Are ClipOns and Fits Overs getting Bigger? / Over-the-glass sunglasses growing in size

big cliponsGood question! Yes. One reason is our heads are getting bigger! Recent forensic research suggests that the heads of Americans are growing. National Geographic recently reported the discovery that skulls of white Americans have significantly increased in size since 1825. Biological Anthropologist Richard Jantz, from the University of Tennessee, measured hundreds of skulls of Caucasian Americans born between 1825 and 1985. His findings suggest that the typical American head has grown by about a third of an inch (8 mm) over the last 160 years. This translates to about a tennis ball’s worth of new brain space.
Why are our heads getting bigger? “The varieties of changes that have swept American life make determining an exact cause an endlessly complicated proposition,” said Lee Jantz.
“It likely results from modified growth patterns because of better nutrition, lower infant and maternal mortality, less physical work, and a breakdown of former ethnic barriers to marriage. Which of these is paramount we do not know.”
Another reason is prescription eyewear trends. It wasn’t too long ago that long skinny oval and rectangular eyeglasses were all the rage. Today, we’re seeing a return of the Wayfarers – big, thick eyeglasses reminiscent of Buddy Holly.

Big, chunky geeky-chic glasses have been extremely popular in the eyeglass world lately. We’re seeing a lot of plastic oversized, rectangular (almost square) and cat eye frames with adornments and textures.
Of course, bigger heads and changing eyeglass trends posed a challenge for our “Fits over” and ClipOn engineers but not one that they couldn’t overcome. The newest Solar Shield “fits overs and ClipOns, like the Rec F and Rec G ClipOns, are the result of hours measuring and examining the most popular eyeglass frames in the market today and engineering clip-ons and ‘fits over’ sunglasses that fit perfectly. So if you just came back from the optometrist with a new pair of eyeglasses, check the nearest retailer or drug store and look for the Solar Shield display. Chances are you’ll find a ClipOn that is the ideal match.

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