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Current Trends in the Fashion and Design of Eyeglass Frames

While eyewear’s primary function is to provide clear vision to help people see the world, the fashion element of eyeglasses cannot be overlooked. The design and style of a person’s eyeglass frames says a lot about who that person is and how they want the world to see them.

Match Eyewear is a leading international manufacturer of superior quality eyewear. The company has developed popular brands of eyewear collections with style, diversity and craftsmanship.

Here are the current trends in eyeglass frame fashion and design that Match Eyewear is seeing today.

Large Styles

After years of shrinking eyewear, the pendulum is beginning to swing in the other direction.  Though it began in sun wear, the trend is now prevalent in ophthalmic frames. Cosmetically, larger frames display the entire eye area, including the eyebrows, so eyes are naturally emphasized.  Design possibilities are nearly limitless with the additional area large frames provide.  Functionally, wearers find that the fuller field of view that larger frames provide offers much less distraction and obstructed vision.  Examples of this trend are the 4188 from Helium Paris and the 1106 from Adrienne Vittadini.

Eyewear Helium Paris 41884188 Helium Paris

Eyewear Adrienne Vittadini 11061106 Adrienne Vittadini

Being a Geek is Cool!

Geek Chic is a style in eyeglass frames making the scene everywhere including red carpet events and fashion runways, proving all over again that it will always be hip to be square. This is particularly true for ophthalmic frames.  DG13 and DG16 from Danny Gokey Eyewear offer a retro take on the trend with shape, but keep the styling current with modern textures and colors.

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DG13 Danny Gokey Eyewear

Danny Gokey Eyewear 16

DG16 Danny Gokey Eyewear

Vivid Colors for Men

Distinct colors are all over the fashion runways for Spring and men’s eyewear is no exception. Many collections this year include splashes of color like the pop of blue on 4141 from Helium Paris.

Helium Paris eyewear 4141

4141 Helium Paris

Elegant Embellishment

True luxury doesn’t lie merely in the cachet of a brand name.  For eyewear, luxury means creative and innovative design, superior craftsmanship, premium components and exquisite embellishments. Meticulous and elegant details like the intricately sculpted temples and Swarovski crystal accents on 1048 and 1094 from Adrienne Vittadini are perfect examples of the collection’s refined sophistication.  4207 from Helium Paris takes luxury to a new, bold level with a sleek metal logo emblem encased in Swarovski crystals at the temple.

Adrienne Vittadini eyewear 1048

1048 Adrienne Vittadini

Adrienne Vittadini eyewear 1094

1094 Adrienne Vittadini

Helium Paris eyewear 4207

4207 Helium Paris

To learn more about eyeglass frame designs and fashions that match your personal style and compliment your appearance, please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

Shawnee Optical’s team of eye care professionals has been providing customers with a superior level of quality and friendly service for more than 35 years!

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Today’s Different Lenses for Eyeglasses and the Flexibility They Offer

eye glasses Shawnee OpticalJust like computers and cell phones, eyeglass lenses have evolved over time and continue to do so.  As the name implies, eyeglass lenses were once exclusively made out of glass. Now, lenses can be made from glass as well as many different types of specially formulated plastics that are matched to the vision correction needs and the choices of the person who will be wearing the eyeglasses.

Today, eyeglass lenses are thinner and more lightweight than ever. When you factor in the different coatings that can be applied to lenses, they can also be resistant to scratches, dust, smudges and fogging.  Modern-day lens options also offer more flexibility and compatibility when it comes to selecting a pair of frames that provide the appearance and functionality desired.

Here’s an overview of the types of eyeglass lenses offered today:

High Index Plastic Lenses

If you wear thick “coke bottle” lenses, high index plastic lenses may be a welcome alternative. Specifically designed for people who require strong eyeglass prescriptions, these lenses offer a much thinner, lighter and attractive option compared to the traditionally thick lenses. To learn more about high index plastic lenses, please visit the following link:

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Polycarbonate Lenses

Polycarbonate lenses are an impact-resistant type of plastic lens. They are a good choice for people who work or play in environments in which their eyeglass lenses may be easily dropped or scratched.  Polycarbonate lenses also provide ultraviolet protection.

Trivex Lenses

Similar to polycarbonate lenses, Trivex lenses are made from a special type of plastic that is thin, lightweight and impact-resistant.  Trivex lenses provide better vision correction than polycarbonate lenses for some people.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses can be made from either plastic or glass. When exposed to sunlight, this type of eyeglass lens changes from clear to tinted eliminating the need for prescription sunglasses.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are commonly found in sunglasses. These types of lenses reduce glare and the light reflected from water, snow or a flat surface.

Regardless of the type of lens, the purpose remains the same. They all are made to focus light correctly on the retina in order to provide clear vision.

Learn more about the options and features available for eyeglasses from a company and a team of eye care professionals who have been providing a superior level of service for eye care and eye wear for more than 35 years. Please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

Anti-Reflective Coating: Enhancing How You See the World and How the World Sees You

Anti-reflective coating (also known as anti-glare or AR) is a special treatment for eyeglasses where a very thin coating is applied to both sides of the lenses. Anti-reflective coating enhances both clear vision and the appearance of eyeglasses by eliminating reflections of light from the front and back surfaces of lenses.

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Removing reflections from the surface of lenses reduces glare which makes it easier see while driving at night. In addition to reducing glare, AR allows more light to reach the eyes instead of being reflected away. This enhances comfort and visual clarity when using such things as a smart phone, a tablet, a computer or simply reading a book.

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Anti-reflective coating also improves the appearance of eyeglasses. Lenses without AR coating create reflections that   obscure the eyes of a person wearing glasses. Anti-reflective coating enables the lenses in a pair of eyeglasses to appear almost invisible.

Anti-reflective coating can be a great choice that allows a pair of eyeglasses to perform and look their best. Talk to your eye care and eye wear professional about anti-reflective coating for your eyeglasses.

Learn more about quality eye care and eye wear from a company and a team of eye care professionals who have been providing a superior level of service for more than 35 years. Please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

Slim, Nice Figure, Ideal Weight and Attractive. What’s Being Described Here?

hi index eyeglass lensesIf you answered eyeglass lenses, you are correct!

Hi-index lenses offer people who wear eyeglasses with lens choices that are thin, light and attractive.

For people who have strong prescriptions for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, hi-index lenses are a great way to avoid lenses that are thick, heavy and distort the natural appearance of your eyes.

The lenses in a pair of eyeglasses correct vision by bending or refracting light as it passes through each lens.  With conventional plastic and glass lenses, the more light that needs bent, the alternatives to thick eyeglassesthicker the lenses must be.

Hi-index lenses are different.  Here’s how they work and the benefits they offer:

Increased Light Bending Abilities

Hi-index lenses are made of a special material that is able to bend or refract light much more efficiently than conventional lenses.  This means less lens material needs to be used to bend the appropriate amount of light that corrects vision.

Thin Construction

Due to the increased ability to bend light, hi-index lenses are much thinner than conventional plastic and glass lenses. Therefore, the profiles of eyeglasses are not dominated by thick lenses when hi-index lenses are used.

Comfortable Wear

Because less material is used with hi-index lenses, they do not weigh as much as conventional lenses. This makes them light weight and comfortable to wear.

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The fashions of today’s most popular frames have either very thin rims or no rims at all (rimless frames). The thickness of the lens becomes very important with these styles of eyeglass frames.  When lenses are too thick, the balance between the frames and lenses becomes disproportionate, resulting in a pair of eyeglasses that are not as cosmetically appealing as they could be with hi-index lenses.

Ask Your Eye Doctor About Hi-Index Lenses

Discuss hi-index lenses with your eye doctor to see if they are an option for you and your vision correction needs.  They may provide you with the function, comfort and appearance you desire in a pair of eyeglasses.

Learn more about quality eye care and eye wear from a company and a team of eye care professionals who have been providing a superior level of service for more than 35 years. Please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

Shawnee Optical Now a Part of the Ashtabula Community

For more than 30 years, Shawnee Optical has played an integral part of communities throughout Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania by providing generations of families with superior eye care, quality eye wear and unmatched customer service. Over those three decades, the company has earned a well deserved and respected reputation as a trusted and reliable source for family optical care.

On April 18, 2012, Shawnee Optical officially became a part of the Ashtabula, Ohio community with the opening of its new location at 3705 State Road in Ashtabula. Optometrists Dr. Angelo DeVivo and Dr. Dawn Barkan along with the dedicated Shawnee Optical staff are continuing the company’s proud tradition of quality and affordable eye care for families in the Ashtabula area.

“We are delighted to join this community”, exclaimed Bob Leonardi, president of Shawnee Optical. “We look forward to serving the eye care and eye wear needs of Ashtabula residents and becoming long-time members of this outstanding community”, he added.

For more information about Shawnee Optical and its new Ashtabula location, including the telephone number, hours of operation and convenience of scheduling an eye appointment on-line, please visit the Shawnee Optical website at http://www.eyeweareyecare.com/Ashtabula_Eye_Care_Location.html.

Eye Glasses: a History and the Future

eye glasses Shawnee OpticalEye glasses are in the process of changing significantly. The eye glasses of tomorrow will be noticeably different than the variety of lenses and frames being offered today.

Eye Glasses History Lesson

Historians generally give credit to Italian monks for fabricating the first pair of eyeglasses at some point between the years 1285 – 1290. These spectacles, as they were commonly called, were used for reading.  Eye glasses to correct distance vision are estimated to have been crafted in the early 1400’s.

One of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, invented bifocal lenses in the year 1784 which allowed for correction of both distance vision and near vision in the same lens. An Englishman, Sir George Airy, designed lenses to correct astigmatism in 1825.

Trifocal lenses which have three specific powers (one for near vision, one for intermediate vision and one for distance vision) were produced by inventor and musician John Hawkins in the year 1826.

In 1958, Essilor International introduced progressive multifocal lenses which further enhanced lenses with multiple powers for distance, intermediate and near vision.

Innovations in Eye Glasses

Technology is playing an increasing role in the evolution of eyeglasses. Lenses have been developed and continue to be refined whereby the entire lens adjusts with your vision needs.

Electronic eye glasses have been designed with a special type of lens filled with a clear crystal liquid layer that can be electronically controlled automatically or manually. A touch of the finger to the side of the frames or a tilt of the head in a certain direction changes the entire lens to serve your vision needs. If you want to read something, a tilt of the head downward will cause the eyeglasses to automatically adjust the entire lens for near vision. A split-second swipe of the finger across the temples of your frames will allow you to look up from what you were reading and see a distant object clearly through the convenience and comfort of the entire lens.

Electronic glasses are powered by a battery and need to be re-charged. They are currently offered to the public but as you may guess with any emerging technology, they are rather pricey today.

Computing via Eyeglasses

While not targeted towards vision correction, electronic display eyeglasses are being developed that use eye movements to control presentation of information. These eyeglasses contain a microchip that takes data from a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) and displays it directly on the person’s retina, creating an illusion that the images and text are a few feet away. Eye movements can control menus, search information, play video and conduct many other tasks routinely performed on desktops, laptops and mobile devices today.

This advancement in eye wear is still in the prototype phase. The technology is not yet at a point where its purchase and every day use are feasible.

Discuss emerging eye wear technologies that may serve your unique vision needs, lifestyle and budget with your eye doctor at your next eye exam. The options and the choices are changing.

To learn about a company and a team of eye care professionals that have been providing their patients with quality eye care and eye wear for more than 30 years, please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

Importance of Sunglasses in Winter

why sunglasses are important in winter by Shawnee OpticalThe first snowflakes of winter will be falling before we know it. It will soon be time to break out the sweaters, scarves, gloves, wool socks and long underwear. As you are preparing your winter apparel, don’t forget your sunglasses. Here’s why:

Winter UV Rays      

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays may not seem as potent in the winter as they do in the summer, but they are.  In fact, they are often times more intense during the winter months. Exposing your eyes to ultraviolet rays without proper protection can lead to eye damage of the cornea, lens and retina. UV exposure also contributes to certain types of cataracts.

Snow Blindness

UV rays can actually cause sunburned eyes. This condition is commonly known as snow blindness. Skiers and snowmobilers are particularly susceptible to snow blindness but it can happen to anyone outdoors in the winter time without the proper eye protection.

Winter Glare 

All surfaces reflect light but during the winter months, snow or ice intensifies these reflections. Snow and ice reflect nearly 85% of the sun’s rays, according to the Vision Council of America which can significantly interfere with your vision and cause hazardous situations, especially when driving a motor vehicle.

Changing Light Conditions of Winter

Winter is characterized by overcast skies, bright sun and many days with an ever-changing mix of both conditions. Our eyes require a specific amount of light to achieve good vision. Too much light or too little light will not foster consistently clear vision. Sunglasses balance the amount of light reaching your eyes which promotes good vision and comfort during the winter months.

Cold Winds of Winter

Cold winds during the winter months and the particles these winds carry can irritate your eyes. Sunglasses are an effective “wind block”, protecting your eyes from drying, reducing evaporation of tears and keeping your eyes moist. If you wear contact lenses, sunglasses can be a vital tool for clear vision and comfort.

Protecting your and all members of your family’s eyes during the winter months is important. Sunglasses are an essential item in your winter gear and apparel. They allow you to adapt quickly to changing light conditions and a proper fit will protect your eyes from UV rays as well as the extreme reflections generated from snow and ice covered surfaces.

Discuss proper eye protection and eye health for the winter months with your eye doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with the eye care and eye wear guidance and advice you need to satisfy the needs of your unique lifestyle.

To learn more about quality eye care and eye wear, please Contact Us or visit http://www.shawneeoptical.com.

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