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Frame Friday – June 22 – Dilli Dalli Collection

Today’s Frame Friday is going to be a little different.  I wanted to stay with the theme of sun protection for your eyes with next Wednesday being National Sunglasses Day.  One of the most forgotten ages for sun protection for the eyes is in infants and toddlers.  On a hot summer day, I see parent’s putting suntan lotion all over the skin, but then, when it comes to protecting their child’s eyes, most don’t even give any thought to it.  I understand it’s a lot easier to put suntan lotion on than it is to get the infant or toddler to keep a pair of sunglasses on, but I want to talk about the importance of it as well as talk about another obstacle faced, getting a pair that fits!

When my friend’s son was born, I wanted to get him a good pair of sunglasses.  I ordered “infant” size ready-made sunglasses and they were horrible.  When he was in his car seat, the pressure from the seat pushed them off his head.  I ordered another pair from a different company and while they were better in the car seat, they still slid off him when we picked him up.

Pre-made ones falling off at the dog park, I'm sporting MyMaui Maui Jim's with Neutral Grey bi-gradient lenses
Pre-made ones falling off at the dog park, I’m sporting MyMaui Maui Jim’s with Neutral Grey bi-gradient lenses

I had worked with Dilli Dalli frames for young children who needed prescription glasses, so I decided to custom make a pair of sunglasses.  We ordered the frame in and then I sent them to the lab to have plano (no prescription) polarized lenses made in them.  I added the scratch coating to give them a two-year warranty but, to be honest, I probably wouldn’t recommend it for an infant because he / she is going to grow out of them before they can scratch them unless you plan on having more children and want to use them for the other infants, I would just do the plano polarized lenses.

First Pair Already too Small - he looks like a little professor!
First Pair Already too Small – he looks like a little professor!

I will admit, I have already had to order a second, larger pair for him and I did put the scratch coat on them because I figured he would be able to wear them a little bit longer.

Dilli Dalli frames come in a variety of sizes from infant to their newly expanded sizing which extends to some 3 and 4 year olds.

DILLI DALLI MUD SLIDE
DILLI DALLI MUD SLIDE – a new extended size version Photo Credit: Clearvision Optical

You can see the variety of frames, the shapes, and the sizes by clicking here.  The Dilli Dalli frames are soft and comfortable.  When you first put them on the infant or toddler, they won’t like them.  They will pull them off, they will want to play with them.  The best advice I can give any parent or grandparent is to put them on OUTSIDE so the world doesn’t look too dark for the child and then immediately distract them with something to keep their hands busy.  The more they wear them, the better they will get used to them, to the point they will know, if the sunglasses are going on, then they are going outside!  Parent’s of children who have to wear glasses for vision correction go through it all of the time, having to teach their child to leave their glasses on.  It is possible, it just takes some time and some patience.

Now let’s talk about WHY  a good quality pair of sunglasses are so important.  Let’s start with suntan lotion.  WHY do you put suntan lotion on your child(ren)?  Why do you put it on yourself?  Most people say it’s because they know it’s not healthy for the skin to burn.  They want to try to minimize their exposure to the sun.  They want to minimize their chances of getting skin cancer.  The sun damages the eyes AND the skin around the eyes.  Plain and simple.  The same UV damaging your arms and legs is doing the same amount of damage, if not more, to your eyes.  The difference is you don’t always feel the sunburn on your eyes the way you do on your skin and it is not reversible.  It is the beginning of long term damage to the eyes.

YourSightMatters breaks down some of the harmful effects of the sun

  • Photokeratitis— Also known as sunburn of the eye or “snow blindness.” Photokeratitis can cause loss of vision for up to 48 hours.
  • Cataracts— This progressive clouding of the lens of the eye can cause slow vision loss.
  • Pterygium— Commonly known as “surfer’s eye,” this condition causes a growth (not cancerous) on the eye’s surface that can itch, swell and be bothersome. Surgery may be necessary to remove it, but the growth can return.
  • Age-related macular degeneration— UV rays can damage the macula of the eye, which can blur vision and dull colors.
  • Cancer— UV rays can cause cancer of the eye, eyelid or skin

Children with blue eyes, or lighter color eyes, are more susceptible to the sun’s UV than a child with darker eyes, but all eyes can be affected.

Another thing to take into consideration is children spend a lot more time looking up into the sun as they talk to adults or older children than adults do.  Studies have shown half of the lifetime sun exposure occurs in the first twenty years of life. Children are generally outdoors much more than adults.  Many times parents think hats solve the problem of the sun and it doesn’t.  While it may protect somewhat from directly above, it doesn’t take into count the time looking up, as well as the reflected UV from water, sand or concrete.

In the end, it is important for everyone to wear quality polarized lenses when outside.  Just like our skin, the sun doesn’t always have to be completely visible to cause damage.  Teaching a child the importance of sun protection in all factors at a young age will help protect them throughout their lives.

Have a great weekend everyone and stay sun safe! 🤓

Frame Friday – Maui Jim Lava Tube – June 15th

Hey everyone, I think Spring and Summer had a meeting and decided to merge their seasons because it has been HOT!!! While I’m not one to only talk about outdoor lenses (aka sunglasses) when it’s hot, I figured today would be a good day to showcase a new Maui Jim sunglass I am falling in love with. It is the Maui Jim Lava Tube. The one I’m wearing in the video is the Satin Sepia with Maui Sunrise lenses.

I’ve been a fan of Maui Jim sunglasses for years. The clarity is amazing. Colors are sharp. While I’ve tried all of the lenses, my favorite has always been the neutral grey bi-gradient lenses. Today, while I was doing the video I looked around for the first time with the Maui Sunrise lenses and I was pleasantly surprised. The clarity is similar to my grey lenses. They are pretty. The colors were vibrant. I will definitely have to get a pair of the Maui Sunrise lenses!

Maui Jim sunglasses are available in prescription, non- prescription, readers (meaning no prescription on top, just a reading segment on the bottom), and customized. For example, if you wanted a Satin Sepia Lava Tube frame with HCL bronze lenses in them, you could do it. I am always customizing Maui Jims for patients.

Lava Tube Satin Dark Gunmetal
Lava Tube Satin Dark Gunmetal with Blue Hawaii Lenses Photo Credit: Maui Jim

If you like aviator style frames but they just don’t look right on you, the Lava Tube is a nice alternative option. As a modified aviator, it will look good on multiple face shapes. Overall, the new Lava Tube is sharp looking, lightweight, and fits a variety of people, from a larger head, like mine, to a smaller head.

Lava Tube Gold Matte
Lava Tube Gold Matte with HCL Bronze Lenses Photo Credit: Maui Jim
Lava Tube Black Matte
Lava Tube Black Matte with Neutral Gray Lenses Photo Credit: Maui Jim

I hope you liked today’s Frame Friday and have a great weekend! 🤓

Frame Friday – Calvin Klein 18106 – June 1st

Today’s frame is from the new Calvin Klein collection. It is the Calvin Klein 18106. From the unique single “double bar” look to the titanium nose pads, this frame is sure to catch some attention.

It comes in 4 colors. Gunmetal Black, Gunmetal Brick, Silver Navy, and Gold Brown

Calvin Klein 18106 Silver Navy Photo Credit: Marchon Eyewear

This is a sharp looking frame.

For those of you with VSP (Vision Service Plan) insurance, you would get additional money towards this frame.

Calvin Klein 18106 Gunmetal Black Photo Credit: Marchon Eyewear

I hope you like this Calvin Klein frame for this week. As always, have a great weekend! 🤓

Frame Friday – FYSH 3607 – May 25th

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Wow, here we are again….another Friday.  But this isn’t any ordinary Friday, it’s the Friday before Memorial Day!  I am definitely looking forward to a long weekend.  It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Today’s frame is another FYSH frame.  I normally wouldn’t select a frame from a company I have highlighted so recently, but this is a brand new frame and I love it!  The picture doesn’t really do it justice.  It is the FYSH 3607.  It is available in three colors.  Rose Shimmer, Storm Shimmer, and Gold Shimmer.  It is a 53-16-140 so it should fit an assortment of face sizes and shapes.  One of the things I noticed immediately is how it appears to almost have a matte finish on in, yet also has a shimmer!  You get the best of both worlds.  Matte finish frames are very popular right now, but adding the touch of shimmer makes this frame very appealing.

FYSH 3607 Storm Shimmer
FYSH 3607 Storm Shimmer Photo Credit: Westgroupe

Another thing I really like about this frame is the actual shape.  Because it has a slight taper along the outer (temporal) side, it will flatter a lot more faces.  If you have really round or high cheekbones, it will help accent them.  If you have a rounder face in general, it will compliment it.

FYSH 3607 Gold Shimmer
FYSH 3607 Gold Shimmer Photo Credit: Westgroupe

I have said it before, but it’s worth saying.  FYSH make really nice frames.  They have great colors, the frames hold up well over time, and they fit a variety of faces, including larger heads like mine.  The collection is definetly worth looking at when you are in the market for a new frame.  You can find a FYSH retailer near you by clicking here.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, and safe, weekend / holiday for those in the USA! 🤓

Frame Friday – SW06E – May 18

Today’s Frame Friday is more about the package I’ve put together than it is about the frame itself.  As the weather is getting nicer, a lot of us start working on our projects or our  “to-do” lists. Maybe it’s keeping the yard nice or building a swing set.  Every day we put ourselves into situations where we could, potentially, harm our eyes.  A stick or stone could fly out and hit your eye, a piece of wood could fly out and embed itself into it.  So many things could happen, it is important to remember to wear the correct eyewear to protect ourselves.

My yard lighting changes drastically from the front yard to the back depending on what time of the day I am cutting.  Or the trees cause a lot more shade in some parts than others.  Because of this, wearing sunglasses just isn’t always feasible.  I almost ran over a family of baby bunnies one year and it traumatized me so I am constantly on the look out now for things in my yard.  My dogs also have a habit of leaving their toys outside so I sometimes have to stop and pick something up. Having a pair of safety glasses that adjusts to the lighting outside is helpful.

I paired the safey frame Uvex by Honeywell SW06E with the Transitions Vantage Lenses so I would still have the polarized feature when I was outside in the sun and then used a private anti-reflective coating our lab offers to keep the cost down a little since they are just safety glasses.  Depending on the work you’re going to be doing, you could even skip the anti-reflective coating and just do a good scratch resistant coating to give you a good two year warranty.

SW06E Safety Frame in Black/Yellow
SW06E Safety Frame in Black/Yellow

The nice think about the SW06E is that it fits a variety of face sizes, it has different size nosepads to help it fit better, and comes with a replaceable sweat / brow bar to help absorb the sweat when you’re working in warmer conditions.

SW06E Frame with the different nosepads.
SW06E Frame with the different nosepads. Photo Credit: Honeywell

The frame also comes in Orange / Black as well as an all black frame with smoke colored lenses already in it.  You can buy these frames just as they are and use them.  The frames are Z87.1 Frames which means they can be used in any area where OSHA requires safety eyewear to be worn.

SW06 in Orange Black
SW06 in Orange Black Photo Credit: Honeywell

Overall, these are a great pair of safety glasses to be worn and will last me for a few years.  As I mentioned, there are a few tweaks I could do to make them a little less expensive so a good optician will always help you find a pair of safety or sports glasses that will keep your eyes, and face, protected while also remembering to stay within your budget as best as they can.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🤓

Frame Friday – Lightec 7386L – May 11

I feel as if I neglect the men in the frames I feature on Frame Friday.  It is not intentional, let me assure you.  It’s probably because men’s frames aren’t….well dare I say it…..as much FUN!  For today’s frame, I’m featuring a Lightec frame.  It is the 7386L.  One of the nice things about this frame is the fact it is made of Stainless Steel.  Stainless Steel helps keep the weight down as well as being hypoallergenic.  While the frame may appear thin, it is also durable.  With a unique spring hinge and only two screws, used to insert the lenses, this frame is stylish and lightweight.

Morel 7386L Dark Grey
Morel 7386L Dark Grey Photo Credit: Morel Eyewear

The frame is thin.  So if someone is looking for a very thin frame, but they cannot do a semi rimless or rimless frame because of their prescription or just because of their preference in having a full frame.

The 7386L comes in three colors.  Black, Ruthenium, and Dark Grey.  The dark grey is nice if you want just a hint of a unique color while the other two are more traditional in color.

The other nice think about this frame is it comes in two sizes, the 55 and the 60mm.  A thin profile, sleek frame available up to 60mm (considered large) size is not common.

This is a frame definitely worth taking a look at.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🤓

Frame Friday – May Fourth – Seraphin Niles

It’s Friday!  Yay!  For all you Star Wars fans….its a holiday for you.  May the Fourth…..

I decided to go a little retro today in honor of May Fourth.  I figured I’d select a couple of  frame(s) that might possibly have been worn by someone the FIRST time they went to see Star Wars.

Seraphin Niles is a true retro frame, complete with NO nosepads, the bridge just sits directly on the bridge of your nose and CABLE TEMPLES! Now, as an optician, I’ll be the first to say I’m not always crazy about cable temples.  They can, sometimes, lose their shape and not be any better than an ill fitting frame.  Let’s face it though, this frame is just cute.

Seraphin Niles Frame Antique Gold with Cable Temples
Seraphin Niles Frame Antique Gold with Cable Temples Photo Credit: OGI Eyewear

It is available in Antique Gold and Antique Silver.

The second frame does a nice twist on the retro look.  It is the Seraphin Duval.  It comes in Antique Bronze and Black. Be aware the nosepads are metal so you would not want to leave them in a hot car (not that you should anyway) but with this pair, it is even more important.  You might just end up putting a nosepad brand mark on your nose!

Seraphin Duval Frame Antique Bronze
Seraphin Duval Frame Antique Bronze Photo Credit: OGI Eyewear

Have a GREAT weekend everyone! 🤓