I have recently started relying upon my glasses a little more.  My prescription is pretty small and I have only noticed in the past year or so, after I hit 40.    I usually choose the same type of rectangular frame and my prescription hasn’t changed in the past 2 years.  Just look at my collection – other than the difference in color, basically the same shape.

I usually wear my glasses for about an hour or two a week.  Not too often in the past, but, lately, more than that.  My usual go-to pair was this pair of Ray Ban above or the Fendi below. Same rectangular shape.

So, our clinic is upgrading our lenses to the new Zeiss lens and I chose a new pair of glasses to go with the new lens.  I got the pair back and it was SO clear.  Like viewing in HDTV clear when I had been watching an old cathode ray tube TV.  I loved them.

Then I decided I was tired of getting the same shape frame over and over, so I decided to try something totally different – round.  And, when those glasses came back a week later, I just didn’t like my vision in them.

Until I experienced this, I think I never truly understood what a patient meant when they said their vision was “too clear”.  But, that’s exactly what I felt.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but it just wasn’t the same as the other pair I had just gotten.  Same prescription, same lab making the lens.  Only thing that was different was the shape of my glasses.  So, I asked my optician her thoughts and the first question she asked me

  1.  Are you switching back and forth between your two different pairs?

    Well, yeah, of course.  Turns, out that’s the wrong thing to do.  Being a newbie to wearing glasses, I had not given myself time to adapt to the new frame, so I asked our optician to give some advice about adapting to new lenses.

 

Hi, I’m the Optician for Honolulu Eye Clinic.

So you’ve finished the eye exam, and for the first time in your life, the doctor says you need to wear prescription eye glasses. You’ve never worn glasses before so you talk about lens options with the local optician, select a gorgeous new frame and finalize the order details. The optician calls you two weeks later when the glasses are ready. You try them on and your eyes widen in awe as you look around and suddenly see everything in sharp detail and crystal clarity. But after a few seconds of looking around, you start to feel a little funny. Objects almost look too sharp and after looking around and around through the lenses, you start to feel a little dizzy and feel a headache coming on. You look up at the optician in alarm and say, I cant wear these!!!

 

STOP. Take a deep breath.

 

This is a NORMAL experience, referred to as the adaptation period. Nearly all first-time glasses wearers experience initial dizziness and a sort of “off-balance” feeling. This is the time when the brain needs a chance to get adjusted to what the eyes are now seeing in crystal clarity. This is very common, and sometimes it takes a few minutes, a few days, or even a few weeks, before you can fully enjoy your new glasses. So don’t be discouraged! Take breaks when you experience dizziness, but do your best to put them back on and wear them as much as you can.

 

HEC Tips:

WEAR YOUR GLASSES. This seems like a no-brainer, but wearing the glasses every day for one or two weeks will give you the best chance at getting used to the new prescription. If dizziness or the “off-balance” feeling is the issue, practice wearing them in a safe environment, such as when you get home and are doing chores or watching TV. Be extra careful if you are wearing them while driving and walking down flights of stairs.  

 

KEEP YOUR HEAD MOVEMENTS NATURAL. Often times, first time wearers stop moving their head as they normally would and move their eyes only. Let your eyes and head work together, turning your head towards something you want to look at rather than just moving your eyes. This will usually help to reduce headaches and dizziness.

 

CLEAN YOUR LENSES. Smudges on the lenses are distracting to anyone wearing glasses, but especially to a first-time wearer who is adjusting to a new prescription. Keep your lenses clean with a small drop of liquid soap and water, and wipe the lenses dry with your Honolulu Eye Clinic microfiber cleaning cloth.

 

Even patients who have been wearing glasses for years can go through an adaptation period. Changes in prescription, slight changes in the inner curves of the lens, or even changing into a different frame style can create the need for an adaptation period. If this happens to you, TRY NOT TO WEAR YOUR OLD GLASSES. Resist the urge to switch to an older pair during the adaptation period. We understand that you may feel more comfortable wearing the old prescription, but wearing the old glasses will not give you a chance to adjust to the new pair. Even switching back and forth from old to new can prolong the adaptation period.

 

Wearing your glasses full-time for one or two weeks is typically the best way to adapt to your new prescription, however, if after that time you still experience headaches and dizziness, call your eye doctor  to schedule an appointment. It may be possible that a correction to your lenses or the prescription may need to be made. 

 

I thought I’d do a year end wrap up of our most popular frames for 2016.  2016 saw the resurgence of the round frame and I think we’ll see more of that in 2017.  We also saw more matte frames as well.  Though of course, classic frames likes aviators always do well.  So, in no particular order…

1.   Silhouette

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This is Kevin, our wacky optician.  He lives in these frames and you can just barely even see them on his face. These frames are so light you’ll hardly feel them on your face.  There’s a reason that half my family wears these.

2.  Ray Ban Aviators

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These classic suns will just never go out of style.

 

 

3.  Red Tomato

These are new kids frames that we just started carrying in 2016.  I noticed a patient of mine had them on and they were so cute and just had a great built up nose bridge for little ones.  They don’t smash on to the face the way Miraflex does.  They are very well made and come in cute colors.

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Red Tomato glasses on the bottom. An adult sized frame on top of the blocks for reference to judge how small these glasses can get!

4.  Tom Ford

We started carrying these back in 2015 and they have continued to gain in popularity.  I love the beautiful, neutral colors that complement any skin color.  Plus, James Bond wore them, so what’s not to love about Daniel Craig?

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5. Maui Jim

We live in Hawaii, so it’s no surprise that Maui Jim frames are some of our best sellers. Their polarized lenses are excellent.

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6.  Crocs

These are also new kid frames and they are just so cute and well made and come in a variety of fun colors.

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7.  Roberto Cavalli

For those of you who like bling, bling, these frames are for you!  I love that the sides are AMAZING, but they don’t look ostentations from the front.

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8.  Dragon Vantage

These frames are truly perfect for the Hawaii lifestyle.  It’s a FLOATABLE frame built for “aquatic action”.  The lenses are made of polycarbonate, so if your surfboard tips up when you’re catching a wave, your eyes are protected.  So, all you surfers our there who say you can’t wear sunglasses, these are perfect.

 

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9.  Zenka

One of my patients was actually wearing these frames and I complimented her on them and her friend happened to be the rep. I love them.  They are French and incredibly boutique.  If you want something different than what everyone else buys from Costco, Lenscrafters, then these are your frames.  These really awesome part about these frames is that you can buy these clips that attach to the front, to change up the look.

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And, here I am modeling three different clips that go on the clear frame.

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And, here’s Ronnie, my clinic manager, selfie-taker expert, who is teaching me what I need to do.  She had me cracking up!

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10.  Oakley

Another kind of no-brainer for Hawaii.  Well made, well-constructed.  Nothing more needs to be said.  They make specialty frames for each and every different kind of sport.  I love my hot pink ones for running.

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Have you ever wondered what you would look like wearing new model frames you see online? If you are interested in Silhouette frames, well, you can after with Silhouette iMirror, you can experience how Silhouette eyewear would look on your face- anywhere and any time you like. Due to the advanced Augmented Reality video technology you are free to move around like you are in front of a real mirror, while wearing a pair of Silhouette frames, hence, the name “Silhouette iMirror.” If you are using a mobile device such as phone or tablet with a front facing camera, it is the perfect tool for this task.  There is a large selection of rimless and sunglass frames to choose from.  Sihouette frames are one of our most popular frames in our Optical shop.  Several of my relatives wear them and love their lightweight comfort.  My brother-in-law even told me that he settled in for an 18 hour flight and took a nap with his Silhouette glasses on and they were so light, when he woke up, he forgot he even had them on and wondered why he could see!

 

Here is how to use the app:

  1. You can find the app in your app store such as iTunes under Silhouette iMirror. Download the app.  It should be free.

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  1. Take a picture of your face.

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  1. Three labels with appear, match your right, left eye and ear with the crosses.

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  1. A default frame will appear, click change frame on the bottom of the screen

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  1. A board of frames will appear on the right side of the screen; from there you can select any frame you like to try on. Also on the side of the screen, there is a menu of colors and various lens shapes.

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After you are done trying on the different styles, you can save your picture in your album or share on social media.

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It’s the best way to preselect a frame before going to an optician to order them. As soon as you find the perfect Silhouette frame with the app, come on down to our optical and our opticians will  help you find the matching shape of the picture.

Pictures source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/silhouette-imirror/id337239568?mt=8

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t grow up wearing glasses.  I always wanted glasses when I was young, but I didn’t need them.  And, I used to always hate the feel of sunglassses on my face.  They felt heavy, so, of course, I never wore them like I should have.  Nowadays, I adore my sunglasses – one day I’ll take a picture of the many pairs of sunglasses I’ve accumulated after 7 years of owning my own optical shop.  Yet, I still never truly know what type of frame is best on my face.  So, I asked Kristel, one of our opticians for help.

Kristel, our optician, performing measurements on a young patient.

Kristel, our optician, performing measurements on a young patient.

After having an eye exam, your doctor gives you a prescription for eyeglasses and you head to an optical. Once you are at the optical shop, you see many frames to choose from and don’t know where to start. Knowing your face shape is the best tool in selecting the right frames. You want a frame that compliments your features as well as looks good on your face.  Knowing your face shape helps choose your hair cut, make-up and accessories (including glasses).  Read here and here to determine your face shape.

Face Shapes:

Circle:

Round faces are about curves. Cheeks are fuller, with a wide forehead and round chin. The face is proportional in width and length and has no angles. Try angular narrow frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than deep like a rectangular shape. The angular shape will make the face appear longer and thinner. Rounds also go well with a slight angle on the corners to show off cheeks and bring attention to the eyes. Stay away from round shapes.

 

These circular frames on Kauis circular face do no balance her round face shape

These circular frames on Kauis circular face do no balance her round face shape

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These geometric frames add distinct, sharp lines to balance the round features of her face

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oval:

Oval faces are considered the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions, with a gently curved jaw line that is slightly narrower than the forehead. The cheekbones are in general high and length is about 1.5 times the width. This shape is versatile with features that fit an assortment of frames. Try square and rectangular frames to add contrast to the curved lines on the face. One downfall is the size of the frame; it can either be too small or too large and can throw off the balance of the face. Avoid frames that are too large or can cover half of your face. A large frame that covers up your face will be overpowering and not as flattering. Colors are essential, you want to find frames that match your eyes and hair and will get the most compliments.

 

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Aubreys oversize frame overpowers her oval face. In addition, the circle shape does not enhance her features.

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The rectangular frames are better suited for her oval face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Square:

Square faces have a broad forehead, strong jaw line and the width and length are the same proportions. Try frames that highlight the brow line with shape and color to balance the jaw line.  Also try frames that have more width than depth, narrow ovals to soften the angles and look longer. Oval and round frames are perfect for this shape.

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Though very cute, these Dior frames accentuate Dr. Bosserts square face and seem severe for her.

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These rounder Valentino frames soften Dr. Bosserts face and are the perfect fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart:

Heart shaped faces are broader at the forehead and narrow at the jaw line and chin. The face can be round or long, the forehead is wide and gradually narrows down to a pointed chin. Try to find shapes that balance the varying widths of the face. Since the face is narrow at the bottom, a bottom heavy frame makes the face appear more balanced. Frames with low-set temples focus attention downward to minimize the forehead. Oval-shaped frames take the attention away from your chin and focus more towards your eyes.

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The paler shade of the bottom of these frames do not balance this heart shaped structure of this patients face.

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This heavier frame balance the heart shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The purpose of your glasses is not only to improve your sight and protect your eyes; it should also accentuate your facial features.  As long as you know your face shape, choosing a frame should be easy. If you have any questions on color or choosing between what frames look good on you, our opticians are more than happy to help you.

 

 

 

 

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