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Ray-Ban: A Piece of Classic American Culture

Since being introduced in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb, Ray-Ban sunglasses have been an integral part of American culture.

The first mirrored sunglasses ever produced were made famous by celebrated World War II General Douglas MacArthur, and created by Ray-Ban.

In the film The Blues Brothers, Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi donned black Ray-Ban Wayfarers to give their characters that patented cool, bluesy look.

And when Tom Cruise and his co-stars climbed into their F-16s and took to the skies in Top Gun, Ray-Ban Aviators were the natural choice.

Ray-Ban Frames: Modern Cool

The brainchild of a U.S. Army Air Corps officer, Ray-Ban Aviators were designed to reduce glare and UV radiation for pilots as they flew. Since then, Ray-Ban has become one of the biggest names in quality sunglasses, maintaining its signature look throughout the 20th century, and into the 21st.

Sold by Bausch & Lomb to Luxottica Group in 1999, Ray-Ban continues to offer a wide variety of sought-after sunglasses. Along with their timeless Aviators, Ray-Ban’s most popular frames include Clubmaster, Wayfarer and Round.

Working with Facebook, Ray-Ban has just begun offering their newest product: Ray-Ban Stories, a cutting-edge line of smart glasses.

Ray-Ban Stories

With Ray-Ban Stories, wearers can use their glasses to listen to music, make phone calls and record the world around them in photos and videos up to 30 seconds long.

Thanks to integration with Facebook’s Android and iOS-compatible app, Facebook View, wearers can also share their content with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat and more.

Want to learn more about Ray-Ban’s wide selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses frames? Come visit in today.
At Corktown Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 647-694-7600 or book an appointment online to see one of our Toronto eye doctors.

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Where did Ray-Ban Sunglasses get their name?

Ray-Ban sunglasses were first conceived by US Army Air Corps Colonel John A. Macready as a way to help airmen navigate the skies. These prototype Ray-Ban sunglasses had green lenses that were able to cut glare and reduce the impact of ultraviolet and infrared rays on pilots’ vision, all without obstructing their line of sight.

The sunglasses’ ability to “ban rays” resulted in them earning the name they’re famous for today: Ray-Ban.

What features and styles are offered for Ray-Ban Stories?

Stories are offered in 5 different colors and 20 different styles. These include signature Ray-Ban frames, such as Wayfarer, Round and Meteor. Wearers can choose from a selection of lenses, including prescription lenses, sunglasses and transition lenses.

Stories’ frames have a set of micro speakers for phone calls, two 5 megapixel cameras for photos and videos, 3 mini-microphones that can be used for calls and audio recordings, a touchpad, battery and more. All are powered by a dedicated Snapdragon processor.

The frames also come with a specially designed portable recharging case. When fully charged, Stories smart glasses offer up to three days of continuous use.

Are Your Glasses Scratched? Here’s What You Can Do

Having even a minor scratch on the lens of your glasses can be irritating and obstruct your vision. Your first instinct may be to grab the bottom of your t-shirt and wipe the smudge away. However, doing so will probably worsen the damage and further interfere with your vision.

The first thing to do when you notice a small scratch or smudge on your lens is to rinse the lens with gentle dish soap and water, or spray them with a doctor-recommended lens spray. Be sure to wipe them with a microfiber cloth designed for glasses. This way, you reduce the risk of further embedding the grit or dust into the lens.

If you use soap and water, it’s best to let the glasses air dry. Wiping them with paper towels, tissues or clothing can leave them covered in lint particles and even cause more scratches.

The best practice for dealing with scratches is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. If your lenses are scratched to the point where they interfere with your vision or cause headaches, it’s time to replace them.

Here are a few tips for preventing scratches on your glasses:

  • Store your glasses in a hard protective case whenever you aren’t wearing them.
  • Avoid leaving your glasses in the car, as the heat can damage the protective coatings on the lens’ surfaces.
  • Wash your glasses according to your optometrist’s instructions. Although we’ve all done so in a pinch, don’t use clothing or tissues to clean your glasses. These seemingly soft materials are actually too abrasive for the delicate lenses.
  • Only use gentle dish soap or lens spray provided by your optometrist to wipe your lenses. Household glass cleaners can strip your lenses of their protective coatings.

How do you know when it’s time to replace your lenses due to scratches? Ask your eye doctor. If your glasses are scratched and need to be replaced, we can help! Our practice carries a wide range of optical choices, so you’ll be sure to find a pair to suit your eyes and lifestyle.

To find out more about our services or to make an appointment, call Corktown Eyecare in Toronto today!
At Corktown Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 647-694-7600 or book an appointment online to see one of our Toronto eye doctors.

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Can I remove a scratch on my glasses using baking soda or toothpaste?

No. Using these abrasive products can deepen the scratches and permanently damage your lenses. If you’d like to know if it’s possible to remove a scratch from your glasses, head over to your local optometrist and find out if they can help.

Can I have an anti-scratch coating applied to my lenses to prevent more damage?

Unfortunately, once your lenses are scratched, it’s too late to apply additional coatings to your lenses. Lens coatings are only applied when they’re manufactured and can’t be added afterwards. When you order a new pair of glasses, inquire about adding a scratch-resistant coating to your lenses.

Protect Your Eyes with Welding Glasses

Welding glasses are important for welders, as welding is rated as the number one cause of eye injuries. UV light from a welding torch has the potential of causing “Welder Flash” or ‘arc eye’. The flash burns welders may experience is like a sunburn in the eye.

Welding glasses have filter lenses with a shade number that provides the appropriate level of protection. A shade number indicates the intensity of light radiation that is allowed to pass through a filter lens to one’s eyes. Therefore, the higher the shade number, the darker the filter and the less light radiation that will pass through the lens.

Flash burns occur when your eyes are exposed to bright UV light. Just as you were to protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses, you should protect your eyes from welders flash with welding glasses, because it can be as if you have a sunburn in the eye. With the right care, you can prevent cornea scratching as well. This is why as a welder it is important to protect your eyes with welding glasses.

Dr. Vakani is committed to protecting his patient’s eyes. A patient of his needed a particular shade of welding glasses, one that could not be purchased at just any home improvement store, by a specific time for an exam they were taking. The patient contacted Dr. Vakani to help. When the supply house said they were not able to deliver the welding glasses, Dr. Vakani took it upon himself to drive 40 minutes in both directions to them the welding glasses up so that his patient could protect his eyes during the exam.

Contact us to learn more about how to protect your eyes with welding glasses today!

At Corktown Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 647-694-7600 or book an appointment online to see one of our Toronto eye doctors.

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