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#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.

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Wood Glasses & Wooden Sunglasses; Tapping into Nature’s Textures

Wooden sunglasses and glasses frames accents can no longer be considered a trend when they stick around this long (get it?) And like a tree that takes a lifetime time to grow to full height, these natural beauties are made to last. Taking advantage of the textures and colors wrought by Mother Nature herself, there is no better way to marry the sleek and fashionable with the earthy and organic.

Non-prescription glasses, fake glasses, clear glasses…Just for FUN glasses.

Don’t be embarrassed, a lot of people do it – it’s totally normal. Well, totally normal for people like us who are obsessed with fashion, accessories, and eyewear. Of course, we can all wear sunnies regardless of whether our vision is 20/20, and sunglasses are always fun. BUT – the transformative quality of optical glasses (they can make you look smarter, more sophisticated, more serious, – or more serious about looking cute) is on another level.

New Brand Spotlight: Miu Miu Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection

Miu Miu was created in 1993 by Miuccia Prada who saw an opportunity to create a more fun, feminine, and playful side of Prada. Three years later, Miu Miu showed its first collection at New York Fashion Week. Soon the line would include scarves, bags, and, our favorite, eyewear. The Miu Miu 2015 Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection is now at FramesDirect.com!

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The Miu Miu 2015 Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection features strong textures, pastel colors, and lots of glitter. The most interesting feature is the semi rimless frames with squared-off bottoms and round or cat eye tops.

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Miu Miu Sunglasses are spunky, colorful, and not for the faint of heart. Miu Miu Eyeglasses feature traditional and nontraditional textures alongside beautiful, silver and gold detailing in the bridge and temples.

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Check out the Miu Miu Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection at Framesdirect.com!

Adult Styles in Kid Friendly Sizes: Changes in Kids Eyewear

2015-07-21_11-20-49The eyewear pictured below isn’t for adults, it’s for kids! Today, large eyewear companies like Lilly Pulitzer, Penguin, and Ray-Ban have begun creating kids eyewear. These new eyeglasses and sunglasses are not traditional kid glasses, but smaller version of adult bestsellers to ensure that your kids will love them, and more importantly, wear them.

Symptoms from not wearing glasses are headaches, blurry vision, and fatigue. This affects grades in school and confidence levels in extracurricular activities. Its important to pick out a pair of glasses that your kids will love and will want to wear everyday. A pair that is comfortable, durable, and trendy.

bannerMore and more children, preteens, and teens are demanding more “adult” looking frames that remind them of what they see on their parents, and what they see on TV. Traditionally, kids glasses were styled as, well, “kids” glasses. They featured cartoon characters with over the top patterns and colors. But, as more teens and preteens start wearing glasses, demand for more fashion forward options has emerged.

Today, tops brands are simply creating kid-sized versions of their most popular, adult glasses. Now, teens and preteens can wear the same frames as their favorite TV stars and musicians (which means they will actually wear their glasses). This school year, make sure you get your child their annual eye exam, and make sure to get them a pair of frames they’ll love!

Here are some awesome, trendy children’s eyewear options you can find on FramesDirect.com

 

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Why Do I Need Reading Glasses?

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Reading glasses are an inevitability for most people, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the $10 pair from the drug store with cheap lenses and little beads hanging off the temples…

It’s going to happen to everyone and you can’t fight it but that doesn’t mean that you have to get a boring pair from the drugstore down the street! Reading glasses (or readers) are a pair of glasses that help with close vision for activities like reading. Today many different, designer brands have been making stylish reading glasses that are cost effective, and for those who are not ready for bifocals.

Who needs reading glasses?

Deteriorating close vision is a symptom of an extremely common condition called Presbyopia. There is no treatment for Presbyopia because it is a natural phenomena that happens to our eyes as we get older. When we reach our forties, the lenses in our eyes start becoming less malleable, and it becomes more difficult for them to easily bend into the correct shape for up close vision. That means that activities like reading and driving can become more difficult. This is when adults in their forties begin to hold up books and menus at arms length to read them!

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Why don’t I just get bifocals?

Bifocal lenses are for people who need help with both far and near vision. The line on bifocal lenses can also be difficult to get used to. Bifocals can cost up to double what reading glasses do. Progressive lenses (which are like bifocals, but without an annoying line) can cost even more. If you are looking for a solution for just close vision, reading glasses are your best bet! Reading glasses come in six, generic powers that fit a majority of people (+1.00, +1.50, +1.75, +2.00, +2.25, +2.50, +3.00).

But reading glasses are ugly!

But they don’t have to be! Certain brands such as Private Eyes Readers and Corinne McCormack make beautiful readers that are fashion forward, professional, and not too expensive. If you need sunglasses, well-known sunglasses brands like Costa and Maui Jim make Costa C-Mates and Maui Jim Readers, which still have the style and innovation that is associated with the Costa and Maui Jim names, but at a more affordable cost!
More questions about reading glasses? Check out these awesome reading glasses below and our reading glasses page at FramesDirect.com!!

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Lens Color Guide: Which Color is Right for You?

Sporty Sunglasses Lenses come in a variety of colors and options from vermillian to bright blue. FramesDirect.com knows that it can be confusing when choosing the right lens color for your needs.

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If you are still trying to figure out what kind of sunglasses fit well with your sport of choice, visit our handy Sunglasses Infographic, but if you have the frames and are not sure which color lenses you need, here is a short explanation of which colors are meant for what activities.

Dark Colors (Brown, Black, Grey, Green)

Dark colored lenses are your typical, sunglasses lenses. They are used for everyday activities like hiking, driving, and swimming. These colors tend to cut down on glare, and are good for outdoor activities that, without sunglasses, would require a lot of squinting. If you are looking for a color that is fashion forward and can be used for a variety of outside activities green is the color for you! For a more toned down, classic look, stick with staple colors like black, grey, and brown.

Light Colors

Most light colored lenses make your environment appear lighter. This does not mean, however, that they cannot provide 100% UV protection. Light colored lenses are normally specialty lenses. For example, yellow lenses filter blue light from computer screens, and are also good for cutting through fog and other low-light situations. Other colors like pink or red lenses reduce eye strain, and provide contrast for low-light activities such as hiking in the evening. For more information on specific colors, check out our Lens Color Guide, or take a look below at this nifty chart!

Color Lense Guide

 

We known that choosing the right lens color can be overwhelming, but once you have the perfect lens and frame combo, you can turn your sunglasses into a customized fashion statement!