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Valentine’s Day at Visage – Featuring Jane’s Vanity & Anne et Valentin

Join us at Visage for a special Valentine’s Day event with Jane’s Vanity!  The evening will feature the latest luxury designs from France, delicious cheeses and champagne.  Jane Adams brings her most fabulous lingerie finds from her recent trip to Paris, and Visage will feature the newest collection of French eyewear from Anne et Valentin .

Jane & Emily, of Jane’s Vanity, travel the world in search of the finest lingerie, hosiery and jewelry to satisfy their discerning clientele.  They know that “a perfect little piece” has the power to transform a wardrobe and create a sensational look.  Jane and Emily will be on hand to discuss their most recent finds, advise on fit and style, and help you select the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for yourself or that someone special.  Pieces from the collection will stay on display (available to purchase) at Visage through the month of February.

The event takes place Wednesday Evening February 5th from 6 to 8 pm, and we hope you can join us!

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Below is an article from The Glaucoma Research Foundation:

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.

Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.  In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages.

Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.

There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. Watch a video from the research scientists working to find a cure.

Types of Glaucoma

There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss.

Read more about Types of Glaucoma

Facts and Statistics

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.

The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma.

Read more glaucoma facts and statistics

Risk Factors

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.

Call Visage to schedule an eye exam today!

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Golden Globes Eyewear – Get the Look!

If you turned into the Golden Globes on Sunday you may have noticed something different on the red carpet…Stars are embracing more and more wearing amazing glasses that compliment their glamorous look and you can too!

Steve McQueen in a sporty shaped black polished frame.

Claire Goldsmith "Kelsey"

Diane Keaton in a vintage style black acetate frame.

Anne et Valentin "Bergson"

Masunaga "010"

Christoph Waltz in an understated rectangular frame.

Chrome Hearts

Megan Mullally shows her sassy personality with these unique frames.

Theo "Jordaens"

Jack Antonoff shows a round frame and a scholarly look.

Vinylize "Corbusier"

Michael Fassbender pairs modified aviators with a tux for effortless cool.

Anne et Valentin "18H20"

Salt "Olson"

Meryl Streep in a bold, yet chic, black cat eye frame.

Anne et Valentin "Objet 3"





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Spring 2014 Trends for Women

So many great trends for 2014 have already emerged on the runway – Here’s how you can channel them with designer eye wear for a totally new look!


This season’s top shades are soft pinks, greens, purples white.  Feminine and subtle, these colors are complementary to almost any skin tone and easy to incorporate as a pair of glasses into your daily wardrobe.

Claire Goldsmith "Cosby"

Anne et Valentin "19H15"

Claire Goldsmith "Sloane"

Masunaga "O12"


For those that prefer a darker hue, grey is going to be everywhere.  From metallic shades to matte cement colors this edgy neutral is a must for the modern professional.

Bevel "Mate"

Anne et Valentin "Factory 16"

Bome Eyewear "Rogue Lite"

Claire Goldsmith "Lomax"

Sporty Chic:

It’s official – athletic wear is IN!  Many designers debuted their version of sportswear at NY Fashion week and showcased casual but structured fits, windbreaker style jackets, and lots of stripes.  This look translates into sleek design and ultimate comfort in glasses.

Bevel "Walkabout"

ic!berlin "Clara"

Orgreen "Lana"

Anne et Valentin "Guimard"

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New Lines at Visage!

We are super excited about two new lines we have in store – Bome Eyewear and Tipton Vinylize Eyewear!

Bome Eyewear (Portland) manufactures and designs wooden frame sunglasses and optical eyewear for lifestyle, recreation and leisure. Their lightweight, durable frames are designed for your life and engineered to last. The design philosophy is to create frame styles that are simple and classic and build them out of nature’s beautiful materials. Bome Eyewear’s frames are able to fit a wide range of prescriptions and be adjusted to achieve a custom fit. They take great care to deliver a durable and beautiful product, with success based on decades of product development and manufacturing experience. The outcome is a melding of nature, form and function.

Vinylize (Budapest, Hungary) began when the creators wanted to make glasses of exceptional quality on a recyclable basis, leading to the use of old vinyl records to produce some of the most unique frames on the market today.  From the beginning, vinyl gave the collection it’s distinctive look.  The frames are big, thick and rugged, not for the masses. The grooves are an integral part of the design, it is Tipton’s signature.  Their philosophy is reflected in a collection of 24 models.  A limited quantity is made of each frame and available only in black.  Every single one is crafted to the highest standards of quality to ensure that it will remain an eyeglass frame for years to come.

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Beyond a Prescription: Eye Exams and Your Health

It can be easy to put off an eye exam when you feel like your eyes and your prescription haven’t changed much. But eye exams can tell us so much more than simply providing a vision correction. Many medical conditions can be detected during a routine eye exam when other symptoms might not be present. Some of these conditions include:

-Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease
-High blood pressure
-Multiple Sclerosis
-Risk of heart disease
-Macular degeneration
-High cholesterol
-Risk of stroke

Early detection can make a world of difference when it comes to these health issues – take care of your eyes and your total health by scheduling routine eye exams!

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Catch a Glimpse

Brenda found the perfect frame when she decided to trust her instincts and custom order this gorgeous silver and gold Theo “Huitante + Quatre”! Stunning!

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Do you really need sunglasses in the Winter?

During the winter months in the Pacific Northwest it’s not uncommon to feel like we’ll never see the sun again.  All of the rain and gloom aside, it’s still incredibly important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays even when the sun isn’t shining.

UV rays from sunlight damage the natural lenses of your eyes and eventually causes cataracts to form, similar to leaving plastic in the sun.  Over time, it will become yellow and brittle.  The sun can also damage retinal cells, which can contribute to macular degeneration.

In the winter months we are actually closest to the sun, and UV radiation is particularly aggressive November through March.  During the summer and spring greenery from trees reflects approximately 6% of sunlight; during the winter rain glare and snow glare reflect up to 95% of sunlight.  With the sun sitting at a lower angle through the winter it actually results in more exposure when you’re outdoors for long periods of time.

Protect your eyes, even during the winter.  There are many different types of sun lenses to choose from that can help keep your vision in tip-top condition, and we’re always available to help you decide which will be the right ones for you!


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Visage Turns 15! Birthday Party!

It’s hard to believe 15 years have gone by since we first opened our doors in 1999, but we’re so excited to celebrate and hope everyone can join us!  Food, drinks, and a very special customer appreciation give-away.  Saturday November 9th from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Catch A Glimpse!

Vicki just came in to have a look around…and ended up finding her new favorite sunglasses! She’s wearing the ultra glamorous Fish Eye from Chrome Hearts Eyewear.

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