For those of us who are able to see clearly without eyeglasses we may take the gift of sight for granted. We depend on our vision for many things in life. We use the gift of sight to work, cook and simply have fun in our day to day activities. Now imagine doing all these daily activities without the gift of sight. Sounds hard right?
For many low income individuals, glasses are not something that everyone can afford. Eye exams, frames and lenses can add up to be quite a bit. They can be especially expensive for those of us without insurance.
For those of us who wear glasses, we often have a few pairs lying around from our past. These lenses most likely cost a couple hundred dollars each; it would be a shame to throw them away! Clean them up a little bit and do something good for your heart and fellow citizen. If we have you thinking about donating those used or outdated eyeglasses here are two good programs:
Check out Lens Crafters and Lions Recycle for Sight:
Lens Crafters has the One Sight program which has been around since 1998 and their mission is to “provide better sight for all—everything from free eye care to eyewear to important research that will change how people see tomorrow”.
The Lion’s club has locations all around the world where they use donated glasses to help others see well. Volunteers ensure that these glasses can be shipped at minimal costs. You can donate glasses locally; typical locations include libraries, schools, community centers, places of worship, coffee shops, optometrist offices and other public locations.
So next time you are checking out a new pair of frames don’t forget about those 250 million people that need glasses but cannot afford them. Take the extra time to donate your old pair and make a difference in someone’s life.
Spring is coming and you know what that means; peeling of the winter layers, finally kicking off your rubber goulashes and retiring your collection of wool scarves until next year. We are so excited to leave everything winter behind and rush into stores for a new closet full of fresh new spring-wear. And spring trends aren’t just for clothes, you know. We scoured the internet for the hippest, happening-est eyewear trends for spring. Forecast: looking good!
What would spring be without an influx of poppy, fun colors. Bright and neon accessories were all over the runways for spring, and what better way to wear the trend than on our fave accessory: glasses. Be careful not to overdo it; limit your florescence to a few key details and leave the rest of your outfit pretty neutral if you don’t want to end up dressed like a teenage raver.
Gorgeous baroque detailing and earthy tones and textures create a naturally feminine look. This trend is classically timeless and easy to wear making it an excellent investment for spring and beyond. In eyewear the trend is manifest in gold detailing and neutral colors, creating a girly and flattering aesthetic.
Black and white stripes and polka dots covered the springtime fashion shows along with allusions to 60s mod style and bold cat-eye frames. Simultaneously timeless and trendy, the cat-eye style is a fantastic way to imbue the latest trends into your wardrobe while making a smart investment.
The “ombre” look that’s so popular in hair was echoed on the runway in the form of graceful and transparent layers and now is manifest in eyewear in the form of gradient transparency. We love how it gives a softer, feminine edge to even the most bold acetate frames.
Feel ready to take the plunge? Try out the trend with these gorgeous Konishi frames, KA5733.
You are probably familiar with Yoga; an ancient practice that we use today to tone and strengthen our bodies and calm our minds. But did you know you can use Yoga to have the same effect for the muscles of the eyes? It’s called Eye Yoga and it’s a new trend that’s popping up in gyms and yoga studios everywhere as a great way to strengthen eye muscles and get rid of eye strain.
Our modern lifestyle can take a heavy toll on eye health. Looking at a computer or TV for hours a day can lead to eye strain and tension. We at Clariti have compiled some useful Eye Yoga exercises to keep your peepers happy and healthy.
-For strained eyes, close your eyes as tightly as you can, scrunching up your face. Hold the pose for a few seconds and then release it, quickly opening the eyes. Repeat about five times.
-To enhance eye focus: look at the tip of your nose and then at a far object and then back to the tip of your nose. Repeat ten times, using different objects at different distances each time.
-To strengthen, close your eyes and roll them in circles for about one minute.
-Direct your gaze upwards as much as you can and then downwards as much as you can (without moving your head) Repeat five times and then blink quickly to relax the eye muscles.
-Once you have completed your “eye workout” treat yourself with this relaxing practice called Palming. Rub your palms together until warm. Position the right fingertips over the left and gently cup the palms over the eyes. Ideally, perform this practice sitting on the floor propping the elbows up with your knees. Stay in this position for a few minutes, breathing deeply and evenly.
For more tips, check out Paul McCartney’s video on Eye Yoga, http://www.eyeyogabook.com/paul-mccartney-teaches-eye-yoga.html
These exercises are a great way to reduce tension and increase eye muscle strength, but of course, all the eye Yoga in the world won’t help you too much if you have plain old bad eyesight. Luckily you have Clarity eye wear! Check out these gorgeous frames from our Monalisa Collection, M8718.
Wearing glasses is pretty cool. If you’re reading this blog you are already aware of that fact. However, if you are in need of some extra convincing just look to the plethora of celebrities who choose (yes choose!) to adorn their beautiful faces with the classiest form of accessory available to man. We’ve scoured the celebrity eyewear scene for our favorite celebri-specs.
Who would Tina Fey be without those iconic specs? Writer, actress, Sarah Palin-impersonator?… well, yes. But she wouldn’t have that sexy librarian thing going for her.
Sir Elton’s glasses have always functioned as an extension of his larger than life persona. Over the years we’ve seen them evolve with him; from those white mod frames in the 60s to flamboyant and rhinestone studded in the 70s to the relatively conservative pair we’ve seen him with lately, which are, of course, pink.
Although here at Clariti we like to improve vision rather than impede it, we give Kanye two thumbs up for style.
Mr. Sexiest Man Alive hasn’t been seen anywhere lately without his roundish turtle shell glasses. Bravo, sir.
Oh Zooey, queen of geek-chic. Her adorkable vintage glasses were made famous by Deschenel’s character Jess on the New Girl, but she clearly loves to wear the classic black frames even off set.
Feeling a little inspired? You can channel Zooey’s charming look with this beautiful new pair from our Mademoiselle Collection, complete with chic rhinestone detailing on the temples that Jess would definitely approve of.
Your mom probably told you that carrots are good for your eyes. She was right! But the list doesn’t stop there. Eating a diet rich in eye-friendly vitamins and minerals can stave off eye diseases like Cataracts and Macular Degeneration and keep those pretty peepers happy and healthy. The most important foods for your eyes are rich in the antioxidants beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein and zeaxanthin, plus zinc and omega-3 fats. Below we’ve listed some of our favorite foods that are also good for your eyes.
This crunchy snack is simply packed full of lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect against retinal damage, the onset of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Other foods rich in the antioxidants are spinach, collards and turnip greens. These nutritious and low calorie greens are perfect in a salad, but are also yummy sautéed or steamed.
Ah Salmon. You can just add eye care to the list of things this super-food can do for your body. It’s rich in two types of omega-3 fatty acids- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which not only slow down eye diseases but also protect against dry eye syndrome.
Yes, I know. You saw it coming. But carrots really are full of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps reduce your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Blend them into a nutritious smoothie or dip them in your favorite dressing.
These multi-colored munchies are chock-full of Vitamin C, a valuable vitamin for Eye health. It not only forms collagen and keeps the delicate capillaries in the cornea healthy, but Vitamin C also reduces your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Peanuts make the list for their abundance in Vitamin E, another antioxidant that protects the eyes from free-radical damage. They are also rich in Resvesteral, a compound that prevents the development of abnormal blood vessels. So treat your eyes to a PB&J or sprinkle a few peanuts in your favorite stir fry or salad.
Trouble seeing at night? Try Kidney Beans. These babies are choc-full of zinc, a super important mineral for eye health which helps to get vitamin A from the liver to the retina so it can produce eye-protecting melanin. These little miracles not only prevent the onset of nasty diseases like cataracts, they can help with your night vision too.
We all know eyewear is stylish way to accessorize, play with trends and express your personal style, but they can also be used to flatter and enhance your favorite features. We have compiled tips and recommendations for each face shape to help you find the best pair of glasses for that beautiful mug.
If you have a square face shape, your face is defined by a strong jaw line, broad forehead and square chin. Your jaw, cheekbones and forehead are of equal width. Soften your strong features by wearing round or cat-eye frames like this gorgeous pair from our Monalisa Collection.
A round shaped face is defined by full cheeks, a rounded chin and few angles. Your cheekbones are the widest point on your face. To flatter a round face, try wearing angular and geometry frames to sharpen your features. Rectangular and horizontal styles like these fun frames from our Konishi Collection will make your face appear longer and thinner.
If your face falls under the “Heart” category, you have a broad forehead with a narrower jawline and chin. Try glasses that are bottom heavy to add width to the lower part of your face and narrow, rounded frames to soften the forehead. Flatter your features with this elegant pair from our Konishi Collection.
An Oval face has well-balanced features and a chin slightly narrower than the forehead. If this is your face, lucky you! Most frame shapes will work well with your face shape, but wearing geometric shaped frames, like this stylish pair from our Star Collection, will add angles to your soft features.
Another year is coming to an end and a brand new year is upon us. We know, it’s hectic trying to get all your holiday shopping in order, so how about we take a breather and instead begin thinking of re-inventing your New Year look. After all, 2013 is a new year to make fresh choices, so let’s start it off with a banging new look!
Let’s talk eye wear, a pair of glasses can go a long way, why spend so much for a an entire new wardrobe when you can re-invent yourself by selecting a great pair of glasses to help create the look you want. With several designer choices it can be quite overwhelming, so to brighten up your season we’ve created a guide to help in selecting the right choices for your new appearance.
Step 1: So, lots of things to consider when selecting new frames, first it’s important to make sure you are up to date with a fresh prescription that way you can see your best while looking your best.
Step 2: Alright let’s begin with face shape; it’s always important to consider face shape because the right frame can give you the best look depending on how your face is shaped. Break out the mirror and examine what shape best suits your face.
Still not quite sure, let us help you out, find out your face shape here.
Step 3: Next, let’s get to thinking of what style you want, are you feeling wild and bold, trendy and funky, or perhaps you prefer a more sophisticated “studious” look. Luckily, eye wear trends are here to help, if you are completely stuck and can’t think of what style you’d like to try why not take a shot at the current eye wear “craze”. Seeking new ideas? Check out Eyecessorize for what’s trending in eye wear.
Step 4: Functionality is important; you want your new frames to be as functional for your lifestyle as they are stylish. Certain frames can give you what you want simply based on the materials they are made of, for instance, if you are looking for high durability and flexibility you might want to try a frame made of pure titanium. To learn more about frames, function, materials and what may work for you, click here.
Bonus Step: Also, other things to keep in mind are the extras; accessories can definitely put a stamp on accomplishing your look of choice. Glasses go great with accessories, have fun with your look and try on different kinds of jewelry, scarves, hats etc. to go along with your new frames.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Clariti Eyewear!