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Tuesday, March 10, 1998

By Dean Sensui, Star-Bulletin
Grippers hold tight to the loops on your glasses, keeping them from slipping down your nose, or off your face.

Get a grip on your glasses

Tennis player Bill McCulley of San Diego had a problem with his glasses -- they kept flying off whenever he swung his racket.

Now he's got another racket. McCulley folded and glued some wetsuit material, slipped it over the earpieces of his glasses, and now his glasses stay in place. Good idea. That concept has become "Grippers," a commercial product not yet available in local sports and department stores, but it is available at the New Visions optical store on Nuuanu Avenue.

"It holds the eyeglasses in place, yet you don't have a strap around your head," said Grippers marketing vice-president David Vincent, who used to live in Hawaii. "They also relieve temple-arm pressure and can be worn by both children and adults."

Suggested retail price for a pair of Grippers is $3.95, and the manufacturer off-ers an unconditional one-year, money-back guarantee, which is a good idea: one of the samples we received had a manufacturing defect.

Grippers can be ordered directly from the manufacturer at 1623 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118. Price includes shipping and handling, and if you order two pairs, you get a third free.

Information: 1-619-292-8800 or at

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin.

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