January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness and other leading eye health organizations, in an effort to help educate the public on the disease. Glaucoma is a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers connecting the eye to the brain, and is the leading cause of preventable blindness.
Tomorrow is the end-of-year deadline to use those tax free Flex Spending dollars. At FramesDirect.com we encourage you to make the most of your money by getting a pair of prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, frames without lenses, or contacts. You already know that FSAs are a great benefit (offered by around 90% of employers) but below are some FSA facts you may not know.
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!
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
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 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.
More 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
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!
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!!
Summer vacation is over. Time to go back to work or school, and time to start visiting doctors. Whether you need a physical for sports or vaccines for the new year, make sure that you add an eye exam to the list of check ups you’ll need to schedule.
We also know that the selection can be overwhelming, so we decided to create this handy infographic to help you decide which Sunglasses are right for your sport!