed to light, the photochromic molecules in the lenses begin to change structure, like in the illustration below. This new arrangement allows the molecules to absorb more light which causes the lenses to darken. Most photochromic lenses to UV light; that’s why they change when you’re in the sun yet remain clear indoors.

how do photochromic lenses work

Temperature also has effect on the reaction time of the molecules in photochromic lenses. On a cold day, your lenses will react more slowly than on a warm day.

In this video, one of FramesDirect.com’s expert opticians, Travis, explains further:

 

Transitions® lenses continuously adapt to changing light conditions and block 100% percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays.  Having your lenses give you the exact amount of protection you need to see clearly, means your eyes are doing less work. And there’s the added benefit of only having one pair of glasses for indoors and out!

Learn more about Transitions lenses