Puppy Peeperz

by Beth Cale on April 1, 2014

APRIL FOOL’S!

 

We just couldn’t help ourselves! Sorry if you’re disappointed. There’s a silver lining though – these glasses ARE available for your human babies. Happy April Fool’s Day!

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**We also wanted to let you know that we DO NOT support the idea of animals wearing glasses or any kind of animal cruelty. We would never want to harm Chi-Chi Barbados. This was intended as an April Fool’s Day joke only. These glasses cannot be worn by animals.


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Best Eco-Friendly Products For Your Eyes

by Beth Cale on February 6, 2014

If you’re trying to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle and you need vision correction, chances are that you have debated on whether you should wear glasses or contacts.

Many people choose to wear eyeglasses because they believe it is better for the environment; however, contact lens companies have made great strides in improving the amount of waste associated with wearing contact lenses. Others choose glasses because they want an option that is more natural for their eyes. While contact lenses are essentially a sheet of plastic, there are some lenses that are better for your eyes than others. In fact, some are comparable to wearing no contact lenses at all.

We know that finding eco-friendly products while keeping your eye health in mind can be difficult, so we have set out to answer your most common questions about waste produced by contact lens wear and which contact lenses are the most natural for your eyes .

Which vision care companies are leading the way in environmentally sustainable practices?

1. Vistakon

While the original six-pack ACUVUE® container was made of plastic, Vistakon changed it to a more earth-friendly cardboard that is made of 30% post consumer recycled (PCR) materials. Its ACUVUE® OASYS® contacts now use 25% less primary packaging than other leading brands, all while the company has reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions 9 tons annually by adjusting its manufacturing processes.

2. Bausch + Lomb

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As the first contact lens manufacturer to introduce an environmentally friendly biodegradable lens shipping package, Bausch + Lomb started and continues to innovate in package design that is nicer to nature. In addition to its 100% recyclable molded paper fiber packaging, it has also taken product design into consideration by creating clear PET packaging for its ReNu solution and adding universally accepted recycling codes to its solution product bottles. The clear packaging makes the ReNu bottles 100% recyclable and integrated recycling codes means that less trash will be going into landfills.

Does wearing contacts significantly increase the amount of waste I’m adding to our environment?

Although wearing contacts does produce waste, studies performed by Johnson & Johnson show that the impact on the environment due to wearing contact lenses – whether the lenses are daily disposables or reusable – is much less than that of other household plastic products disposed of every day. The following information is an excerpt from that study.

  •  A pair of daily disposable (DD) contact lenses worn 365 days/year produces ~1kg of waste annually.
  • Comparatively, reusable contact lenses (RCL) plus care solutions produced 0.84kg of packaging waste yearly.
  • Other types of household plastic products discarded each day generated approximately 1.75 to 8 times the waste compared to daily disposable contact lenses.
    • Drinking one 591mL (20 oz) bottle of water a day generated 9kg of waste per year.
    • One set of plastic cutlery* (~3.5 grams per piece) used each day yielded almost 4 kg of annual waste.
    • Individual juice pouches (177 ML, 6 oz) – straw and wrapper included* – consumed one-a-day contributed nearly 2kg of waste annually.
    • Aluminum drink cans (12 oz), consumed at a rate of 1 per day resulted in nearly 5.5kg of waste annually.
        *Carton excluded

 

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Which contact lenses are the closest to being natural for my eyes?

While there isn’t an organic option for contact lenses – they are plastic, after all – there are some contacts that are healthier for your eyes.

1. 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® (narafilcon A)

The 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® contact lenses are a daily disposable that is made with silicone hydrogel. Silicone hydrogel contacts are better for your eyes because the silicon allows more oxygen to pass through the lens, giving your eye the full amount of oxygen that it needs. Johnson & Johnson’s unbiased study of the lens showed that, “1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand Contact Lenses (narafilcon A) were found to have no clinically significant effect on the ocular surface of the eye as compared to non-contact lens wearers across five of six contact lens related measures associated with eye health … In addition, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand (narafilcon A) was also shown to provide high levels of comfort from morning to night, comparable to wearing no lenses at all.”

1-Day Acuvue TruEye 90 Pack

2. Biotrue ONEday

Also a daily disposable, the Biotrue ONEday contacts by Bausch + Lomb are lenses made of a material inspired by your eyes called HyperGel. Not only is the outer surface designed to mimic the lipid layer of tear film to prevent dehydration and maintain consistency, the lenses feature 78% water content – the same as your cornea. This helps to ensure lens comfort throughout the day.

Biotrue ONEday Contact Lenses 90 Pack

Are there any organic or eco-friendly products you use for your eyes? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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10 Reasons You Need to Wear Sunglasses in the Fall

by Beth Cale on November 5, 2013

Most people associate wearing sunglasses with summer and warm weather, but sunglasses are something you should wear year-round. Why, you ask? Here are the top 10 reasons you should wear sunglasses throughout the entire year, even during the cold fall weather.

1. Help Prevent Eye and Skin Cancer. The main reason many people wear sunglasses during the spring and summer months is to protect their eyes from the bright sunlight. In recent years, doctors and organizations, such as the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society, have taken extra measures to inform the public of the dangers that UVA and UVB rays can cause, even if it is cloudy outside. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 5 to 10% of all skin cancers consist of basal cell carcinoma, squamous sell carcinoma, and melanoma, which are cancers of the eye and eyelid (More info here: http://bit.ly/EyeCancer). Just like you have learned to wear sunscreen all year, you should also take precautions to further protect your delicate eye and eye area with sunglasses whenever you are outside. The best sunglasses will block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB light. Many Acuvue brand contacts also have UV protection, although you should still wear sunglasses as well.

2. Minimize Vision Problems. Not wearing sunglasses can make your eyes susceptible to vision problems such as cataracts (cloudiness of your eye’s lens that can eventually lead to blindness), macular degeneration (breakdown of the macula, which is responsible for the fine-tuned vision needed for detailed tasks), pterygia (tissue that can grow over the white of your eye, with the possibility of eventually causing vision impairment by growing over the cornea), and other issues.

3. Reduce Glare. Whether you are on the water, in the snow, or simply driving, glare from the sun affects nearly everyone. The effects of sun glare can be dangerous, ranging from headaches to car accidents. Luckily, polarized lenses can easily help reduce the dangers of glare by blocking the intense rays that cause it with a specialized filter. Transitions DriveWear is also a good option.

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4. Aid with Squinting and Eye Strain. On those sunny fall days, it can be hard to go outside without squinting. This is because your body is trying to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays. Sunglasses can help you avoid squinting in bright sunlight, which can ultimately lead to eye strain, among other problems.

5. Avoid Headaches. Whether you had too much special grape juice or just didn’t get enough sleep, sunlight can give you a miserable headache.

6. Protect Your Eyes From Debris. If you do outdoor activities, chances are you have gotten debris in your eye. No matter if you are hiking, biking, or like to drive with your windows rolled down, wearing sunglasses can help deflect dirt and other particles from finding their way into your eye.

7. Dry Eye Prevention. Fall and winter weather can be especially harsh on your eyes and the skin around them. Cool, windy air blowing against your skin and eyes can dry them out, giving you unsightly red, irritated eyes and parched, sore skin.

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8. Avoid Sunburn in and Around the Eyes. You probably already knew how it easy it is to burn and damage the skin around your eyes, but did you know that your eyes can get sunburnt as well? It is known as photokeratitis. Symptoms of photokeratitis are blurry vision and/or feeling like you have something gritty in your eye, such as sand. Fortunately, the effects are only temporary, but they tend to be painful.

9. Anti-aging. Let’s face it, nobody wants to get wrinkles – especially if they are preventable! Wearing sunglasses, preferably wraparound style, is an easy way to prevent premature aging of your skin.

10. Follow the Trends. What better reason do you need to wear sunglasses in the fall than to be stylish? Sunglasses are becoming an increasingly popular accessory, and fall is no exception.

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With Halloween less than a month away, now is the best time to begin planning your costume! The hardest part of finding the right costume for some of us is incorporating our glasses – or finding affordable glasses to include with the costume we have chosen. We wanted to help you out, so we created a list of what we thought were the best (and some of the most unique!) costumes we could find. Check out our top picks, and  tell us what costume you will be wearing this year!

Vintage Costumes

The 50s

 

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The Costume: Catch a drive-in movie, then head out for Halloween in these authentic looking 50s era Halloween costumes! The great part about these costumes is that you can wear them whether you are single or want to be part of a couples’ costume.

The Glasses: Men – Oakley Caveat, Women – Superdry Daisy, Superdry Honor

The 60s

The Costume: If you are following current fashion trends, chances are you already have some pieces you can mix and match for the perfect 60s costume! For women, a simple shirtwaist or shift dress will suffice (Layer on the jewelry, ladies! This outfit is all about the accent pieces and hair!). Men can rock a suit or slacks and a button up cardigan over an oxford shirt. If you need more inspiration, look to the hit TV show, “Mad Men”.

The Glasses: Men – Superdry Navigator, Women - Superdry Honor


Music

Justin Timberlake

The Costume: Bring your SexyBack this Halloween by dressing up as Justin Timberlake! JT is pretty stylin’ these days – to pull off his current look, slick that hair back and slip on a slim suit with a skinny tie or bow tie. Add some sharp looking specs, and presto! There are other options too, but whatever you do, make sure you keep it classy.

The Glasses: Bronx E

Elvis

 

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The Costume: You will look like anything but a hound dog in this Elvis costume! Grab some shades and rock on!

The Glasses: Ray-Ban RB4125 CATS 5000 Sunglasses


Iconic

Malcolm X

 

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The Costume: To imitate the look of one of the USA’s most influential and controversial people in our history, grab a suit and some horn-rimmed frames.

The Glasses: Superdry Harper

Audrey Hepburn

 

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The Costume: “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and…I believe in miracles.” Well, you heard her! Be the prettiest girl at the Halloween party with a classy black shift dress, layered pearl necklace, sparkling hair piece, and an up-to-there beehive hairstyle. Don’t forget the sunglasses!

The Glasses: Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer Sunglasses, Ray-Ban RB2132 New Wayfarer Sunglasses, Superdry Angels Japan

Jackie Kennedy

 

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The Costume: There will be no mistaking  who the most stylish person in the room is if you choose to dress like Jackie Kennedy for Halloween this year! Jackie was best known for making a statement with simple style. To pull off her look, try a shift dress with a scarf (around your head), classic bracelet, and of course, some “Jackie O” sunglasses!

The Glasses: Ray-Ban RB4139 Sunglasses, Vogue VO2669S Sunglasses, Superdry Supersonic


Movies

Superman

 

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The Costume: With the remake of the famous movie “Man of Steel” coming out on November 12th, Superman is sure to be a popular costume this year! Pair a Superman tee with a suit, partially unbuttoned oxford shirt, and extra loose tie to reveal both sides of this classic!

The Glasses: Peepers Clark Kent Men’s Reading GlassesRay-Ban RX 5121

Dr. Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters

 

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The Costume: Halloween is the perfect time to take on the role of this sweet-tooth character! Perfect for the person who wants all of the candy, but none of the socializing at the Halloween party.

The Glasses: Peepers Round Tortoise Men’s Reading Glasses

Stu or Alan from The Hangover

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The Costume: This will be your craziest Halloween yet if you join the Wolf Pack this year! If you’re going for the Stu look, don’t forget to use some black tooth makeup to fake that missing tooth!

The Glasses: Heartland Collection Jessie, Foster Grant Ace Full Frame Reading Glasses With Cases (2 Pack), Cafe Readers 461 Men’s EdgeGlow Rimless Cafe Reader

The Blues Brothers

 

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The Costume: Everybody needs somebody to love, and the crowd will love these Blues Brothers costumes! Any plain black suit will do – match it up with a hat, black tie, white oxford shirt, and a pair of Wayfarers and you’ll be ready to sing the night away!

The Glasses: Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer SunglassesRay-Ban RB2132 New Wayfarer Sunglasses


Professional

Pilot

 

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The Costume: You’ll be flying high if you choose a pilot costume for this year’s Halloween festivities. Pick your favorite version of a pilot costume, add a pair of aviators, and you’ll be oozing cool confidence!

The Glasses: Men – Ray-Ban RB3362 Cockpit Sunglasses, Superdry Helipad Pro, Women – Oakley Daisy Chain

Police Officer

 

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The Costume: Everyone will be asking to see your badge in a police officer costume. Add a twist to the classic costume by wearing a pair of ultra-modern aviators from Superdry!

The Glasses: Superdry Motor City

Doctor/Nurse

 

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The Costume: A doctor or nurse costume looks great on its own or makes a great couples’ costume! Mix it up by switching roles – women can wear the lab coats and men can wear the scrubs!

The Glasses: Men – Proof Pledge, Bronx D, Women – Superdry Kitty, Superdry Kloe

 

Finding a great costume doesn’t have to be hard just because you need glasses! Have a great suggestion that isn’t on our list? Add it to our comments!

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Superdry Brings Super Chic Frames to AC Lens!

September 30, 2013

Tweet As fall rolls in, all of us here at AC Lens are excited to welcome some posh new glasses brands. Our latest brand? Superdry – a chic brand that combines all of our favorite elements of great glasses. Launched in 2003, the Superdry brand effortlessly fuses Japanese design and British detailing with Vintage Americana. […]

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Women’s Glasses Trends for Fall 2013

September 27, 2013

Tweet As the crisp autumn air approaches, everyone is beginning to update their look for fall! Just like any other accessory, glasses trends change with the seasons. This fall, we’re loving the use of mixed materials, rich textures, and refreshing colors. Whether you are looking for a bold new frame or an updated classic, this […]

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How to Save Money on Eyewear

July 29, 2013

Tweet Are you planning on buying eyeglasses or contacts? We have a few tricks up our sleeve to help you save! Generally speaking, there are a few ways to save that you should always be aware of when purchasing any item. First, check online! We know what you’re thinking: “If I buy online, won’t I have […]

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Your Child Has Sand In His Eye – Now What?

July 13, 2013

Tweet Your family is at the beach, having a great time swimming, building sand castles, and lounging in the sun. All of a sudden, you hear a cry – your child has just gotten sand in his eye. What do you do? 1. DO NOT let your child rub his eye. It could cause an […]

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We’re Celebrating the Newest Baby Royal!

July 10, 2013

Tweet No, it not Kate’s baby (although we’re excited about that too!). Straight from London, we present Zoobug! This forward-thinking brand, which provides Italian-made eyewear for children that is both functional and fashionable, finally gives families an eyewear option that everyone can agree on! Designed by an ophthalmologist, these frames are safe enough for even […]

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Tell Your Friends and Get $15 from AC Lens!

June 26, 2013

Tweet Share the love this summer and refer your friends to AC Lens! Your friends will get $15 off their purchase, and you’ll get $15 off of yours just for referring them. Once they make a purchase, you will get your reward! We have products for everyone – contacts, designer eyewear, vision care and more. Tell […]

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