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Dec 15, 2022

5 Eyeglass Trends for 2023

With 2023 just a few weeks away, it’s time to start looking toward what the new year will bring for eyeglass trends. A pair of eyeglasses aren’t just for utility; they also greatly influence and enhance your look, much like a particular hairstyle would. 

There are endless options to choose from styles such as round, square, cat-eye, and more. You can also choose from many colors and materials to find the perfect pair. Whether you regularly wear eyeglasses or only wear them from time to time, it’s important for you to consider what styles you like and what will achieve the look you’re going for. Eyeglasses are much like accessories; where they can elevate your look and take it to the next level. 

Consider some of the following styles when looking for eyeglasses in the new year.

1. The Racer

This sporty style is filled with angular, futuristic touches and modular styles created with lightweight, sustainable materials. The lenses for this style will be iridescent, mirrored, or tinted. This style is perfect for someone who is active and needs a pair of high-performance and durable eyeglasses.

Rather than traditional sporty eyewear that might seem bulky or outdated, the racer adds a fresh perspective on athletic eyewear. This style is also a great choice for streetwear and everyday looks, not just for sports. With many different options for colors, you can create a look that’s a bit more subtle or one that has you standing out in a crowd. 

2. The Oversized Angular

Oversized eyeglasses originally worn in the 1970s have been coming back in recent years. Pairing that style with angular touches and styles creates a dramatic yet minimalistic look. This style is perfect for both men and women and is a luxury staple in the eyewear market. 

These eyeglasses are perfect for someone who wants a simple, clean look while also looking to stand out a bit. With the lightweight frame, you also don’t need to worry about feeling weighed down. There are plenty of color and pattern options to choose from with this style, so you’re sure to find the one that compliments your style and taste.

3. Green Eco-Conscious Frames

The new year will see a rise in eco-conscious frames, as consumers concerned about the fashion industry’s impact on the world will start seeking more sustainable options. These days, many eyeglasses are crafted with natural wood, recycled plastic, cork, and bamboo. 

Chromatic green will also become more popular in 2023, as green is associated with ongoing environmental efforts. Additionally, other shades of green will also be popular, such as lime green or bright green. 

Eco-conscious frames are on the rise, especially since you don’t need to compromise your style in order to help the planet. Just about any style of eyewear can be crafted from sustainable materials, so you can feel good about the glasses you wear.

4. Tinted Lenses

The new year will also see tinted lenses increasing in popularity. This retro eyewear style comes in many shades of warm-hued lenses, like red, orange, and yellow. This trend of “new retro” styling is perfect for someone who wants a vintage feel.

Pairing tinted lenses with an oversized frame will create a dramatic look while pairing them with a more minimalistic frame will keep it feeling more vintage. There are endless options available to you when it comes to incorporating tinted lenses into your style. 

5. Geometric Frames

This style of hexagonal or octagon-shaped frames is a massive trend and won’t be going away soon. This style is even evolving to incorporate a blend of aviator and geometric styles to create an ultra-modern frame.

Geometric frames allow you to have plenty of options to choose from in order to find the shape that best fits your face shape and personal style. Not only do you get to choose from the different shapes, but you also get to choose the size and color that best fits you. These futuristic eyeglasses are perfect for the person who enjoys staying on trend and making a statement.

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Jan 9, 2020

How To Shop For a New Pair of Eyeglasses

Almost every person I know that wears glasses hates shopping for a new pair. The yearly phone call reminding you to go for an eye test, followed by that annoying car journey into town. You have to wait in the waiting room, and then you get to take that really fun eye test. And after all of this, you get the pleasure of being charged the ridiculous price that they usually charge, just to own a pair of glasses that allow you to see. God help you if you want lenses that are anti-glare or scratch-proof; you need to re-mortgage your house to afford those. 

Fortunately, times are changing, and everything is going digital, glasses shopping included. Now I know that this is probably not news to many of you. But if you are like me, you always decided there were too many risks, especially as you can’t try the frames on our get them adjusted. But then I did some research, and lots of people I spoke to were actually very happy with their online eyeglass purchases. (This website, in particular, sprung up a lot)

So I decided to write a few quick tips and tricks to shopping for glasses online. Hopefully, If you are on the verge of taking the plunge, this article will help convince you.
Returns Policies
The most important thing to check when buying glasses online is the store's return policies. There is a good chance that with the glasses you like the look of on the online shop, there is a potential that you are not going to like them in person. If this happens, you need to be able to send them back and get a full refund or an exchange. 
Adjustments
A great trick if your glasses that you bought online need adjusting, is to go into an optometrist. As long as you do not tell them that you bought them online, they are usually more than happy to adjust glasses for walk-in customers. If you are feeling guilty of the free adjustments after you have not bought the glasses from the shop, buy something small, like a cleaning cloth or some cleaning solution to ease your conscience.
Prescription
Unfortunately, the one thing you can’t get online is your prescription. That means you are going to have to go for your regular eye test in order to figure out what glasses you need. This is just the way things have to be. Just because you have to go and get your eye test in person however, does not mean you need to buy the overpriced glasses they offer you there on the spot. Take your prescription and do your shopping online if you want to save some serious money.

There we have it, and hopefully if you are on the fence about shopping online for your glasses, we have eased any doubts you had about the whole process. Although it can be a bit of a pain sending glasses back until you get the perfect pair, you can often save hundreds by doing it this way, which in our eyes is totally worth the hassle.
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Aug 20, 2019

New Eyeglasses Update

You might have read a few weeks back about my latest lifestyle change. I have become a new eyeglasses wearer. My vision has definitely changed a good bit in recent years, that's for sure. My main issue is with reading or seeing fine details up close. I was given a prescription for bifocals but was recommended to go with progressives. This turned out to be a huge mistake. I gave myself a solid couple of weeks to get used to them but just couldn't do it. I felt dizzy and disoriented most of the time while wearing them. I had the same issues when wearing the sunglasses which was a bad thing especially while driving.

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I went back to the eye doctor's office and explained my situation. They suggested that I go ahead and get single vision glasses and use readers for reading and computer/phone use. It took less than 24 hours, and I tested out my new glasses and sunglasses. What a difference! I could see without feeling dizzy. I did have to upgrade my readers from the old ones I had. I had no idea there was such a thing as multi-focus reading glasses. You don't have to constantly take them off to see things that are further away. I can see everything just as well as I can with the prescription glasses. This made me feel a bit annoyed because I spent a lot on the prescription specs. I guess at the end of the day I still needed to get my eyes checked by a professional.

Since I had to get the new eyeglasses and sunglasses made anyway, I went ahead and took advantage of my 30-day exchange time and got better frames for both. You can find prescription glasses on Overnight Glasses. I am so thankful that I can see everything so crisp and clear. Colors are so much more vibrant, and it's nice to see all of the little details I apparently have been missing for a while! I feel so much better overall. If you haven't gotten an eye exam this year yet, this is your friendly reminder to go book that appointment now. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.
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Jul 28, 2019

Trying To Adjust To Seeing Things Differently

For as long as I can remember, I have had excellent vision. I was the type of person to find the tiniest details in photos, artwork, or in any real-life scenery. People would always be amazed and say things like, "How on earth are you able to see that?" Fast forward to my middle 40s. Things aren't quite as crystal clear as they used to be. I have experienced more stress, anxiety, and depression in the last few years than I felt like I could handle. It was as if I cried and stressed the days away for 3 years straight. It was affecting my life in many ways.

One thing I noticed was that I had trouble seeing clearly when I was on the computer, phone or reading a magazine. I could barely see the menu when we were dining out in a restaurant. I spoke with my doctor and she suggested that I get some reading glasses. I bought some from my pharmacy and saw instant results. I could see clearly again! Reading glasses did the trick, and I could put them on and take them off as needed. This seemed easy enough. I did this for a little over a year and things changed again. I started getting headaches out of the blue and felt so much tension in my neck and shoulders.

I knew something wasn't right, and finally made an appointment for an eye exam. As soon as I walked into the building, I was overwhelmed. The friendly staff member directed me over to fill out the paperwork and select frames for eyeglasses. This was so different for me since it was the first time knowing that I was going to need glasses. The appointment itself was eye-opening. I had no idea how my vision declined as much as it did over the past couple of years. When the doctor switched different lenses to see if I was able to see clearly, it hit me-- my vision was terrible. It turned out that I had been compensating for what I wasn't seeing clearly or seeing at all.

The doctor then casually tells me, "I'm going to get you squared away so I'm writing you a prescription for bifocals." I was gut-punched because I really didn't know it was that bad. I took some deep breaths and sat with the specialist to get measurements done and make the selections that would be most beneficial to me. I was gut-punched once more when I got the final bill. YIKES! My husband was with me and calmed me down by telling me that I take care of everyone else, and it was time for me to take care of myself. I was told that my glasses would take approximately 2 weeks to be made and delivered.

For the next two weeks, I ended in so much pain from eye strain that led to neck and shoulder tension. I was a mess! I felt like I had to take 3 naps a day which is so not me. I'm thankful for my family who pitches in when I am down. They helped me a whole lot, especially the little one since he is with me all day long. I was super nervous when the call came in that my glasses were ready to be picked up. I sat at the counter with the salesperson and tried my glasses and sunglasses on. As soon as I placed the glasses on my face I felt really weird. I was like wait, I can't see properly. They told me because they are progressive lenses and I will have to get used to them.

As I left the building, I placed my pricey prescription sunglasses on and was hit with vibrant views. Everything around me was extra bright and colorful. I was seeing as clearly as I could when I was a teenager. I almost cried because I didn't realize how much I have been missing out on seeing. The eyeglasses have been more difficult to adjust to since I have to wear them all day long. I can't quite figure out how to tilt my head to be able to see up close. Even being on the computer has been difficult. I am still feeling a bit of fatigue, dizziness, and headaches, but they are supposed to clear up in the next week or so. I almost wanted to simply not wear them at all.

For now, I am thankful to be able to see details, vibrant colors, and having overall clarity. It will take time to adjust to wearing glasses, especially with different strengths for distance and close-up vision. I am going to be patient and know that I will be feeling like myself again soon enough. I'm sharing this post today for anyone who might be struggling with their vision and might not even know they are. Do not put off getting an eye exam! We aren't getting any younger.

If you have any advice for me, I'm open to it. Thank you so much for stopping by today.
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May 23, 2013

One of my favorite beauty products

I think over the years, I have tried virtually every beauty product you could get from a drugstore. One thing I use every night is a makeup removing wipe. I have tried so many brands but I go back to the same one every time. Oddly enough, the Walmart brand called Equate beauty has been the best one by far.
I love how soft and gentle the towelettes feel and they are generously sized. They have just the right amount of cleanser in them that really do the trick of getting my eye makeup off with ease. Since I use them primarily for eye makeup removal, I don't have to use a whole wipe. I tear a wipe in two or three and maximize my uses from one pack. My daughters do the same thing and they last a long time. We purchase it in a 2-pack for around $6. Not bad at all! I don't buy them because they are inexpensive. I buy them because they actually work!

What do you use to remove makeup?
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Apr 4, 2011

Getting an eye exam


Yesterday afternoon I booked an eye exam appointment for the husband. I have noticed that he has been having a very hard time focusing and squints a whole lot every time he is on the computer, Blackberry, reading or even looking at everyday things. We both grew very concerned that there was a possibility he might need eyeglasses. Enough was enough so off we went to get his eyes checked. Funny thing that it turns out that his vision is perfect. Isn't that something? Dwayne was just suffering from eye strain. The doctor wrote a prescription just in case for night time eyeglasses but did not see the need (right now) for him to wear glasses. This was really good news. So now it is all about making some adjustments to help ease the eye strain. First thing I made him do was buy some sunglasses. I am a firm believer in wearing them at all times when I am outdoors, even when it is overcast. The next thing will have to be less time of the computer since he has to be on it all day for work. I think the smartphone is a culprit as well. I am just glad that we took the time to have his eyes checked to be sure. After all, we only have one set of eyes for life and we better do what it takes to keep them healthy.

Have you ever suffered from eye strain? What steps did you take?
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