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Have Glasses, Will Travel: How To Store Eyewear On Vacation

Whether you stay at a fancy hotel or rough it in a tent this summer, storing and caring for your prescription glasses and/or sunglasses is something that should definitely be planned for during your trip preparations. Here are some of our best tips for vacation eyewear storage:

Don’t forget the cleaning cloths! Drying or polishing your eyeglasses on your t-shirt or with a paper towel can scratch the coatings. Only a microfiber cleaning cloth made for eyewear lenses should be used and it’s so easy to take along and use anywhere.

Eyeglass Cases and Cleaning Cloths for only $2.20!
glasses case and cleaning cloth

Zenni has many colors and patterns of both cloths and cases available. Just click on the image above to view more choices in the online catalog.
Get a case! Always use at least a soft case for your eyeglasses or sunglasses for storage when you’re not wearing them. Choosing a brightly colored case is not only a fun idea for vacation travel, but it may help prevent the likelihood of you forgetting your glasses in a restaurant or stop someone from stepping on them at the beach.
Sunshades are your friend. A great way not to have to worry about both your prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses is to consider adding a matching clip-on sunshade to your Zenni prescription eyewear order for double duty in one pair.

Hard cases are helpful. Especially if you’ll be traveling with children, you may want to use hard storage cases rather than soft ones to add a little more protection for kids’ and adults’ eyewear.
Be prepared! It’s usually a good idea to carry a spare pair of glasses and sunglasses for each member of the family
Fun for the family. Letting kids decorate their plastic glasses case with stickers can provide a fun vacation activity and get them more interested in caring for their eyewear too.
Fun Children’s Sunglass Chains for only $1.95!
children's sunglass chain
Click on the image above to see all of the fun children’s sunglass chains from Zenni! There are tons of great colors and styles to choose from.

Use ‘em don’t lose ‘em! An eyeglasses chain can help prevent children from losing their sunglasses on the beach, playground or anywhere
Easy storage. At the cottage or hotel, kids’ sunglasses on chains can be hung on hooks (or over a towel bar or clothes hanger) for out-of-the-way storage
That goes for you “grown-ups” too! Adults can benefit from having sunglasses chains on vacation too and Zenni has styles and colors to suit everyone.
Adult Glasses Chains starting at only $3.95!
adult glasses chain
Zenni has an amazing selection of glasses chains for adults too. Click the image above to browse our styles!
Road trip tip: Use a clip! On the road, store sunglasses in one of the many visor clips available on the market rather than trying to twist eyewear arms to try to keep your glasses overhead.  A secure sunglasses-holding clip means you don’t have to worry about the glasses falling and distracting you from keeping your eyes on the road. For storing eyewear in cases during road trips, a back-of-the-seat type of nylon organizer with different compartments can work well.

Thursday, August, 29 2013 by

Frame Storage — Store-bought Solutions To Inspire You

Whether you find yourself going on one too many searches through your home to hunt down where you left your glasses or you need quick ideas on how to store eyewear, this post aims to help. As a bonus, many of these store-bought storage solutions for glasses could be given as gifts for Father’s Day, birthdays or other occasions. We all have different tastes, with some of us liking whimsical or creative ideas and others preferring more traditional storage solutions, but hopefully, you’ll find at least one idea that will inspire you to keep an eye out for frame storage that suits your style.

The Nose Has It

Nose Eyeglasses Holder/Mustache Key Hook    Art Akimbo,    $42.61

A humorous stand to rest a pair of glasses on makes keeping track of eyewear a lot of fun. Something like this could also make an ideal Father’s Day gift for a glasses-wearing dad.

Tray Chic

Photo Credits: Behind Closed

 There are oodles of these organizer trays around that can be found inexpensively in department or discount stores. There’s no reason any drawer has to look junky anymore! For stowing your glasses, look for compartments about 7″ x 3″ inside the trays — or whatever will best fit your eyewear.


Hold Everything

Waterproof Plastic Eyeglasses Holders   Decorative   $20 each

These easy-to-wipe-clean eyeglasses-shaped holders offer a cute storage solution for a desktop, nightstand or just about anywhere. Their decorative patterns and colors can add style to your home or office while giving you an easily-remembered place to rest your glasses.

Bend It Like Goony

Goony Modular Holder/Tray   www.Cube   $24

Is it a sculpture, pronged holder or mini tray? The answer is that it’s all three combined into one creative storage idea. Sculpt the “Goony” to suit your mood and storage needs. For example, the “fingers” also hold items such as notes and photos and a tray-style configuration could give you a different type of container for your eyeglasses and/or watch or jewelry. Choose from pink, green, yellow, black or white.

Something Old Into Something New


Photo Credits: Apartment

Apartment suggests giving clear-pocketed, hanging shoe storage bags new uses — and of course, these little pockets are excellent for storing eyewear! Give each pair of your prescription or non-prescription glasses and sunglasses its own “home” pocket and you’ll still probably have plenty of room in your hanging organizer for cases, cleaning cloths and other eyewear accessories.

Take A Stand


2 Pair Clear Acrylic Eyeglasses Stand   Acrylic Home   $17.68

Fitting in with any decorating color scheme, this clear acrylic organizer will hold two pair of eyewear. Whether you place this in your closet or office, this approach is nice for contemporary styles.

It’s In The Bag


Soft Protective Eyeglasses Cases/Microfiber Cleaning Cloth  $1.68/case – $2.20/set

Zenni offers a collection of decorative eyewear cases and cleaning cloths. These feature beautiful images on one side and a solid, neutral color on the other. Stock up for yourself or little gifts as these cases and cloths are just so inexpensive and practical for protecting and caring for all of your eyewear. Plus, how can it not be fun to polish your lenses with a mountain or a kayak? (Click on the images above for ordering information.)



 Boxed Set

Blue Allure Folding Fiberboard Boxes   The Container   $12.99 — $19.99 each

Once you have your glasses in protective cases, storing them in a decorative box in the colors of your home can be a practical storage solution. The colorful storage boxes can be showcased on a bookshelf out in the open with books, plants and decor items or placed on a closet shelf or inside an organizer system.

Friday, May, 24 2013 by

No, You Didn’t Break His Glasses: Avoiding the Eyeglass Scam

Times must be really tough, because I’ve been seeing a lot of articles about the “broken eyeglass scam.” If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s how it works:

You are walking down the street and you collide with another pedestrian. You make your apologizes and attempt to move on, only to be accosted with the complaint that you broke the person’s glasses, which just happened to be in their pocket at the time you bumped into to him (or her).  The pedestrian will then brandish his damaged glasses so that you may see the havoc caused by your exuberant stride, and may go on at length about how he is a man of modest means and is now unable to see clearly.

Therefore, you are under obligation to pay for the repair of his glasses. Or at least contribute to the cost. $50 should do the trick, but he’ll gladly accept $20.

Keep your wallet shut.

Along with the pigeon drop and the shell trick, this is one of the oldest scams in the book. Variations on the con involve other breakable items, such as wine and medication bottles.  In any case, however, keep in mind that you aren’t under any obligation to pay up.

In most cases, all you need to do is look the scammer in the eye and say,

“Sorry, I don’t have any cash.”


“I’ll have to call the police so that I can file a claim with my homeowner’s insurance company.”


“I know this is a scam, and I’m calling the cops.”


In most cases, scammers will move on, looking for another target.

The scam works for two reasons: First, the victim is jarred by getting bumped into and then verbally confronted by the scammer. The second reason is that con artists prey upon the decency of others.  Nobody likes to be the cause of causing damage to another person’s property, particularly something like glasses. But the chances of glasses getting broken in a person’s pocket as a result of a street collision is pretty slim. . .don’t let confusion and having your emotions played cloud your thinking.

As I said earlier, most scammers will flee the scene if confronted. However, if the con artist is persistent and won’t leave you alone, here are some tips for dealing with the situation:

1. Move into an office building, restaurant or shop. If the con artist has been working the area, it’s likely that the employees or security guards know who he is. He won’t want to follow you into some place where he could be outed. If he hangs around outside the shop or building, call the police.

2. If the scammer menaces or threatens you (very unlikely, but possible) scream for help. He doesn’t want to attract attention and will probably run.

3. Suggest that the scammer replace his glasses at Zenni Optical, where he is sure to get a great deal.

One more thing: Even if you don’t fall for the scam, call your police department’s non-emergency line to report the incident. Police are often interested in busting street scammers and can use your information to address the problem.



Wednesday, April, 10 2013 by

Do You Need Polarized Sunglasses?

What The Heck Are Polarized Sunglasses?

Designed to reduce the glare caused by sunlight reflecting off of surfaces such as water, snow and glass windshields, polarized lenses can prevent a lessening of visibility. For this reason, polarized sunglasses can offer an increased level of safety over regular summer shades. Regular sunglasses dim the overall light, but don’t reduce reflective surface glare that can block your perception of important details during activities like boating, skiing and driving.

Polarization is a property of light which basically involves light waves moving off of a surface. Since the light waves mostly move horizontally, polarized sunglasses lenses are treated vertically with polarizing film to counteract the resulting glare. Polarized sunnies are available in many fabulous frames and an array of fun, colored tints. This eyewear varies in its degree of tinting and the different colors work with light differently depending on the main surface color.


Remember though that just because sunglasses are tinted, it doesn’t mean that they have polarizing lenses. The label should always indicate that you are buying polarized eyewear. Here’s a quick guide to the best polarizing film tints for different activities:


Polarized Sunglasses Tints Matched To Outdoor Activities


***Violet or Rose — boating, fishing, water skiing, golf

***Green — baseball, tennis

***Dark Gray — driving, boating

***Yellow — skiing, snow boarding

***Brown or Amber — all purpose, golf, biking, jogging


Who Should Wear Polarized Sunglasses?

If you drive, boat, snow ski, water ski, fish, golf or bike or play baseball or tennis, you should consider getting a pair of polarized sunglasses for safety reasons alone. When driving on a sunny day, the glaring sun can block out a large portion of the road ahead as far as your vision is concerned as the sunlight reflects off of the windshield.  This glare effect can also occur on a ski slope causing you to have a higher risk of not seeing obstacles in your path. The same goes for seeing details clearly during water activities such as fishing, water skiing or boating — no more of the lake looking like a giant mirror!


Polarized sunglasses may also be right for you f you have light sensitivity issues or are facing the after effects of cataract surgery. Discussing whether polarized sunnies could be an option for you with your eye care professional can be a good idea.

What Should I Look For In Polarized Eyewear?

Look for ultraviolet (UV) protective polarized lenses to protect your eyes against sun damage.  If the safety concern isn’t enough for you, consider the comfort of experiencing less pain of having bright sunlight in your eyes and an increased perception that can help you better enjoy playing in that weekend baseball game, tennis match or golf championship. You choose the tint that will offer you the best contrast with the main background color of your environment.  (Refer to the color guide above.) The degree of contrast, plus the glare reducing effect, can help give you maximum visibility on a bright, sunny day.

You may even be able to perform better as an added bonus like actually being able to see the golf or tennis ball more clearly through the glaring sun. Plus, polarized sunnies are typically lightweight, with thin lenses, so they aren’t going to bulk you down.

A Passion For Fashion

Playing with different colors of polarized lenses to set off different summer outfits can be fashionista fun for sure. For example, Oakley has some 2012 polarized sunglasses in lime green and purple, while Neff is offering yellow polarizing lenses in white frames. There are many more color possibilities that can wake up any summer look while also protecting the eyes. Bring on summer!

Monday, July, 2 2012 by