Behind The Shades

4 Reasons the RAD Aviator is a Must-Have for Your Collection

Have you had a hard time finding the right pair of sunglasses that fit your face and are also flattering? Do you want a pair of frames that are unique, but don’t fall too far outside of your comfort zone with crazy shapes that are so novel that you can only wear them at specific times. Do you want frames that tell a story and fit your unique, personal style?

Our customers love this frame, which is our take on an aviator, with metal accents and limitless design possibilities.

There are many reasons you need the RiseAD custom Aviator in your life, but let’s start with the Top 4:

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There are many reasons to wear sunglasses, but the number one thing that concerns wearers most is UV eye exposure. 

Here are 3 types of sunglasses lenses that protect eyes from UV exposure.

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Health & WellnessPhoto by Isra E


While women’s health can be impacted by numerous adverse conditions such as uterine fibroids, breast and ovarian cancer, menopause, and other “female conditions, it's actually heart disease that kills more women than all of the cancers put together!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths. It is the supreme culprit that’s cutting down our lifespan. 

We are supposed to outlive the men…aren’t we?  So why are so many of us dying from heart disease? 

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Thelonious Monk Underground

I sat down for a conversation with visual artist and world- renowned Jazz Trombonist Dick Griffin to discuss the inspiration behind his Underground Monk painting during the birth month of legendary American jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk.

Griffin first met Thelonious Monk while playing at the Village Vanguard in NYC with Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He explains this as the same time that Monk was recording his Underground album with his band, which included Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums.

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RiseAD Digital Eye Strain CVS

According to the American Optometric Association, the average American worker spends 7 hours a day on the computer, either in the office or working from home.

Does this sound familiar? After spending a large portion of your time looking intently into your computer screen or third screen, you start rubbing your eyes or even start to have headaches and blurred vision.

During this unprecedented time, how many of you wake up looking at your phone or computer to read the latest news updates?

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Departure by Richard Mayhew

When I walked into Swann Galleries I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia. This feeling was one of familiarity with the art from the Africa Diaspora, which filled every wall and space in the room; as well as a familiarity with the previous owners of this beautiful collection. The collection was formerly owned by the powerhouse family-owned Johnson Publishing Company that was founded in 1942 by husband and wife team John H. Johnson and Eunice W. Johnson.

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In a doctor's office, one of the first questions asked is family medical history. Why is this important to an eye exam? Did you not just come in for a quick update of your glasses & contact lenses prescriptions? Don't rush past the most important part of your exam: a dilation.

Many eye diseases are genetically linked. Currently 520,000 African Americans have glaucoma in the United States. Glaucoma is a painless disease, that if not caught early, can be a swift thief of sight. Diabetes runs in families as well. This

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Glaucoma awareness month.

What is glaucoma? It is an irregularity of the optic nerve, that if gone untreated, and can lead to permanent blindness.

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Artist Danny Aron "DVNNY"

Although a young artist, when you meet Danny Aron and sit down to speak with him, he seems like an old soul that has experienced and been inspired by the world. Danny has been wading through the waters of the creative process his entire life through painting, DJing, producing music and even through his other creative art form of skateboarding.

RiseAD sat down with the artist known as DVNNY for a chat.

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For his first Boston exhibition, "Who Takes the Weight," Majeed doesn't disappoint in continuing his transformative work by creating two large-scale, site-specific installations in the Grossman and Anderson galleries at SMFA at Tufts University.

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