spotlight: Colourful Eyewear

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Color is a major 2013 trend, and not just in eyewear.  This Spanish collection puts a spin on color by incorporating it into clear acetate.  The results are jewelry-like as shown in this modified cateye frame whose top portion is striped and bottom portion is pixelated.  These would look stunning on someone with light brown hair and blue eyes.

To see how you look in these cat-eye glasses, visit eye-bar in Sherwood Park. eye-bar’s opticians and eyewear specialists can help you select your perfect frames.

To ensure optimal vision with your eyewear from eye-bar, always keep your prescription lenses up to date. You can schedule your next appointment with an eye-bar optometrist using our online booking system.

Book your eye exam with an optometrist at eye-bar today!

Flexible and Functional Eyeglasses for Kids

eye-bar just brought in a really unique line of kid’s glasses! Miraflex makes high-quality, flexible frames designed to meet the needs of both eye-bar optometrists and the youngsters who get to wear them. They have no metal components or hinges making them perfect for young children and babies.

eye-bar doctors are able to detect vision problems and health issues very early on in a child’s life. Many of these issues can be corrected with proper eyewear, so this option for youngsters is perfectly functional (and stylish!).

When you come in to pick out your child’s new eyeglasses, you choose the frame shape and size, then choose from 30 fun colours to personalize them. We’ll make them for you using a hardy polycarbonate lens that is highly impact resistant.

They are lightweight and very comfortable so kids won’t be tempted to pull them off. Bring in your kids to choose their colour and get them excited to wear their new glasses!

Cleaning your eyeglasses is easy!

When you get your new glasses from eye-bar, we’ll tell you how to properly clean them at home. In case you’re too busy staring at the new you in the mirror to remember what we said, here’s what Luke recommends for cleaning your glasses at home. Do this at least 3 times a week for best results. 

  1. Fill a container with tap water and add a drop of dish detergent (nothing antibacterial as that will damage the coatings). 
  2. Submerge the entire frame in the solution and leave for a few minutes. Some exceptions: If frame has any crystals, leather, wood, or horn, do not leave submerged. Just dip them in the solution. The crystals are most likely glued and the glue will be weakened if they have extended contact with water.
  3. Finally, take the frame out of the solution and dry with microfiber cloth (no need to rinse).

Remember to hand wash a microfiber cloth in the sink with plain dish detergent – softeners and anti-static agents in laundry detergent remain in the cloth, ruining its effectiveness and (more importantly) damaging the lens coatings when you wipe your glasses dry.

And next time you’re in the eye-bar neighbourhood: Don’t forget that we do complimentary cleaning on frames we sell for the life of the frame!

style: Eye Makeup Behind Glasses

We know the importance of choosing frames that suit your personality and bring out the best features in your face. Eye makeup works closely with your glasses to achieve this, but the makeup application should be slightly altered to work best with your glasses. Here are a few helpful tips we collected to make your makeup and your frames work together to make you look your best:

  • Wear neutral or warm shades of eyeshadow. If you wear grays and cooler colours, your eyes will appear smaller, darker, and can look like you’re hiding a black eye!
  • Adding bright or bold eyeshadow colors to your lids can clash with the frames and make your eyes appear smaller. Many layers and mixes of colour can look like you’re hiding your eyes behind the frames, not enhancing them. If your frames are rimless, you can get away with a bit more colour, but keep it simple!
  • Stick to light colors on the lids to make your eyes appear larger behind the frames
  • Avoid lining the lower lashes – this will darken your eyes, making them appear smaller and give you an overall tired look behind your glasses.
  • Choose volumizing, not lengthening, mascara. Apply two coats if necessary. Lengthening mascara may make your eyes touch your lenses, dirtying them and irritating your eyes.
  • Keeping eyebrows neat and well-shaped becomes very important when you’re wearing your glasses. Some think that frames will disguise the eyebrows, but most frames make untidy or asymmetrical brows more noticeable.

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Why is my contact lens prescription different than my eyeglasses?

Contact lens prescriptions can be different from glasses prescriptions for a few reasons:

 

  • The optical center of a pair of glasses is usually located about 12mm away from the front of the eye but a contact lens sits directly on the eye. For some people, this seemingly insignificant distance can actually change the optics of the prescription (In general, higher prescriptions are affected more than lower prescriptions).  Since the optometrist measures your prescription approximately 12mm away from the eye, the contact lens prescription will often need to take this into account.
  • Another reason there is a difference is due to astigmatism.  Astigmatism basically means you need a different prescription in one direction (ie: horizontal) than in the other direction (ie: vertical).  If this difference is small, the tear film between the contact lens and the cornea can correct the astigmatism. If it is a larger amount, the contact lens needs to be calculated for rotation and fit to compensate for the astigmatism.  Glasses sit predictably on the eye (the ears and nose help the glasses stay stable in a predictable spot), so the prescription does not need to be adjusted for tear film or rotation.