Archive for the ‘Glasses Facts’ Category
Writing for an eyeglass company blog has some strange benefits, including staying up to date on eyeglass-related crime. While I’ve always thought of sunglasses as a semi-effective disguise for criminals, the news proves that eyeglass involvement in criminality is far more varied than I thought: More than a few people are wanted for stealing eyeglasses, while other criminal suspects have been accused of using them as courtroom props. Even more bizarre is the occasional use of eyeglasses as weapons, as well as Robocop-like law enforcement technology.
Here are a few examples:
I had no idea that eyeglasses were such a hot commodity, but a simple search for “eyeglass theft” on Google news revealed a surprising number of cases. One story reports that a woman allegedly stole $2,300 in designer glasses, while another reports that a couple armed with a baby carriage allegedly robbed an optometry clinic, taking off with glasses, frames and even equipment.
Eyeglasses as a Defense Team Prop
The ongoing Jodi Arias murder trial has attracted a lot of media attention, particularly since the accused underwent a “makeunder” between when the crime occurred and her trial. In addition to changing her hairstyle and the way she dressed, Ms. Arias began wearing glasses. Some commentators believe that she’s using the glasses as a to make herself appear more intelligent and trustworthy.
Will this strategy work? The verdict is still out.
Eyeglasses as a Murder Weapon
In February, a convict being transferred cross-country to serve his sentence used his (broken) eyeglass frames to stab the detective guarding him. He escaped custody and sparked a statewide manhunt. (The fugitive was eventually captured and returned to custody.)
Using Glasses to Spot Crime
It’s not only criminals who are fond of their glasses: Police officers in Brazil are using glasses with facial recognition technology to scan faces and identify potential criminals in a crowd. While some people are concerned that these glasses might infringe on civil liberties in cases of mistaken identity, others think that they can help prevent serious crimes from occurring at large events.
Sunday, November, 24 2013 by Lainie Petersen
It’s almost back to school time again, so why not ease into things with a little fun American History 101 on everyone’s style fave — aviator glasses? The credit for their invention goes to John A Macready, a US Air Service pilot and Army aviation instructor. Back in the early 20th century, test pilots were freezing their – yes eyeballs — off and Macready’s friend, Shorty Schroeder, was no exception.
The blinding sunlight and extreme temperatures that came along with taking biplanes past 33,000 feet was taking their toll on Shorty’s and the other pilots’ eyes despite wearing goggles, so Macready decided to team up with Bausch and Lomb, who were producing eyeglasses in Rochester, New York at the time. In 1937, Bausch and Lomb took out a patent for the first aviator glasses although the eyewear was named “Anti-Glare”and not the much more adventurous sounding “Aviator” back then.
The invention had a gold-plated wire frame with goggle-shaped lenses made of green mineral glass. Thanks to Macready, the Anti-Glare had an elegant design (Thanks, Macready!), but the best part for the sake of pilot eye health was that the lenses filtered out both ultraviolet and infared light rays. Because of this banning of the rays so to speak, Ray Ban became the division of Bausch and Lomb devoted to the new Anti-Glare eye safety device that quickly became sought after by the Air Corp aviators. Soon, these glasses used by aviators became known as aviator glasses, which makes sense.
After General Douglas MacArthur and his air team in the South Pacific in the 1940s wore the aviator glasses, the demand for them back in the United States began growing steadily. All these decades later, elegant aviators are still in high demand! (Thank goodness the same can’t be said for those hideous-looking corn cob pipes he used to smoke!)
To keep up with the demand for aviator glasses for both practical sun-protection and fashionable eyewear, many different companies began manufacturing the glasses in many different styles and colors.
Get these great purple Zenni’s Aviators for just $25.95!
In 1986, Tom Cruise starring as an aviator wearing aviators in Top Gun sparked a major fashion resurgence of the eyewear. Celebrities as diverse as Michael Jackson, Jennifer Aniston and Hillary Duff wore their own favorite versions of aviators to create stand-out looks.
Aviators never ever seem go out of style and this summer, tinted versions became hotter than summer days!
We’re soooo glad that aviators are here to stay. Aren’t you?
Thursday, September, 12 2013 by Ryan
The realization of a need for reading glasses usually kicks in when the smaller print we’ve been seeing no problem, such as the small font used at the bottom of a grocery coupon or on a bottle of over-the-counter headache medication, suddenly seems to be impossible to read.
As we age, our eyes just can’t focus as well as they used to on close up objects. The tech term is presbyopia which comes from the Greek words “ops” for eyes and “presbys” for elder. Here are some interesting facts on presbyopia and aging, followed by some suggestions for Zenni reading glasses that are both stylish and sensible:
* Scientists are as yet unable to fully explain the exact reasons why presbyopia is likely to occur during the natural aging process. Research suggests that it may be a result of reduced elasticity in the lenses of the eyes — and we know this certainly happens to aging skin.
*Although presbyopia, and the need for reading glasses, happens most commonly between ages 40 – 50, the fact is that even by age 25, many of us are experiencing a decline in our vision of objects up close. This may just involve not being able to see the objects or small print in a dim light when before, as a child or young adult, we could see these things in any kind of lighting.
*Symptoms of eye strain, such as headaches and/or sore eyes, while doing close up activities such as reading, needlework, repair work or puzzles, may be a sign of worsening presbyopia that requires reading glasses. Since eye strain is caused by the eyes having to work harder to focus and reading glasses provide better vision to aid the eyes in focusing, many people find headaches and soreness in the eyes to be either greatly reduced or no longer present by wearing these glasses.
*Studies show that people whose work involves close up tasks, such as factory inspectors and jewelry makers just to name two, tend to go to their eye doctor about reduced near vision sooner that those who are not employed in these sorts of fields. The best thing to do is not to wait at all though, since why suffer from eyestrain if a pair of reading glasses is going to solve the problem? This is most likely why most people do eventually face their presbyopia and why reading glasses remain so popular in our aging population!
What To Look For When Selecting Reading Glasses
Choose lightweight metal or plastic reading glasses. If you have metal allergies, go with hypoallergenic metal frames.
Adjustable Nose Pads
Look for reading glasses with adjustable silicone nose pads since they are best for helping to prevent eyewear from slipping. Many people read with their heads lowered or in a reclining position, so having glasses that don’t slip is essential.
Be sure to consider your face size and the frame size. Zenni’s frames are identified in the online catalog on a scale of small to large fitting. If you have a large face and pick a frame that is too small, or have a small face and opt for a large frame for your reading glasses, this may weaken the effect of the vision correction properities and cause eyestrain. Take the time to select the correct frame size for your face. (To check out Zenni’s large selection of glasses that you may want to order as reading glasses, just click on any of our suggestion models below to access the online catalog.)
Look for Zenni’s great features such spring hinge closures, metal for strength and flexible plastic for “give.” These really add up to durable reading glasses — especially if you tend to fall asleep while reading. You don’t want to wake up to find a pair of mangled glasses!
Pick a pair of reading glasses that thrill you to wear and you’ll most likely remember to always put them on when scouring the newspaper or turning the pages of the latest bestseller. If you need a pair of reading glasses for work, consider getting two pairs — one for home and one for the office.
Great Zenni Custom Reading Glasses Ideas:
(Click on the images below for more info)
Wednesday, August, 28 2013 by Ryan
Retro mirrored glasses are back for 2013 and they’re lookin’ good! Wear an eye-catching, mirrored frame with all your trendy Spring/Summer 2013 fashion picks whether you go for one or more of: bright colors, ombre, metallic fabrics, white t-shirts or mixed graphic patterns in neutral tones.
How many Spring/Summer 2013 trends can you spot here? (Don’t forget the dark green nails.) We love how the metallic sarong skirt and shiny purse play up the mirrored glasses. The bright-colored, classic sweater with the white t-shirt peeking out gives this outfit livability. This is city street style at its finest.
Add to your city street style creds with sleek, mirrored sunglasses like these Zenni A10161222 non-prescription sunnies. These half-rim, 100% UV protection sunglasses have a mirrored, red-tinted outer with grey tinting on the inside of the polycarbonate lenses. The frame is made of quality TR90 plastic with an anti-slip silicone nose pad for extra comfort. You get all this with an anti-scratch coating included for only $19.00, so you’ll have plenty left over for a fabulous over the shoulder chain purse!
Here’s more street style and more trends. We like the idea of mixing two solids and two patterns in a variety of neutral fabrics. Whether or not ombre hair is your thing, it’s so easy to mix solid and patterned neutrals in a top, bottom, jacket and tote, then top it off with a brightly-colored pair of mirrored sunnies. Don’t you think the mirrored lenses also brighten up the flatness of neutrals?
Zenni A10160716 non-prescription sunglasses are just right for brightening up neutrals anytime. These beautiful, royal blue, half-rim sunnies with mirrored lenses offer 100% UV protection in Spring/Summer 2013 style. They are so fun to wear and so practical at only $19.00.
The shape of things to come this summer is to go bold or go home. These eye-catching, retro mirrored glasses looks exude confidence and strength.
Zenni NonRX A10184830 $15.95
Don’t be shy; these Zenni high-style retro mirrored, non-prescription sunglasses will probably look better on you than you think — great, actually! Click on the glasses image to get into the Zenni catalog and try the Frame Fit on the right side of the page by uploading your face picture to try these on.
Purple mirrored retro sunglasses can be just the ticket for a fun Summer 2013. Check out the cool Zenni version below.
Zenni NonRX A10160617 $19.00
These non-prescription, Zenni A10160617 sunnies will make any day cooler fashion-wise while giving you the 100% UV protection you need for healthy eyes. This women’s half-rim, fashion frame is made of quality TR90 plastic with anti -slip temple arms and nose pad for comfort. The grey-tinted, mirrored, polycarbonate lenses offer maximum eye comfort and an ultra-cool look at the same time. Grey tints distort colors much less than amber ones, by the way and these sunnies are only $19.00!
Why Mirrored Coatings?
Mirror-finished sunglasses don’t just create awesome fashion eyewear, but they are effective light blockers. Adding a mirror coating means that your sunglasses will now reduce between 10-60% more light than regular sunnies. This difference can allow you to see surfaces such as sand, water and snow much better. So, retro mirrored sunglasses aren’t just chic, but in a way can be thought of as safety glasses. If you are able to see surfaces better in the sun, you’re going to be less likely to misjudge distances and more likely to notice that old log sticking out of the water near your boat, for example.
Monday, June, 10 2013 by Ryan
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, better known as Pope Francis, the newest papal dignitary, seems to be spending a lot of time reaching out to the masses by making public appearances as well as getting involved in some controversial news stories. The 76 year old even has millions of Twitter followers to whom he Tweeted: “Dear Friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me.” Well, he may need a lot of prayers if the media keep calling him an exorcist or he keeps irritating the Vatican with his atheist-friendly attitude. Well we do like his round, classic John Lennon-style glasses that are back in style. But, why are these glasses mysteriously absent in photos taken the day after he first wore them as Pope?
The Mystery Of The Disappearing Eyeglasses
One picture above is not like the other. Although the photos were taken only a day apart and Pope Francis wore the same papal garment, his glasses are oddly missing in the second photo. It gets even odder as a closer look at the second photo shows a pretty much identical pair of round glasses on Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of Rome, who also happens to look amazingly like Pope Francis in both build and facial features. I guess we’ll never know whether one of them borrowed the other’s glasses or what happened, but for sure this is a nice style on older men — that we can say with certainty. We’ve gathered up some great, similar Zenni styles below, plus added a few frames close to the style of the other man in the photo — Cardinal Santos Abril of Spain:
Zenni 550011 $9.95
This frame has spring hinges for maximum durability at such a low price! It’s a silver-toned, medium-fit frame of lightweight, metal alloy that’s also available in bifocal and progressive prescriptions as well as single vision. This is just the perfect frame for papal visits — or just running errands!
Zenni 322111 $19.00
If you want to go a little more oval than completely round in lens-shape while still retaining Pope Francis’ basic eyewear look, the Zenni 322111 frame is a nice choice. This frame is actually available in 37 different lens shapes!
Zenni 589021 $27.95
Here’s a practical summer version of Pope Francis’ round eyewear style. Rather than silver or gold metal tones, this lightweight metal alloy frame has a thin, full rim in black which is flattering on many people. The detachable, polarized sunshades are an exact fit to the Zenni 589021 frame, so you get a smooth look in a prong-mounted setting. The fit is medium-large and single vision, bifocal and progressive prescriptions are all available.
Zenni 229721 $12.95
Certainly not just for cardinals, this medium-fit, single vision frame features a thick upper section with rimless lower lenses for a contemporary look. It’s ideal for those who prefer the style of thicker frames — especially at the temples. The temple arms also have an attractive striping detail — to make you feel years younger while still looking age-appropriate.
Zenni 793121 $25.95
A really stylish, trendy version of Cardinal Santos’ glasses, the Zenni 793121 frame is a smart, black and gray half-rim design with distinguished-looking, yet fashionable, temple arms. This medium-fit, single vision, men’s frame has a pleasing finish in hypoallergenic, black stainless steel. Very nice! — now back to Pope Francis …
Pope Francis, The Atheist-Supporting Exorcist?
Disappearing eyeglasses on Pope Francis is the least of the Vatican’s concerns these days. The Pope caused a media stir when he was recently reported as performing an exorcism when he laid his hands on a young man’s head after a St. Peter’s Square Vatican City mass. Then, a few days later, the Pope sermonizing that atheists can do as much good as believers once again had the Vatican a little agitated. It’ll be interesting to see what Pope Francis will do or say next — and whether round or other glasses will make a reappearance!
Tuesday, May, 28 2013 by Ryan