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Color of the Year 2015

The color of the year for 2015?

Behold…Marsala!  A subtly suggestive shade with natural earthy undertones, Marsala is an elegant statement color that can be worn on its own and also works as an accent color.  Below are some varying examples of this sophisticated, robust shade featured in eyewear.

Masunaga "021"

Claire Goldsmith "Corban"

Bevel "Layla"

Theo "Mille+1"

Anne et Valentin "Miniclik"

Oliver Goldsmith "Oops"

Stay on trend year round with any of these great frames!

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Upcoming Events: First Thursday at Visage!

Please join us on Thursday February 5th from 6-8pm for a special opening reception featuring two collections; paintings by Moses Masoko and photography by Robert “Grizzly” Grover.  Refreshments provided.

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Getting Hitched? Eyewear for Brides!

Ophthalmic eyewear isn’t often thought of as glamorous, and brides-to-be sometimes find themselves feeling like contact lenses are the only option available for their big day.  While contact lenses certainly are an avenue to explore, full time glasses wearers may not feel like “themselves” without their glasses on, and for this reason we have put together a list of eyewear designs that are elegant and dressy enough to match your spectacular look as you walk down the aisle!  Feminine shapes, metallic finishes, and light colors elevate the look of these frames and pair well with a variety of dress styles.

Theo "Lond"

Theo "Cinquante+6"

Theo "Huitante+4"

Anne et Valentin "Modern Art"

Anne et Valentin "Guimard"

ic!Berlin "Clarence"

Matsuda "M3033" show with Transitions lenses

All of these beautiful frames (and more) are available to order through Visage Eyewear.  You don’t have to ditch your glasses to look stunning on your wedding day, try on a few pairs for yourself and see!

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Upcoming Eyewear Trends: 2015

Stay ahead of the game!  Here are some early eyewear trends that have started to emerge for 2015.

1. Color accents and color blocking.  We’re seeing a lot of great frames coming out in neutral, wearable shades accented by a pop of  color.

Claire Goldsmith "Goldie"

Anne et Valentin "Wendy"

Bevel "Roxanne"

2. Wire frames.  This frame style is elegant, timeless, and refined and is making a comeback in several independent eyewear lines.

Anne et Valentin "Bessel"

Anne et Valentin "Bartok"

Masunaga "GMS005"

3. Light colored frames.  If you’ve held off on a chunky, dark colored frame because they seem a tad overwhelming, there’s good news ahead!  For 2015 expect bold, large frames being available in softer, light to clear colors.

Bevel "Gonzo"

Masunaga "022"

Anne et Valentin "Modern Love"

4. Alternative materials.  Check out some frame lines in 2015 that create eyewear from unusual materials like wood or vinyl for a look that shows a great appreciation for craftsmanship and design.

Bome "Manzanita"

Vinylize "Pege"

All of these frames (and more!) are available through Visage Eyewear.  It’s 2015, and it’s about time for some new glasses!


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Celebrity Style – Chris Hemsworth

In honor of Chris Hemsworth being selected by People Magazine as the “Sexiest Man Alive” we have put together some suggestions for how to emulate his eyewear style with frames from independent designers.

For a modern take on the traditional look that is all-around badass, try checking out some modified aviator style frames in an unexpected material, such as colored acetate or even leather.

Theo "Isidro"

Chrome Hearts "All You Can Eat"

For a modern, masculine look try angular frames with straight lines across the brow.

Oliver Goldsmith "Matador"

ic!Berlin "27 Am Faulen See"

And finally for those of you who appreciate the vintage look (the above frames are vintage Carrera’s provided for the film “Rush”) there are many oversized acetate frame options that offer a similar style without feeling cheesy or dated.

Oliver Goldsmith "Glyn"

Claire Goldsmith "Ace Face"

All of the above frames (and more!) are available to order through Visage Eyewear.  We can’t promise that you’ll nab the vote for the next “Sexiest Man Alive”, but you’ll be headed in the right direction!

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Why Smoking is Bad for Your Eyes

Infographic: Why Smoking Is Bad for Your Eyes

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Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes!

Eye Health Tips

Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes
Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye the same way an open door lets more light into a dark room. This enables your eye care professional to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease. Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.

Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Eat right to protect your sight. You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too.i Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.

Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.ii, iii

Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

Clean your hands and your contact lenses—properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

Practice workplace eye safety. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.

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InfantSEE: Pediatric Vision Exams

InfantSEE®, developed by the American Optometric Association and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. We feel so strongly about the importance of healthy vision that participating member optometrists will provide a no-cost comprehensive infant eye and vision assessment within the first year of life.

Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months.

Things that the Optometrist will test for include:

  • excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
  • eye movement ability
  • eye health problems

These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.

InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. O’Halloran is a participating provider for the InfantSEE program and will provide exams to children under 1 year of age at no cost.  Please call or email Visage to schedule an exam today!

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Trend Report: White Sunglasses

A fabulous trend has been emerging on the runway for Spring and Summer: white sunglasses.

The look is bold, clean, and brings an element of chicness to even the most casual outfits.  Glamorous and versatile, you’ll be wearing these frames all year long.

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Can Coffee Help Your Eye Health?

Could your morning coffee be good for your eyes?

A new study out of Cornell University found that a product many people consume daily—coffee—may have a positive effect on eye health.

The research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that a main ingredient in raw coffee—chlorogenic acid, or CLA—may protect against deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging or diabetes.

To conduct the study, researchers treated mice eyes with nitric oxide, which creates oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration.

However, mice eyes pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage.

Scientists involved with the study believe the next step is to determine if drinking coffee facilitates CLA crossing the blood-retinal barrier membrane. In addition, if future studies find CLA effective in preventing retinal damage, synthetic compounds could be developed and delivered with eye drops.

The impact of nutrition on eye health:

Optometrists have a duty to inform their patients about good nutrition and how it can affect their overall well-being and vision health, says Robert Bittel, O.D., chair of the AOA’s Health Promotions Committee.

“We have been aware of the importance and value that proper nutrition plays in good overall health, and specifically good eye health, for some time now,” Dr. Bittel says. For example, the original Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was conducted in 2001, followed by the more recently published AREDS2 in 2013.

The AOA has a free supplement called “Eye Health and Nutrition After AREDS2,” which was produced with an education grant from Kemin.

Dr. Bittel, a regular coffee drinker himself, believes this new study—along with any study that touts the benefits of any consumable product—warrants follow-up research.

“As with any study that cites commonly used food items as therapeutic in some way, caution has to be taken so that the public understands the negative as well as the positive potential implications of drinking coffee,” Dr. Bittel says.

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