laser eye surgery
In the past, the sole option for those suffering from astigmatism, long sightedness or short sightedness was to wear contact lenses or glasses. This doesn’t necessarily mean The End of The World (come on, have you seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt in glasses?), but the need to wear glasses often comes with a bit of sartorial annoyance.

At the end of the day, if one of us with less-than-stellar sight wants to do something as simple as watch a movie, read a book or drive, there is no choice but to pull out the specs or lenses. Although extremely helpful, such aids are seen as a nuisance at times – especially if you misplace your glasses prior to a trip on the road or forget to order your monthly supply of contact lenses (not an uncommon as you would think!).

Today there is a new sight corrective solution on the market and one that can banish the need for both glasses and contact lenses. The solution is laser eye surgery and over the last 20 years it has become an extremely common surgical procedure. Companies such as Optimax offer an alternative to standard optical aids and one that offers a long term solution to those with poor eyesight.

Freedom from contact lenses and glasses

One of the main advantages of laser eye surgery is that it offers long-term freedom from glasses. If you have a special event – an end of year ball, a birthday party, graduation, wedding, et al – the last thing you want to wear with your outfit is a pair of glasses. No matter how stylish they are.

Glasses can also be an annoyingly additional expense and if you wish to invest in designer frames, you will probably be looking at a wallet-emptying bill. Laser eye surgery can be a cost-effective alternative to buying new frames every time your personal style or trends call for it. The procedure allows those that undergo the surgery to dress the part for less.

Your confidence improved

Many studies show that those of us who wear glasses or contact lenses are more likely to feel less confident. It often comes down to being unable to partake in certain activities for fear of not looking the part, or worrying about your eyes becoming overly dry through excessive wear of contact lenses.

Undergoing laser eye surgery will allow anyone to regain this confidence as well as enabling you to pursue a variety of career options that require impeccable vision (the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, to name but a few).

Even those of you that have grown to love throwing on your glasses from time to time will benefit from all-day perfect vision. After all, those of us with perfect vision are known to throw on a pair of unlensed specs from time to time (ahem, I’m a fashion victim, ahem).

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leighton meester katy perry glasses
Glasses, the versions of the non-sun variety, are one of the most disputed accessories around. When I was in school (primary…secondary…high school) I remember glasses being about as cool as a neck brace. Contact lenses were snapped up as fast as a kid’s parents would allow it.

Even as I wandered into adulthood with my peers, many of my friends with poor eyesight refused to throw on a pair of specs unless they were running late for something or were in the privacy of their own home.

In one respect, I get it. I have never seen an actress rock up to a red carpet in a ball gown and bifocals. Nor have I ever styled or done make-up a shoot that allowed a model to wear glasses. There’s a beauty standard of sorts.

At the same time, I think glasses can be really beautiful. Whether it’s because they are channeling the ‘sexy secretary’, geek chic, or a retro cat eye, when glasses are used with purpose it is always done to make a statement. They are a rather definitive fashion accessory.

Take Leighton Meester and Katy Perry (above). On the left we have Leighton, a beautiful actress that has a career which calls for contacts, yet she sticks to her specs off-screen. On the right we have Katy (with perfect eyesight) and a faux vintage pair that pulls her entire look together. I wouldn’t be able to think of a single person who could say that either of these ladies look less than lovely, and the glasses are the focus of each of their looks.

Whether you need them for your eyesight or wear them as a style right, I think it is safe to say that spending a day in glasses once in a while no longer comes as a taboo.

glasses contacts
For as long as I can remember, I have loved glasses. Though sunglasses have a je nais sais quoi all of their own, eyeglasses are something special. They are a fashion statement, and a sophisticated one at that. When I was younger, I always came away from my eye appointments upset – I never had poor enough sight to warrant the gorgeous pair of Gucci’s in the waiting room.. (Woe is me!)

Although the right pair of glasses can look goooood, contact lenses are a fantastic alternative. When researching the topic, I found that the majority of people who actually need help with their sight – as opposed to those who wear glasses as a fashion accessory – prefer contact lenses over glasses. Aside from numerous practical benefits, most people just do not like how they look in a pair of specs.

As someone who loves glasses, I began to wonder why the majority of people choose not to wear them. In an empathetic way, I get it; glasses obstruct a person’s face whereas contact lenses are undetectable. Someone might feel like they are covering their eyes, which are arguably a person’s most important feature. Eyes should be emphasised and celebrated, not necessarily ‘hidden’ behind glasses.

From a beauty perspective, contacts also take the prize. Not only is the freedom to experiment with eye looks a beauty bonus, but I expect many women would also find the actual application of make-up difficult in glasses. To put it simply: you can’t lengthen your lashes or line your eyes from behind a wall of glass and removing your glasses could render a person incapable of seeing what they are doing clearly.
For those special occasions when you want to make an entrance (not for walking through the door with fogged up glasses or lenses covered in raindrops) contact lenses give you the chance for some added sophistication, even if it is a one off.

Ultimately, when it comes to the fashion stakes (that’s why we’re all here, right?) it would be unfair to say you couldn’t make a statement in lenses. Coloured contact lenses may not be vintage-shaped or able to be embellished, but they do enhance the eyes even further and offer the option of brightening your existing colour or changing your eye colour completely.

As a fashion battle, this one is always going to be a case of wanting what we don’t have. I will be looking at the square frames while my specs-wearing Manfriend is making contact lens wishlists. Both get a thumbs up from me.

Lady Gaga in Bad Romance

Lady Gaga is a style icon, and sometimes in the worst ways. We’ve all seen the overweight party girls trying to pull off her revealing bodysuits and lifelong flat-wearers delving into the world of mega-platforms under her fashionable influence. It’s never a pretty sight. Sight being the key word of her latest fashion accusations.

FDA Spokeswoman Karen Riley is accusing Gaga of starting the trend of circle contacts (featured in the music video for Bad Romance). The risk run from these lenses is legitimate as poor-fitting lenses can cut off oxygen to your eyes and cause blindness in the most extreme cases.

Gaga is certainly not to blame, however. The asian community in particular have been obsessed with these contacts for years as you can see on websites like Lens Circle. If you’re wanting a long-term version, I would recommend speaking to an optician. A $20-30 dollar deal will never be worth permanent damage to your eyes.