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  • HALLOWEEN CONTACT LENSES – BE CAREFUL

    Purchasing non-FDA approved contact lenses can lead to risks such as irritation, infection and blindness.

    Adding colored contacts can take your Halloween costume to the next level. But there are risks when purchasing and wearing contact lenses that are not prescribed by a doctor, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Decorative contact lenses are actually considered medical devices by the FDA, which oversees them just as it would prescription contact lenses.

    The agency outlined the following risks:
    •A cut or scratch on the top layer of your eyeball (Corneal Abrasion)
    •Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
    •Decreased vision
    •Infection
    •Blindness

    If you have red and irritated eyes that last for an unusual period of time or decreased vision, this may be a sign of an eye infection. Infections may cause blindness and scheduling an appointment with an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) should be done right away.

    Places to avoid purchasing contact lenses include street vendors, a beauty supply store, Halloween store, flea markets and online companies that are not FDA approved.

    Buying colored contact lenses is still possible, so long as you schedule an exam with an eye doctor and buy from them or on the internet from an FDA-approved company that will require a prescription. Make sure you follow your doctor’s recommendations on how to properly disinfect and remove or put on your contact lenses to avoid damage and infection to your eyes.

  • RON BAKER USES MOUTH TO CLEAN CONTACT LENSES

    Even Ron Baker does not have enough time for overtime preseason basketball.

    With a minute left in overtime of the preseason contest between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks, Baker got hit in the upperbody forcing his trainer to pull out the remains of a contact lens. Not wanting to wait for his trainer to run over and get cleaner solution for a new lens, Baker took matters into his own hands.

    Or we should say mouth.

    The Knicks guard took the new lens, popped it into his mouth, gave it a good Listerine swish and then attempted to place the lens back in his eye.

    Just look at the trainer's face. Perhaps it was fitting that Baker's replacement attempt was unsuccessful.

    After he affixed the new lens, presumably under better supervision from the trainer, Baker nailed two free throws to help clinch the game for New York.

    New York won the preseason opener for both teams 124-121. Baker finished with seven points on 2-for-2 shooting.

    It was a game that not only went to overtime to start the new season, it also saw Markieff Morris ejected in the first half and then this.

    Welcome back to the NBA everyone.

  • A CONTACT LENS THAT LAST 28 YEARS

    A woman's swollen and drooping left eyelid led British doctors to an eye-popping discovery: a rigid contact lens, wrapped completely in a cyst, hidden in the fold of skin. The last time she used such a contact? About 28 years ago.

    Doctors detailed the woman's condition this month in the journal BMJ Case Reports, describing how an MRI revealed a cyst that, upon surgical removal, contained the rigid plastic lens.

    The woman, 42, visited an ophthalmologist after swelling had persisted for about six months, according to Dallas' CBS 11. The woman couldn't recall how the lens would have gotten there, the station reported, but her mother did: A mishap during a badminton game 28 years prior resulted in the woman 'losing' her contact lens as a teenager.

    The patient, then 14 years old, presumed the lens was lost, CNN reported, and she hadn't used such a lens since.

    The lens was unscathed when discovered, according to the network, engulfed in the eyelid's soft tissue, only to chip as doctors removed it.

    And while the cyst amassed to a pea-shaped lump beneath her left brow, according to CNN, the woman showed no signs of the scratchy pain, redness or sensitivity associated with stuck lenses during those 28 years.

  • Pokémon Sunglasses and Their Real Life Counter Parts

    It turns out even Pokémon love wearing sunglasses! We decided it would be fun to check out the real life counterparts of the sunglasses that some Pokémon like to wear.

     

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    These Persol’s were the closest thing we can find to this water type’s choice in eye wear. We have to admit they don’t look half bad on her!

     

     

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    These sunglasses definitely have more attitude than a lot of other pairs. It’s no wonder why Krokorok decided to pick himself up a pair.

     

    Pikachu wearing his Ray-Ban RB2140 Wayfarers Pikachu wearing his Ray-Ban RB2140 Wayfarers

     

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    There is no coincidence that the world’s most popular Pokémon wears one of the best-selling sunglasses of all time. Pikachu must have watched Risky Business one too many times!

     

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    I have to admit these Kate Spades are a near perfect match to these Pancham’s sunglasses. Maybe she decided to buy them from EyeCare Universe!

     

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    Squirtle is probably the best known sunglass wearing Pokémon due to the popularity of the famous “Squirtle Squad.” Somehow it seems like these Pokémon were always meant to rock a pair of shades.

    By Peter Cusumano

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  • Sunglasses Through The Decades

    We are going to take a trip through the decades looking at the most popular styles from one decade to the next. It’s amazing to see how fast trends change, and to see what designs really stood the test of time.

    50s title

    Many consider the 1950’s post war period to be the most prosperous time in American history. Americans were spending more money on goods, and sunglasses were beginning to become very popular in the U.S.

    Cat Eye

    Cat eye sunglasses were all the rage in the 50’s. Big name movie stars, like Marylin Monroe, wore these glasses to make a statement. They were popular with pattern designs, such as leopard, Havana, or polka-dotted and usually had a dark tint to them. These glasses are still popular with the Hollywood crowd, with big names like Kendall Jenner always seen wearing these type glasses.

    Wayfarers/Clubmasters

    Plastic frames were big in the mid 50’s and early 60’s. Ray-Ban had two of the most popular models for this style the classic Wayfarer and Clubmaster. People liked the plastic frame because they thought of it as more durable then their thin metal counterparts. These glasses are still popular today and are some of Ray-Ban’s best-selling models.

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    The sixties sunglasses style was almost completely dominated by round frame sunglasses. The sixties were big on peace and love, and everyone coming together as one. These round frames encapsulate this way of thinking perfectly, and all sorts of celebrities from that time chose to wear them.

    Large Oversized Round

    These were very popular with females and started the whole oversized frame fashion movement, that still persists today. Companies like Gucci continue to make these bold flashy sunglasses that were popular with everyone from “hippies” to housewives. With these types of glasses: the flashier, the better!

    Round “John Lennon” Sunglasses

    The famous Beatle made these glasses legendary and true icons of the 60’s. They embody his spirit and style so well, that every Beatles fan of the day simply had to have them. In modern times, they certainly aren’t as mainstream, however that doesn’t stop the diehards from wearing them religiously. After all, he did actually help design these sunglasses!

    The-1970s

    The 70’s saw a significant departure away from the hippie style of sunglasses, and started to lean more toward rectangular shapes, at least for men. This was the era of disco and sunglasses were the ultimate way to show just how cool you really were!

    Tinted, Small and Round

    Elton John style glasses Elton John style glasses

    For women the round trend continued to an extent, only this decade saw the lenses shrink significantly. They also began to be tinted in odd colors (like blue and green), primarily because stars like Elton John loved wearing these odd glasses while on tour. These glasses sure looked groovy, but a lot of them weren’t very good at actually protecting your eyes from the sun.

    Rectangular Frame

    Clint Eastwood was one of the many people in Hollywood who started wearing these cooler, sleeker, and tougher looking sunglasses. They depart from the easy going round glasses of the 60’s and take on a more defined look that was more clean cut. The lenses were usually gradient brown or black and could have been seen everywhere from discos to the police force.

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    Fashion trends in the 80’s were all about being extravagant and over the top. Whether we are talking about the crazy hair or sunglasses, everything had to be bigger and better. This was also a time where pop culture really started to become big and where one star wearing something cool in a movie, could ignite a fashion trend.

    Shield Sunglasses

    These big, flashy in your face sunglasses are so 80’s it hurts. Popular with ski lift operators (the 2nd coolest job in the 80’s), these glasses were actually practical at keeping the wind and snow out of your eyes, essentially working like actual ski goggles. Throw in a set of mirrored lenses and you are the coolest guy or gal on the slopes!

    Aviators

    In the mid 80’s aviators finally became cool again, and it was thanks to the famous fighter pilot (number 1 coolest job in the 1980’s) film TOP GUN. This movie was actually sponsored by Ray-Ban, who was hurting in sales at the time, which is why theses were the only type of sunglasses featured. This reinvigorated public interest in these pilot glasses, because after this movie everyone wanted to be a hotshot fighter pilot!

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    The 90’s saw a significant departure from the trends of the 1980’s. Everything was about practicality and being minimalistic. This was proven by looking at the style of sunglasses of the day.

    Sport Sunglasses

    For men, sport sunglasses were big in the 90’s, as they were the most practical for day to day life and not really much of a fashion statement. There was nothing ‘bold’ or “in your face” about them, they simply did their job and nothing more. They could be worn while doing outside activities, which was a major plus for people who wanted sunglasses on while playing sports.

    Small Round Throwback Glasses

    In the 90’s everything from the previous decade was considered to be completely out of style. Although fashion trends from the 60’s and 70’s regained some popularity, especially the John Lennon style glasses. Stars like the Olsen twins and Courtney Cox loved wearing these glasses, and anything that was even semi-related to “Friends” was sure to be a hit with women everywhere.

    2000s

    Retro Is Cool again and So Is A lot of Things...

    If Lady Gaga can rock these, why cant you wear Wayfarers? If Lady Gaga can rock these, why cant you wear Wayfarers?

    Our last two decades are hard to define a specific style to. The show Jackass made aviators cool again, while the public also took an interest in 50’s style cat eye glasses, as of late. In this writer’s opinion, it’s all about wearing what you like in the 21st century, as there are so many different types of sunglasses out on the market now. We live in a society that puts an emphasis on individualism and being yourself, so why shouldn’t that apply to sunglasses too?

    By Peter Cusumano

     

     

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  • Top 5 Olympic Sports Where Eye Protection is Required

    1. Cycling
      Timothy O'Donnell wearing Smith sunglasses Timothy O'Donnell wearing Smith sunglasses

    Olympians competing in the triathlon, and other events that require cycling, understand the importance of having good eye protection. Sunglasses, especially polarized ones, have a tremendous impact when athletes are trying to prevent glare from the sun. Riding at high speeds downhill, riders need to have 100% visual clarity so they don’t make any mistakes

    1. Swimming
      Swimming is usually the first Olympic sport people think of when they think of eye protection. Swimming is usually the first Olympic sport people think of when they think of eye protection.
      Michael Phelps kicks off season at Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Phelps kicks off season at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Everyone can understand the importance of wearing good goggles while swimming professionally. It is important to have goggles that do not fog up, and ones that remain securely on the face while swimming at high speeds. Out of the pool, athletes like Michael Phelps also enjoy wearing sunglasses as a means to protect their eyes

     

     

     

    1. Beach Volleyball
      Sand in the eye can be painful, especially during the middle of a game Sand in the eye can be painful, especially during the middle of a game

    During a game of beach volleyball, participants are constantly being blinded by both the sun and sand getting sprayed in their face. They need a good pair of glasses that are resistant to shock and scratches. They also need to be able to remain on the face when players need to quickly dive for the ball.

    1. Running/Track and Field
      Not all runners wear sunglasses, but the ones who do couldn't imagine running without them Not all runners wear sunglasses, but the ones who do couldn't imagine running without them

    Having a good pair of glare reducing sunglasses can sometimes make a break a race for a distance runner or sprinter. Running at high speeds for an extended period of time, all while exposed to the bright rays of the sun, can make it difficult to see for a lot of runners. Note, while not all runners wear sunglasses, the ones that do swear by them.

     

    1. Canoeing
      This team understands the importance of having good eye protection while canoeing This team understands the importance of having good eye protection while canoeing

    Polarized sunglasses are a must have for athletes participating in any of the canoe or rowing sports. Sun glare from the water during the heat of midday completion can be almost blinding for many participants. Polarized lenses do the absolute best job of preventing glare and protecting eyes from UV rays.

    By Peter Cusumano

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  • A Brief History of Sunglasses

    The Evolution of Sunglasses

    From humble beginnings out in the furthest reaches of the tundra, to the red carpet, sunglasses have been around well before the advent of modern civilization. Over the years they served many different purposes, from reducing glare, to helping people with syphilis. This is a brief overview of how sunglasses became what they are today.

    Origins

    The advent of what we consider “sunglasses” didn’t come about until right around the early 20th century. In prehistoric times however, the Inuit people had a tool which were predecessors to our modern day fashion piece. They are referred to as “snow googles,” and they were designed to reduce the wearers exposure to the harsh light of the sun reflecting off the snow. Usually constructed of walrus ivory, these “glasses” were primarily used by hunters on the tundra. They have the same basic shape of modern day ski goggles, except there were no glass on them, only two thin slits for which to see through. These slits helped reduce the amount of exposure one had to the glaring sunlight and enabled much more visibility.

    One example of Inuit style snow goggles One example of Inuit style snow goggles

    In the northern tundra, snow reflects off the snow and can make it very difficult for people to see effectively. This is especially concerning when prehistoric hunters were out trying to hunt dangerous woolly mammoths and other such animals, that demand the hunter have maximum visibility if they wish to be successful in their endeavor. These snow goggles are very crude, but extremely effective given the time period.

    This is most likely what Nero's emerald eyepiece. The real Emerald was lost after his reign as Emperor ended This is most likely what Nero's emerald eyepiece looked like. The real Emerald was lost after his reign as Emperor ended

    During the reign of the Roman Empire, it is said that the Emperor Nero would often watch gladiator fights through what was essentially an emerald spectacle. Whether this actually helped him view the battles, or merely for aesthetic purposes is unknown. This would be the first instance in history where “sunglasses” are associated with fame and wealth, and this association persists to modern times. In China there are reports of glasses with crystal lenses being used to conceal the facial expression of a judge who is questioning a witness. Even today, it is common place for sunglasses to be used to conceal one’s facial expression, like in a game of poker.

    Early Modern Developments

    An example of James Ayscough's tinted spectacles. An example of James Ayscough's tinted spectacles.

    The mid-18th century brought about another precursor to modern day sunglasses, and was introduced by a man named James Ayscough. Unlike others before him, he was not looking to combat glare from the sun, or snow blindness, rather he sought to improve one’s vision in very specific ways. By using blue and green tints on regular eyeglasses, he was attempting to correct vision impairments for people who could not see certain objects very well. He claimed it would render all objects more “pleasant” to observe, but in reality they most likely just further distorted the wearers vision.

    Certainly rather odd looking by todays standards, these glasses were all the rage for some of the wealthier people who had Syphilis during the 19th century Certainly rather odd looking by today's standards, these glasses were all the rage for some of the wealthier people who had Syphilis during the 19th century

    Around the turn of the 20th century, tinted glasses were starting to be purchased by people who had Syphilis. Syphilis will normally make one more susceptible to light and glare and these tinted glasses would help with varying degrees of success. The biggest downside was that they were very expensive, which meant most people couldn’t even use them anyway.

    Becoming the Norm

    Sunglasses in their modern form began to gain popularity in the 1920s and it was primarily because of movie stars. People in film at that time were known for wearing sunglasses, and it was thought to be as a means to conceal their identity from the public. The alternative theory is that the glasses were used to conceal their bloodshot eyes that were due to very bright arc lamps that were used to film back during that time. Regardless of the true reason, the association with celebrities and sunglasses still persists today.

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    The popularity of sunglasses really didn’t explode until the 30’s, brought about by a man named Sam Foster. He produced very inexpensive sunglasses made from celluloid to be sold on beaches across America, although Atlantic City, NJ was one of the foremost locations for this development. By the late 30’s, millions had been sold and they became a must have fashion accessory for both men and women.

    Foster's sunglasses ad circa 1930's Foster's sunglasses ad circa 1930's

    It was around this time that polarized lenses also were developed and became very popular with fisherman because it helped them see through the water better. More expensive than their non-polarized counterparts, they did not sell quite as well, but were a must have for anyone who enjoyed spending time near water.

    Today and Beyond

    More popular than ever, sunglasses are now a permanent part of our society. This is especially true now that doctors are realizing the true dangers of UV rays, and that sunglasses should always be worn when exposed to bright sun. Thousands of different models are available to fit every sort of application one might find themselves in, from the beach to outer space. Numerous different grades and guidelines exist to help the consumer choice a pair that will adequately protect their eyes.

    Currently there are developments that will put LCD Smart technology embedded in sunglasses. This will allow the wearer to use their smartphone or other electronic device to stream video directly to the lenses of the sunglasses. This is a controversial topic as of right now as issues with the platform are numerous. One of which is the device further distracting the wearer from things like driving or even walking. Nevertheless, this is certainly a step or two ahead of using Inuit snow goggles!

    By Peter Cusumano

  • From the Airstrip to Venice Beach: A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses

    One of the most popular styles of sunglasses, not only in America but around the world, the aviator style of glasses has a deep rooted connection with people for its classic and timeless appeal. This is a brief history of where they originated from, and how they got to where they are today.

    The famous 3025 model Ray-Bans The famous 3025 model Ray-Bans

    Origins

    The year is 1936, war is on the horizon and the army is looking to improve many different aspects of its equipment. This included things like new infantry rifles, more powerful artillery, and equipment for pilots. Aviators (the navy’s term for pilot) had been complaining about intense sun glare giving them headaches and altitude sickness while in the cockpit. Bausch & Lomb got the contract to produce these glasses under their subsidiary company Ray-Ban.

    The design was pretty straightforward: large dark reflective lenses, a wire frame that hooks behind the ears, and a double bridge between the lenses. All of this done with pilots in mind, making sure these glasses were practical above all else, as lives were literally depended on it.  The army loved them, especially General MacArthur, whose famous photo depicted below started the initial public interest in the product.

    800px-DouglasMacArthur This photo of General Douglas MacArthur, circa WWII, is credited with being the "public debut" for the aviator frame

    Rise to Fame

    When the glasses became available to the public in 1937, they weren’t very popular with civilians. After that photo was taken however, the public certainly took interest and the glasses began to sell. In the 1960’s there was a shift away from plastic rims to metal and this helped propel the old war dogs to mainstream use. Popular throughout the 70’s, Ray-Ban was hit with a rude awakening in the early 80’s when all types of designer sunglasses took a serious hit in sales. This can be attributed to the sort of “anti-disco movement,” that was catching on all over the country. Being that the glasses were heavily embedded in disco culture, they too were receiving backlash. Think of the famous film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” where there are numerous instances where “disco sucks” can be seen spray-painted or written down someplace.

    This 1986 film about detective Marrion "Cobra' Cobretti is known for chessy 80's lines, but nevertheless is remembered fondly by many who saw it back in the day. This 1986 film about detective Marion "Cobra" Cobretti is known for cheesy 80's lines, but nevertheless is remembered fondly by many who saw the film back in the day.

    Recognizing this trend, in 1982 Bausch & Lomb decided to spend millions of dollars in a product placement deal, which means Ray-Bans will be featured in movies and TV shows alike. While this campaign was moderately successful at first, it wasn’t until the year 1986 that Ray-Ban would truly get the boost it so desperately needed. The films Top Gun and Cobra both prominently featured these aviators, and the public responded with a 40% increase in sales by the end of the year. These two films undoubtedly saved, not only the Aviator design, but Ray-Ban itself. Unfortunately, though, the 1990’s brought about a backlash of 1980’s culture, which Ray-Ban was now associated with. This eventually led to Ray-Ban being sold to Luxottica in 1999. The next wave of popularity came about in the 2000’s when aviators began to lose that 80’s stigma associated with them and sales rose again.

    In the role that made Tom Cruise a Hollywood star, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is a cocky, hotshot fighter pilot who is seen by his superiors as talented yet reckless. In the role that made Tom Cruise a Hollywood star, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is a cocky, hotshot fighter pilot who is seen by his superiors as talented, yet reckless.

    Today

    It is clear that the aviator line was very dependent on popular culture, and what consumers perceived as cool. One day they were in style and everyone loved them, the next they were lame and outdated. This is the way the fashion world works, but the thing about the aviator line is that they were never truly intended to be a ‘fashion statement’. These glasses were designed for a practical application, to keep the glare of the sun out of pilots eyes so they can fly more effectively and in this writer’s opinion that underlying fact never goes out of style. This is also coming from someone who wore them regardless if they were ‘cool’ or not. If they are cool enough for General MacArthur, they are definitely cool enough for me.

     

    The very popular Jackass series of films can attributed to the revitilization of Ray-Ban aviators, as Johnny Knoxville is frequently seen wearing his pair while filming. The very popular Jackass series of films can attributed to the revitilization of Ray-Ban aviators, as Johnny Knoxville is frequently seen wearing his pair while filming.

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