Eyewear: The Finishing Touch to Any Wardrobe

Jessica Yesilcimen
by Jessica Yesilcimen

Eyeglasses can be more than functional: they can serve as the finishing touch – or main focus – of your wardrobe. At EyeCare Specialties, we update our frame lines frequently so you have the latest designer options to choose from. Each designer has a different personality. We hope you find the designer and frames that match your personality and lifestyle. Some of our favorite lines are listed below; you can find these and more at our locations.

Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen has been a fashion icon for years. His eyewear ties together influences of modern and traditional design. His designs incorporate the use of contrasting materials like titanium and natural wood for a modern twist. We like these frames because they are artistic and sophisticated.

HUGO BOSS
HUGO BOSS is known for classic, well-made style. These frames are smooth and sophisticated. Many people like them because they are elegant and timeless. These frames will take you from work into evening without worry.

Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo sunglasses reflect the same highly-fashionable yet wearable style as its creator’s luxury shoe line. The British designer features youthful, innovative eyewear designs with classic elegance and stunning beauty. These frames are modern without being ostentatious.

Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs’ eyewear collection gives a nod to vintage style, crafted with subtle designs and attention to detail. This youthful line provides elegance
that enhances anyone’s style and adds a bold, sophisticated look.

Kenneth Cole New York & Kenneth Cole Reaction
Kenneth Cole’s eyewear lines capture both sides of the coin. Kenneth Cole New York captures the essence of the urban young professional while Kenneth Cole Reaction offers stylish, affordable frames with a contemporary twist.

Tom Ford
We love Tom Ford eyewear collection because it pairs classic style with quality and authentic materials. Tom Ford is fashion-forward no matter what your style. The women’s frames are elegant while the men’s frames are masculine. Tom Ford is an EyeCare Specialties favorite for customers and employees alike.

 

Sports Vision: How to Keep Your Eyes Safe

Dr. Pfeil

When you think of sports equipment, what comes to mind? Probably bats, gloves and balls; maybe jerseys and kneepads. What you probably don’t think of is eyewear. Sports eyewear is an extremely important, and an often overlooked, necessity when it comes to playing your favorite games.

Sports can be extremely visually demanding. There are two categories when it comes to sports eyewear. First, you probably want to improve your game. When playing, the eyes move in rapid and precise ways, which helps the brain interpret and predict things like an object’s path and speed. It is also important to see the contrast of objects, for example, finding a fly ball against a cloudless blue sky.

The second category is ocular safety. When playing sports, there are many uncontrollable elements that can be detrimental to your eye health. There are the obvious hazards like balls and objects that are swung – bats, racquets, hooks and even hands – but there are also environmental objects like sand, dirt, grass, turf, and pieces of broken equipment that can all come in contact with your eyes, often at high speeds.

At the very least, we recommend contact lenses for sports because of the increased peripheral range of vision without the risk of a frame damaging your face or eyes. Though sport-specifc eyewear is the best option, contacts are still better than regular prescription frames.

While EyeCare Specialties does offer urgent eye care services, we want you to take preventative steps and keep your eyes safe. Below is a list of some common (and not so common) sports and the benefits of sport-specific eyewear.

Airsoft: Airsoft pellets travel at high speeds, which means you need eyewear that will stand up to the challenge. Airsoft glasses are lightweight and have high-level UV protection along with the impact-resistance to keep your eyes safe.

Baseball: Those sunglasses your favorite major league player wears aren’t just for looks. The lenses are specially made to withstand high-velocity impacts that may occur in baseball.

Cycling: Cycling puts you outside, often during sunny hours, and moving at high speeds. We recommend lenses that are polarized, impact-resistant and lightweight for comfort.

Basketball: Basketball can be a sport of flying elbows. Basketball eyewear helps protect your eyes, and sometimes your nose, from impact. A good eyeguard will be shatter-proof with facial padding and anti-fog to help you see clearly.

Fishing: While fishing is often viewed as a relaxing activity, there are plenty of risks to your eyes, as well as benefits of specific lenses. Polarized glasses help you see into the water, which makes seeing the fish and any underwater hazards much easier. They also protect against flying hooks or pieces of debris that may get tossed into the air.

Racquet sports: Racquetball is one of those sports where it’s obvious that you should have protective eyewear. There are several dangers, including the size and velocity of the ball and swinging racquets. Most racquetball courts require eyewear before entering. If you play often, it is a smart idea to purchase your own pair of glasses that fit you well and are fog-resistant for when the match gets intense.

Shooting: Whether shooting for target practice or competition, protective eyewear is vital when your eyes are in close proximity to projectiles. Shooting glasses are lightweight and comfortable with UV protection and polarizing tint to help visual contrast. They are also safe against high-velocity impacts that may occur from shell casings and other items.

Snowboarding/Skiing: Because UV exposure increases with altitude and the light is reflected off the snow, it is extremely important to make sure that your goggles have a high UV protection factor. They should also fit comfortably and have an anti-fog coating to keep your vision clear on the way down the slopes.

 

UV Protection is a Hot Topic!

Dr. Brightman

By now, I hope that everyone is aware of the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. Our eyes should be no exception because they are equally affected by the damaging effects of sunlight. There are some important factors to look for when choosing your sunglasses.

The most important thing is UVA and UVB protection. Not sure if your sunglasses protect against both? If you are buying your sunglasses at a convenience store, chances are you are getting the bare minimum UV protection required by law (UVB only) in a material not suited for optimal vision. UVB radiation causes sunburns, so it stands to reason that we want to protect ourselves from that. Most sunglasses have UVB protection. The windshield of your vehicle, however, also offers decent protection from these wavelengths. UVA radiation, on the other hand, is the more damaging wavelength to skin and eye tissue. Wrinkles, cataracts, macular degeneration, and age spots are all caused by UVA. Our windshield does not protect us from these wavelengths nearly as well. It takes a quality pair of sunglasses to block 100% of both UVA and UVB light. Designer names like Oakley and Maui Jim always provide full UVA and UVB protection in a superior optical quality material.

That brings us to the second most important thing. Good sunglasses will not adversely affect the clarity of your vision. Just like your prescription eyeglasses, your sunglasses should be optical quality. Have you ever noticed that non-prescription sunglasses can give you a headache and make you feel that your vision is not as clear and crisp? That is because poor quality materials cause visual discomfort. When you buy a pair of designer sunglasses, you can be sure that your visual quality will not suffer.

To enhance the quality of your vision even more, I recommend polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses have a built-in filter that reduces the blinding glare from surfaces such as water, snow, and chrome. Polarization helps reduce the intermittent blind spots in your vision when you are dazzled by a very bright light. These lenses are the best for driving, boating, or any other outdoor activities. In a recent industry survey, polarized lenses scored the highest among consumers. 98% of people who purchased polarized lenses said they would choose it for their next pair of sunglasses. They come in various tints to best suit your lifestyle and preference.

Sunglasses are a great way to look good and see great! Please stop in and see our wide variety of sunwear. We’ll help get you in a pair that suits your vision needs and keeps your eyes healthy.

 

Save on Two Pairs of Eyewear with Our Multiple Pair Discount

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

We are very excited to have launched our Multiple Pair Discount. This is a great opportunity for you to have more than one pair of glasses. This discount allows you to purchase a second complete pair of glasses for 50% off on the day of your visit, or 30% off within 30 days. Because there is no one pair of glasses that will address all of a person’s visual needs, we wanted to provide a way for our patients to purchase the glasses they need. Everyone truly does require more than one pair of glasses, but many cannot afford them.

We really want to communicate the importance of having at least two pairs of eyewear. The primary pair can be used for most typical activities, like working and reading. The second pair could be sunglasses for daily driving or any outdoor activities. Our new Multiple Pair Discount provides the opportunity to purchase a pair of quality sunglasses.

Sunglasses are probably the most overlooked second pair, but they are extremely important. Sunglasses are beneficial not only because they are visually more comfortable, but also because they provide an added measure of visual safety and promote better eye health. A high quality pair of sunglasses – whether prescription or not – will provide protection from UVA and UVB radiation. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can damage the eyes and surrounding tissues. Sunglasses will help tremendously to protect your eyes on a daily basis.

The configuration of the multiple pairs, however, depends entirely on the visual needs of the person. You can get a good primary pair and a back-up pair. This is especially useful for people with a higher prescription. If you are a contact lens wearer, you can purchase a pair of glasses for the times you are tired of wearing contacts and a pair of non-prescription sunglasses. Presbyopic patients may want to get a primary pair of progressives, but supplement that with a specialized pair of computer glasses, or simply reading-only glasses. This offer gives patients an opportunity to fulfill their vision needs at an affordable price.

We are thrilled by the positive response we have already received from our patients. It truly is our goal to provide quality services and products while keeping price and convenience in mind. Consider the benefits of what multiple pairs can offer and the way that your daily routine can be made more comfortable by a second pair of frames.

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