Changing Up Your Style in 2017 with New Glasses

Glasses have grown to be as much of a fashion statement as they are functional eyewear. Over the years, the range of different frames, shapes, styles, colours and designers have increased monumentally so there are spectacles to suit everyone, regardless of their personal style. The world’s biggest fashion designers understand the need for glasses to have style as many people wear them all day, every day, so it’s important that they feel good in them.

Your glasses add to your personal style and help you create the image you want, so if you are looking to make a fresh start in 2017 and change up your style, now is a great time to choose new glasses. The key is to find the frames that best match your lifestyle and your personality – as well as looking great, your glasses also need to suit the type of work you do and the kind of activities you get involved with outside of work.

It’s worth considering that just as you would wear different shoes for different occasions, you may need more than one pair of glasses to suit different occasions, taking you from work to your social life.

Glasses for work

If you work in a creative industry, your glasses are a great way to show off your artistic and fashionable side. Modern shapes with thicker and larger plastic frames are very popular for creative people. Many people also choose to further express themselves by choosing frames with bold, more unusual colours such as blues, greens, purples and reds.

Another popular trend for glasses that show off your creativity are retro styles, such as modern takes on popular frame styles from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. For example, Wayfarer styles, aviators, and cat-eye shapes are increasingly popular. In terms of colour, solid blacks and tortoise shell are widely worn by creative and fashionable people.

Your glasses can help you to create the right impression at work when meeting new colleagues and business clients. Classic shapes such as rectangles, ovals and almonds, paired with more traditional, conservative colours can help to instil trust and confidence in you. Many business men choose gun metal, brown and black frames as they match well with business suits, whereas brown, silver, golden and burgundy tones can make excellent choices for business women.

For a slightly more stylish frame, tortoise shell patterns can work well with office attire. You can always choose a second pair of frames to express yourself outside of work!

At Optimum Vision Clinic, we can provide a wide range of frames that will help you update your style for 2017 and show off your personality and best features. For help in choosing your glasses, our website provides our expert advice on finding the right frame for you.

To book an appointment, you can fill in our online form, or call 0118 981 0267.

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10 Things not to do when wearing contact lenses

Most of the time, contact lens care is straightforward.  When you are prescribed your new lenses your optical care team will talk through with you the reasons why it is so important to take care of them. However, as with all new things, after a while we can become a little less careful. When wearing contact lenses, carelessness can be dangerous, and can lead to irritation of the eyes or even, more drastically, vision loss.

Here are a few reminders of the most critical ‘don'ts’ that come with the care of your contact lenses.

Don't use tap water

Your lenses need to be cleaned safely and tap water is harmful. Just make sure that you are always stocked up with a supply of the correct solution for you lenses.

Clean daily

Routine is everything, and lenses need to be cleaned everyday so that there is no opportunity for bacteria to grow on their surface. Just get into the habit.

Do not reuse solution

Solution needs to be clean and if it has been used before, it will be storing bacteria that has had chance to grow. Always ensure your solution is fresh out of the bottle.

Wash your hands - but rinse well too

Your hands are touching the lenses as they go in and as they come out of your eyes and they have a very real possibility of passing on debris or bacteria. It goes without saying that hands should therefore always be clean when handling lenses, but one thing also worth mentioning is that rinsing thoroughly is equally important. Residue from soap can also affect the lenses and irritate your eyes.

Do not wear your lenses in the pool or hot tub

Not only is there a strong likelihood of losing your lenses when swimming in a pool of water, but of course the levels of chlorine are also harmful for the lenses and ultimately your eyes. This applies to hot tubs in exactly the same way.

Do not wear your lenses overnight

Your eyes need quiet, resting time - everyday. Your sleep time is the best time to rest them - after all you don’t need your lenses when your eyes are shut.

Do not overwear your lenses

Eyeballs need access to oxygen, without this there is a possibility of corneal abrasion which can lead to infection. Use as directed by your optical health professional, and certainly don't over use.

Do not share lenses with a friend or relative

It's hard to believe that people will do this but some really do! Clearly, the most obvious issue is that your sight is very unlikely to be exactly the same as the other person, so that in itself will cause harm to your vision. Secondly and equally important, by sharing lenses you are increasing your risk of bacteria growth. Don't do it.

Keep your lenses make up free

For those of us who like to wear eye make up it is always important to ensure that the products do not touch the lenses in any way. Smudges of eyeliner are to be avoided as they will cause irritation.

Do not be tempted to clean them in your mouth

In the absence of solution, maybe when you are out and about, it can beg lenses but one thing also worth mentioning is that rinsing thoroughly is equally important. Residue from soap can also affect the lenses and irritate your eyes.

If you are due a contact lens test or if you are interested in wearing contact lenses for the first time, get in touch with our team by calling 0118 981 0267.

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World Sight Day 2016: When Was Your Last Eye Test?

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This year’s World Sight Day fell on 13 October 2016. The theme for the day was #StrongerTogether and focused on encouraging eye care health professionals and the public to become more aware of vision impairment and blindness globally.

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Diabetes Awareness Week 2016: The Facts About Diabetes and Your Vision

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With the days getting brighter, many of us are starting to bring out our sunglasses to make the most of the sun without the strain on our eyes. The problem is that not all sunglasses offer the same level of protection, so although they may make an excellent fashion accessory and complement your appearance, they don’t prevent the potential damage to your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

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The ‘Second Pair Free Ploy' exposed

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What Are the Best Style of Glasses to Suit Your Face?

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Wearing glasses can be a great way to enhance your best features and show off your personality. Our advice will help you narrow down your choices and determine what types of glasses will look best before you try any on.

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Why Eye Examinations are So Important

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It goes without saying that regular sight tests are a must to stay on top of any vision problems. Even when we have been prescribed glasses or contact lenses, it’s important to visit an optometrist at least every 2 years. Find out why....

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What to Expect When Having Contact Lenses Fitted

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There are many benefits to wearing contact lenses and the transition from glasses can be quite straight-forward. Our latest blog gives you an idea of what to expect if you're new to weating lenses.

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