LIFESTYLE

Eyeglasses — The New Fashion Rave

Gone are the days when one would be teased for wearing glasses with names such as four eyes, nerd, brainiac, and others.

Today, it would appear as if everybody who is anybody wants to wear glasses, eye problems or not.

The fact is eyeglasses have a long history and credit must be given to our forebears who have laid the foundation for one of the world’s most important inventions — glasses.

Glasses have evolved over the years with lenses covering a wide range of shapes — convex, spherical, round, square, and rectangular. In addition, frames have also had its evolution through stages of wood, horn, bone and leather, plastic, stainless steel, among others.

EyeglassesToday, the modernity of glasses with their designer shapes and range of colors are a must for anyfashionista.

So, forget the contact lens and that laser eye surgery — spectacles are in vogue.

Glasses must be part of one’s accessories in order to be viewed as sexy today.Watch those models on the catwalks — they accentuate their looks by donning a pair of Gucci, Prada, Channel as well as other name brands.

Glasses have now put one in the romantic and savagely seductive class.

Moreover, celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Jared Leto, Halle Berry,Meryl Streep among others are not making it easy for laggards to ignore a pair of spectacles.

The beauty about glasses and its rage, wave, and rave — prices are not prohibitive.

Competition has driven the price of glasses down, prescription or not. So, anyone today can afford to see the world through a name brand lens such as

Marc Jacobs, Ray-Ban, Versace, Vogue, Prada, among others.

In the U.S., eyewear has shown a steady growth and the market continues to expand. Increase is seen among four main categories: prescription (Rx) eyeglasses, plano sunglasses, over-the-counter (OTC) readers, and contact lenses. The total vision care market in the U.S. is said to generate about 34.54 billion dollars.

The truth is the utility of glasses is now viewed as secondary and the primary role now seems to be the image statement that one seeks to make.

So, if one wants to look cool, fabulous, glamorous and sexy, drum roll — get a pair of glasses!

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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