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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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World Sight Day – October 9th 2014

On World Sight Day the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness aimed to raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major public health issues, influence Governments/Ministers of Heath to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programs, and educate target audiences about blindness prevention.

Did you know:

  • Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
  • Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
  • 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
  • Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
  • Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
  • The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly declined in the past 20 years
  • An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
  • About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
  • Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.

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The Top 3 Reasons to Buy Independent Label Eyewear

  1. You’re paying for the product – not the brand.
    The driving force behind the sales of mass produced eyewear is no longer the quality of the product and creativeness of the designs. Sales are driven by the brand label stamped onto each frame, creating an illusion of variety even though all of these “different” brands are often owned by the same conglomerate company.
  2. Small brands rely on the quality and creativity of their product.
    In order to be competitive, independent labels have to rely on the quality of their frames and uniqueness of designs to drive sales. They are able to handpick materials, manufacturers, and every detail that goes into the production of the final product. Their products are genuine. They’re designed by real people who work at the label, and are specialists at doing so.
  3. Your purchase supports independent labels instead of publicly traded companies.
    New independent eyewear labels are springing up every year to compete with Brand Name labels but are being suppressed in a monopolistic market. This prohibits creativity, prevents fair market valuation of eyewear, and limits the variety of materials used to make genuine, quality eyewear. The creativity of the designs and thoughtful use of materials to create a stand-alone brand boosts independent labels to a level of product quality and authenticity unreachable by a corporation bent on maximizing shareholder profits.  So next time you’re shopping for new frames, buy independent.
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7 Tips to Reduce Eye Strain at the Computer


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Back to School Eye Exams

In honor of August’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month eye health professionals are encouraging you to make the most of your children’s education and maximize their potential, livelihood and development by including a comprehensive eye exam as part of your child’s back to school checklist.

Though most children have healthy eyes, one in four (25 percent or 12 million) school-aged children either have vision problems or suffer from some degree of visual impairment. What’s more concerning is that 80 percent of preschoolers don’t receive a vision screening.

Often starting at an early age, eye conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (cross-eyed) and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatic), if left undetected and untreated, can damage your child’s vision and negatively impact a child’s learning ability.

Although your child may not demonstrate symptoms, it is possible for your child to have a serious vision problem without being aware of it. Some things to keep an eye on include squinting, sitting too close to the TV, complaining of headaches, poor hand-eye coordination or a lack of concentration when reading that requires the child to either point to words or skip them.

Doctors recommend scheduling a preventive eye exam at the age of six months, three years, before kindergarten and once every two years thereafter, starting at the age of five.

In addition to ensuring proper eyesight, comprehensive eye exams can sometimes lead to the first diagnosis of systemic diseases. As the only organ that allows physicians to directly see blood vessels, eyes are often the first to show predictive signs of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, immune deficiencies and varying types of cancer. Allowing your eye doctor to detect and treat anomalies at the earliest possible opportunity, comprehensive eye exams, provide an additional mean to stratify risk and help identify people who may benefit from early lifestyle changes and preventive therapies.

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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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