Did you know that every year on the second Thursday of October it’s World Sight Day? World Sight Day is organized by The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and was created to raise awareness of blindness and vision impairment. As part of the World Health Organization’s action plan to achieve universal eye health, World Sight Day sheds light on the, largely preventable, vision problems that affect 2.5 billion people around the world. The goal of these initiatives is fulfill a future wherein “nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential, and where there is universal access to comprehensive eye care services.” from iapb.org
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We thought Rebecca would be a great candidate to try out the FramesDirect.com experience, and share it with her devoted fans. She shopped our site and picked out a gorgeous pair of Lafont Lucy eyeglasses – did I mention she has great taste as well? (No pun intended!)
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Most people have heard the old adage “carrots are good for your eyes.” Well, it’s true that carrots are great for your whole body’s health, including your eyes, but it turns out so are any of the other brightly colored fruits and vegetables that have orange, yellow, and red pigments.
The secret to why these brightly colored foods are good for your eyes lies in the beautiful pigments you see with them. Compounds called carotenoids, which lend these vibrant hues, are believed to reduce the risk of many eye diseases. Carotenoids are anti-oxidants, which prevent (or slow down) damage to the cells. Since eye diseases, like macular degeneration and cataracts, can be caused by oxidation and inflammation of the eyes, antioxidants help protect your eyes by slowing the natural damage that occurs when cells use oxygen.
One of the power-pairs of antioxidants found together, and especially beneficial for eye health, are lutein and zeaxanthin. Broccoli, peas, avocados, kale, corn, spinach, and collard greens are all filled with this magical combo.
Vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and bioflavonoids are all also anti-oxidants; so any foods rich in these will be great protection for the cells in your eyes.
Other essential ingredients for health, at the cellular level, are omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are already part of cell membranes and help regulate hormones and control inflammation. Foods like cold water fish, eggs, and nuts are rich sources.
So, the bottom line is that any food that is good at protecting and/or repairing your cells will be great at preventing eye disease. Here’s a handy guide to the top recommended foods for eye health and the reasons why they’re great.
Cold Water Fish
Salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t eat seafood, you can get a good supply of omega-3s by using fish oil supplements or taking vegetarian supplements that contain black currant seed oil or flaxseed oil.
Spinach, kale and collard greens contain lutein and zeaxanthin
Include lutein, vitamin A, omega-3, and vitamin E
Citrus Fruits and Berries
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and berries are high in vitamin C. Bilberries, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, plums, acai fruit and raspberries are rich in bioflavonoids.
Pistachios, walnuts, almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E
Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
Carrots, pumpkin, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, and strawberries are excellent sources of vitamins A and C.
Kidney beans, lentils, and black-eyed peas are good sources of bioflavonoids and zinc
AllAboutVision.com (2014, June) Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids: Powerful Eye Antioxidants, Retrieved September, 30, 2015, from http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/vitamin_c.htm
Greatist.com (2013, December) What Are Antioxidants (and How Do They Work)?, Retrieved September, 30, 2015, from http://greatist.com/health/what-are-antioxidants
GlobalHealingCenter.com (2014, June) What are Carotenoids? – 5 Health Benefits, Retrieved September, 30, 2015, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-are-carotenoids/
You may have heard people say “I’m a Winter,” or “I have cool undertones” and wondered what they meant. Knowing what colors suit you can be confusing. At FramesDirect.com, we have a do-what-feels-right philosophy when it comes to fashion. People with olive skin can’t wear yellow? People with red hair can’t wear red? Wear what makes you feel great!
All that said, color theory is kind of like astrology – it may not be verifiable or applicable to everyone, but it’s fun to think about. So lets delve into some recommendations for the best color glasses frames to bring out the color of your eyes – all based on 100% scientific fact of course….
There are essentially two directions you can go in when trying to bring out the color of your eyes, and this goes for makeup and clothing as well; you can choose a color in the same family or a complementary color (one that is opposite from your eye color on the color wheel.)
To bring out your baby blues, a midnight blue (otherwise known as navy) or a truer cobalt blue can be appealing. Try these Tory Burch frames (below) and wait for the compliments to come rolling in. Coral and champagne shades are beautiful with blue eyes, and even a traditional tortoise brown is a viable option.
If you have grey eyes, you are a special snowflake; this is one of the most rare eye colors. Why not match your eye color with these multi-tonal Shuron Ronsir Zyl’s? Anything in grey or silvery-blue will have people doing a double-take of your peepers.
OK you beautiful green-eyed gods or goddesses, you’re spoiled for choice for frame colors that will make the most of your looks. All shades of purple and plum would look amazing, like these Lafont Jupiter frames (below.) Brown, gold, and opalized shades will also work well for you, or try a bold emerald color if you’re adventurous.
Hazel eyes are so interesting, brown with gold flecks, they are one of the most dimensional eye colors. Really draw people in with amber colored glasses that echo your eyes like these Gucci‘s (below.) Delicate metallics, dusty pinks, greens and greys will also make the most of your assets.
Most of us in the world have brown eyes, so it’s lucky that there are so many colors of glasses that look nice with warm brown eyes. Basic black and brown frames look great (hooray!) But if you’re trying to be more creative; salmon, bronze, gold, lavender, and olive – like this super cool pair from Modo (below) are fab.
Dark Brown Eyes
Are your eyes so brown they’re almost black, where you can barely discern the pupil? If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your rivers run deep! For the adventurous, a violet pair would be gorgeous, or a deep chocolate brown. But why not try a silver pair like these sleek, smart Michael Kors frames (below)
No matter your eye color, there is a beautiful way to accent it using glasses. On FramesDirect.com it’s easy to shop by color if you use one of our handy search filters.
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