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March 13, 2019

What Should You Do With Your Old Glasses?

Can I Throw My Old Glasses Away? Are They Recyclable?

Any eye glasses, no matter how beloved, no matter how dependable, can only last for so long. Sooner or later, whether due to style preferences, wear or damage, or your prescription changing, it will be time to get rid of those old frames and start fresh. But what do you do with those old frames – just throw them in the trash?

There are many reasons why that may not seem like the best option. Perhaps you’ve had these frames for a long time and can’t bear to just toss them aside. Or perhaps you have a sense that those old frames could still benefit someone else. Or maybe it just seems wasteful to simply toss them in the bin. What if the style comes back around in twenty years? Fortunately, you actually have a variety of other options for your old glasses.

disposing of old frames

  1. Recycle Them

Just pop out the lenses and drop them in the recycle bin. Metal and plastic glasses frames can typically be recycled as easily as other recyclable materials.

  1. Donate Them

There are many people in need who could benefit from a pair of glasses, and lots of charities who are able to get them to them. You could see if your local thrift store or Goodwill Center takes glasses. If not, try contacting your eye doctor or a local nursing home.

  1. Help Struggling Countries

Contact Visions Aid Overseas, a charity that sends optometrists to developing countries to help people in these companies with much needed eye care. They can always use more glasses and should be more than happy to take your old frames off your hands.

  1. Take Them to Wal-Mart

Lions Club International, well-known for their Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program, has entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart, allowing you to bring your glasses directly to select Wal-Marts and Sam’s Club locations. From there, they are shipped to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers for sorting, cleaning, processing, and sending to various Lions optical missions for distribution to both children and adults at no cost. Why not see if there is a program at a Wal-Mart near you?

  1. Craft Them

If you’re the artistic type, why not integrate your glasses into your next work of art? Old glasses can be part of a sculpture, a mobile, even a sock puppet. If these particular glasses have been a part of your wardrobe for a long time, crafting with them can be a great way to keep them in your life as you recognize their importance to you while moving on to new frames. Alternatively, you could give them to a young person in your life to craft with.

  1. Hand Those Eyeglass Frames Down

Perhaps there’s someone in your family who has a similar prescription, or you’re getting rid of magnifying reading glasses that anyone can use. See if there’s anyone in your family or neighborhood who can use them before you just throw them away.

Replacing Your Old Frames With Stylish New Ones

Once you’ve gotten rid of those old glasses, you’ll need great new frames to replace them. If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, you’ll find a fantastic selection of contemporary designer frames at Beaumont Vision.

We can provide you with a thorough eye exam from qualified professionals and help you pick out the perfect pair of beautiful frames for your lenses. Come visit us at 4331 NE Fremont St. or call us to schedule an appointment at 503-331-3937 now!

February 27, 2019

Trending Eyeglass Styles in 2019

What’s Popular in Frames and Eyewear Style This Year?

Your eyeglasses are more than just a way to help you see better; in many ways and perhaps just as important to you, they are also a fashion accessory. There’s a reason that celebrities and generally stylish people everywhere often wear glasses, even when they don’t need to.

2019 trending glasses

If you are one of the lucky people who has an excuse to wear glasses all the time, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of the prevailing fashion trends by choosing frames that will really enhance your look and personal style. Of course, to do that, you’ll have to know what eyeglass styles are trending in 2019. Here are some hints to get you started.

  1. Clear Frame Glasses

Transparent frames always seem to be making a comeback, and 2019 brings them around again. Fashion designers love the clear plastic frame and the understated way in which it highlights the face without overpowering it. Many designers are creating white and clear plastic fashion accessories of late, and frames like these are the perfect complement.

  1. Millennial Dusted Pink Glasses

The Millennials generation is shaping eyewear trends for the world, so you can’t go wrong by following their lead. Dusted pink is not for everyone, but this neutral hue is poised to be the next hot color in 2019. Pair it with one of the retro-chic frame styles popular with Millennials, like thick-rimmed glasses or cat-eye frames, and you’ve got eyewear that’s sure to make people take notice.

  1. Tortoiseshell Glasses

You may remember tortoiseshell glasses from your youth and are wondering how they could possibly be considered hip and trendy in 2019. If you’re saying that, it’s likely because you haven’t seen the variety of tortoiseshell color options available today – well beyond the standard brown-black combinations that you may remember.

With today’s contemporary tortoiseshell, it’s all about the pattern, and you have a great opportunity to find a color combination that really highlights your personal style.

  1. Leopard Print Glasses

A variation on the classic tortoiseshell, leopard print glasses are a bold choice but one that highlights a unique sense of style in a different way. People are wearing leopard print on everything these days, from blouses to pants to accessories, and the appearance of leopard print glasses as a style choice was inevitable. Are they right for you?

  1. Gold Metal Frame Glasses

Yes, gold metal frame glasses are still in style, and there are so many differently shaped options that it’s easy to find a way to show off your precious metal love. From the classic gold metal navigators to small round metal frames, you’re sure to find a way to wear gold well and get people talking.

Ready to Chart Your Own Style Course?

If none of the above choices are piquing your interest, fear not. Young or older, there are plenty of other great style options available to you that can have you rocking your lenses in 2019. At Beaumont Vision, we have a wide range of high-fashion eyewear options, including designer frames, classic styles and the most on-trend modern selections.

Our eyewear experts can walk you through all the options and help you find the frames that are right for you, whether you prefer a more understated look, you really want to turn heads with your eyeglasses, or just want frames that match your general style.

It all starts with a quality eye examination, which our skilled optometrists are happy to provide. We’ll get an accurate prescription and then find you glasses that you’re sure to love. To get started, give us a call at 503-331-3937 today!

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