September 17th, 2015 by Steve Schottman
Are you a member of one of the coolest clubs around? You know, the one where a chosen few get to wear stylish frames all day that help them see better?
If you answered ‘yes’, then you are a proud glasses-wearing individual! As a reward for your dedication to the art of wearing glasses on your face, we’ve put together a collection of the most interesting, useful, and awesome tricks that every visually impaired person should know! Here we go:
- How To Take Better Showers
Taking showers effectively is one of the most common problems out there for glasses-wearers. Whether you’re accidentally grabbing conditioner instead of shampoo, completely losing your soap, or unable to distinguish between ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ (which can be a very dangerous game), taking showers can end up being one of the most annoying parts of your day.
Thankfully, there are a few little things you can do to make it much easier to navigate your way around the tub without the help of your glasses. Try sticking a rubber band around your shampoo bottle to tell it apart from your conditioner (or, even worse, your liquid soap). You should also try keeping bar soap in the same place EVERY TIME, so you don’t have to fumble around trying to locate it, only to have it slip through your fingers once you do.
- How To Clean Your Glasses Properly
While many people can fall into the bad habit of using their shirt to wipe down their lenses, there are some better options. If they aren’t cleaned properly, glasses can quickly become a hotbed for bacteria, which can cause you breakouts at best, and illness at worst.
One of the most effective materials for keeping your glasses clean is by using microfiber cloths – you know, the kind that you use to clean your laptop and smartphone. These bad boys will whisk away any debris and goop without damaging the glass of your lens. Don’t have access to microfiber cloths? In a pinch you can run your glasses under some warm water and use a bit of dish soap to clean them up.
- How To Stop Your Glasses From Sliding Down Your Nose
Nothing is more annoying than having to push your glasses back into place every few minutes! No matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can’t get your glasses to stay in place. There are a few things that you can do to get them to fit snug and stop getting in your way.
A leading cause of glasses slippage is due to the nose pads between your lenses not being properly adjusted. So, first things first, set your glasses down on a flat surface and adjust your pads until they are even. Another trick that you can use to keep your glasses form sliding is to tightly wrap some hair elastics around the ends of your glasses’ arms so that they rest right behind your ears. This method will keep your glasses on and no one will be the wiser!
- How To Get Scratches Out At Home
Did a big scratch just show up in the middle of your lens? Sometimes glasses can get scratched up so quickly, it almost seems like they’re cursed. You don’t always have to spring for a new pair of glasses when this happens though; small surface scratches can actually easily be taken care of at home thanks to some nifty home remedies. These are so easy that you won’t even have to head to the store to pick anything up! You’ll probably have these items at home already.
Baking soda can be a very quick solution that you most likely have sitting at the back of your pantry or fridge. Mix a bit of baking soda and water into a paste and then slowly rub it onto your scratched lens with a soft cloth. Don’t have any baking soda? Try doing something similar with a non-abrasive toothpaste instead. Take a tiny dab of toothpaste and rub it onto your lens before rinsing and wiping dry. Avoid toothpaste with lots of additives because some of those can actually end up damaging your frames.
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August 20th, 2015 by Steve Schottman
Wearing protective sports eyewear is just as important as wearing a helmet to protect your head. Protective eyewear may not always be comfortable, especially when wearing glasses, but they can help your performance and visual acuity tremendously. Sports that are performed in the sun require protection from UVA/UVB rays and glare. Exposing your eyes to these harsh lights can hinder your vision, making it difficult to play properly. If you love to be active or play sports and don’t already own any protective eyewear, consider investing in a pair. We’ve put a list together of what you should look for in protective sports eyewear for specific activities and how it can benefit you!
Sunglasses that are polarized are recommended for those who enjoy fishing. Polarized lenses will ensure that harsh glares won’t harm your eyes or cause eye strain. Without this addition to your sunglasses, you may experience headaches, poor vision, and visual discomfort. Aim for either grey or brown lenses, as they enhance both color and depth perception.
Spending the day at the golf course can be a strain on your eyes if you’re not wearing proper eyewear. An important part of the game is to keep your eye on the ball, but if the sun is bright and you’re not able to see, you can’t keep your eye on the ball! Ensure your eyewear fits properly and won’t easily fall off when you’re swinging. Also ensure the lens on your eyewear is one of these colors:
- Green: This tint will significantly reduce the brightness of the sun and provides true color recognition.
- Grey: Increases contrast and is ideal for bright and overcast days.
The most important part about wearing sunglasses while playing golf is to protect the health of your eyes. Don’t forget to always make sure your sunglasses offer 100% protection from UVA/UVB rays no matter what the sport or activity is!
If you enjoy running, especially during the day, protective eyewear can help you identify hazards and road textures. Consider purchasing eyewear that will remain comfortably sturdy on your face and contains one of these lens colors:
- Brown: Ideal for protection against the bright sun and most lighting.
- Yellow: Suitable for low light.
- Rose: Recommended for those who run at night because it provides contrast and visual acuity.
Wearing protective eyewear while cycling is especially important because of the constant changing light conditions and debris flying into your face and eyes. Without protective eyewear, you are putting yourself at risk of serious injury, since this sport depends solely on your vision. When shopping for protective eyewear, here’s what to look for in your new pair:
- Tight but Comfortable Fit: You need your protective eyewear to be sturdy and comfortable, so you don’t risk your glasses falling off.
- Curved Set of Frames: Curved frames prevent dust and debris from going into your eyes.
- Polarized Lenses: Without polarized lenses, your eyes may feel strained and your vision may become blurry due to harsh glares. This can become dangerous during lane changes or when riding next to other cars. Polarized lenses will allow you to see clearly and be more aware of your surroundings.
- Amber and Rose Lenses: Provides visual acuity when there isn’t much sun.
- Grey lenses: Reduces glare and offers protection from the bright sun.
If you play baseball or softball, look for glasses that protect your eyes from the sun and dust, but still allow you to have good peripheral vision. It’s also important to get a pair that has a comfortable wraparound band, to ensure that you’re comfortable on the field.
At Stars In Your Eyes we offer many choices in sun and eye wear! We have an extensive selection of sunglasses that are able to fill your prescription. If you need help picking out your next pair, contact our trained Opticians or visit one of our two locations to take a look at our wide selection of eyewear!
July 16th, 2015 by Steve Schottman
The moment we have all waited for is finally here… summer! The weather is warm, spirits are lifted, and we are all very eager to be out and about. This makes it all too easy to forget about protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays. Awareness to protect our skin has come a long way, but protecting our eyes is just as important! By not protecting our eyes we are putting them at a greater risk for eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, cancer, and more. At all times of the year we should be protecting our eyes.
Almost every one owns a pair of sunglasses, but do they offer the proper protection that your eyes need? Sunglasses have become more of a fashion statement than eye protection! To ensure that you are actually protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, make sure that your sunglasses offer 99-100% protection from UVA and UVB lights. Consider polarized lens as they protect your eyes from harsh glares, but remember that they do not offer additional UV protection. Exposure to glares can strain your eyes and cause headaches, especially after driving or spending time at the beach for a long period of time. The size of the sunglasses also plays a significant role on protection; the bigger the sunglasses, the more protection.
Wear a Hat
The importance of wearing a hat is that sunglasses cannot prevent the sun from peaking in from above. This is an ideal addition to sunglasses, especially when you intend to spend long periods of time under the sun. A wide brimmed hat prevents the sun from peaking through from all angles and also protects other areas of your face from UV exposure.
Stay Out of Sun as Often as Possible
Did you know that between 10 AM and 4 PM the sun is at its strongest? During these times, water and sand can reflect harsh rays and put our eyes at a greater risk. Enjoying some time in the shade every once in a while throughout your day will give you and your eyes a much needed break from the sun.
Don’t Look Up!
Whenever you look directly at the sun there is temporary damage done to your eye instantly.
It’s very easy to forget to stay hydrated during the summer months. If you’re not drinking enough water you are putting your eyes more at risk for reduced tear production, which can be uncomfortable and irritating and unsafe. Drink at least 2 litres of water to keep you and your eyes hydrated.
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April 22nd, 2015 by Steve Schottman
Looking for a new pair of glasses? You want to find a pair that helps you look your best, but picking the right pair for your face isn’t always easy. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy ways to figure out exactly which frames are perfect for you! We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to discovering which kind of glasses best suit your face and how to rock them like never before!
Do You Know Your Face Shape?
Your face – you’ve probably seen it in the mirror before, or maybe when flipping through your tagged photos on Facebook, but do you know what shape it is? Generally, there are seven different types of face shapes that your face probably fits into: circle, square, heart, oval, pyramid, upside-down pyramid, and diamond.
The quickest way to find out which of these categories you fall under is by taking a photo of yourself (much like one of the aforementioned tagged Facebook photos) and tracing out your face shape. Got it? Okay, now does that shape look like a circle, square, heart, oval, pyramid, upside-down pyramid, or diamond?
This type of face shape is known as circle or ‘round’, referring to a face with near equal length and width. If your face has full cheeks, a rounded jaw line, and softer features, then you probably fit into this category. The best type of glasses to pair with a rounder face shape is usually rectangular frames. The hard lines of a strong-angled pair of glasses will perfectly offset your face’s natural curves and bring a sense of balance that really lets your eyes and smile shine through.
A square face shape usually means that your features have stronger angles and a distinctive symmetry with high cheekbones and an equally wide forehead and jaw. The best style of frames for this face shape are usually rounder glasses. Much like the circle face type, you want to compliment your natural features instead of overpowering them.
Choose a pair of thin-framed glasses with circular or cat-eye frames to smooth out your angles and slim out your bone structure. Square face types have a hardness to their features, so you want to do your best to find a pair of glasses that add an element of softness to your face.
If you have a wider forehead with high cheekbones and a narrow jawline, then you probably have a heart-shaped face. The most important thing with a heart face is choosing glasses that balance out the many different widths of your face. The actual shape of the frames isn’t as important for this type, but instead thicker, stronger glasses can really bring a sense of symmetry to your look.
An oval face shape is usually distinguished by higher cheekbones, a narrow jawline, and an overall sense of balance to the angles of the face. Your forehead might be a bit wider than your jaw, but it should be generally about the same size. With an oval face type, there are actually a wide selection of different frames that can really work. Since oval’s boast a very balanced set of facial angles, they can pull off most types of glasses.
A pyramid face shape usually has a strong jawline with a narrower forehead and a wider set of cheeks. The most important thing to keep in mind for this face shape is choosing a pair of glasses that widen your features where they narrow out in the upper part of your face. Really loud, vibrant glasses or ones with strong angles like cat-eye lenses can help compliment your face’s natural structure.
Contrary to the pyramid face shape, the upside-down pyramid means that your face starts off wide at the forehead and progressively gets narrower. Try to choose a lighter pair of glasses with very soft angles to ease your face’s transition from wider to narrower. You’ll really want to choose a pair of glasses that blend in – nothing too loud, thick or colorful.
The strongest feature of a diamond face shape is usually very high or wide cheekbones with a narrow jaw and forehead. Since the middle of the face is widest with this face type, you’ll want to choose glasses that either blend in with your natural brow line or are very light and minimalist. The key is to choose frames that don’t emphasize your powerful cheek structure, but instead soften it and draw it inward.
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