Fashion and the Optical Industry: For many years, human beings have lived on earth reading, writing and engaged in business correctly without the assistance of eyeglasses. Now, the story is different. The ageing populations across the world has increased and young adults are also found wanting when reading and writing. People are now wearing lenses as they have different genetic conditions to poor eyesight. In one of Africa’s populated countries Nigeria, close to 90 million people is now believed to need corrective eyewear. An estimated 2.5 billion people in India, Africa, and China needed glasses in 2018. Historically, the eyeglass industry of the 20th century transformed the industry into a statement of grand and glamour. The optometry profession on measuring vision was officially born around 1900. Soon, laws and regulations were passed to control prescriptions and sales points. During this time, several eyewear brands appeared. Some of them were fake outfits that doled out broken and faulty eyeglasses.

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The genuine ones popped up from nowhere quickly conquered the market and improved the standard. Most people wear glasses at some point in their lives. In fact, most people, especially aging adults, need corrective lenses that are clearly visible. The young adults simply like the luxury/fashion part of it. The fashion and optical industries are now considered as seamless integration. Eyeglasses now come in various shapes and sizes, especially fashionable ones. They come with a special elegance. On the other side, others have different opinions about glasses. Of course, you can not begrudge people who do not fall into these glasses. They feel uneasy when people fixedly stare at them. Their instincts make them feel appalling and insecure even after being praised by friends and colleagues. Therefore, they hate glasses. But this does not dispute the fact that bespoke eyeglasses are the latest trends now. They are the next luxury trend in the world.

Fashion and the Optical Industry
Optometrist is looking at the camera in glasses store. Professional young worker woman.

Fashion and the Optical Industry

Bespoke glasses are growing very fast as World superstars and celebrities are increasingly patronising bespoke-made spectacles. At the just ended Grammy Awards 2019, several celebrities including, managers and patrons were banged on in bespoke frames. And it was beautiful seeing them in different shapes, colours and sizes.

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Englishman Tom Davies who is the founder of the reputable bespoke eyewear firm, Tom Davies Bespoke Opticians went through the mud before getting the recognition needed. This is because there was great competition at the time. They were part of the brands that came into the system to create awareness and raised the standards of the eyewear industry. Besides Tom Davies (TD) Bespoke, the likes of Chanel, Cartier, Specsavers, Ray-Ban, Vision Express and Boots are all prestigious eyewear brand worldwide now. Essilor, a French multinational company occupies almost half of the world’s spectacle lenses. Over the past 20 years, they have acquired more than 240 other companies.

Fashion and the Optical Industry Essilor together with Luxottica played an important and familiar role in the lives of tons of people. A lot of people have used their products to drive cars, read well, type text messages and ride a plane. Essilor is just about launching a program called the “Next Generation Consumers” in developing countries. This is a step towards helping the masses in developing countries who are not wearing glasses. Reliable report reveals that the topic will be “The Uncorrected”. Thanks to their high standards, quality and brand reputation. EU and US regulators have allowed these two major optical companies, Essilor and Luxottica, to form a single corporation. Currently, Essilor (“Big E”) as some opticians call them, accounts for almost half of the prescription lens market, whilst Luxottica accounts for more than 25% of the records.

Fashion and the Optical Industry
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In about 700 years down the line of the spectacle or eyeglass industry, there has never been such a big merger. After this important merge, the new entity will be worth about $50bn. And they are bound to sell billions of lenses and frames every year. For the past 10 years, patronage of sunglasses (ie. fashion, everyday use and medicinal) have soared into new heights by a great percentage. The turnover every year is simply overwhelming. But ophthalmologists have warned that for one to be sure of wearing the best and quality sunglasses, one should visit an eye clinic for detailed measurements around the head, ears, and nose. Then the expert will develop the chosen frame, whether luxurious or medicinal, depending on the unique features and shape of the face. This regular course is very necessary regardless of fashion and vice versa. For instance, special glasses conveniently fall on the face, because they take into account all the details before they go beyond the final product. All of them are decorated in different ways, so it’s best to look at the optics before you tune to get your glasses. The optometrist makes the official measurement before considering your “virtual image”. Unfortunately, many worse glasses with strange shapes and sizes have been put on the market. But this does not contradict the fact that bespoke are the latest trend in the world of glasses. Numerous eyewear brands of points in the system were removed from the shelves due to fierce competition in the market. By the way, the glasses industry still makes a difference.

In the midst of all these, many have questioned why people still wear dark spectacles even when the radiation of the sun is gone to sleep. The fact is, spectacles are worn to protect the eyes from damaging our ultraviolet (UV) rays. They equally help prevent future medical conditions. Sunglasses are a key tool to preventing the early onset of cataracts and the development of macular degeneration, both of which can impair your vision and affect your quality of life. Then again, a number of Ophthalmologists have supported the wearing of sunglasses at any time irrespective of the fashion sense or medicinal attribute at any time of the day. Others have the accession that, the sunglasses are for protection in various ways, so it doesn’t matter when you wear them. Getting a visual aid is vital to humans because the visual sense is very sensitive.

About the Author

Osei Agyemang is a calm, passionate and creative writer. He is an expert in composing interesting and innovative contents. He is also an addicted travel enthusiast who likes to visit interesting places in his country and the world. Additionally, Osei is an award-winning national artist and an entrepreneur who studied Journalism and Global English Language at University of Strathclyde and  the University of Glasgow respectively.

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