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14/06/2017

If small glasses are back in vogue

 

If small glasses are back in vogue, RIP my peripheral vision

Be alert, but not alarmed, visually-impaired women: tiny glasses frames may - may! - be making a comeback.

It's okay. Put the baseball bat down. There is no need to loot every Specsavers within a 10km radius for their chunky frames lest yours break in the next decade (by which time something else will - hopefully - be the "in" style). We do not know if those tiny, wire, frankly pretty useless frames are necessarily back in vogue.

Although it would certainly fit into the whole "everything 2002 is new again" aesthetic the fashion world is pulling our legs with.

And Jezebel just published an article titled, "Tiny Glasses Are Our Past and Our Future, and One Day You Will Have To Submit To Them".

Oh, and Gigi Hadid is doing it.

Oh no. It's true. We're doomed.

Goodbye peripheral vision, my neck thanks you for your service.

While small-framed glasses might be fun for the fashion crowd, they are not a particularly great solution for those who rely on glasses to, you know, see with.

(An aside: could you imagine if other physical aids were susceptible to fashion trends like glasses are? What if Prada could decide that the "cool" hearing aids needed to have spikes out the side?)

Optometrist Andrew Kotsis is the professional development officer at Optometry Australia, and owns eyeclarity, in Emporium Melbourne. He says there are things glasses wearers must consider before setting their fashionable hearts on tiny frames.

"It wouldn't be desirable for a person with a large or wide head to be wearing a small sized frame," he says. "This is likely to create a 'closed in' look as well as pressure points/discomfort where the frame temples contact the sides of the head."

There are further logistical issues with certain prescriptions.

"If a frame is too small it may not be suitable for an individual who has their eyes (or pupil distance) set quite far apart," he says.

"Similarly, a frame too narrow in the vertical meridian may not be suitable for people prescribed bifocal or multifocal/progressive lenses – the risk is that there would be not enough area within the lens dedicated to reading or near vision tasks (as this zone is located at the bottom of these types of lenses)."

And, Kotsis says, too-small frames will "certainly" impact on a person's peripheral vision.

If I can give you any consolation with this bleak revelation it is that we at least have some time. The small-framed contagion appears to currently reveal itself primarily in sunglasses form, and overwhelmingly within the Jenner-Hadid faction of the It crowd.

In fact, the overwhelmingly bespectacled models going down the runway at the Gucci Cruise 2018 show last month were all in larger frames.

So, we've got at least a year to figure out a solution to this "trend".

Even if that solution is just turning our out-of-focus noses up at these pithy little frames and wearing our practical, thick plastic ones until they become cool again.

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