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Best Sunglasses to Have for The Summer

We previously discussed which set of eyeglasses are making a comeback or setting a new trend in this year’s eyewear fashion. On this post, we’ll discuss which sunglasses are the best to keep your eyes protected and still give you the fashionable look that we all prefer!

This summer’s glasses style have brought back different vintage styles that were very popular in the last decade. This year, these looks provide a whole uniqueness and confidence to those who wear it.


  • Aviator – This timeless classic has remained popular for years and are known for its unapologetically cool look. They are among the best sunglasses for both men and women. The slim and metal frame are a “must have” for the summer, the silhouette also grows thicker and bolder well into the fall, too.
  • Clubmaster –  Clubmasters are liked because of their half rim. These semi-rimless sunglasses add a discreet, acetate and metal frame that casually makes you look cool.
  • Tortoise shell – The best feature about the tortoise shell sunglasses is that they can be worn by with any style and trend.
  • Gold – Gold sunglasses add an elegant color for the upcoming summer season. Using gold round sunglasses can not only compliment your outfit, but can also protect your vision at all times.
  • Oversized – A longtime favorite, oversize sunglasses is the top choice to look and stay on top. A mixture between cat eye and round sunglasses, give your eyes complete and overall sun coverage for long days in the sun.

These several types of sunglasses will keep your vision well protected into the summer and still be in style. Contact your eye doctor today to find the right prescription and perfect frame for you!

Latest trends in eyewear

Every year fashion reinvents itself to something new, inspiring and yet still remain simple. Eyewear is no different. Finding the right prescription is not the only worry for glass wearers. Instead finding the perfect frame and style all play a huge role in which glasses are the perfect ones for you. You want glasses that not only give you confidence when wearing them, but that also describe and represent who you truly are.

As fashion is known to repeat itself, it comes to no surprise that many of this years style have been brought back. Look ahead for the latest eye trend!

Regular eyeglass

  • Clear & white glasses – For both men and women, the clear frame glasses are amongst the favorite for 2017. The neutral color allows for a great choice for the season, giving you a chance to style them with anything.
  • Hipster square glasses – For a unique style, hipster glasses are the perfect choice. Known as a great fit for creative people, hipster glasses gives a unique design with it’s square silhouettes.
  • Cat eye glasses – Cat eye glasses were first popular in the 1950s-60s and were combined with the famous beehive hairstyle. It’s no surprise that the beloved style has come back. Resonant as always, the cat eye still remains in style.
  • Clubmaster browline glasses – Men and women love this style for its slim and elegant frame, making its semi-rimless perfect and fashionably practical for a professional life.
  • Aviator glasses – Aviator style glasses have been a longtime favorite amongst eyewear enthusiasts. As aviator sunglasses still remain the most popular for the summer, you can still keep your favorite style well into the fall and winter and still turn heads.

From traditional eyewear frames to new modern styles, these frames can be the perfect fit for your face and give you the confidence and practicality we all enjoy!

Signs Your Child Needs Glasses

When your child is of a very young age, it can be difficult to tell if they are having difficulty with their vision or are simply developing strange habits. It can be especially difficult to tell if your child is having vision difficulty if they have yet to learn how to speak. Because of this, we have gathered some common vision impairment signs.

  1.     Getting too close to objects. This is usually a more common concern for parents. If your child is sitting too close to the T.V. or holding objects close up to their face in order to see, they could be near sighted.
  2.     Are constantly squinting or closing an eye. These are other common signs of vision impairment. If your child is doing this, it can be because they are trying to reduce blurred vision or they are trying to cover the poorer vision. These are signs of amblyopia, strabismus or cataract.
  3.     Tilt their head to see. When children constantly tilt their heads when looking at object, it could be to help reduce double vision. If this is the case, they could have an eye muscle imbalance, also known as strabismus.
  4.     Are constantly rubbing eyes. This can be a sign of tiredness or eye fatigue. If this is constantly occurring, it could be a sign of allergic conjunctivitis.
  5.     Teary eyes. This is common for children whose eyelids don’t completely close when they’re asleep. This can cause dry eyes and vision impairment.

If any of these signs are common or visible in your child, schedule an eye exam to help correct their vision and help them see more clearly!


Different Types of Lenses

When you first go to purchase glasses, chances are you don’t really think about the multiple varieties of lenses that are out there nor their technical terms. There are many technical terms for glasses that correct different eye conditions, as well as the ones used for different situations.

Single Vision Lenses:

These are the most common lenses used. They are used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Bifocal and Trifocal:

These lenses have multiple focal points for close-up and far away vision. Lenses like these usually have a line splitting the focal points.

Progressive Lenses:

Just like the bifocal and trifocal lenses, progressive lenses have multiple focal points (intermediate, close and far away points). Unlike bifocals, however, these do not have outlines that determine the focal points, which makes the transition more natural.

Anti-Reflective (AR):

These lenses are designed to cancel out the reflection off the lens surface. This helps to eliminate eye strain when looking at screens and help with night vision.

Scratch Resistant:

These lenses are exactly that, scratch resistant. This helps decrease the amounts of scratches that may affect the eyes.


These lenses can be made thinner and flatter than regular lenses in order to use a larger portion of the surface because they have various curvatures.

High-Index Plastic:

These types of lenses are usually made for those who need strong prescription. However, these are lighter and thinner than the old school lenses, which were very thick.


These are special lenses for those who work in industries that require eye protection. They are lightweight, thin and impact-resistant.


For those who play sports, these are the lenses you should be using. Just like the trivex lenses, these are also impact-resistant and can also be used to protect eyes in tough work.


These lenses are known as the transition lenses that transition from clear to dark. They can be made as either glass or plastic. They help reduce eyestrains while transitioning from indoor lighting to outside light.

Need help deciding which lenses would be best for you? Contact Independent Eye Care for help on choosing new glasses.


The Right Glasses for your Face

Finding the perfect pair of eye glass frames for many people tends to be more of a hassle then it needs to be. While trying on every pair in the store could be one method, matching your facial features to the frames is another method. Independent Eye Care hopes to help you find the perfect glasses for your personality, style and facial features. Let’s look at some of the shapes to consider when choosing your frames.

Things to consider include the shape of your face as well as the size of your face. For example, petite faces should choose smaller frames that do not overwhelm the person. In contrast a wider face can handle a large frame. The shape is also important to choosing your frame options. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.

Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 11.05.12 AMOval Faces – An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. If you have an oval shaped face you may want to consider frames are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape.

Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 11.05.30 AMRound Faces – Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. This quality can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, adding balance to your round features.

Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 11.05.37 AMHeart Shaped Faces – Frames that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin are ideal. Glasses with low-set temples and bottom heavy frame lines will add width to that narrower part of your face. Round glasses or square eyeglasses with curved edges will draw attention away from a broad, high forehead.
Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 11.05.20 AMSquare Faces – A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and to soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Pediatric Vision

Parents are always worrying. Are our children eating healthy foods?  Are they getting enough sleep?  Are they getting a cold? One worry that parents commonly have as their children enter school is about vision. Many times parents begin to wonder if their child is squinting and having a hard time seeing the words in books or sentences on the board right around the time when their child enters preschool or elementary school. According to the Annals of Family Medicine, 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems.

Due to this statistic, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests that infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required.

Pediatric Vision exams are pretty painless and can help start children off right in school. If a child can not see the board or words in a book, they could potentially have delays in reading and language development. The following items will be checked in a pediatric exam: near vision, distance vision, binocular (two eyes) coordination, eye movement skills, focusing skills, peripheral awareness, and hand-eye coordination. Visual acuity should be tested as soon as the child is old enough to cooperate with an eye exam using an eye chart. Photoscreening is another way to check visual acuity that does not require a young child to cooperate with the test. Either approach to testing will determine whether the child can focus normally at far, middle and near distances.

As parents, you may want to prepare your child, depending upon the age for the exam. For very young children, you may want to play “eye exam” to help them get used to the idea that someone is going to be looking at their eyes. For older children, explain that these tests are not going to hurt but will help the doctor find out more about their eyes and how well they see. Show your child a picture of the machines that may be used by “googling” eye exam. These machines can look like something from out-of-this-world so, it is good to prepare the child in advance. Another method that works is by bringing your child to your eye exams in advance to show them what the experience is like.

Vision and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an amazing experience full of new feelings and the excitement of the arrival of a beautiful baby.  Unfortunately, pregnancy can also throw more than its fair share of curve-balls.  Swollen feet and ankles, back pain, mood swings and, of course, the dreaded “morning sickness” are just the start of the potential side effects of pregnancy. Many pregnant women are surprised when their vision changes. The fact is that hormonal and physical changes that accompany pregnancy can affect eyesight. Let’s examine the vision issues that can accompany pregnancy.

  • Blurry Vision – Water retention (common during pregnancy) may cause the thickness and curvature of the cornea of your eye to increase slightly. It’s a small change, but it could affect how well your glasses or contacts correct your vision. It’s also why laser eye surgery isn’t recommended during pregnancy and why it’s not a good time to be fitted for new contact lenses.
  • Dry Eyes – During pregnancy, some women may notice that their eyes are drier than usual. Dry eyes can make wearing contacts irritating and uncomfortable. Using artificial tears to lubricate eyes may ease dryness.
  • Vision Changes due to Preeclampsia – High blood pressure occurs in 5-8% of pregnancies. Vision changes due to this condition can include: a temporary loss of vision, light sensitivity, blurry vision, auras, and the appearance of flashing lights. Preeclampsia can be a serious condition.  If these symptoms are noticed, contact a doctor or head to an emergency room immediately.
  • Gestational Diabetes and Vision – Pregnancy can also bring about changes in existing eye conditions – for better or for worse. If you have diabetes, see an ophthalmologist before you get pregnant and again in early pregnancy to get screened for damage to the blood vessels in your retina. This condition, called diabetic retinopathy, often worsens during pregnancy, so you’ll need more frequent eye exams while you’re pregnant and in the postpartum period. (Source- The Baby  Center)

One is Good, but Two is Better

For anyone who has been in the Optometrist’s chair you’ve heard the phrase, “Which is better, one or two?”  That same question can be asked of you while sitting with the Optician in a retail optical shop, but in a total different context of course.

Why would you rely on just one pair of glasses for every aspect of your day to day life when you can have multiple pairs? Most people have more than one pair of shoes and each has a specific purpose in a person’s varied daily activities. Eye wear is no different. Having a pair of spectacles for everyday use, along with sunglasses is just the beginning. If you’re a active sportsperson, then a pair of glasses with safety lenses would be better suited to withstand your favorite pastime. For someone who spends the majority of their day working in front of  a computer or reading, then a dedicated near vision prescription could reduce eye strain and fatigue.

Let our experienced optical staff help you get the best options in eye wear for every aspect of your busy life. While one pair is good, two (or more) is better!


Breakage Protection Program

Independent Eye Care has implemented a “Breakage Protection Program” for all prescription eye wear purchased at any of our three locations.

This is a Two-Year warranty that covers scratched lenses and broken frames, no matter how it happened! So, even if your cute little furry friend decides to use your eyeglasses as a chew toy, they’ll be covered. The only thing not protected by the breakage program is loss of glasses.

Stop by and see us in Beverly, Danvers or Topsfield for all your eye wear needs and get the full details of our Breakage Protection Program.