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Eye Wear For Bike Riders

11 Nov

All over the world, bikers are obsessed with their mean machines. If there is anything a serious biker is concerned with besides his bike, it’s his clothing. And a very important part of this apparel, not just from a style point of view, is a pair of sunglasses. For a biker, a great pair of sunglasses is not just about style. In fact, it is a safety and health necessity that must be chosen with extreme care. So what should a biker look for while buying sunglasses? 

Protection: The key element for a biker’s sunglasses is protection. Unlike a car’s driver, a biker is out in the open and is in constant contact with the elements. At the very least, this means harsh UV rays. And depending on weather conditions, it can mean rain, heat and cold. So a biker should always be aware that the primary aim of his sunglasses should be to provide the maximum possible protection from these elements.

 

Build over style: Since sunglasses for a biker are not just a style product but a crucial protective tool too, they must not merely focus on pure aesthetics but must also be strong, sturdy and well-built. Therefore, a biker must always ensure that they are not flimsy and invest a little extra money and sacrifice some style if needed in lieu of a rock solid pair of sunglasses that won’t break under physical pressure from natural elements. 

Comfort: Usually, sunglasses need to be worn by bikers for extended periods of time. It’s one thing to briefly wear sunglasses while out in the sun for a short time and quite another to wear them for a ride that lasts several hours. Hence, the pair that a biker chooses must rest comfortably on the nose and not become a weighty obstruction. Choose comfort and you will be choosing peace of mind. 

Search, search, search: So how does one identify the perfect pair of riding glasses that meet all the aforementioned criterias? Look, look and then look some more. Don’t be swayed by deals or style alone. There are innumerable brands that make specialized riding glasses. So give yourself time, patience and a decent budget. Scan the market threadbare until you find that perfectly stylish, but strong and protective, pair. 

A great idea is to go to a renowned and well stocked optician, such as Lawrence & Mayo, where not only will you see a wide range of choices under one roof, but also interact with seasoned opticians who will be happy to give you expert advice and guidance in your quest to get that super pair of glasses for riding. Choose wisely and ride safely!

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History Of Eye Wear

2 Sep

Eye-wear; many of us use it, rely on it, and unfortunately take for granted. But this vital tool that helps us see the world didn’t just come out of thin air. Its humble beginnings are followed by a rich history. And today, eye-wear represents cutting edge style & technology. 

The beginnings of eye-wear are a bit ambiguous, though there are some beliefs that are largely accepted as accurate truths. The first origins of lenses are attributed to the monks in Italy. These ingenious people set lenses in bone, metal and other materials such as leather, way back in the 1200s. Their design used two magnifying glasses with inverted V-shaped handles that could be balanced on the bridge of the nose, much like modern eye-wear. 

This was followed by many landmarks in the world of eye-wear and its evolution and development has been constant since then. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin came upon his brilliant invention of bifocals that have enabled people with poor vision the convenience of a single pair of glasses for their reading & seeing needs. Franklin was also the champion for the classic round frames, later immortalized by the likes of John Lennon & Mahatma Gandhi. A further and noteworthy development in more modern times was in 1958, which saw the birth of the progressive-multifocal lens.

 

Interestingly, Lawrence & Mayo is a part of eye-wear history. The Lawrence and Mayo families set up operations all over the world, including London, Cairo, Spain, Portugal, the Indian subcontinent, Colombo, Rangoon and Singapore. And in India too, it was as early as 1877, that Lawrence & Mayo made its debut with a showroom in Calcutta. Then by 1925, Lawrence & Mayo, headquartered in New Oxford Street, London, boasted of showrooms in Alexandria, Bombay, Cairo, Calcutta (Kolkata), Delhi, Lucknow, Madras (Chennai), Rangoon and Simla.

 

Today, in their 117th year of operations, the company represents the absolute best in eye-wear, cutting edge designs & technology. It is an homage not only to the rich history of eye-wear, but also a matter of pride for millions of happy customers who can get their eye-wear needs at an optician that is truly a part of the history of eye-wear!

 

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