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Are You Rocking the Geek Chic Trend?

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When it comes to buying glasses it’s always a good idea to find out what’s hot and what’s not in frames. While you should always end up picking a style that suits you it is worth trying out the trends to see if they will fit in with your personality and overall look. One of the trends that has been popular since 2011 and seems difficult to shift is the geek chic trend; could this be a good style for you too?

The geeky or preppy look is one that has a host of celebrity supporters including Johnny Depp, Zooey Deschanel and the fabulous Kate Moss so no one would blame you for wanting a geeky frame for yourself. While the trend remains in place there has been a shift in the style of the frames. 

When geek chic first came onto the runway the style was very boxy, with big black frames being the most popular choice. Now the geek chic look has been brought into the 21st Century. The look has been made more rounded, which is great news if the box frames didn’t suit your face shape. It works well with work and for leisure activities and can be made to look extremely glamorous or professional with a slight geeky feel.

A Timeless Trend in Eyewear

Not all trends are here to last but the way the geek chic look is moving you can be sure to get a few years out of your next prescription ladies glasses.  This is a timeless look that is here to stay and now the look has been modernised further it’s a good choice to make. Just remember to try the style out first using the virtual mirror over at Glasses2You. 

Finding Protective Eyewear That Helps You Actually See

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If you need to wear protective goggles at work you will already be aware of the problems they can cause for glass wearers.  First of all you have the discomfort level, having to find that sweet spot that allows your glasses to sit comfortably on the bridge of your nose and sit well behind the ears while wearing goggles can be a difficult task – especially if the goggles have elastic bands or plastic arms. Secondly if the goggles are scratched or reflect the light you may find your sight is slightly impaired even while wearing your usual prescription glasses.

The best option is to use prescription safety glasses and do away with having to wear goggles on top of your usual glasses altogether. These safety glasses are far more comfortable and they come in a range of styles so you can still look stylish and fashionable while taking that extra care to protect your eyes.  The frames are durable yet thin and they are compliant to the ANSI Z87 1-2003 industrial eyewear standard.

Glasses2You have excellent yet affordable protective prescription glasses that come with all sorts of attractive and necessary features including:

  • EZ Side Shields
  • Safe-Lok screws that won’t fall out
  • SprinGuard bevelling for extra safety
  • Stainless steel frames for added corrosion resistance
  • Spring hinges for better comfort
  • Nose pads for additional comfort and no slip performance

If you are fed up with fighting with your safety goggles or you need to provide a safer, more comfortable solution for your employees visit Glasses2You today. 

Two Pairs are Better than One

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When buying prescription glasses it’s always a good idea to have at least one extra pair to keep as a spare. You never know when you are going to need them, you might:

  • Misplace your glasses
  • Lose them
  • Break them
  • Need a pair of prescription sunglasses
  • Fancy a different style
  • Have a daytime and an evening pair
  • Use one pair for sports the other for work

The problem is some retailers charge a fortune for designer glasses and this can stop you from buying an extra pair to use as a backup or for a specific reason.

That’s why we often hold promotions and have special offers here at Glasses2You. Currently you can find our affordable glasses with up to an additional 40% off. Not only do you save money by shopping online with us you also receive the great discount making our cheap yet quality and stylish prescription glasses even more affordable – perfect if you want to buy one or two extra styles to suit your mood.

We also have other offers you may be interested in including 20% off lens options including sunglass tints and coatings. What’s more if you do decide to buy 2 pairs you can receive an extra 10% off at the checkout. Come and take a look at the stylish frames we have available and don’t forget to use the virtual mirror before you buy.  

Are You Using Your Contact Lenses Safely?

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In the UK alone there are over 3 million people that choose to mainly wear contact lenses over prescription glasses. When using contact lenses there is an increased risk of infection but surprisingly many users fail to follow the safety instructions. If you wear contact lenses for any amount of time you should make sure you take care of your eyes and follow the advice given. 

Below you can find some instructions provided by The College of Optometrists that you may find useful:

Read the instructions that came with your contact lenses and check for updates. The instructions will vary whether you are using soft or rigid gas permeable lenses.

  1. Reusable contact lenses must be disinfected each time they are taken out to prevent germs and organisms that could be harmful from building up. Use the recommended lens system that your practitioner suggested to you.
  2. When disinfecting your lenses soak them for the recommended time in the solution and throw away the solution after it has been used.
  3. Take care of your case as they are the main cause of infection if allowed to get dirty. Rinse it after use and leave it to dry every day.
  4. Each week clean the case thoroughly using the solution and a clean toothbrush
  5. Replace your storage case once a month.

Sensible Contact Lens Routines

Always make sure that your hands are freshly washed and dried before you touch your contact lenses. You’ll also need to have a pair of prescription glasses on hand to wear when you are not wearing your lenses and remember to go for regular check-ups. If you think you have an infection contact your practitioner for an appointment.

Get Help with Your Eyecare Costs

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There are some people in the UK that qualify for some free assistance in affording eyecare services. If you’re eligible you can receive:

  • Free NHS sight tests
  • Vouchers to help with the cost of glasses
  • Vouchers to help with the cost of contact lenses

Are You Entitled to a Free Sight Test from the NHS?

There are many individuals that don’t realise they can have free sight tests which includes:

  • People aged under 16 years or under 19 if they are in education full time
  • Anyone over 60
  • You are registered blind or partially sighted
  • There is glaucoma in your direct family and you are over 40 or you are at risk of or have glaucoma
  • You have diabetes
  • There are some benefits that will also allow you to have free eye tests too such as the Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support or you are named on a valid tax credit exemption certificate.

Learn more about the help you can receive by visiting the NHS Eyecare entitlement page. Once you have had your eye test you can visit Glasses2You and order affordable prescription glasses and save money.

Trendy Frames for Summer 2013

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If you are in the need for some new frames it is worth checking out what’s hot and what’s not before you make your purchase. Here are some of the current trends that are worth considering – just remember to consider your face shape before making your purchase.

Ladies Glasses

  1. Light and feminine is back in a big way in fashion and glasses have followed this trend closely. Choose simple frames in pretty colours if you are feeling summery and flirty.
  2. Oversized frames are in direct relation to the hipster trend. If you want to look hip on the high street go for larger frames that will really show off your eyes.
  3. Transparent frames are a sure fire winner and they are easy to wear. The frames you choose can be in any style just pick a great colour and make sure you can see through it to follow this fashion statement.

Men’s Glasses

  1. Transparent frames are not just popular for women, men are also embracing this trend. The frames are made from either plastic or celluloid and come in a number of tints.
  2. Vintage glasses are great of you have a vintage look. They give you a retro look and it works well in blacks or even greens if you want something a little different. Look for oval or round frames to pull of the look perfectly.
  3. Stand out with bright coloured frames such as bright reds, electric blues and yellow. This is a style not for the faint hearted.

If you want to see what you look like in the current trends visit Glasses2You and use the virtual mirror.

Amazing New Lens Technology Announced

The contact lenses that can give you telescopic vision like SUPERMAN

  • Lenses are used with a pair of 3D glasses to give wearers telescopic vision
  • A traditional contact lens is fitted with a magnifying ring which, when worn with a pair of Samsung 3D glasses, can magnify scenes by 2.8 times
  • Lenses have been designed to restore sight in blind people

3 July 2013

 

A new range of contact lenses gives wearers telescopic vision like comic book hero Superman.

Researchers from San Diego and Switzerland fitted a traditional contact lens with a magnifying ring which, when worn with a pair of Samsung 3D glasses, can magnify scenes by 2.8 times.

The lens-glasses combination was designed to help restore the sight of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, or blindness.

 

Researchers from San Diego and Switzerland have developed contact lenses that give the wearer telescopic vision. They were designed to restore sight in blind people. The front and back of the 8mm lens are shown at (a) and (b). Picture (c) shows the lens on an optomechanical eye. The lenses are worn with 3D glasses and see normally when the central apeture is blocked (d) but can magnify images when unblocked (e)

 

Images captured through the telescopic contact lens using optomechanical eye.

Images captured through the telescopic contact lens using an optomechanical eye. Image (a) shows what the picture looks like in normal mode. Image (b) shows it in 2.8 times telescopic mode. Image (c) was taken without a lens. Outdoor image (d) shows the view taken with contact lens and both apertures (1x + 2.8x). Image (e) Outdoor image is taken with contact lens at 2.8x

HOW DO THE LENSES WORK?

The 8mm contact lenses are fitted with a 1.17mm magnifying ring around the edge.

Small aluminium mirrors are fitted into this magnifying ring.

These mirrors bounce the light from objects in front of the wearer approximately four times around this ring before sending the image to the retina. 

By the time this image hits the retina it appears magnified by almost three times.

When the lenses are being worn in ‘ordinary mode’ this magnified image is blocked by polarising filters fitted to a pair of modified Samsung 3D glasses.

To switch to ‘telescopic mode’, the wearer can change these filters so that the only light that hits their retina is the light created by the magnified process.

The contact lenses are 8mm in diameter, 1mm thick in the middle of the lens and 1.17mm thick in a magnifying ring around the edge. 

Small aluminium mirrors are fitted into this magnifying ring.

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These mirrors bounce the light from objects in front of the wearer approximately four times within this ring before sending the image to the retina. 

By the time this image hits the retina it appears magnified by almost three times.

When the lenses are being worn in ‘ordinary mode’ this magnified image is blocked by polarising filters fitted to a pair of modified Samsung 3D glasses.

To switch to ‘telescopic mode’, the wearer can change these filters so that the only light that hits their retina is the light created by the magnified process. 

The lenses have tiny channels along the surface that let in oxygen and make the lenses ‘breathable’.

This means they can be worn for long periods of time. 

The contact lenses are fitted with a magnifying ring around the edge.

The contact lenses are fitted with a magnifying ring around the edge. Small aluminium mirrors are fitted into this magnifying ring, pictured. These mirrors bounce the light around this ring before sending a magnified version of the image to the retina

Researchers modified a pair of Samsung 3D glasses with polarising filters. When the lenses are worn with a pair of these glasses they can magnify scenes by 2.8 times.

Researchers modified a pair of Samsung 3D glasses with polarising filters. When the lenses are worn with a pair of these glasses they can magnify scenes by 2.8 times. The lens-glasses combination was designed to help restore the sight of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, or blindness

 

The researchers behind the project were led by Eric Tremblay from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EDFL) in Switzerland and Joseph Ford from UC San Diego.

 

They chose to modify the 3D glasses because they are already fitted with light blocking technology. 

The glasses create the 3D effect by blocking light to the left or right lens at different times. 

Tremblay and Ford wanted to design a system that could help restore sight to people suffering from age-related blindness. 

According to the study in Optics Express, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for people over 55 in the western world.

It causes central vision loss in more than 2 million people in the U.S. alone. 

‘People with AMD and other degenerative eye disease can use magnifying visual aids to help distinguish details using the functional retina outside of the damaged central fovea. 

‘Bioptic telescopes are the most common commercially available visual aids for low-vision. 

‘These telescopes are mounted through spectacle lenses at an offset such that the telescope can be brought into view by tilting the head. 

‘Bioptic telescopes are useful for some tasks, including driving, but many visually impaired people reject them due to their cosmetic appearance and interference in social interaction.

‘Head-worn approaches also offer only a narrow field of view (FOV) and require that the user turn their head directly towards the viewed scene.’

Gas-permeable versions, which would extend the length of time wearers can wear the telescopic lenses even further than the current prototype, are being prepared for clinical trials in November.

Source:  By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON The Daily Mail

Choosing Your Glasses – Helpful Hints & Tools

 

Click on the magnifying glass icon above each product as you browse the site to see a much bigger, more detailed image of the corresponding frame!

Our virtual mirror allows you to try glasses on as you browse the site. Just upload a photo of yourself (not wearing glasses) and as you browse the site, you can click the ‘Try online’ links next to any product to instantly see yourself wearing that frame. It’s a great way to see what frames suit you.

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Create your own shortlist of frames you’d like to consider for purchase. Once done, simply compare them in one easy place using various tools. Pressing the ‘Try online’ link on your shortlist page will allow you to directly compare all your shortlisted frames on your uploaded photo, thus allowing you to whittle down your choices until you are left with the frame or frames you want to buy.

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Uploading your photo is very straightforward. However, if you need more help on this then please see our tutorial video Here.

For some more handy tips on buying glasses online, why not view our guide Here.

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Pupillary Distance – Should this be on your prescription?

Online Sellers of prescription glasses get a lot of criticism from the high street opticians, mostly because they believe that the glasses cannot be as good or as accurate as ones they provide.

This is simply not the case but the one issue where they shoot themselves in the foot, is the subject of pupillary distance measurement.

They steadfastly refuse to provide this as part of the prescription stating that this is only required when fitting the glasses and does not form part of the eye test result. Is this a valid argument or are they trying to stop people going online for their purchases?

With this information, online retailers could no longer be accused of making lenses that were not accurate so why will they not provide it?

Most customers are getting wise to this and are measuring and providing their own – it is not difficult as the image below will show:

Surely it is time for the NHS eye tests to show this information and for the high street to work hand in hand with online retailers who offer the customer a better service , a better choice and far better value.

Using the same frames, same lenses and same laboratories this would alleviate most peoples fear and allay any criticism.

Many people wear their old glasses for many years because they simply cannot afford to buy new ones and as a result their eyes suffer and in some cases this is a real danger as people drive with old outdated  prescriptions.

We offer them a very good cheaper alternative that allows them to change their glasses and update their prescription. With many people wearing old prescription glasses for driving we believe that more people should be given the choices and the prices that we offer.

We are not a threat to the good quality opticians out there, only supplying 1-3% off glasses wearers.

The true enemy of the High Street Opticians are the big supermarkets which are grabbing big slices of the market and not always offering the same level of eye test or service.

Do you have any feelings about this? We welcome your suggestions – good or bad!

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