Eyeglasses: Function and Fashion

Eyeglasses have come a long way from having only a corrective purpose, paying no attention to style to combining practicality and fashion. Available in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes and colors, prescription glasses can help one construe their personal image.


The progress made in the eyewear industry has made it possible for people to correct their vision disorders in elegant and fashionable ways with just about all the top designer fashion brands jumping in and playing a roll.

The introduction of lightweight frames and lenses have enabled the change in attitude towards glasses.  Thin lenses replaced the thick ones, which were uncomfortable and negatively affected the wearer’s self-esteem. The ability to offer various lens curvatures in a variety of frames empowers the wearer to achieve almost any desired look.

Advancements in lens technologies and the ever increasing wide ranges of eyeglasses are extremely welcomed considering the high percentage of people with eyesight problems. According to a study by the National Eye Institute about 64 percent of the U.S. adult population wears glasses. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that the most encountered vision deficiencies are astigmatism, which causes fuzzy vision and affects 36 percent, and myopia (short sightedness), with 33 percent of respondents having problems seeing objects located at certain distances. Another 3.6 percent are affected by hyperopia, being longsighted. Read the report from Reuters here.

Findings in other countries are similar, indicating that more than half of the world’s population has vision problems and needs corrective glasses.  Thankfully, each individual can express themselves in their own unique style by choosing the glasses they like.

Elton John has many styles of glasses

Today, there is an incredibly wide range of frames, which come in various materials, shapes, colors and styles.  People can choose full frame, semi-rimless or rimless glasses with an oval, round or rectangular shape that will best match their physical traits.  And for adding some spice, they can opt for all kinds of interesting or expressive colors.  Extra fine details, like sculptures, logos and other personal elements, can be added for creating a personal image through the glasses.

Lady Gaga adding her own identity to her sunglasses

Besides the large variety of frames available, there are also multiple options when it comes to choosing lenses, something to suit the needs and requirements of any wearer. Different materials, including glass, plastic, polycarbonate, trivex, and high index plastics, also known as polyurethanes, can be used to manufacture single vision, bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, or aspheric lenses.  Specs wearers can play with the tint of the lenses, as colored pigment can be added both for function and for fashion, the choice of basic coloured tints, photochromic and polarized are all at the wearer’s disposal.

Prescribed by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist after an eye exam, eyeglasses can improve both vision and physical appearance. Famous designers and qualified opticians cooperate in order to create glasses that are also elegant accessories for those who are in need of both perfect vision and that need to scratch that fashion itch.

Fashion design houses, such as Versace, Gucci, Emporio Armani, Ray-Ban and Prada, have being making efforts to offer customers eyeglasses that highlight one’s elegance and are always up-to-date to the latest trends.

Eyeglasses can help someone boost their self-confidence or to make a powerful personal statement of self-expression. All in all, one can look fabulous and express their style while correcting a vision deficiency.


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