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APR 2016

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VISIONCAREPRODUCTS.COM VCPN APRIL 2016 // 59 F & E would come along and that it would be such a phenomenon? Now I'm brand- ed with these glasses! I keep thinking about making a change and eventually, I will. VCPN: What about a crystal frame? Gunn: I could see myself in a crystal frame—it's similar to the rimless. In a manner of speaking, it goes away. VCPN: What helped you decide to try Transitions lenses? Gunn: I had been firting with get- ting Transitions lenses for easily a decade and I just didn't take the leap. When the Transitions Optical people approached me, I'll be really blunt – I didn't know whether or not I would like them. So I said, 'Look, I'm so happy that you contacted me. You've given me this nudge because I needed to do something about this.' I thanked them for the offer, but I paid for the [lenses], because if I didn't like them, I didn't want to feel obligated. VCPN: What happened once you started wearing them? Gunn: I had a kind of epiphany about how enhanced my experience is navi- gating the world. I know it sounds rather dramatic, but I couldn't believe the difference. The true seamlessness of the transitions from light spaces to dark spaces–it's phenomenal. In fact, the only other time I've had that kind of epiphany about eyewear was when I was nine, when I frst got glasses and I realized, good heavens, there are indi- vidual leaves on the trees! VCPN: Prior to wearing Transitions, did you used to change into Rx sun- glasses to go outside? Gunn: I did and it was a big pain. Where do you put them? I can't begin to tell you how many pairs I've lost and Emmy-award winning co-host and mentor of Project Runway, New York Times best-selling author and long- time eyeglass wearer Tim Gunn has been the brand ambassador for Tran- sitions Optical since May of last year. His signature rimless lenses give him a neutral look that allows his wardrobe choices to shine through. Gunn, whose well-known phrase "make it work" has been uttered by fashionistas for more than a decade, spoke to VCPN about how wearing Transitions lenses saved him from los- ing countless pairs of sunglasses, the best news he recently received from his eye doctor and how opticians can help perform "make betters" with their pa- tients. VCPN: How would you describe your personal eyewear style over the years? Tim Gunn: For the most part, I've worn different tortoise frames, ba- sically horn rims. The shape would change—sometimes they would be rectangular or round. Then when I took over the fashion department at Parsons in 2000, I thought I needed to disappear, style-wise. I needed to be extremely neutral. I started wear- ing black turtlenecks and black khakis, and I got these frameless glasses. I was happy with the look—basically it was a no-look. Then who knew that Project Runway it was a serious inconvenience. I think it is for most people. My eye doctor said to me, 'I don't want you walking around outside without sunglasses on.' I never thought of [wearing sunglass- es] as being a medical issue, but it is. VCPN: Can you share the status of your macular degeneration? Gunn: I have it in my right eye. I just saw my eye doctor last week and he said that the macular degeneration has actually arrested. He said it hasn't altered at all in the last year, and this is my frst annual visit to him when that has been the case. VCPN: How do you think opticians can help their patients fnd the perfect pair of eyewear? Gunn: You need to consider the shape of the individual's face relative to the eyeglasses, and you're looking for something that is opposite. Other than that, I think it's a matter of per- sonal taste on the part of the wearer. But there are so many people who have diffculty looking at themselves in the mirror and see what we see. I go through this with clothes when I'm working with people—I don't call them makeovers, I call them 'make bet- ters.' That's where professionals in this industry can really help customers see themselves. The TV Tastemaker

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