Transitions Lenses

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.

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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

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Essilor See Change

The latest updates from Essilor See Change, FrameDirect.com’s parent company’s charitable foundation.

Essilor Vision Foundation has partnered with local optometrists in Toowoomba, Queensland to provide eye screenings and free prescription glasses to members of the community who are particularly vulnerable. Learn more

Essilor Vision Foundation India has contributed to two awareness campaigns to educate members of the public on the importance of regular eye check-ups, vision correction and UV eye care. Together with industry partners and local eye care organisations, a total of 50,000 sunglasses were distributed in Calcutta and 1,000 call to action banners were displayed across India.  Learn more

Eye Mitra is an inclusive business initiative launched two and a half years ago by Essilor’s 2.5 New Vision Generation with the aim to improve access to vision care for underserved communities in India.  With only one qualified optometrist for every 25,000 people, India suffers from a drastic shortage of eye care professionals. The concept of the program consists in training local people in the villages  in basic vision screening and spectacle dispensing and coaching them in entrepreneurial skills to start their own small business providing vision care to their community. The record figure of 450 Eye Mitras attended an annual convention in March this year. Learn more

The Vision For Life fund, created by Essilor, and the Fondation Ophthalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild combined their strengths to offer vision care to women from underprivileged backgrounds in the Paris region. Learn more

A new 3-year-partnership to improve the visual health of children with albinism in Tanzania has been launched by INGO Standing Voice with the support of the Vision For Life fund, created by Essilor. The program will address the specific visual needs of  over 4,000 children whose genetic condition severely impacts their eyes and their sight. Learn more

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Safety glasses: For Work, Hobbies, and with your Prescription

Safety glasses have come a long way. You used to have to buy big goggles to put over your prescription glasses, which were cumbersome and could get quite foggy – making your work even harder. Whether you need prescription lenses, or not, safety glasses are a lot less bulky these days.

Even with a streamlined look, safety glasses should (of course) protect your eyes from whatever hazards you may encounter.

The best way to ensure your safety glasses will give you reliable protection is to purchase frames and lenses that are ANSI rated.

ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute; they have minimum performance requirements for glasses and put frames and lenses through a series of tests – including a high velocity test conducted with a ¼ inch steel ball!

Whether you’re buying safety glasses (or prescription safety glasses) for work on a construction site, a laboratory, or for your kid to wear to play in a baseball game, the standards are the same. At FramesDirect.com we carry multiple brands of ANSI rated safety glasses and goggles, so you can find the the perfect pair for any activity. And if you buy prescription glasses in a safety frame, we will fit them with polycarbonate lenses that are ANSI rated. Polycarbonate is the most impact-resistant lens material. A full range of lens options are available including  anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings and tinting.

You only get one pair of eyes per lifetime, so if you have a job that puts your eyes in harm’s way or just enjoy some of the more dangerous hobbies, its worthwhile to find a pair of glasses that fully protects them! All our operators at FramesDirect.com are trained opticians, so if you have any questions about getting the best safety glasses for your needs, just let us know.

If you want to learn a little more about safety glasses, check out this video with Travis:

 

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Carrera Sunglasses: The Maverick Collection (with Jared Leto)

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Known for their retro styled aviators, Carrera sunglasses are a favorite for both the hip and the sporty. Now Carrera has an exciting new product line and celeb collaboration which will get the followers of men’s fashion buzzing. Carrera has joined forces with the rebellious musician and method actor, Jared Leto. Leto is known for taking his art to the very edge, like losing a ton of weight in Requiem for a Dream (2000) and playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) – and winning an Oscar for it. Leto’s striking individualism made him the perfect model for Carrera’s new Maverick line of sunglasses, for the brave and fearless!

The Maverick mens glasses line is made from  0.7 mm laser cut stainless steel, making these the lightest shades ever to come from Carrera. The design is a reinvented classic, the silhouette features a reversed curved bridge from the Original Boeing Carrera Collection. So if you’re looking for revolutionary lightness and bold styling, check out Carrera’s newest…

 

The IMPEL Maverick CA113/S

113/S Carrera sunglasses Impel

Impel is an extremely thin and lightweight pilot frame made from laser cut stainless steel. It comes in a matte finish  with contemporary smoke-colored lenses.

The VIVID Maverick CA114/S

114/S Carrera sunglasses Vivid
Vivid is the new ultralight pilot frame. Dynamic to its core, Vivid comes with a matte finish and is fashioned from lasercut stainless steel. Featherlight, yet full of self-confidence.

The PACE Maverick 115/S

115/S Carerra sunglasses Pace
Pace is the new featherlight, laser cut round frame made out of stainless steel. With contemporary smoke-colored lenses, they are bold and provocative.

The RISE Maverick CA116/S

116/S Carerra sunglasses Rise
Rise is a radical cat eye frame that’s as razor thin as it is featherlight. It comes in a matte finish – uniting heritage with the contemporary, preserving the iconic Carrera curved bridge.

The SPRINT Maverick CA118/S

118/S Carerra sunglasses Sprint

The Sprint pilot model is extremely light and uber-thin. Fashioned from lasercut stainless steel with smoke-colored lenses, for all the visionaries out there.

The AGILE Maverick CA119/S

119/S Carrera sunglasses Agile
Agile is a super slick pilot frame. This dynamic model is fashioned from lasercut stainless steel with a matte finish for those fearless souls out there.

Also see retro sunglasses, aviator glasses, Mens Designer Sunglasses.

high index lenses

#FDAnswers: I have a strong prescription. What lenses do I need?

Full disclosure, this post is personal. I have terrible vision. I started wearing glasses when I was about 8 years old. By the time I was 11, I was begging my Mom for contact lenses. This was in the 80’s when high school girls and secretaries in movies would take their glasses off and suddenly be transformed from invisible to gorgeous. Glasses were not pretty – that’s the message I received loud and clear. Thus began a lifelong struggle with glasses, I would only wear them at home, if at all, never in public, and half the time I fell asleep with my contact lenses on. Even as the decades passed and glasses became the fashion accessory du jour, I couldn’t enjoy them. Why? Because my vision is so bad my lenses looked like the proverbial coke bottles, and turned my eyes into blinking little beads.

So that brings us to today. My prescription is -8 in my right eye and -11 in my left. I can’t see ANYTHING without glasses or contacts, but I have found a way to wear my glasses without feeling completely self conscious – three words: High Index Lenses. If your prescription is crazy high like mine, you should get the thinnest possible lens, which is the High Index 1.74. Anything +/- 6 you definitively need them. Another trick I’ve learned is to ask for no edge polish. When your lenses are VERY thick, polished edges call even more attention to them.

Here’s one of our expert opticians, Amanda, talking about the benefits of High Index 1.74 lenses.

 

If your prescription is between +/- 2 and 6, you could get the High Index 1.67 lenses. The 1.74 are the thinnest, but they aren’t available with tinting or progressives, so you may need the 1.67 if you’re looking for those add-ons. The other varieties of lenses – plastic and polycarbonate – aren’t great if you have a prescription that’s +/- 3. High Index lenses are a bit more expensive but well worth avoiding the coke bottle look!

All our high index lenses come with scratch resistant and UV coatings for no additional cost. You can learn more about all the lens types we offer at FramesDirect.com here.

PO9649S

Get the Look: Jay-Z in Persol Sunglasses

We’ve known for a while that Persol is a really popular brand for male celebrities. You’ll often find George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron  pairing them with a dapper suit on the red carpet. But Persol’s are so classic and versatile, they can be worn dressed up or down. Jay Z, for example, never lets his fashion power couple status slide, even when he’s on a more casual vibe. If you want to know – what can I wear my Persol sunglasses with? The answer is – anything! We’re not sure what designers Jay-Z is wearing, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to emulate his look. A grey t-shirt, distressed jean jacket, slim jogger-style chinos with cargo pockets, and some all white, old school Adidas is all you need. He looks comfortable but still pulled together. And the black Persol aviators elevate his outfit to reflect his star status.

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persol PO9649SOf course, you can pick up these Persol PO9649S Sunglasses at FramesDirect.com! They come in a large range of frame and lens color combinations to really personalize your look. Jay-Z chose classic black, but I’m partial to the Amber with the Polarized Blue lens, for a really unique style. The keyhole bridge is not only classy, but helps with fit  – meaning they will sit perfectly on your nose bridge. Persol glasses are still made in Italy with the finest, lightweight acetate; must be why they’re so popular with the discerning Hollywood crowd.

If you’re in the market for Jay-Z’s casual/cool outfit, we tracked down similar pieces online to style the rest.

Here’s some suggestions:

The Marled Crew in Grey, $22 from Everlane.com

The Trucker Jacket in Worn Out Blues, $148 from Levi.com

Zanerobe Dynamo Combo Jogger Pant, $139 from Urbanoutfitters.com

Adidas Originals Superstar – Men’s, $79.99 from Footlocker.com

2016 Spring Pantone® Colors (for eyewear)

Each season, the Pantone® Color Institute provides a palette inspired by art, society, and nature to reflect the current moment in our global culture. This Spring’s palette is strong yet soothing, and features colors that are uplifting while remaining grounded. The result is a calm and tranquil set of shades, that will help keep you cool as the temperature rises.

If you feel like your look could use a refresh but want to go a little bolder than a classic black or tortoise, here are three shades from the Spring Pantone® palette that work really well for eyewear. First, Iced Coffee is a versatile color that will warm your skin tone and add interest without taking away from your features. Fiesta, a fun red tone, is for the more adventurous. But red glasses have come a long way since Sally Jesse Raphael! And we think you can almost consider Snorkel Blue a neutral, just think of it as a navy with a little added pizzazz.

spring pantone 2016 glasses

blue glasses RAY-BAN RB4207 SUNGLASSES OAKLEY AIRDROP EYEGLASSES BURBERRY BE2205 EYEGLASSES red sunglasses CARRERA HOT/S SUNGLASSES PRADA PR 15PV - SWING EYEGLASSES PERSOL PO9649S SUNGLASSES beige glasses RAY-BAN RB3507 - ALUMINUM CLUBMASTER SUNGLASSES PERSOL PO3131V EYEGLASSES RAY-BAN RB2180 - ROUND SUNGLASSES

Check out the full list of Spring 2016 Pantone® Colors here.

If you like vintage frames or Cool Frames, see Derek Cardigan Eyeglasses, our new line of classic, vintage-inspired optical frames.

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Lookin’ Like Paris Fashion Week

From Tuesday, March 1st to Wednesday, March 9th,  the Ready to Wear, Fall/Winter 2016 runway shows took place in Paris. Fashion week feels like it has become fashion year  (since fashion weeks are cropping up in every major city, not to mention there are Men’s and Couture showings as well.) It can be hard to know when to perk up and take in the trends, but it doesn’t get more real-deal than the epicenter of fashion, Paris.

Among the the prestigious designers sending their creations down the catwalk were some of our favorites from FramesDirect.com! Lanvin gave a sumptuous showing  with formal, feminine silhouettes and and endless layers of ruffles and sequins (that somehow still managed to look subdued.) Get the look with these Mad Max-meets-Miami sunglasses from Lanvin.

Lanvin SLN 050 Sunglasses

LANVIN SLN 050 SUNGLASSES

 

At Miu Miu, Miuccia Prada had everything coming up denim. Somewhere between the 1990’s and Victorian times there’s a paradise where everyone is wearing tapestry maxi skirts – this show was that paradise. To channel the patchwork princess in you, try these futuristic-ly vintage (only in fashion, haha) shades from Miu Miu.

MIU MIU MU 01RS SUNGLASSES

MIU MIU MU 01RS SUNGLASSES

 

Saint Laurent was not following as closely with the 70’s revival and went in a more goth direction, with lots of black, netting, and heavy eye make-up. Saint Laurent is the new version of YSL and, FramesDirect.com are really pumped to bring their latest eyewear collection to you. If you like the dark & mysterious look from the runway, try these:

SAINT LAURENT SL 57 SUNGLASSES

SAINT LAURENT SL 57 SUNGLASSES

And at Stella McCartney, she managed to mesh urban street style (the return of the puffa coat?) with lady-like pleats and patterns for an eclectic but wearable collection. You can get your own version of the tough but feminine look with these sunglasses from Stella:

STELLA MCCARTNEY SC0011S SUNGLASSES

STELLA MCCARTNEY SC0011S SUNGLASSES

 

 

Eyewear from New York Fashion Week Designers

Get 40% Off Lenses for your stylish designed-in-America frames – until Feb 24th!

 

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#FDAnswers “Where are Oakleys made?”

A question we often hear at FramesDirect.com is “Where are Oakleys made?”

Before 2007, an identifying mark of genuine Oakleys was a “Made in USA” stamp etched on the inside of the temple. But when Oakley was acquired by Luxottica, some styles started being manufactured in other facilities around the world.

Oakley still strongly identifies as an American brand since their products are designed and engineered in California at their headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California (which is famous for its architecture.) But now many  (genuine) Oakley products are manufactured in China.

Learn more about where Oakleys are made here