Reading Glasses. Prescription vs Drug Store Models.

So you are getting to that age where you find yourself tromboning a book, note  or pamphlet in order to read it (if you don’t know what tromboning means, this article doesn’t apply to you yet, but wait, you’ll understand someday). For those you haven’t previously had eye problems, this time comes usually around age 40 or so. Time to face it, you need reading glasses. Now the question is, do you just go to the drugstore and pick up something off the rack, or do you make an appointment with your optometrist. As always, there are a few things to think about when making this decision.

Falling in Love with Your Glasses

Valentine’s Day is a good time to discuss falling in love with your glasses. There was a time, not so very long ago, when your glasses would not inspire feelings even vaguely resembling love. Bulky plastic frames and coke bottle bottom lenses brought words to mind like geek, nerd, four eyes, professor, etc. etc. Certainly nothing to fall in love with. But that was then. Things have changed and those of us who need visual enhancement now have cause to celebrate.

Glasses as a Fashion Accessory

Glasses vs Contact Lenses. The Pros and Cons

You’ve just had your regular eye examination and your optometrist tells you that your vision has deteriorated and you will need prescription lenses. Now comes the big question. Do you want glasses or contact lenses? When it comes right down to it, the choice between contact lenses and glasses is a matter of personal preference. Either will solve whatever vision problem you have. But to make that choice, there are a few things to take into account.

The Pros and Cons of Wearing Glasses

Help Everyone See the Season

Tis the season for gathering with friends and family, and to make an impact in communities across Winnipeg, Winkler and the world.

Vision care is unfortunately not accessible by everyone, and as such we hope you will consider helping those in need this holiday season.

Watch our latest video to learn more.

From all of us to all of you, happy holidays!

2012 Eyewear Trends

Even though it may seem like 2011 barely had a chance to begin, 2012 is now here. A leap year and the summer Olympics are amongst a few of the celebrations. This year let your fashion be on the forefront of your mind. There is no reason to continue to wear the same boring eyeglasses and sunglasses. 2012 trends are in and here for the taking.

For those of you who do not wear eyeglasses for vision, sunglasses are still recommended for everyone to protect your eyes from UV rays. Round glasses are the go-to style for 2012. Both sunglasses and prescription glasses will fit this trend. Celebrities and models are all sporting round frames on the runway in all different colors.

Your cat shaped frames can easily be recycled from last years trend. These didn’t catch on until late 2011, so they are still suitable for the trendiest styles in 2012. While cat glasses may not be choice for prescription, they are perfect for sunglasses and look best with black, brown or gray lenses.

Another trend that fits better with non-prescription glasses is the sporty style. This is a trend that continues each year, probably because of the meaning behind it. Those who wear sporty frames are expected to be….sporty. An active lifestyle is always in style, as are the accessories needed to maintain this lifestyle.

For those prescription frames, try rectangular shaped. This goes well with any face shape other than wide faces. Adding rectangular shaped frames to quirky colored lenses or frames and you can proudly display numerous varieties of 2012 trends.

20/20: Making Sense of the Numbers

20/20 is a number that is widely recognized as the most optimal vision achieved. 20/20 is actually a measurement of the clarity and sharpness of a person’s vision, not a measurement of their eyesight. The numbers indicate the ability of sight from a distance of 20 feet. The first number is how far you are from an object to see it clearly. The second number is how far one normally should be to see the same object.

Example: 20/40 vision means that you must be 20 feet from an image that can typically be seen from a distance of 40 feet.

Computer Vision Syndrome part 3 – How it effects Work Productivity

Computer Vision Syndrome is obviously a nuisance for the computer user, but employers may wonder how this affects their work and productivity throughout the workday. The long hours in front of a computer screen lead to eyestrain, headaches, muscle aches and vision problems, which causes a decrease in productivity and word efficiency. The American Optometric Association states that the highest health incidences of computer workers are related to their eye care. Over 10 million eye exams are completed each year in relation to computer usage.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry completed a study, which stated:

Computer Vision Syndrome Part 2 – Causes and Treatment

Almost 75% of computer users will suffer from eyestrain or computer vision syndrome. Luckily, there are simple treatments and preventative measures to prevent this uncomfortable syndrome.

The first step is to identify the cause of the eyestrain. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) can be caused by: insufficient tears, excessive glare, excessive reflection or ineffective monitor settings.

Your symptoms may be caused by the simple task of blinking. Try making a conscious effort to blink on a regular basis during computer work. This helps naturally refocus the eyes, rather than forcing and straining focus. Be sure to take a break on a regular basis. Mix your workday up with paper work and computer work if possible. When taking a vision break, try focusing on objects that vary in distance and contrast.

Latest Trends of Eyewear

The fashions of 2010 and early 2011 are well on their way to being “so last season”. Winter styles are making way for the warmer months. Spring and summer trends are filling the shelves. The trends of 2011 are distinctively retro. Shaped lenses are making their way into the urban streets and the curvier, the better. Butterfly shaped frames and cat-eye shapes are the biggest trend this year. Blues, lime-greens and red frames are the hot colors for 2011. For women, eyewear is becoming more feminine and embracing the curves of the female shape. Bold colors, and curvy frames are what will be seen on the faces of the most trendy this year.

Choose Eyeglasses to Suit Your Lifestyle

People are known by their first impressions.  Rarely do they get a chance to make a second one.  Therefore, choosing eyeglasses should make the impression desired when meeting others.  An important step in choosing the right eyeglasses is selecting the frame that reflects your personality.