Do I Have Real or Fake Ray-Bans?

Ray-Bans are some of the most sought-after frames on the market, and for good reason: they’re dependable, they look amazing on everyone, and they’re made with unbeatable quality. From Aviators to Wayfarers to Clubmasters, Ray-Ban has a frame to suit everyone. Unfortunately, cheap Ray-Ban knockoffs are crowding the market, so if can be challenging to tell if you have real or fake Ray-Bans.

If you’re wondering about your Ray-Bans’ authenticity, ask yourself these questions:

Are they too light?

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Genuine Ray-Bans have a solid weight to them. Most Ray-Ban’s have glass or glass-like lenses – NOT cheap plastic. If your glasses feel conspicuously light, they may not be the real deal.

Are the hinges high quality?


Pay attention to how the temples fold and unfold. Real Ray-bans have metal hinges, and they should open and close with ease. Many models (not all) include seven interlocking “teeth” in the hinge. Glasses with plastic or bolted-on hinges are likely fake.

Are the logos legit?

On modern Ray-Ban lenses, you can find the logo attached to the temple and etched onto the lens. On older pre-2000 models, you’ll find the letters BL, representing Bausch & Lomb, the company’s former owner. Many models also include the logo on the nose pads. If you can either smudge the etching or easily remove the temple logo, that’s not a good sign!


Does the booklet have errors?

Many Ray-Ban models include a small booklet with information about your glasses and lifestyle images of the products. Can you find spelling and grammatical errors in the booklet? Does the paper feel cheap? If the answer is yes to either of those, you may not have genuine Ray-Bans.

Where did you get them?

Did you purchase your frames from a licensed retailer, or sort of sketchy website or store? Likewise, if you got them at a surprising discount that seems too good to be true… it probably is.

Take all the guesswork out of it by going straight from an official Ray-Ban retailer, like

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Did You Know These 4 Celebrities Have Their Own Eyewear Brands?

One of the greatest guitar players of all time. An Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress from Colombia. A record producer, music manager and reality show judge. A French actress who anchored one of the most successful perfume promotions ever.

Aside from being famous, these stars all have one thing in common:

They all have their own exclusive lines of stunning eyewear.

Best of all, their designs (plus over 100 other designers) are currently 40% off at Save big on frames and take 50% off prescription lenses for a limited time.

Carlos Santana

In addition to 10 Grammys and 3 Latin Grammys, Rolling Stone listed Carlos Santana as #20 in the list of greatest guitarists of all time. He also pioneered his own line of eyewear. In fact, the Smooth guitar superstar has two lines: Carlos by Carlos Santana and Santana by Carlos Santana.

Find Carlos Santana eyewear here.

Sofia Vergara

Best known for playing the fiery Gloria on TV’s  Modern Family, Sofia Vergara has also become a modern fashion icon in her own right. Her line of eyewear is a fun combination of sophistication and creativity.

Start shopping for Sofia Vergara glasses.

Catherine Deneuve

Left: Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve is one of the most acclaimed French actresses of all time. As the face of the Chanel No. 5 campaign in the 70s, she helped sell a million bottles of perfume. She brings class, beauty, mystery, sophistication, and grace to both the big screen and her immaculate collection of eyewear.

Check out Catherine Deneuve eyeglasses here.

Randy Jackson

While most people recognize him from American Idol, Randy Jackson first gained notoriety as a record producer and music manager. He’s since broken through to the fashion world with his line of eyewear. His frames are modern, savvy, tasteful, fashionable, and wearable.

See how Randy Jackson eyewear would look on you.

And while they may not be celebrities, many are surprised to learn that NASCAR, Pez and Polaroid all have their own brands of eyeglasses as well – and they’re all stunning!

Don’t forget: frames from all of these lines mentioned here are currently 40% off at, and prescription lenses are 50% off! 

Better hurry – the discount won’t last long.

Prescription Sunglasses vs Photochromic Lenses: Which Is Best?

You’re driving down the road with your eyeglasses on, sunglasses perched crookedly over them—glasses wearers can likely relate to this less-than-chic scenario. You need your glasses to see clearly, but heading outdoors means squinting through the harsh rays from the beating sun. Deciding between sunglasses and clear vision isn’t the struggle it once was with the availability of both prescription sunglasses and photochromic, or light-adaptive lenses.

What Are Photochromic Lenses?

Photochromic lenses are often known by the popular brand name Transitions®. These lenses are clear indoors, but a chemical reaction within the lens causes them to darken after about 30 seconds of exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight. After moving indoors, the lenses become clear again within a few minutes. Adaptive lenses are available in a range of materials, lens colors, and lens treatments such as anti-glare coatings. Some adaptive lenses become polarized as they tint. Even some prescription progressive and bifocal eyeglasses can use Transitions do photochromic lenses work

Should I Get Transitions Lenses or Prescription Sunglasses?

There are pros and cons on both sides of the Transitions lenses versus prescription sunglasses debate. Both can block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Both light-adaptive lenses and prescription sunglasses lenses can be used in most optical-quality frames, including designer styles from top brands. Other considerations include:

Type of Activity

When trying to decide between the two, first consider what you spend the majority of your time doing.
Adaptive lenses are convenient for quick trips in and out.
For activities that include time on the water or snow—where bright light may reflect back at you—prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses may be better suited to the job.
Adaptive lenses react differently to glare from shiny surfaces such as snow and water, so they may not darken enough to meet your needs.
Photochromic performance can be influenced by temperature, so lenses can also take longer to adjust in cold temperatures.


Many people appreciate the opportunity to accessorize with bold sunglasses, while others find it a hassle to switch between prescription sunglasses and regular glasses.
Carrying a pair of each means you may be more likely to leave a pair of glasses somewhere.
You may forget to bring sunglasses when you need them.
Children who wear eyeglasses, especially, can benefit from glasses that automatically change to suit light conditions.


When it comes to Transitions lenses, cost earns a check in the ‘pro’ column.
Transitions lenses last for about three years—longer than the life of a typical eyeglasses prescription. After about three years, the lenses may not get as dark and could show signs of yellowing.
While you’ll pay an upgrade charge for the photochromic treatment, buying only one pair of prescription glasses saves you money overall.
A pair of Rx sunglasses can cost as much as, or more than, a pair of regular prescription glasses.
With prescription sunglasses, you’ll replace two pairs of glasses rather than one each time you update your prescription.


Photochromic glasses can reduce eye strain by continuously adapting to changing light conditions. This means:
Reduced sensitivity to the light, no squinting into the sun
Full protection from UV rays every time you step outdoors
Transitions lenses change in response to the brightness outdoors, so you will benefit from an ideal amount of tint on cloudy days as well; prescription sunglasses may be too dark for a semi-cloudy day.

Disadvantages of Photochromic Lenses

While photochromic lenses are useful for a walk outdoors or BBQing with family, there are some drawbacks.
A common complaint is that small-framed eyeglasses with variable tint lenses are not large enough to comfortably block the sun. For the best protection, sunglasses should wrap around to cover the whole eye to effectively block stray UV rays.
Variable tint lenses will not be as dark as sunglasses and may not provide enough protection on a bright day. Sunglasses can block up to 85% of light, while Transitions lenses block a maximum of 75%.
You may find that Transitions lenses are not ideal for outdoor photography as the display on your camera may be difficult to see.
You may need to remove your glasses when you pose for outdoor portraits to avoid dark lenses in your photo.

Do Transitions Lenses Work in the Car?

Most light-adaptive lenses do not work in the car. Photochromic lenses darken as a response to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Since windshields have filters built into the glass to block UV rays, your lenses will not react. Transitions® Drivewear™ lenses work with both visible and UV light and will darken behind the wheel, but are not recommended for nighttime driving.

The sun’s UV rays can cause cataracts and damage the retina, so wearing UVA/UVB protective sunglasses each time you go outdoors is more than just a fashion statement—it’s a necessity. The choice between prescription sunglasses or light-adaptive lenses is up to you. If Transitions lenses aren’t right for you, avoid the doubled-up look with a pair of designer prescription sunglasses.

Summer Style Mentions Roundup

Autumn is here, and we’re looking back at how we spent the final weeks of the lazy, hazy days of summer. We caught as many rays as possible, and we weren’t the only ones to throw on a pair of sunglasses and show off our summer style. Just check out how some of our favorite Instagrammers styled their FramesDirect sunnies!

Bri and Ami of hungryhipsters hit the festival scene wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses. In addition to soaking up some sun and listening to live music, they taste-tested their way across the venue. Photos of their fantastic style and delicious festival bites had us wishing for more.

We’re out doing our festival thing again??

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Laura of The Pixie Cut never fails to thrill us with her fun, flashy looks. If you like fabulous hair, edgy fashion, and things that sparkle—with a few furry surprises thrown in—you’ll love this. Check out her impressive collection of sunglasses, including these Prada Cinema frames from FramesDirect. She styled them perfectly straight through summer and into the fall.

The Northern Southern’s Elizabeth showed off a similar pair of Prada sunglasses throughout the season. She proved that sunglasses go with anything: easygoing dresses, ankle tie pants, chic denim, and trendy ruffles.

Looks like Prada was a popular pick this summer! RiannStar wore her Prada Cinema sunglasses to music festivals, on helicopter tours, sipping mojitos, and savoring coffee while she explored San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach, and other California destinations. She also included us in yet another favorites roundup, d’awww.

Watch her thrift, watch her slay slay. Danielle from Hello Mrs. Blog pairs her Prada sunglasses from FramesDirect with thrifted pieces to show us all that glam goes anywhere. Whether she’s out wine tasting with her girls, working hard as a wedding photographer, attending weddings as a guest—or even climbing to the top of a mountain—her boho-chic style give us some serious inspo. We just can’t get enough of the outfits and accessories (or the scenery) she shares.

When you’re having a good hair day, it must be documented ??? @sheinofficial @framesdirect

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A velvet crop top and floral print overalls are appropriate for hiking right?! ? @framesdirect

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Saturday mornings at @storycoffeeco ??

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One way I keep my wardrobe fresh and unique, is by shopping at thrift stores! Plus it’s cheaper too ??? @savers_thrift @framesdirect

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Summer may have disappeared on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away those sunnies. We will be watching to see how designer eyewear shows up as photos with backdrops of changing leaves turn to snowy slopeside selfies. What style will come out on top for fall 2017? Tinted lenses, tortoise frames, or frames with a double bridge or funky shape—no matter which you pick, share your style on Instagram with #ShowYourFrames.

When Did Aviator Sunglasses Become So Popular?

Aviator sunglasses may be fashionable, statement-making eyewear in 2017, but this popular shape has been on the scene since 1936. The teardrop-shaped sunglasses were originally developed for use by US Air Force pilots. Since then, they have made countless appearances in movies, in celebrity wardrobes, and on the runway. The classic ‘pilot-style’ aviator frames seem to land on the ‘top trends’ lists more often than not. When did aviator sunglasses become so popular?

Aviator Sunglasses in History

Bausch & Lomb developed the original aviator-style sunglasses as an alternative to flight goggles that couldn’t perform as the job required. Flight capabilities were advancing rapidly while the pilots’ gear stalled. The sunglasses Bausch & Lomb created wouldn’t fog up like goggles, offered a comfortable, more stylish fit, and the large shape and dark or mirrored lenses blocked more light to better protect pilots’ eyes. Originally called ‘Anti-Glares,’ they were branded ‘Ray-Ban’ upon their release since they sought to ‘ban’ the harsh ‘rays’ from the sun.

General Douglas MacArthur, 1944.

Ray-Ban aviators became standard military issue during World War II and became famous after photos surfaced showing General Douglas MacArthur wearing his.

The image became the go-to ‘wartime’ look in Hollywood. After the war, the military style became popular among both private and commercial pilots, police officers, and sportsmen due to their utility and performance.

The thin, wire-framed sunglasses evolved through the years as makers began to put their own spin on the style. Randolph Engineering took over the military contract in the 1980s, and countless designer brands began to release their own aviators. Thick plastic frames and shield-style aviators began to appear, as did tinted lenses and various frame finishes. The 1970s brought feminine styling to the rugged military look using softer colors and rhinestones. This fresh approach gave the large, tough frames a unisex appeal.

Aviator Sunglasses in Pop Culture

The aviator style’s rose in popularity as it appeared in more and more films throughout the decades. Beginning in the 1950s, Ray-Ban paid to place aviator sunglasses in movies and the trend stuck. Military and police films drove the popularity of the style, while celebrities favored the look on stage and in public. Elvis wore a flashy version of the oversized frames in the 70s, and Michael Jackson rocketed thick shield aviators into popularity during the 80s.

Robert De Niro donned an updated square version of aviators in Taxi Driver, which gave the style a boost. Sales leapt a shocking 40% after Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer wore aviator sunglasses in  Top Gun.

Hollywood continued to feature aviators on screen year after year. Cobra intimidated in a pair of outdoorsman aviators, Johnny Depp’s Raoul Duke showed off Ray-Ban shooter aviators in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Bradley Cooper’s character counted on classic Ray-Ban aviators to shield his eyes from the brutal daylight in The Hangover.

This iconic style seems to be in the middle of yet another resurgence of popularity. Maui Jim, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci are among the countless designer labels that have released their own aviator sunglasses. It’s a chic, high-fashion staple on both the runway and red carpet, yet retains its rugged, tough image. While Tom Cruise wears a pair of Randolph Engineering aviators in the recent crime film American Made, fashionistas and frenzied dressers grab their aviator sunnies before heading out on the town. After 80 years , the style’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. With a decades-long run, maybe the question should be, were aviator sunglasses ever not popular?

Dolce & Gabbana: Who Are They?

The design powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana has become a dominating presence in the world of Italian fashion design since the duo got its start in the 1980s. After overcoming a few difficulties in the brand’s history, Dolce & Gabbana has become one of the best selling luxury brands in the world thanks to its bold, versatile designs inspired by vintage Italian films and the designers’ own Mediterranean roots. While the D&G logo is one of the most recognizable in luxury fashion and beyond, who are the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label?

Two Fashion Designers Walk Into a Bar…

Domenico Dolce was born in September, 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. He was born into the world of fashion. From a young age, he worked at his family’s clothing business where his father was a tailor. Dolce found fashion to be his ideal form of expression and always yearned to break into the industry; his goal was to work for Giorgio Armani. Dolce dropped out of fashion design school—he claimed he already knew everything he needed to know. He began his work as an assistant designer for Giorgio Correggiari’s fashion house in Milan.

While Domenico Dolce was sure of his future in fashion design, Stefano Gabbana started his career elsewhere. He was born in November, 1962 in Milan, where his father worked for a printing factory. Gabbana graduated from a graphic design institute with the intention of working in advertising. However, he soon became disenchanted and left his job. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in a bar in 1980 and, at Dolce’s urging, Gabbana went to work for Giorgio Correggiari as well.

The First Collection: ‘Real Women’

After two years working for Correggiari they opened their own designer consulting studio, then later founded their own fashion house. Their runway debut came in 1985 at a show for new designers at Milan Fashion Week. Using friends and family as models in their first show began a tradition that Dolce and Gabbana continue today. Non-models frequently strut the runway at D&G shows. They named their first collection ‘Real Women,’ a nod to their casting choices.

Disappointing sales from their first collection nearly derailed their success, but serendipitous events led to the release of a second collection. They opened their first storefront in 1986 and produced a bold and versatile third collection. It was their fourth collection that really garnered attention; vintage 1940s and retro Italian cinema influenced the pair, who continued their rise to the top.

Leotards, Fragrances, Motorola, and Madonna

Additional lines dropped at a swift pace; a leotard line and ready-to-wear collection came in 1988, followed by beachwear and lingerie in 1989, then menswear in 1990. In 1994, the D&G label debuted at a lower price point with styles intended for younger crowds. Their first boutique opened in Japan in 1989. In the subsequent years they released many collections: home décor, a bridal line, D&G Junior clothing for children, timepieces, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and more. The label also partnered with various brands for everything from a Motorola cell phone and sports uniforms to interior design projects.

Their success escalated when Madonna appeared in a Dolce & Gabbana corset and jacket combo. She later reached out to the couple to design 1,500 costumes for her 1993 tour. They’ve since designed costumes for movies, stage and music videos. In addition to dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Angelina Jolie, Dolce and Gabbana have appeared in several films.

D&G: Bold, Exciting Luxury

Dolce & Gabbana first explored the idea of signature eyewear in 1996 and launched its eyewear collection in 1998. The designers also co-created an eyewear collection with Madonna in 2010 under the label MDG. Dolce & Gabbana continues to impress with its bold, expressive, and artistic sunglasses and eyeglasses designs. Dolce & Gabbana eyeglasses provide the same showstopping and exciting luxury found in its apparel and accessories collections.

New! Dolce & Gabbana DG6111 Sunglasses

While most of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion lines continue today, a few have phased out, and additional labels all merged under the Dolce & Gabbana label in 2011. They are known for their versatile and edgy styles. The ways they explore and unite a range of themes—minimalist, showy, ultra-feminine meets masculine, bourgeois, or sports-inspired—keeps the world of luxury fashion on its toes. Now a symbol of sophisticated Italian style throughout the world, the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label continue to stay true to their identity and vision while dressing the world in their extravagant, playful, yet timeless styles.

Can Wearing Glasses Improve Your Vision?

Yes, wearing glasses can improve your vision. Glasses clarify and enhance what you can see—but the better vision that comes from wearing glasses is thanks to a change in your perspective, and not the result of any actual changes to your eye or eyesight. Glasses can counteract and correct physical anomalies in the shape of your eye that impact your ability to process light properly, which in turn harms your vision. While glasses are a helpful tool to bridge that gap, they do not actually help your eyesight get better.

Why Do You Need Glasses?

Simply put, glasses help people see better, and they can be used to counteract eyesight problems with distance and/or clarity. You can improve many visual issues and conditions by wearing prescription glasses. For many eyeglass wearers, this leads a much higher quality of day-to-day life.

The physical nature of your eye is directly related to the type of vision problems you’ll face, and helps identify the proper type of glasses to improve your vision. Nearsightedness and farsightedness are the most common visual impairment issues people face. Nearsighted refers to someone who can see things close to them well, but who suffers from fuzzy vision at a distance. In this scenario, the physical length of the eye is too long, which causes the distortion. In contrast, far-sightedness results from an eyeball that is too short, making it difficult to read and see things close-up. Wearing prescription glasses significantly improves both of these conditions.

Furthermore, glasses can be useful during specific activities, like reading, writing, or driving.

Will Wearing Glasses Weaken Your Eyes?

Glasses can improve your vision—but, just like they can’t strengthen or improve your physical eye to fix your eyesight, they are also not going to weaken your eyes if you wear them. Prescription eyeglasses are optical aids that change the way your eye receives light rays to improve visual clarity. This results in a better overall visual experience. Wearing glass does not increase or decrease your actual eyesight and vision strength.

Can Wearing Glasses Improve Your Vision?

If you are having trouble seeing in different scenarios, your eyesight can get better if you wear glasses. Glasses are an excellent tool to help improve your vision, but you must use them consistently as an aid. They cannot “fix” any medical issues or make significant changes to the structure of your eye, so the result of wearing glasses is a temporary boost in your overall visual perception.

The Story Behind the Wayfarer: Ray-Ban’s Most Rebellious Frames

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is one of the most iconic pieces of eyewear of all time. You may not know the name, but you know the look.

Since 1937, Ray-Ban has been a leading manufacturer of premium American eyewear. One of their earlier designs – The Aviator – put them on the map. Aviators were designed specifically for pilots who had trouble seeing focusing their eyes due to the ultra bright blue and white hues of the sky. The design took off.

Then in 1952, Ray-Ban had its second big hit with the Wayfarers. The inspiration came from two unexpected sources: the Eames lounge chair and tailfins from the classic Cadillac design.

An odd mix, sure, but the result is a stunning piece of American fashion that’s endured for decades.

At a time when most glasses were metal, these were made of plastic, and the temples had a distinctive flared angle. Designs like this may seem standard to our eyes today, but half a century ago, these were revolutionary.

‘Unstable Dangerousness’

As 1970s fashion critic Stephen Bayley puts it, the Wayfarers “spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness.”

When movie star bad boy James Dean was seen wearing Wayfarers, it cemented the frames as a symbol of rebellion.

Other stars followed soon suit.Audrey Hepburn could be seen sporting the specs, followed by Cary Grant, Kim Novak, and Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t just actors: artists and musicians like John Lennon, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan all embraced the defiant, radical spirit of the Wayfarers.

Of course, seeing every major icon of the ‘50s and ‘60s sporting these had a tremendous impact on sales. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. It wasn’t until the 1980s when then Wayfarers came thundering back into the public eye.


The 80s Resurgence

Ray-Ban made a product placement deal in 1981 that put Wayfarers onscreen over 60 times in movies and TV shows. After Tom Cruise paired Wayfarers with tighty whities in Risky Business, sales skyrocketed. Viewers saw them on Don Johnson in Miami Vice, on Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, and on Tom Cruise again in Top Gun.

Almost every major musician of the ‘80s wore them at concerts: Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Queen… the list goes on!

And they’re still going strong. James Franco, who once played James Dean in a TV movie early in his career, can be seen wearing the specs some 50 years after Dean rebelled without a cause. Celebs like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas and Robert Pattinson avoid the paparazzi in the distinctive Wayfarer frames.

Are You a Wayfarer?

Ray-Ban Wayfarers have unquestionably survived the test of time, remaining a top seller a half decade after their premier.

Wayfarers look stunning on oval-shaped or round faces, and the design is perfect for males and females.


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9 Bold & Stylish Glasses Guaranteed to Make an Impression

You’re not looking for “boring.” You don’t want “standard”.

You deserve better than “ordinary.”

You want frames that match your unconventional spirit. Here are 9 daring, inspiring and stylish glasses that you won’t soon forget.

Best of all, all of these frames are currently 40% off at, along with eyewear from over 100 premium brands. Prescription lenses are also 50% off! Click here to see the full list of participating designers and brands.

Carrera CA1008/S Sunglasses

With a retrofuturistic design and color scheme, these eye-popping Carerras are sure to stand out from the crowd.

Caviar 5611 Champagne

As the name implies, the breathtaking Champagne frames from Caviar are the definition of elegance, grace, and sophistication. Pure class.

Dolce & Gabbana DG 1287

Dolce & Gabbana delivers a stunning silhouette as always, but what really sets these frames apart is the intricate webbing detail in the temples.

Kate Spade Amara/S Sunglasses

Easily the most understated look on this list, the design is striking nevertheless. The black accent atop the clear frame perfectly mirrors the shape of the temple, creating a timeless, satisfying look.

Marc Jacobs Marc 16/S Sunglasses

That classic circle shape with the cat-ear accent. Those beaded details. The way it adds drama and an upward accent to any woman’s face. Perfection.

Miu Miu MU 54SS Sunglasses

Speaking of drama… Miu Miu took sunglasses and made them a work of art. If Audrey Hepburn made Breakfast at Tiffany’s today, she’d be rocking these. Available with an extra-protective mirror coating.

Prada PR 07TS Sunglasses

The best fashion brings you joy just by looking at it. These playful curlicues and fearless accents bring a smile to anyone who sees you wearing these.

Roberto Cavalli RC1024 (CARDUCCI) Sunglasses

Can you tell that Italian designer Roberto Cavalli started his career as an artist? The whimsical flourishes he brings to these frames are daring and experimental, and the result? Class, sophistication, and artistry.

Tommy Hilfiger TH1481 Eyeglasses

Simple concept, stunning execution. There’s a good chance you know someone who’s style perfectly matches this classic, black and white, Tim Burton meets Daria aesthetic. Maybe it’s you.

Is it time for a fresh new pair of specs? Any of the above frames will add grace, beauty and confidence to your look!

Act now to get any of the above (plus eyewear from over 100 top designers and brands) at a staggering 40% off. Plus, you can add prescription lenses for 50% off!

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An Eye Exam Every Year Might Save You from Going Blind

If it’s been more than a year since you had an examination by an eye care professional, here are reasons why you need to make an appointment now.

How many doctors do you see on a regular basis? Many of us probably go to the doctor for an annual physical and see a specialist regularly as well, but what about an eye doctor? If you haven’t seen an eyecare professional in the last year, now is a great time because August is Eye Exam Awareness Month. More importantly, a comprehensive eye exam is a good way to get a glimpse of your overall health. An eye doctor can look into your eyes and see the signs of chronic diseases, so it’s not just about making sure you can see—it’s how you see and how you want to keep seeing.

How often should you see an eye doctor?

Acknowledging your eyes truly are a window to your overall health, adults should get a thorough eye exam every year. During a routine exam, your eye care professional doesn’t just check to see if you need glasses or contact lenses. He or she also checks for eye diseases and is often the first one to spot a number of other chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, brain abnormalities, and even certain cancers.

A regular eye exam is especially important if you’re considered at risk for eye and vision problems. At-risk people are usually those with diabetes and high blood pressure, or who have a family history of eye disease like glaucoma or macular degeneration. But you might be surprised to know that “at risk” also includes contact lens wearers and people whose jobs are highly demanding visually. If you stare at a computer screen all day, you may also be considered at risk so you’ll want to be sure to get a thorough eye exam every year.

So how do you know if you’re experiencing an eye issue? Many eye diseases have no symptoms until the disease process is well advanced. Typically, vision issues manifest with blurred vision while driving or reading. You may also find yourself squinting at the television, feeling visual fatigue by the end of the day, or getting frequent headaches. If it’s been more than a year since your last visit to your eye doctor, it’s possible your prescription may be out of date.

Is an online exam good enough?

You may come across websites or smartphone apps that offer online eye exams. These services are definitely tempting. You can get your eyes checked from the comfort of your home instead of making an appointment with your eyecare professional, but you shouldn’t rely on an online test to give you a complete picture of your eye health. Here’s why:

  • An online exam can only show what vision correction you may need. In fact, the American Optometric Association has warned against online exams specifically because they aren’t thorough enough. For example, your phone or computer can’t do an eye pressure test to check for glaucoma, which means key indicators of potential health problems could be missed.
  • A comprehensive eye exam should include several different tests—many of which, today, have to be done face-to-face with the proper equipment.

Let’s talk eye tests: What type of tests are included in a comprehensive exam?

In addition to the routine eye pressure test, a comprehensive eye exam should include several different tests—many of which must be done face-to-face with the appropriate equipment. These include a slit lamp exam, which uses a unique microscope to review the structures of your eye, as well as pupil dilation, which can help detect conditions like a retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and glaucoma.

During your comprehensive exam, your doctor will also review your medical history to identify any risk factors for eye disease. He or she will then determine the appropriate tests for you. For instance, glaucoma, a group of eye diseases where damage to the optic nerve can cause blindness, is hereditary. So if you have a family member with glaucoma, chances are good your doctor will test you for it as well.

Patients living with diabetes may develop retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that is a result of leakage from blood vessels. It can cause blindness. Diabetics may also be at higher risk of developing cataracts, a gradual clouding of the eye’s lens. Older individuals may be at risk of experiencing AMD, an eye disease that causes damage to the macula, which is a tiny spot near the center of the eye that is responsible for seeing objects straight ahead.

Additionally, during your exam, your doctor will give you tests for vision sharpness, color-blindness, eye movement testing, depth perception, and, potentially, a peripheral vision test. All of these tests are helpful in diagnosing potential vision issues and determining the best method to address them. Based on your results, your doctor might also suggest additional testing.

What should I know about children’s eyes?

While you’re making your eye exam appointment, don’t forget about your kids. The American Optometric Association recommends children receive at least 3 eye exams by age 6; before they start school, starting as early as 6 months old. After that, they should be examined every 1 to 2 years, depending on whether they need vision correction and whether they are at risk for development of eye and vision problems. Your child should also see an eye care professional if you suspect a problem with their vision. Keep an eye out for these symptoms or behaviors:

  • Avoiding or disliking reading
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty throwing or catching a ball, copying from a chalkboard, or tying their shoes
  • Pulling a book in close to their face or sitting too close to a TV
  • Lots of blinking or eye rubbing

Another reason to ensure your kids get regular eye exams is that nearly 80% of a child’s learning happens visually. Too often, a child who can’t see well is misdiagnosed with a totally unrelated behavioral problem like ADHD when they may only need a pair of glasses.

What should I tell my eye doctor during an exam?

Just like any other doctor appointment, an eye exam should include a robust dialogue with your doctor, with full transparency on the amount of time you spend staring at screens and tablets and whether you follow guidelines for things like sleeping with your contact lenses in. Sharing your lifestyle and habits with your eye doctor will allow him or her to provide guidance on optimal eye health for you. Some questions you may want to ask your eye doctor include:

  • Does my vision seem stable?
  • Are prescription sunglasses a good option for me?
  • How do I address tired eyes?
  • What kind of eye drops do you recommend?

If it’s been awhile since you or your kids had an eye exam, don’t put it off any longer. Make an appointment with an eye care professional today to help ensure good vision for life.