Helpful Hints to Choosing Eyeglass Frames
You don’t need to be a fashion expert to find eyeglass frames that look great on you. Use the following four tips to find the frames that work best for your style.
1. Face Shape Is your face round, oval, square, diamond or heart-shaped? The shape of your face will help you determine which frames enhance your look.
· Round Face: Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. This can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, adding balance to your round features. Frames to Avoid: Rimless frames, round frames and small frames will accentuate the roundness, making your round face look even rounder.
· Oval Face: Frames that suit an oval face have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape. Frames to Avoid: Eyeglasses that are overlarge and cover up more than half of your face will throw off the natural balance and symmetry of the oval face.
· Square Face: Eyeglasses that soften the angularity and sit high on the bridge of the nose look best on square faces. Oval or round eyeglasses will balance and add a thinner appearance to the angles of a square face. Frames to Avoid: Angular and boxy eyeglass frames will sharpen and draw attention to your angular features, making a square face appear bulky.
· Diamond Face: Play up a narrow forehead and chin with eyeglass frames what sweep up or are wider than the cheekbones, such as cat eye glasses and oval frames. These frames will accentuate your cheekbones and delicate features. Frames to Avoid: Boxy and narrow frames will accentuate the width of your cheeks, drawing attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.
· Heart-Shaped Face: Frames that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin are ideal. Eyeglasses with low-set temples and bottom heavy frame lines will add width to that narrower part of your face. Round eyeglasses or square eyeglasses with curved edges will help draw attention away from a broad, high forehead. Frames to Avoid: Steer clear of any style or color of frames that draws attention to the forehead. This includes frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.
The key to finding the right frames is to remember that opposites attract. Select eyeglasses that contrast from your facial contours and bring symmetry and balance to your prominent features.
2. Consider Colors That Match Your Skin Tone Just as the shape of your face helps determine which frames look best, so does your skin tone. More important than hair color and more decisive than eye color, skin tone sets the tone for high fashion frames. Select a shade closest to your skin tone:
· Warm Skin Tone If you have a yellow, bronze or golden cast to your skin, you have a warm complexion. Stay away from contrasting colors such as pastels. White frames are not flattering either. Instead, the best frame colors for you are light tortoise, browns shades, gold or honey, beige, and olive green.
· Cool Skin Tone If your skin has pink or blue undertones, you have a cool complexion. Avoid colors that wash you out and instead reach for frames that are silver, black, dark tortoise, pink, purple, blue, mauve and gray.
3. What's Your Lifestyle? There are eyeglass frames for every way of life! Think about the activities you will do while wearing your eyeglasses. If you're active or known to be a bit destructive, there are Flexon frames which can twist and bend without breaking. When impressing the big wigs at the office, you can accessorize your business savvy with sensible style. While golfing, your lightweight frames can enhance your game, protect your eyes, and make you look great.
4. Fit Frames to Your Personality? The frames you wear can say a lot about your personality. You can have a pair of glasses that showcase your fun loving side on the weekends and a pair that emphasizes your get down to business tone during the week. Adorn your face with your favorite color (as long as it doesn’t clash with your skin tone) or detailed embellishments and flare. Choose either one style of frames to express your personality or have a small collection of frames on hand to easily alter your appearance to suit your mood.
Think all children have healthy eyes and good vision? Think again. 1 in 4 have a vision problem that can cause problems in learning and behavior.
It’s easy to understand why. Because nearly half of all American children haven’t had a real, comprehensive eye exam. Many need glasses, and don’t even know it! And, because virtually everything kids learn comes through their eyes, they’re at a severe disadvantage in school and other activities when they can’t see well.
Too often, a child who can’t see well is misdiagnosed with a totally unrelated behavioral problem like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This misdiagnosis can then start a frustrating chain of events for parents and kids alike, from unnecessary doctors visits and special classes to medications. When, in reality, the true solution might be right before their eyes: a simple pair of glasses!
School Vision Screenings Don’t Make the Grade! If you’re like many parents, you trust the vision screenings given at your child’s school to be all they need for seeing their best. These simple eye checks can detect some basic problems, but not all. To do their very best in school, and in life, your child needs a quality, comprehensive eye exam from an Eye Care Professional!
When it comes to your child’s health, eye exams often get overlooked. One in four children have difficulty seeing in school, affecting their ability to learn — it’s hard to learn the material if they can’t see the board. School vision screenings are not enough to detect the vision problems your child may be having.
During a visit to an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will look at things a school vision screening will not, such as the overall health of the eyes, how the eyes work together, and whether your child’s eyes are focusing correctly.
This in-depth look will also examine depth perception, color and peripheral vision, the health of the pupil, and distance viewing. Children’s eyes are responsible for 80 percent of their total learning, making it vital to ensure the eyes are healthy with an annual exam.
If your child does need glasses, ask Dr. Melodie about polycarbonate lenses; these lenses are 10 times more impact resistant than standard plastic lenses and the perfect fit for the playground. UV protection is key, as well, to further protect the long-term vision of your child’s eyes.
How Can I See a Vision Problem in My Child? When you know what you’re looking for, it can be relatively easy to spot a problem with your child’s vision. Keep an eye out for these symptoms or behaviors:
Get Their Eye Exam on the Calendar! It’s recommended that kids have a comprehensive eye exam when they’re 6 months, three years and five years old. After that, they should have annually – or every two years if no correction is needed.
Make sure your child does their very best in school – and in life – schedule their exam at Arizona Eye Institute today!
source: think about your eyes
Progressive lenses, sometimes referred to as "no-line" bifocals, provide vision correction for the three basic vision zones - distance vision, intermediate vision, and near vision. Because they provide vision in these three zones, they are often thought of as a type of trifocal.
In reality, progressive lenses are neither a type of bifocal or trifocal - they are "aspheric" in design, which means the curvature (and focusing power) gradually changes from the top of the lens to the bottom. It is this gradual change or "progression" in power from top to bottom that gives rise to the name "progressive."
Progressive lenses provide a great solution for many people who find their present lens design limits their vision for a particular distance or activity. Progressives offer a range of vision as close to natural as can be obtained from prescription eyeglasses. They provide clearer vision not just for distance, intermediate and near but also for all distances in between. Because there is no abrupt change of power in the lens, there are no visible dividing lines.
The distance zone of the lens allows you to see objects from a few feet away to as far as your eye can see. The mid-range portion of the lens ("progression corridor") allows you to clearly see anything at an arm's length, such as your computer screen, objects on your desk, or items on a shelf at the supermarket. The lowest part of the lens, the near zone, allows you to see up close. The design of progressive lenses also allows a more natural and relaxed head posture when viewing objects at slightly longer reading distances, such as a newspaper, driving dashboard, or computer screen.
More Options - A variety of progressive lens designs are available today. Some progressives are designed with a wider intermediate zone to work especially well for computer use. Others have a larger reading zone. In the past, a larger frame was often required when selecting progressive lenses. If a frame was too small, a large portion of the near zone was removed when cutting the lens to fit the frame. Many lens manufacturers now offer "compact" progressive designs that work very well with smaller frames.
Modern progressive lenses offer outstanding clarity and comfort for seeing at all distances. Modern designs also make the adaptation process much easier than in the past. if you've tried progressives before, know that much has changed in both lens design and materials. The next time you update your glasses, please ask if progressive lenses might be the right choice for you.
In this day and age your glasses should serve two purposes. The first is, of course, to help you see better to preform the tasks that are most important to you. The second is a relatively new idea in our industry and that is to help you feel better. You should be able to love the way you look in your frames and feel special every time you see yourself in them. Your glasses are no longer something you have to hide behind or be embarrassed about. The are the ultimate extension of your distinct personality. Your glasses can let others have a glimpse as to what you are all about. They can make statements such as "I work hard but play harder", "I'm at the top of my game and should be taken seriously", or "I'm into technology and I like to have the most innovative products available". What statement do your glasses say about you? If they do not fit your personality, than they are the wrong frames for you, even if the function properly.
If you want to love your glasses but feel overwhelmed by all of the different options, we are here to help. Come in and let our experts help you choose the glasses that say the right thing about you.
What I found, surprisingly, was that not all frames that say they are made in Europe are truly European. They are made from parts that are manufactured wherever they can, at the lowest price that they can possibly be made, and shipped to a warehouse in Italy (for example). There, they will be assembled by an Italian. This is enough for some manufactures to claim that their product is “Made in Italy”. Yes, Italy is synonymous with quality but can you really expect that level of quality with parts made in China (again, for examples only)? For me, the answer is no, definitely not. Furthermore, I say shame on an industry that allows this kind of marketing ploy and false advertising to be the standard. I want frames that are well made and backed by generations of expertise and a culture of superior quality.
After a lengthy search, I have found what I am looking for in the Lafont line. If you don’t know the name, don’t worry you’re not out of the loop. Lafont only specialize in glasses. They don’t make purses or shoes or watches so their brand isn’t as easily recognizable as others. However, I have found that those that are interested in a quality piece of eyewear are already familiar with it.
Lafont is a family owned company that was started by Loius Lafont in 1923 in Paris. It is still run by Loius’ progeny to this day. This was a fact that proved very important to me since I work for a small, family owned company. The Lafont line is beautiful to look at but, more importantly, they are made beautifully. The designers are French and focus on styles that are uniquely Parisian. They are fun and quirky and sophisticated and sheik; a perfect addition to any wardrobe. The plastic frames are made of Italian acetate and have over 200 colors and patterns. 80% of which are entirely exclusive to the Lafont brand. The spring hinges are German and their titaniums are Japanese. Both of which set the quality standard in the industry.
So, what I have in the Lafont collection is a frame line that is truly European. The quality and designs are unparalleled and I could not be more confident that my patients are getting the quality and style they deserve.
Interested in trying a Lafont on for yourself to see if they live up to the hype? Please, come in and have some fun trying them on. I’m convinced that simply viewing the line and trying one on is enough to know what the extra cost is for. If you fall in love with one, as I’m sure you will, you can take advantage of our January sale. All Lafonts are 20% off for the entire month.
WE ARE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE OUR NEWEST LINE OF WOMENS GLASSES! UNIQUE, CUTE, FUN, EDGY, AND VERY FASHION FORWARD. LAFONT- AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY OWNED BRAND. MADE IN FRANCE AND DESIGNED TO MAKE A STATEMENT, THESE ARE THE FIRST OF MANY BOUTIQUE LINES WE WILL BE INTRODUCING OVER THE NEXT YEAR. COME IN TO SEE THEM ON YOURSELF TODAY!