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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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Frame For Your Face Type

24 Aug

Frames… If chosen correctly, spectacle frames or sunglasses frames can really add to the wearer’s personality, and go beyond the utilitarian purposes they serve. But to get one’s spectacle or dark-glasses frames to become an extension of one’s personality and serve as a fashion accessory, one needs to pick the right frame, for one’s face type. How does one do that? 

There are seven basic face types, and here is how to pick, for each of these face types: 

  1. Oval – Perhaps the most common face type, characterized by a rounded chin and forehead, lends itself to the maximum number of frame styles. This is the most versatile face-type, and most any kind of frame, suits it.


  2. Rectangular – Then there is the long face characterized by a squarish chin. It can need some visual balance and hence, the best route to take is large square frames, that makes the often long nose, seem more congruent & proportional

  3. Triangle – People with broad face-tops that taper into a narrow rounded chin can do with some balance too. Best bet, to small size square or round frames that will visually reduce the top width of the face

  4. Square – The square face is typically one that has a broad forehead and square chin, with a pronounced jaw line. It can be softened by using oval & round shape frames


  5. Diamond – Narrow forehead and chin, but wide cheekbones, is typically the classic Diamond shaped face type. This means that the narrow parts need to be underscored, which is best accomplished with wider, big size frames

  6. Round – A round face something people often struggle with. But help is at hand, and to lend the face some shape and break the round form, angular, rectangle, wide frames work the best


  7. Pyramid – Finally, the pyramid shape face that is narrow on top, but wide at the chin. To provide definition to the forehead and eyes portions, the best bet is ornate frames in funky colors and designs.

 It’s a fascinating world of frames & the choices at a quality optician like Lawrence & Mayo, is the best solution to finding that perfect frame, for your face!


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