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  • Fright for sight

    If you weren't aware of the damage wearing counterfeit decorative contact lenses can do to the eye, and you're not squeamish, take a look here: http://www.theindychannel.com/lifestyle/health/disgusting-eye-injuries-caused-by-counterfeit-contact-lenses-under-federal-investigation With Halloween, there has been a very effective campaign warning consumers in the US of the dangers of buying cosmetic lenses illegally, and it has been picked up in numerous channels of the press, eg http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/costume-contact-lenses-dangerous-health_n_4124756.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-lifestyle&ir=UK+Lifestyle Now customs officials are working to confiscate counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA. In the UK, though, there is a loophole with these lenses that the British Contact Lens Assiciation is lobbying to change. They want the lenses to be brought under the supervision of a registered practitioner http://www.opticianonline.net/Articles/2013/10/25/31768/BCLA+clamps+down+on+plano+lens+%27grey+area%27.htm and they're calling on the regulatory body to take action. The main message for fancy dressers is that it' all very well trying to look scary for a night or two, but placing your vision at risk in the process is really not worth it.
    Posted to The Contact Lens Blog by SiH Wear on 25 Oct 2013
  • A week of news - polarised pets

    World Sight Day made plenty of headlines in the global media and boosted awareness of optics no end. Receptions were held at the House of Lords and BBC broadcaster Fiona Bruce made a star appearance . But what would World Sight Day be without the appearance of a bespectacled dog, pictured below outside Liverpool Street station in London last week? The trendsetter, clearly not short of confidence, was all too happy to pose for a photo in Optician. Where the sunglasses were dispensed remains a mystery but, as this website illustrates , there really is something for everyone these days. By Joe Ayling, news editor.
    Posted to Optician News Desk by newsed on 18 Oct 2013
  • I have a question

    Quite often I have long commutes and find myself looking at the people around me (with specs) to see if I can identify where they purchase their specs from. I just wanted to check and see if I'm the only person in the optical industry who does this. Surely I can't be the only one!?!
    Posted to A Clear View by SpongeTom Squarepants on 14 Oct 2013
  • A week of news - Specsavers learns its lesson

    Specsavers learnt this week it might need to adopt some more defensive play when it comes to its famous 'Should've Gone to Specsavers' adverts. Kevin Pietersen, the England cricketer, successfully claimed damages after the multiple wrongly published an advert suggesting he may have tampered with his bat in an attempt to prevent Hot Spot technology working. Specsavers has since apologised and removed the advert, but the legal action is proof that, such is the popularity and audience for its iconic adverts, more caution is needed. Other adverts the company aired recently included references to Ukraine's exit from Euro 2012 and another about footballer Eden Hazard. It will therefore be interesting to see whether the KP incident signals an end to this topical approach in favour of more generic don't-use-a-hoover-to-mow-your-lawn style of gag. Regardless, the Guernsey-based firm should certainly not lose its sense of humour because of one slip up at the crease when playing with a straighter bat would surpass. By Joe Ayling, news editor. Specsavers stumped by cricket complaint
    Posted to Optician News Desk by newsed on 11 Oct 2013
  • Another water alert

    Here is a shocking video on the perils of storing contact lenses in water. It concerns a contact lens wearer in the US who was too busy to buy some new solution, and has really suffered as a result of storing her lenses in water for a week http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/contacts-amoeba--infection-go-blind-erin-the-doctors_n_4077952.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-lifestyle&ir=UK+Lifestyle Thinking she had an eye infection she was given steroid drops that seem to have masked an amoeba infection. While there isn't much follow up detail, the unfortunate wearer describes on the video how her vision is now like looking through a fog. There is a handy link to 'What every contact lens wearer needs to know (but is afraid to ask)' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/26/contact-lens-hygiene-questions-answers-eye-health_n_3950593.html that gives details on why storing lenses in water can lead to infections. It's been said before, but it's advice that is certainly worth repeating.
    Posted to The Contact Lens Blog by SiH Wear on 11 Oct 2013
  • Christian Roth 2014 sunglasses captured by Formento & Formento

    Here's the latest from Éric Domège and Christian Roth, as captured by photographic duo Richeille and BJ Formento in Miami’s MiMo district for the designers' 2014 campaign. Top to bottom: Belles of Embellishment, Christian's Own, and Piece and Love. The range of colours is vast. Below is Christian's Own (named after his favourite aviator shape), in the colourway Design 78, a "Fluo Orange
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 7 Oct 2013
  • RVS yes yes by V: The female Point of View

    Yesterday we looked at RVS by V's male Point of View, and today we take a look at some more feminine views. Top Mulholland Drive, then Alien and, above, the deliciously named Moulin Rouge Strawberry Shortcake.
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 4 Oct 2013
  • RVS yes yes by V: The male Point of View

    One today, one tomorrow. We'll begin with the chaps. This is the Point of View collection from RVS by V, and I am going to sit back and enjoy it. Top is Amnesia, in the middle is Bullet and finally, above, is Leon.
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 4 Oct 2013
  • Hello everyone!

    Good afternoon all. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun! I hope everyone had a good summer. We're coming to that time of year when everyone starts thinking about Christmas and things start to slow down. This is the perfect time to evaluate your practices, displays and offers, but also your training. Before you know it, you'll be rushed off your feet again!
    Posted to A Clear View by SpongeTom Squarepants on 3 Oct 2013
  • Ballyhoo!! Cat's eyes or bat's ears from Oliver Goldsmith?

    At some point cat's eyes become so accentuated that they appear more like bats' ears or devil's horns, so perhaps I should have posted this later in the month. Above is the brilliantly named Ballyhoo from Oliver Goldsmith, while below are Annabel in black and Vice-Consul in a smokey grey crystal.
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 2 Oct 2013
  • Bevel glasses with Sergio Davila at NYFW SS 2014

    Here are a couple of shots from Sergio Davila's SS2014 collection at New York Fashion Week, featuring glasses from classy US frame maker Bevel. The first frame is Shark Biscuit; the second one is Ira. Both retail at approx $500.
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 1 Oct 2013
  • To see ourselves as others see us

    The annual trip to Paris for Silmo is a great way not just of seeing the French and overseas markets but also getting feedback on the UK market. The Europeans have a thriving optical industry and the French and Italian shows are undoubtedly the highlights...
    Posted to Big Optometry Blog by the big optometry blog on 1 Oct 2013
  • Feb31st Isaac 48000 wooden sunglasses

    These are Isaac 48000 sunglasses from Italian wood experts Feb31st - I love the slightly frowning profile on the bridge!
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 30 Sep 2013
  • Factory 900 melting sunglasses

    They're not really melting. But you can see that the FA-1111 from Japan's Factory 900 certainly creates a distinctive look as the exquisite acetate frame curves away from the face above and below the lens. This video, in Japanese, gives you a better idea... The sunglasses have just won a Silmo d'Or, one of the most coveted prizes in eyewear. But these are also available as glasses.
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 29 Sep 2013
  • One to watch: Suzy Glam glasses

    Welcome to Suzy Glam, an extremely exciting new eyewear brand from the Netherlands. The detail on these shapes is superb, combining interesting bevels and curves into a great looking acetate frame. Currently available in some great stores in Holland, Belgium and Germany and Switzerland, with more stockists coming soon we're sure. Amazing photos by Aisha Zeijpveld / Judith Veenendaal
    Posted to EyeWearGlasses by Eye Wear Glasses RSS feed on 27 Sep 2013
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