Popular Sunglasses Trends for 2014

Whether you’re shielding your eyes from the sun’s obtrusive rays, masking your sans-makeup face from onlookers, or adding a little edge to an outfit, sunglasses are the perfect year-round accessories.  A signature sunglasses style can become, in a way, like an extension of a personality—think, the Olsens’ oversized bohemian shades, Lennon’s small round frames, and Bono’s sleek futuristic sunspecs.  When debating which direction you want to go in, try to make sure your sunglasses flatter your facial structure, provide optimal UV protection, and of course, are on trend with the season’s hottest styles.  To help you on your mission in finding the perfect pair of sunglasses, here is a run down of the what’s to come for popular sunglasses trends this year.

0001917_250Colored Mirror

Sunglasses with multicolored, mirrored lenses seem to be all the rage this upcoming season.  Though they might give off a summer, beachy vibe, this style can undoubtedly be worn during any season to add a pop of color to an outfit.  These shades come in a variety of colors and the mirrored detail on the modern twist on the classic lens. For some additional inspiration, check out this pair of Von Zipper sunglasses with its coolly purple lenses.

The Dramatic Cat Eye

Nothing screams fashionista quite like dramatic cat eye sunglasses.  This style, made famous by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, alludes that you are mysterious, confidant and cat-eye-sunglasses-300x226polished, even if you happen to be re-covering from the previous night’s escapades. This style is especially flattering to individuals with heart-shaped, oval and square faces.

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This classic style seems to make a comeback every few years.  The beauty about these shades is that they can be dressed up or down, and are subtle enough as to not over power your face.  Plus, they have the power to make you feel like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and who doesn’t love that?

a-morir-phillips-glasses-rose-flower-sunglassesEmbellished

This year, more and more, we are seeing intricate embellishments added to otherwise standard frames. Fit for the fashion-forward females, decorated frames are the perfect statement ensemble piece.  Popular embellished frame styles this year are floral detailing, and metal weaving.

Regardless if you prefer simple and smart, or bold and embellished, there is a sunglasses style out there for everyone.  Contrary to belief that they are strictly summer accessories, classic sunglasses styles can be worn year-round and carried over from season to season.  After all, our eyes need shielding year round, especially when snow reflects rays; consider purchasing contact lenses from a brand like Acuvue that incorporates UV protection.

Whatever your preferred taste may be, just make they are properly polarized and complementary to your facial features.  Sunglasses that are either too small or overwhelmingly large can be distracting and, at times, look foolish.  So embrace the upcoming trends and opt for 2014’s hottest sunglasses styles.

The Most Common Causes of Eye Infections

rubbing-eye1Just like all other bodily organs, our eyes are vulnerable to occasional malfunctions.  When our eyes fall ill, it is crucial to take the necessary steps in order to quickly and effectively nurse them back to health.  Indications of an eye infection can range from slight discomfort to severe pain, and can be anywhere from barely visible to an extreme reaction.  Common symptoms of an infection can include itching, swelling, increased sensitivity to light, hazy or decreased vision, secretion of watery discharge, or visible redness on white area of the eye. 

There are several ways in which an eye can catch an infection, but if you are proactive about maintaining its health, you can avoid an onset and ensure that your eyes live a long, healthy life.  Below are some common causes of an eye infection and tips on how to avoid them.

Three of the most common infections are blepharitis, keratitis, and conjunctivitis.  Blepharitis is an eye disorder that is usually linked to bacteria infections or skin disorders.  When the bacterium reaches the eye, it inflames the oil glands along the outer edges of the eyelids, sometimes forming dandruff-like scales.  Blepharitis, neither contagious nor permanently damaging to one’s eyesight, can usually be treated with hot compressing and a gentle eyelid cleansing.

Keratitis is a bacterial infection associated with the inflammation of the cornea and can cause pain, redness surrounding the pupil, hazy vision, tearing, or sensitivity to light.  This condition is often caused by dry eyes, a chemical or physical injury, or an underlying medical issue.  Keratitis can also crop up by wearing contacts for an extended length of time, and can be avoided.

Conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as pink eye, is a rather familiar ailment that most people have experienced at one point.  Though most commonly bacteria-triggered, pink eye can also be contracted from viruses or allergies.  It can be contracted simply by touching your eye with infected surface or object, resulting in an inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the outermost layer of the eyeball.  It is important to know that while allergic pink eye is not contagious, bacterial and viral pink eye is and can be spread very easily. If you do contract this condition, it’s a good idea to switch out your contact lenses for a fresh pair in once the symptoms have passed in order to not aggravate the infection once again. 

989211121_23849aec76Sometimes it only takes is a tiny spec entering the eye for it to form a full-blown infection.  Each day we are forced to face a dusty, gritty atmosphere, where it is extremely easy for tiny antagonists to invade and irritate our precious eyes.  Ironically enough, eyelashes—designed to protect our eyes from foreign objects—can also be a cause of infection if entered into the eye and left over time.  It is vital to immediately remove a foreign object once it is detected, as it could eventually pierce the outer layer, or cornea, and create an even larger problem.  Treatment for this type of infection is dependent on the type of object, and the degree of contact made.  Simply washing the eye with an eye wash solution or tap water can treat small particles, such as dust and grit.  For larger foreign objects, or if you feel something may have penetrated the eye, seek professional attention.

Being conscientious of the eyes’ susceptibilities will help ward off unwanted infections.  Never let anything that is prone to bacteria—which is just about everything—come in contact with your eyes.  Contact wearers should be especially conscientious of proper eye hygiene, seeing as they are more in direct contact with their eyes than non-contact wearers. It is important to be sure sure that lenses are removed with clean fingers, and stored in sanitary solution over night. For the most hygienic option available, consider one-day contact options by Acuvue. Treating your eyes with the care and attention they require will decrease the likelihood of an infection, keep your eyes happy and healthy for years to come.

Why the Flow of Oxygen is Important to Eye Health

As two of our most precious biological commodities, our eyes require constant upkeep to ensure long-lasting, optimal performance. While a nutritious diet and proper maintenance will certainly help warrant a strong condition, there are additional precautionary measures to also keep in mind. One in particular is allowing them to breathe! Making sure our eyes receive a consistent flow of oxygen is crucial to their overall health. As you can imagine, wearing contact lenses everyday makes the process of absorbing oxygen somewhat difficult. However, understanding why oxygen is important to eye health should motivate contact wearers to lift the blanket of lenses regularly and allow air to flow through.

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10 Reasons We’re Thankful for Clear Vision (And You Should Be Too)

Whether you wear contacts or glasses, there are an abundance of reasons why seeing with crisp, clear vision should have us jumping off the walls with excitement and outbursts of uncontrollable euphoria. After all, the simple fact that we can see anything is pretty awesome and we shouldn’t take it for granted. Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of reasons why clear vision is the bee’s knees. Look them over and tell us if you agree!

1. First and foremost, we can see. Everything. We can look out the door and see a damp city street, a bird on the shutter, a crack in the sidewalk, the grumpy bus driver’s scowl — appreciate the little things.

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The History of Contact Lenses

contact-lens-eye-640x353Imagine this; the year is 1888. As you walk around town you suddenly realize that you cannot read a single sign in the windows and have difficulty seeing farther than 40 feet away…you shudder when you think of the weight and discomfort glasses. However, luckily for you, there’s a new product available: contact lenses!

Indeed, the contact lens actually has quite a long and thoroughly developed history. In fact, the idea of the contact lens can be attributed to Leonardo da Vinci in his 1508 writing The Codex of the Eye, Manual D where he mentions altering corneal power by “wearing a water-filled glass hemisphere over the eye.” Another similar, but impractical idea was proposed by Rene Descartes in 1636 and in 1801 Thomas Young produced a prototype based on Descartes’ idea but it failed to fully correct vision and still required glasses. It wasn’t until 1845 that John Herschel presented an idea for contact lenses that would become the foundation of the modern contact lens, starting a chain of events that would revolutionize the way we see the world.

1887: F.E. Muller creates the first glass-blown contact lens that can be seen worn, seen through, and tolerated. However, there is no indication this lens provided any vision correction.

1888: A German ophthalmologist named Adolf Fick made and fitted true contact lenses out of heavy blown glass that were about 18mm thick. However, because these lenses were so large and uncomfortable they could only be worn for a few hours at a time. Also, the glass did not allow ANY oxygen to the eye.

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William Feinbloom

1936: With the development of Plexiglass; William Feinbloom was able to create scleral contact lenses out of a combination or plastic and glass for a model that was lighter and exponentially more convenient than its predecessors.
1947-1949: Though the exact date is not nailed down, it is generally agreed that during this time period the first corneal contact lenses were developed. They sat on the cornea as opposed to the entire eye and were made entirely of plastic so they are infinitely more comfortable, enabling them to be utilized for up to 16 hours at a time. However, unlike many of today’s adaptations, oxygen was unable to permeate the eye.

1960’s-1970: This decade saw the advent of the rigid-gas permeable lens which maintained the rigidness of the full plastic lenses while allowing oxygen to reach the eye. These RGP lenses are still useful today in certain applications. (Development in comfort and usability continues today for RGP lenses).

1971: The first hydrogel material was approved by the FDA in the USA for use in contact lenses. Lenses made of “Soflens” were the first soft contacts in the USA —these lenses quickly exceeded RGP lenses in popularity due to their comfort and ease of use.

1972: The concept of disposable soft contact lenses was suggested for the first time.

1998: The soft contact lens was revolutionized with the development of silicone hydrogel. These newer lenses combined the performance of soft contact lenses with the incredible oxygen permeability of silicone.

2498775934_4a6a4e451a_b2014: Almost all soft lenses available today are made of silicone hydrogel. Contact manufacturers continue to develop ways of adding molecules to the silicone hydrogel to improve comfort, like the internal wetting molecules featured by such prominent brands as Acuvue.

Not many people realize that contact lenses have as long a history of steady advancement as they do; and all this development certainly benefits the consumer. Recent developments have enabled those with astigmatism to wear contacts, as well as cosmetic possibilities that temporarily change the color of the iris. Browse our selection of contact lenses to celebrate the latest advances in sight enhancement today.