History of Elsa Schiaparelli Eyewear RIP

Elsa Schiaparelli (10 September 1890 — 13 November 1973) was a noted fashion and eyewear designer. On Nov. 13 she departed this earth but her memory lives on today and is known as one of the most influential fashion designers. Today we honor one the the most reknown designers of all time. Elsa Schiaparelli, or "Schiap" as her friends would … [Read more...]

Abstracted Asymmetrical Eyewear

Asymmetrical: having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry: Synonyms: lopsided, unsymmetrical, uneven, unbalanced, crooked, awry, askew, skew, misaligned, disproportionate, unequal, irregular, cockeyed, wonky (Oxford Dictionary)  Ummm, why would anyone want eyeglasses that don't match up? … [Read more...]

3 Fun Fido Frames For National Dog Day

Every Dog has it's day and for most is it August 26 which is National Dog Day. The Hair of the Dog did not get raised until 2005 when this Dog Day of Summer was established. But a few Top Dog English Eyewear companies decided way before that,  it was time to Rain (Cats) Dogs Eyewear in this Dog Eat Dog world. With that in mind and Hot Doggin it, … [Read more...]

What’s It Worth Shark Eyeglass Cases

It is really hard to write about Skarkskin eyeglasses cases. With the amount of shark finning and the killing of sharks, one has to wonder how they got the skin. Shark skin at one time was used for eyeglass cases. Dried, but untanned sharkskin is called shagreen and was once used for sandpaper and the membranes on drums in places like the South … [Read more...]

The 60 Minutes Luxottica Show Was Fake News

Back in 2013, 60 Minutes ran an expose on Luxottica, claiming they owned 80% of the eyeglass market and they were basically gouging consumers on pricing (Sticker Shock) This is no more true today than it was four years ago. Today, we just have another term for the piece, “FAKE NEWS. The problem was and still is that we, optical professionals bought … [Read more...]

Eyecare Events: World Emoji Day July 17

Who remembers when all we had to use was a smiley face? There is a World Emoji Day and think about how much fun you could have with this on Facebook. Emoji contests, make your own Emoji, Favorite Emoji's, Decorate your glasses with Emoji's... Office Emojis Eye Bogglers: Emojis were invented in 1998 by  Shigetaka Kurita while working for … [Read more...]

Safilo Launches Digital Eyewear Museum

Milan, February, 2017 - Debuting at MIDO 2017, www.GalleriaSafilo.com is the newest digital museum in the world entirely dedicated to eyewear, its history and technology, and its everlasting charm. A project that highlights the role of Safilo Group as the historical leader and founder of the Italian Eyewear manufacturing tradition, the forerunner … [Read more...]

1952 Ad: How Much Is Your Vision Worth

We have all seen the infographics, which shows the value of eyewear-vision. For the last 35 years (how long I have been in the optical industry, we talked about many pennies a day.... Where did this all come from? Here is a 1952 Ad which speaks to the Value For Your Precious Eyes, which Demands These 4 Professional Skills... Eyecare for only 3 … [Read more...]

23 Eyelash Eyeglasses For National EyeLash Day Feb. 19

National Lash Day is February 19 of every year. The day was first started to promote the use of false eyelashes but today we are going to celebrate eyelash eyewear as fake eyelashes can damage your sight. Eyelashes keep dirt and other stuff out of the eye as well as moisturize the eye. False eyelashes do not help in keeping out debris and in … [Read more...]

Throwback Thursday: Pierre Marly Eyewear Designer

Everyone seems to be an eyewear designer today. While many have played tribute to Oliver Goldsmith (still alive and kicking) there were a few radical eyewear designers back in the 1960's that innovations are still being used today. One that we laud today for a throwback Thursday is Pierre  Marly. With much thanks to be given to social media we … [Read more...]

100 of the Oldest Eyewear Companies In The World

I was on Wikipedia looking up the oldest Eyewear Companies and thought, that isn't right. I decided to do a little investigating  on who are the oldest eyewear companies in the world. Eyewear companies include eyewear manufacturers, optical lenses, optical-eyewear equipment and a few others. Visiting many different companies sites and Facebook … [Read more...]

100 Years Of Disruptive Innovators in Eyecare History

We started a game-changing optical timeline and quickly realized that to gather all game-changers or AKA 'disruptive innovators' in eyecare over the last 100 years is a monumental process. That said, we have not included all innovations in: surgical procedures, medical technology, lab equipment, medical equipment, eyewear, contact lenses, lenses, … [Read more...]

Eyecare Museums Around The World

If you like museums and memories to post about, why not visit some of the Eyewear and Eyecare Museums around the world? China Shanghai Eyeglasses Museum- China Address: No. 533 Baochang Rd., Zhabei District. http://science.shanghaidaily.com/pdf/eyeglassesENG.pdf. Thousands of pairs of glasses and other eyewear in its collection, ranging … [Read more...]

Optical Fun: Comedy About Losing Eyeglasses in1906

Losing eyeglasses is not unfamiliar. This video from 1906 is comedy about a man who loses his eyeglasses. The original title is J'ai Perdu mon Lorgnon and it was filmed in France. … [Read more...]

Vintage Film Collecting And Donating Eyeglasses

Maarsen, Holland (Netherlands). Various shots of volunteers including children working at sorting out and wrapping used spectacles which have been donated by people from all over Holland and which will be sent to people in undeveloped third world countries. Dr Dick Jager, man who runs the organisation, checking lenses and sorting them into concave … [Read more...]