Do I Really Need All That?

If it is has been a few years since you last purchased a new pair of glasses and it’s time for a new pair, it can be a little overwhelming.  First and foremost your new frame has to look great and be made of high quality acetate or titanium (especially if you intend to wear your glasses for more than two years). Vizio Optic can certainly help you find your new favorite frame.  In store or online we are able to fit you with the perfect pair.

Once you have chosen your new favorite pair of glasses you must now focus on your prescription lenses.  It is very common and understandable that having spent a considerable amount of money on a new frame to ask “do I really need all that” for my prescription lenses? You may feel that all the little extras are not really necessary and may opt out of choosing certain lens treatments without realizing what you are missing. Here are the top two key lens treatments available and the benefits of each.

Anti Reflective Treatment (AR).  This treatment reduces glare from outside light sources and is helpful for extended computer use and night driving.  AR also allows those looking at you to see your eyes instead of balls of dancing light in your lenses. Premium AR treatments have evolved to include anti-scratch, and additional UV protection all in one.  I wear my glasses full time and for me, I must have it and strongly recommend it to all eyeglass wearers.

I reRobin Wright glasses in House of Cardsalize that some may fear getting stuck with an older AR treatment that smudges and peels away over the years but fear not.  Premium AR treatments are embedded into the lens and can not peel off.  They are also easier to keep clean being hydro and oleophobic.

As an Optician, it also is a tiny pet-peeve of mine to see celebrities wearing amazing eyeglasses and not having AR on their lenses. When the spotlight hits and the camera flashes are flickering, it takes away from the overall look and I can’t see their eyes. Very distracting.  (See what I mean in the Robin Wright photo to the right?)

One of the premium AR treatments we recommend is CRIZAL No-Glare lenses

Transitions. Another treatment option that can be added to prescription lenses,  Transitions® adaptive lenses turn optical glasses into photochromic sunglasses with activation of UV light. The following information will help you decide if any of the three Transitions lens types are right for you:

Transitions Signature (clear lens will activate in UV light, but not behind the windshield of your car),

Transitions Vantage (clear lens that will turn into Polarized coverage with UV light exposure, does not work behind the car windshield ), and

Transitions XTRActive (clear lens that will activate in UV light including behind the windshield of your car).

I’m a sunglass girl, however, Transitions are a great option if you do not want to juggle multiple pairs of glasses but know that your eyes are being fully protected at all times. Children who wear glasses full time greatly benefit from Transitions.

It is always a good idea to ask your Optician questions about the prescription lens treatments available to you each time you update your eyeglass frames.  There are always new and improved treatments that are worth consideration for your new prescription lenses. After all, if you are making an investment in a beautiful handcrafted frame, your lenses should be just as shiny and your vision should not be compromised.  


Erin Stiles

Licensed Optician, Vizio Optic

Vintage Eyewear in Our Modern World


You may be noticing the upward trend in vintage eyewear.  It has been on the rise for years now. In a world that is so driven by technology, automation, and the depersonalization of so many areas of our lives, to me, it is refreshing and even comforting to see vintage eyewear become so fashionable.  I do not think I could pull off a pair of Google Smart Glasses (amazing as they are).

In the beginning of this trend, some people were worried to see the revival of such vintage styles. In some people’s faces, you could see the years flash back past them as they relived the jokes and teasing they received during their awkward youth.  It is in the opinion of some that the relevant styles of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s (and 80’s for that matter) were the very catalyst to one’s overall perception of themselves and the way they were viewed by others.   The great news is that in today’s modern world these vintage eyeglass styles are sought after by all ages and are no longer viewed as an article that stereotypes a person. “Geek glasses” have turned “Chic”, and Cat Eye glasses once stereotypical of the sheepishly shy yet stern librarian, has now turned sexy.Etnia Vintage Collection Florentin Eyeglass Frames

Although it would be sentimental to go back and rummage through our parents and grandparents trunks in search for such such vintage gems, there is no need to. One of my favorite Fashion Eyewear Brands Etnia Barcelona has created a Vintage Line of eyewear that accurately recreates all the greatest Vintage looks with color and frame shape. Etnia Barcelona has modernized vintage eyeglasses and sunglasses by incorporating true to the era color combinations of tortoise, with their own reputable colors that are featured throughout their original line of eyewear.  The Etnia Barcelona colors, although known to be bright are brilliantly added to their Vintage line as accents or splashes of color that really set this line apart from all the others.  

Etnia Malasana Sun

Etnia’s Vintage line has been inspired by seven historic neighborhoods (Malasaña – Madrid, Shoreditch – London, Kreuzberg – Berlin, Mission District – S.F. Williamsburg & Montauk – New York, Fitzroy – Melbourne, Florentin – Tel Aviv).  Each of theses neighborhoods are well known for a certain style, vibe, and culture that to this day is still present.  I love that Etnia is celebrating these neighborhoods, cultures and arts by perfectly blending classic style with modern visions without compromise.

The acetate frames are made of cotton fibers which are skillfully manufactured in Italy. The sunglass lenses that are used in Etnia’s VintaEtnia Mission Clip-On Sunglassesge  frames are mineral lenses.  Mineral lenses emerged in the 1970’s from manufactures in Barberini, Italy. These lenses are also available in clip-on options for select Vintage optical styles.

For more information about Etnia’s Vintage Eyewear Collection visit their online Lookbookand Vizio Optic’s website for Etnia Vintage Eyeglasses and Etnia Vintage Sunglasses


Bravo Etnia!  Thank you for your fashionable Vintage line that is fun and easy to wear in a modern world growing faster and faster into a futuristic world much like that of the “Jetsons”.


Erin Stiles,


Vizio Optic

Circle Gets the Square

It is always so interesting to meet new clients and learn about the eyewear styles that they are looking for.  It is not uncommon for one to not know exactly what they want, however, one can be very quick to dismiss the round frames right off the bat, while others only want the roundies. I have been told, “I do NOT want to look like Harry Potter”. I have also been told “ I want to look like John Lennon”.  No matter what square you might fit into, circle gets the square in this year’s upcoming world of eyewear fashion.

Brands like WOOW have brought classic round eyeglass styles back into the rotation of what was old is new again. Check out WOOW All Right 6 c 90. I am partial to this frame as I own it and wear it. I love the gold and brown tortoise rim and temples with the gold accent bridge and hinges.  WOOW eyewear has cute names that are noted on the temple ends which contributes to the overall fun feel to the frame.

Keep Cool 1 in Satin Turquoise is another fun example created by WOOW. This colorful, round eyeglass frame adds a little sass to this style keeping it modern and lively.  How can you not smile while wearing this frame?


I have not forgotten about my frame fans who might want to revisit round frames but are not quite ready to plunge into the  new bold and colorful styles just yet. I know there are those who want frames on your face, not in your face.  Let’s take a look at LUNOR. Lunor is a luxury eyewear line made in Germany.  Lunor makes both rimless and acetanium frames that always radiate classic, timeless, elegant style and sophistication. Here is Steve Jobs wearing Lunor Classic Rund (Round).

                                                                                                                             photo ©  Apple, Inc.

Lester Holt of NBC Evening News also wears Lunor 226 in Matte Tortoise. Very classy.

                                                                                                                                             photo ©  NBC, Inc.

Round eyeglass frames are also taking over the fashion world of sunglasses. Brands like Oliver Goldsmith never let this style go. Take a look at Oliver Goldsmith Oops! (1973)

Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses are all original molds used and created by Oliver Goldsmith in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  His fashion eyewear was worn by all of the most noteworthy and glamorous celebrities of this time. He named many of his frames after the icons who wore them.  Most publicised is the Oliver Goldsmith Audrey 1963 frame. Named after Audrey Hepburn.


 Coming back around full circle you can see that there really are many different ways to work round eyeglass styles into your own personal wardrobe. Have fun finding your way out of the square and into the round. Visit to explore other great designer frames and round eyeglass and sunglass styles.


Erin Stiles, Licensed Optician


Out with the Old, in with the Blue!

Out with the Old, in with the Blue!

Cheers to 2016! Let’s make a New Year’s Resolution that is actually going to be fun to stick to. It seems pretty normal to clean out our closets to get rid of the old to make room for the new. In doing so we are keeping up with the most up to date clothing styles, accessories and shoes!  Updating our wardrobe is fun, and makes us feel good. However, let’s not forget to include new and fashionable eyewear into our look for 2016.

A new pair of glasses and sunglasses is the perfect  way to complete your new look from head to toe. Thankfully, still trending in fashion eyewear is the color blue. I consider blue to be the new black. One of my favorite designers, Robert Marc has been incorporating various shades of blue into his collection for years.  Robert Marc 2015 Fall/Winter Collection was inspired by American Abstract painters. These beautiful acetanium frames showcase a pallet of blues including, Teal-Azure, Nightfall-Mulberry, and Cobalt-Raw Sienna.

Jumping right into 2016 Robert Marc has not disappointed us.  Robert Marc 2016 Resort Collection continues to feature bright, yet very compatible shades of blue that will complement any wardrobe while enhancing your beautiful eyes.

Robert Marc’s inspiration for this collection happens to be Palm Beach. Just visualizing the beautiful blues of Palm Beach makes me think I need this color in my life. This is Robert Marc’s representation. Take a look at  Mar-a-Lago and Breakers Blue.

What do you say?  Can we get out with old and in with the blue? For additional inspiration visit where you can see just how many luxury eyeglass  brands are making room for blue acetanium frames. See you there.

Erin Stiles

Licensed Optician, Vizio Optic

Designer Eyeglass Frames are More Than Meets the Eye

Here we go! Let’s talk about what makes high end designer eyeglass frames so special. Eyeglass frames have transformed over the years into more than just the three basic types of frames (Plastic/Zyl, Wire/Metal, and Rimless/Drilled). Every designer brand of eye wear has a story and technology behind them to make their frames extra special for you. Designer frames have added new materials into the mix leaving them more durable, comfortable, hypoallergenic, and of course more fashion forward. Here are some of my favorite designer brands that have changed the world of eye wear for all of us.
Did you know that Prodesign has created select frame styles that are biodegradable? They have the appearance of natural wood and are lightly textured. They are stylish and eco-friendly. MYKITA is another innovative designer brand of eye wear that has added the Mykita Mylon collection to their already high-tech and fashionable design. In addition to Mykita’s original collection of hand assembled, stainless steel, light weight frames that have no screws, the Mylon collection uses laser sintering, geometrical configuration, and polyamide powder to create a colorful and 3D looking frame. They are eyeglass frames of the future.

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Lindberg eye wear takes minimal, rimless and lightweight frames to a level of superior quality and design. Lindberg eye wear offers a wide range of lens shapes ranging from classic to a little bit edgy. The frame supporting can be customized to your specific likings with colors that are true to the titanium and not painted on. As the Lindberg collection has grown it has incorporated lightly framed face fronts made of acetate and titanium. This entire collection has given new meaning and excitement for all those who want to wear a minimal frame and still grab the attention of admirers passing by.