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Aviators You Must Sport For 2018

Pilot Glasses“, “Cop Glasses”,  “Aviators” are some of the names that are attached to the tear-shaped one-of-a-kind shape that has been an icon in the eyewear industries since forever. And when you want to look hot, badass or just plain trendy these are the perfect frames.

With the sun (or snow for that matter) in your eyes, wearing one of the hippest styles of the last two seasons ( and still going strong on the designer runways for Spring 2018) is a must and easily done. These frames are now pretty much  a staple in the wardrobe of the elite fashionista.

Gucci Aviators with Tint

Gucci Aviators with Tint

Whether you wear them clear ala the 70’s – as clear (or prescription) glasses or with a bit more modern styling rather than retro – in light blue, yellow or rose or get them mirrored.

“Pilot Glasses” are definitely a must-have with any 70’s or 80’s type dressage, and what with these-cheap glasses (but great quality) available you can’t go wrong.

You can rock YOUR style the way YOU like it. Since all the frames at Eyewear Insight can be made into sunglasses, it’s easy to pick and customize your glasses!

Modern Styles

Some of the the modern styles are so much fun, mixed materials like this one with acetate and stainless steel, these not only give interest in the coloring and contrast but functionally take advantage of the best that each material has to offer. Like the light weightedness of acetate and the vivid coloring with the tenacity and resilience of metals. Others are studded with Rhinestones (think Louis Vutton yet way cheaper) added for flair and styling that is definetly not understated – but more like like “stepping out with something to say” are just some of the examples of what is avalible in these styles.

Double bar aviators

Double Bar Aviators

Gold Classic Aviators

Gold Classic Aviators

Red - Rhinestone aviators

Rhinestone Mirrored Aviators

Polarized Aviator Sunglasses

Polarized Aviator Sunglasses

Mirrored Sunglasses - Aviators

Mirrored Sunglasses – Aviators

In Conclusion

Take a chance if you haven’t already update your look with any or pick from these cheap glasses – prescription sunglasses and check out the many ways to have fun with your style.

To see a short list of Aviator frames Continue reading

When Your Teen Needs Glasses You Need Affordable Glasses.

Prescription eyeglasses can be very expensive, they are affordable glasses out there. And when your teen needs a pair but does not want to wear them the options are not as limited as you might think.

As I’ve told you, in my case I really thought it was cool, and maybe even grown up to wear glasses and …yeah …I sorta stretched the truth somewhat and got my glasses when I was about 11. My eyes just weren’t that bad though. Most of the time they actually served as a headband atop of my head.

teen wearing glasses

Well the same thing happened with my son, he squints a bit later in the day and the optometrist said that he is a little short-sighted. But it’s not really that necessary as of yet for him to wear glasses. Added with the expense (affordable glasses) of glasses and his inability just yet to keep track of his water bottle and teen wearing eyeglassesjacket. Adding glasses to keep track of — that he has to wear in class and keep safe at other times seemed a bit of a stretch. So we waited….and kept a close eye on his vision.

High Prescription?

Some kids are fine with wearing glasses and others…maybe the ones with a pretty strong prescription…well they don’t like their glasses. Generally, their glasses are thick and well let’s face it — parents didn’t spring for the high-index lenses, so they are stuck with the coke bottle look!

 

Sports

Playing sports and wearing glasses may not be a match made in heaven. While doable it can be an added stress for kids that are under pressure to perform. If glasses are absolutely necessary it can be hard for a kid to have to deal with glasses in, especially, contact sports or — SWIMMING! You might not realise this as a “perfect vision” person but, if you don’t have contacts and if you don’t have swimming prescription goggles it’s hard to see what’s going on when in the water. Kids can be exacting!

—Are they talking about me? Who are the laughing at?—

Life As a Kid

Granted if a kid has had nothing but work done on his features — braces, some start really early, glasses and God knows what else —what is a kid to do? Enough already…we (parents) get it, right?

By puberty, it does get old.

Does he or she teen in glassesreally want to go for that “four eyes look?” While some may find their glasses flattering and enjoy the “geekiness” it affords them..others just don’t want to have anything to do with glasses.

 

 

 

 

So what are the choices?

  • First thing is –this is the one time so far in history that it has become so cooool to wear prescription glasses. Really even famous basketball players and other Celebrities are now sporting “fashion glasses or fake glasses!”LeBron James Famous basketball player wearing fake glasses
  • (Check out Justin Beiber or Demi Lavato) It’s not just them even teens are wearing glasses –just because! So head on over to a glasses store with trendy glasses and let your teen look around—might even be able to get a couple pair as they are very affordable.
  • Contacts —some eye doctors say it should be fine to fit your teen with contacts and to allow them a bit less handling(no cleaning etc just wear and throw out), though expensive you could try “one a day” contacts. So check with your eye doctor to fit them with the most comfortable pair if the circumstances allow.
  • More frequent checkups — let your teen see the change and the optometrist can let him/her know if the need for correction is getting higher or staying the same.
  • Sometimes, and please check with your optometrist, there are options such as vision therapy or Ortho-K (specially designed contacts that are worn at night; they shape the cornea for clear vision during the day)  which can slow the progress of myopia.

In Conclusion

Your teen may not be off the hook entirely but there are options that you can explore. Either by delaying the wearing of glasses or by encouraging a fashion-forward attitude in which case once you have an idea of what is needed look for affordable glasses. But the bottom line is if your child needs to wear glasses then find ways to maketeen in rx sunglasses

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Why You Must Have Your Kids’ Eye Examined

Summer vaca is almost over, and on your ‘must-do’ list should be having a kids’ eyes exam by an eye care specialist. As a mother of twin boys, I have done some research for our kids.

Following are my findings peppered with my opinions ?

kids eye test

So I want you to know that 80% of problem readers are deficient in 1 or more visual skills, did you know that? Seeing clearly is only one of 17 visual skills needed for reading and learning.

There is nothing worse than a young person starting a new year, new school and maybe landing themselves in new social conditions and not being able to see. It can be a big problem!

Kids at school

Kids at school

Having an eye exam should start early, between ages 3 to 5 and then continuing on yearly along with the well-baby check ups.

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Remember the eye chart at your kids’ paediatrician is not that reliable AT all! You must get a thorough check up with a pediatric optician. I know this as my kids had yearly check ups and always did great at the eye chart…and it was fun. My own gut feeling, and seeing my boy always squinting made me want to look further.

At a visit to an Optometrist you can expect detection of myopia (nearsightedness), amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus (a misalignment of the eyes or crossed eyes). After your visit, if you find that there are continued problems, then, you may need to find a “developmental optometrist” to see if your child is maybe suffering from “convergence insufficiency” (CI).

CI is all about how the eyes work together. And is characterized as a “common” childhood visual disorder that affects 5% of the US population. It is usually diagnosed during the school ages or adolescent years. You may not be aware of this, but, if your child exhibits reading problems or behavioural problems, according to specialists, this should be a go-to exam to check off.

kid with rx glasses

Rocking my Rx glasses

So yes, vision problems in kids can be problems with fine motor skills (reading, writing, cutting with scissors, colouring, typing, texting, etc), gross motor skills, behavioural problems, attention problems as well as performance problems during school or sports.

For the development of good hand-to-eye coordination, it is very important to ensure that your child is seeing clearly. Fine motor skills require translating abstract vision information and applying the corresponding fine motor skills. Body-to-eye coordination for gross motor skills requires translating visual information into the corresponding gross motor activity, such as in sports, running, jumping etc.

Supporting all that your child wants to do starts with good eye health. Hand to eye coordination develops through sports and other activities

As your child gets older and, especially with the growing use of electronic devices, kids vision can actually change rapidly. My kids didn’t get their first eye exam at school until 8th grade so that may not be something to count on even for basic vision testing.

 

Behavioral Optometry considers “visual information processing weaknesses.”

“Distractibility, weak reading skills and poor academic performance: these are signs of several learning disabilities, as well as ADHD. But they can also indicate something else — vision problems that will not be solved with Ritalin or most special education techniques.”

Some common complaints when vision problems are present:

Physical:

  1. Get headaches
  2. Complaining that eyes feel tired or uncomfortable when reading (or doing other close work)
  3. Eye rubbing during close work or reading
  4. Double vision while reading
  5. Movement of words, jumping or floating
  6. Words blurring or going in and out of focus
  7. Losing one’s place while reading
  8. Squinting

Psychological Avoidance:

  1. Feeling sleepy when reading
  2. Finding concentration hard when reading
  3. Can’t remember what was read
  4. Not wanting to read and acting out or refusing to read altogether
  5. Resist reading and avoid it whenever possible?

Keep in mind that while you can probably notice some of these problems, others you will have to ask your child about.

So the bottom line?

Get an eye exam as often as possible (once a year is good) to stay on top of any problems that could be hampering your special little (and not so little) guy or girl’s ability to excel at what they love!

 

Some helpful links:

Find an eye doctor near you (there are several sites where you can enter your zip and get Optometrican near you)

McCrodon Vision Development ( Read about Vision, Reading and Attention)

Affordable Prescription Eyeglasses (keep in mind for a young child we recommend going to a traditional eye doctor for prescription eyeglasses. Once your child is older, can articulate any problems and is experienced with glasses it will be ok to buy glasses online)

Buying Eyeglasses online

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Understand 5 Most Important points and 5 Benefits of FSA Accounts

Do you have a health plan through a job?

You can use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for copayments, deductibles, some drugs, and prescription eyeglasses. Using an FSA can also help to reduce your tax obligations.Piggy bank with eyewearinsight.com glasses

Also known as a flexible spending arrangement;  Flexible Spending Account ( FSA Accounts) are special accounts you don’t pay taxes on and money you can use to pay out-of-pocket health care costs.

  • Flexible spending accounts are generally “use-it-or-lose-it” plans with some exceptions

FSA:

  1. Employers may make contribution to your FSA but they are not required to
  2. FSA’s are limited to $2550 per year per employer (if married spouse can also up to $2550 in an FSA too)
  3. Generally, the FSA funds must be used within the plan year BUT employers can give up to 2.5 months extra to use up the funds in FSA —- Or you can be allowed to carry over $500 to the following year.
  4. At the end of the year or grace period ( if you have been given it) you will lose the money left in your FSA
  5. To avoid losing it start using it now or within the grace period if you have that option!

Benefits of FSA

  1. The contributions made by your employer are not added to your income!
  2. There are no taxes deducted from these funds
  3. Following the Qualified medical expenses will ensure that your withdrawals are tax-free. This list includes prescription eyeglasses
  4. You can make the purchase for any member of your family. (Tax claimed dependents or spouse)
  5. You don’t need vision insurance to use your FSA dollars on prescription eyewear, and if you have a debit card attached to your FSA you can enter it at checkout so you won’t need to deal with submitting receipts or reimbursement paperwork.

In Conclusion

Before the end of the year take time to look at your insurance and check on your FSA and if you have it:

  • Use it before you lose it in most cases
  • Get your self a new pair of eyeglasses!

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How to Buy Eyeglasses Online.

Buying eyeglasses online is quite easy and comes with an assurance that buying in traditional stores do not provide.

Most places will give a guarantee and will return your eyeglass frames if you have a problem with them, and most certainly if there is something wrong. If for any reason you get the prescription wrong or something has gone wrong Eyewear Insight will work with you to get the glasses you need.
While there are can be valid fears in buying your prescription eyeglasses online, well….such as will they fit or how will they look! The question of how much it will cost to find out ($37.50 for Single vision less than $50 for progressive) is the real question. Even if you find that the glasses are too big…to small or just not right a backup pair for this price is doable. But if you absolutely decide they don’t work then let Eyewear Insight know and they will work with you.

But really as far as the look of the frames…think about your sunglasses and you will know what looks good on you..if you want to be adventurous then this is the best time as you can tint and color your glasses in many ways to create fun and exciting looks…at again very easy prices that won’t break the bank.

If this is the first time you are getting a prescription for eyeglasses, you maybe well served to buy at least one pair from your brick and mortar eyeglass store. This will you will know what it feels like and you can see what it is like to have someone physically help you with your decision.

Once you feel comfortable come on over and give it a try…you will be glad to save the money and enjoy several fun looks for less…way less.

 

 

Titanium – Rimless Titanium Eyeglasses

Surprising though it maybe Titanium is the 9th most abundant element on the planet!

Lightweight, comfortable, hypo-allergenic and durable when wearing, especially rimless titanium eyeglasses , frames made from titanium are 48% lighter in weight than frames made of conventional metal eyeframes like Monel.

Rimless Titanium Eyeglasses

Rimless Titanium Eyeglasses

Heavier frames can cause pressure on the side of the nose and the bridge, as well as on the tops and behind the ears. The lightness of titanium also makes them a perfect transition from wearing contact lenses. Especially, the rimless titanium eyeglasses give the appearance of “nothing there” and makes the frames very comfortable.

Titanium has been a major player in medical and dental device pars, sporting goods, cosmetics as well as eyeglass frames. It is estimated that 10% of the population is allergic to metal, therefore, titanium being a hypo-allergenic material makes it a great choice when used on our skin.

The allergic reactions to metals such as Nickel include a wide range from asthma, sinusitis, skin rashes or eczema to dermatitis. Although it is advised that you visit a doctor to get a clear picture, the experience of red and inflamed skin along the side of the nose or the ear could be as a result of such allergies.

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Titanium, 22Ti

 

Titanium also resists breakage under normal use longer than any other frame material. Though not indestructible, these eyeglasses frames are resilient and hold up against corrosion as a result of prolonged exposure to oxygen.

 

5 Ways to Find the Right Optometrist.

Finding an optometrist  can be pretty tricky, especially if this will be your first visit. Considering the price of traditional prescription eyeglasses, you want to make sure you find someone that will stand behind their prescription and if there is a problem or a mistake along the process will help sort it all out. Of course there is Yelp, but I’ve taken the advice of a random 200 people they gave 5 starts; but I got the 1 or 2 star experience!Find the right optometrist- phoropter

When it comes to my eyes I just don’t like to take chances. Once I find the right person I stick to them for a good while. This way I get the continuity of service and in time I get great prices as a reward for my loyalty!

Of course you can go to your eye insurance provider and pick a random eye care profession in your area.

  Quick Ideas on How to Research for An Optometrist

  • Talk to your friends and family, they may have an optometrist or even an ophthalmologist that they just love!
  • Get a recommendation from your primary physician or pediatrician if you have one; especially if you like your doctor you may find someone with similar style and values.
  • You can also look online at some of the professional organizations like American Board of Optometry, American Associations of Optometrists, Association of ophthalmologists and our directory for finding an Eye Doctor. The only problem is that this won’t be a personal recommendation (In which case, you should really take a look into 5 Questions to ask Your Optometrist)
  • Look in your neighborhood, find a shape and walk in, take a look around. Don’t be shy ask about the prices…how hard is it to get an appointment? ( I would say the harder the higher the chance they have something good to offer) If you spot someone coming out have a chat with them. Or, get a coffee close by , when a customer comes out, gently walk up and ask for their opinion. I think you will find that most are forthcoming and willing to tell you how it is.
  • Lastly you can also call your favorite hospital in your area and ask for the ophthalmology department and get referrals; but again this lacks the personal aspect.

 

Whichever way works for you please remember that you can visit the office/store before you make an appointment and just get a feel for the staff and even the Optometrist if available. If you have some questions maybe you can ask him.

They usually have glasses for sale so you can easily browse and see if you like the cleanliness, the attitude of the people and the style before you commit to an appointment.

 

Once you have seen your eye doctor you can make your own assessment and decide if he/she is for keeps.

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