Trends come and go. We know how fast things change, and trends are no exception.
Often, you see previous favourites come back into style, and some that should've never been in style in the first place! As the years go by, fashion cycles through yet another round of trendy and 'hip' products. Sometimes we sit and shake our heads at what was considered "in" for the year.
This list outlines some of the current trends and their origins.
1. CLEAR FRAMES
If you were paying attention in the last year or so, you may have noticed that plenty of frames were bright, big and bold. Clear products are relatively new, and people often make the switch to reduce the visibility of glasses on their face. OR, they could simply be following the trends.
Clear Frames are here to stay, at least for the next little while.
Aviators haven't necessarily gone out of style, but they have waned in popularity over the years. Once again, the aviators are coming back into the trends in full force.
Fashion is, after all, cyclical. Aviators have been in the market for nearly 50 years, and it seems classics are getting much more attention over the past decade.
Introduced in the 70's, aviators are coming back into mainstream popularity and are known for it's classic, timeless look. Part of the recent surge in popularity can likely be attributed to Netflix airing shows featured in the 70's. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
3. ROUND GLASSES
Also known as "John Lennon" or "Harry Potter" glasses, these frames have come into style more so in the recent years. Likely due to the spike in the well-known magical series' popularity in the last decade. These frames were iconic in the 60's, and are now part of a collection known as 'Geek Chic.' Slowly, but surely, this style of frame is phasing out due to the hipster trends constantly changing.
4. CAT-EYE GLASSES
Originally introduced in the 50's, the test of time for this style hasn't decreased it's popularity. Cat eye sunglasses were extremely popular when they first came out, and while popularity had decreased in the years following, they were not a style that completely went out. With the rise of round frames in the 60's, and the aviators in the 70's, it's no wonder they got pushed to the back burner. Today, we see a modification of original cat-eye glasses in style, including larger, more exaggerated frames, as well as bright colours and often added gems or crystals on the side.
5. HORN RIMMED GLASSES
This style has been around for nearly a century. (We're only 20 years off!) Originating in the 1940's, horn-rimmed glasses have gone in and out of popularity for decades. The original horn-rimmed frames feature a bold top with a very thin bottom frame. Lately, some horn-rimmed styles have been featuring the increasingly popular double bridge, or unique colours and patterns.
Horn-rimmed glasses were made famous during their first decade mostly because of Malcolm X, a human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement.
Styles come and go, but fashion is forever.
Never doubt the power of a classic, but keep in mind that new styles can be fashionable and reasonably unique.
What are some trends that have left you scratching your head over the years?
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It's amazing how often our eyes are overlooked (no pun intended!) We use them everyday, usually without thinking about it. With the introduction of screens in our daily lives, and the ever-increasing exposure to UV rays from the sun, it's important to be aware of your eye health and facilitate the necessary habits to protect your eyes, and their longevity.
1. TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR SCREEN
This may seem obvious, but it often gets pushed to the side or completely ignored. While certain circumstances may be unavoidable (you may need to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day for work,) it's still important to give your eyes a rest.
Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to rest from the constant blue light coming from your screen.
2. WEAR SUNGLASSES
Even on a cloudy day, the UVA/UVB rays from the sun can do some damage. In fact, during overcast, 80% of the UV rays from the sun pass through the clouds. This is a substantial amount, and explains why you can get a sunburn with no direct sun.
Wearing Sunglasses will help prevent cataracts and reduce eyestrain during all months of the year. They don't need to be fancy, or exceptionally expensive, they just need to indicate UV Protection.
Pro tip: When choosing sunglasses, look for stickers to indicate UV protection, UV 400 or lenses that block 99-100% of the sun's UV rays.
3. KNOW YOUR EYE HEALTH HISTORY
It could take a simple phone call, or a visit with your parents/grandparents. The information you'd receive is invaluable. Many eye diseases are hereditary and can be prevented with proper care.
There are more than 350 hereditary eye diseases, many of which can lead to permanent blindness.
Prevention can minimize the impact of eye diseases if caught early enough.
That's why it's so important to know your history. Knowing what to look for can have a substantial positive impact when it comes to treatment.
4. INCLUDE EYE HEALTHY FOODS IN YOUR DIET
We all know it's important to eat healthy. And I'm sure you've heard about carrots being good for your eyes. But did you know there are plenty of foods available that can help your eyes?
Foods containing Vitamin C, (papaya, red bell pepper, kiwi, strawberries, and oranges,) or anti-oxidants, such as lutein or beta-carotene, (spinach, sweet potato, carrots, squash, kale and broccoli,)
can help reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness.
5. GET CHECKED REGULARLY
Many eye diseases have no detectable or obvious symptoms. Your eye care specialist can detect and help prevent many issues before they become serious. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam between ages 6 and 9 months, and annually after that. As a general rule, adults, should have an eye exam every 2 years, or as directed by their optometrist.
About the Author
My name is Krista. Throughout my time at Hoedeman Optical, I've learned so much about the optical industry and eye health. I've always been interested in biology, and I'm thankful to have a job where I can continue my interests while sharing what I've learned with the public.