Our staff will help you find the best fit for your specific needs
and explain how different lenses and frames will impact your vision. They will help
you narrow down your choices so you can find the look, fit and functionality you
want from your eyewear. Our optical offers a large selection of eyeglasses, designer
frames and sunglasses. We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear
collections in a variety of styles, colors and materials including titanium,
stainless steel and plastic.
New clients and all our current patients are welcome to visit our
optical with their current prescription – no appointment necessary.
Are you in the market or mood for a new pair of eyeglasses? The selection is
vast, with many fashionable, attractive pairs of glasses to browse through. How
can you narrow down your options and choose the style of frames that are best
Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Eyewear
Bring your questions to your optician when you pay a visit to the
eyeglass store, and most of the work will already be done! Your
optician, who is highly skilled and an expert in fitting your eyewear
will be able to hone in quickly on the eyeglasses that are most
How to Judge Fit and Comfort
Research conducted by the eyewear industry indicates that women pay more
attention to how eyeglasses appear on their face, while men are more
interested in how they feel and fit. Yet even if looks are your primary
concern, if your eyeglasses aren’t comfortable – you won’t be pleased
Is One Pair of Eyeglasses Enough?
Take a look at your closet. You likely own more than one pair of shoes,
right? Unless you’re on a very tight budget, more than one pair of
eyeglasses isn’t a luxury. Eyewear is a hip accessory, and the same pair
may not be appropriate for all parts of your modern lifestyle. Just like
your clothing, your eyeglass needs differ for home, work and social
If owning a solitary pair is enough for you, then choose frames that you
love and feel good about no matter what you’re wearing or where you go.
These eyeglasses will be on your face constantly, so take your time and
pick a style that fits your unique personality and vision
Women’s Eyeglass Frames
Women’s eyeglasses have come a long way in the last few decades and in today’s
eyewear market there is an abundance of options. With constant innovations in
style, comfort, and quality, eyeglasses have become as much a fashion accessory
as a medical device to improve vision. In addition to all of the optical
companies creating eyeglass frames, many of the major designer fashion lines
have come to incorporate eyewear into their portfolios as well. So, when it’s
time for a new pair, where does a woman start?
When you shop at an optical store, the optician is trained to help you select the
right pair of frames. This decision should take into consideration your personal
style, your lifestyle and your appearance. The right frame will look great with
your complexion, coloring and face shape, feel comfortable and suit your needs
in terms of flexibility, durability, cost and style.
The best way to make the shopping process a success is to have some ideas of what
you want before you go in. This will help the optician narrow down the options.
are some questions to ask yourself in advance of your visit to the optician:
What shape eyewear looks good with my facial structure? If you currently
have eyeglasses, do you want a similar shape?
What color eyewear compliments my complexion? What colors do I like? What
colors are predominant in my wardrobe?
What style do I prefer? Modern or retro? Classic or contemporary?
Where do I wear my frames in general? To work, out on the town?
Do I play sports or engage in activities that would require durable
Do I have young kids that might pull my glasses off?
How much am I willing to spend on my eyeglasses?
Do I want to get coatings on my glasses (anti-scratch, anti-glare etc) or
consider transition lenses that darken in the sun?
Armed with this information, your optician will have a much easier time assisting
you in finding the perfect pair.
Once you have narrowed down the options, you want to make sure that the pair you
choose fits well and will be comfortable for extended use. You don’t want to
have any reason not to wear your new eyeglasses!
Make sure the frames are the right width for your face – that they don’t slide
off when you look down or press on your temples or behind your ears. The frames
should be snug but not cause any pressure. Also pay attention to whether they
fit comfortably across the bridge of the nose.
Lastly, make sure that your eyes are completely within the frame where the
lenses go so you are not looking over the top of the frame.
If you can’t find one perfect pair, you can always consider buying a second
pair. This way you can mix and match depending on your outfit and your mood.
We have an extensive selection of eyewear including the latest styles in designer
sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. Here are just some of the lines we
Modern eyewear serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a
medical device used to enhance your safety and quality of life, eyeglasses
become a major fashion accessory. Therefore, when it comes to selecting
eyeglasses there are many important factors to consider.
Frames are made from a large variety of materials ranging from acetates and
plastics to metals and metal alloys. The quality of frame materials is very
nowadays with many cutting-edge manufacturers investing heavily in
new innovations and materials to make stronger, more flexible, lighter and
beautiful frames. In considering the optimal material for your eyeglass
your lifestyle plays a big role. Children and those with active lifestyles
require durable and flexible frames that are resistant to breaks from hits
falls. Those who have skin allergies need to seek out frames made from
hypoallergenic materials such as acetate, titanium or stainless steel. Other
characteristics of frame materials to consider are the weight or flexibility
the material as well as the price. Many designers also use wood, bone or
precious metals to adorn frames and add an extra.
Frame size is a very important factor in frame selection. Frames should fit
and not slip off the nose or be too tight and press against the temples or
sides of the nose. More and more top fashion design brands are coming out
designer eyewear collections to suit every taste and style. Frames come in
colors, sizes and shapes so the choices are endless in finding a frame that
suits your personal style and looks good with your face shape and
Even though people spend much more time focusing on frame selection, as a
device, the lenses of your eyeglasses are the most important part. It is
therefore very important that you obtain your lenses (and therefore your
glasses) from a reputable source. It is always best to buy eyeglasses
eye doctor who is able to check that the lenses are made and fitted properly
ensure your best possible vision.
There are a number of variables to consider in selecting lenses:
If you have a high prescription which may require thicker lenses, you
want to ask for aspheric lenses which are thinner than normal lenses.
There are lenses that are made from materials that are more durable and
shatter-resistant such as polycarbonate or trivex, which can be useful
children or sports eyewear.
Photochromic lenses can serve as eyeglasses and sunglasses as the lenses
darken when exposed to the sunlight to block out the sunlight and UV
Polarized lenses create greater eye comfort by reducing glare
from the water or snow and are great for sunglasses for those that spend
There are also a number of coating options that you can add onto lenses
enhance certain characteristics such as anti-reflective coatings,
anti-scratch coatings or UV coatings to reduce exposure from the sun.
a coating may require special cleaning or treatment so ask your eye
or optician about special instructions.
Eyeglasses Over 40
Once you approach age 40 you are likely to begin to experience presbyopia
is the loss of the ability to focus on close objects. This happens as the
begins to age and can easily be corrected with reading glasses. However, if
already have an eyeglass prescription for distance vision, you will need a
solution that enables you to see your best both near and far.
There are a number of options available for presbyopes including bifocals,
multifocals and progressive lenses with new technology improving the options
the time. You should speak to your eye doctor about the best solution for
Whether they are for a child’s first pair, a second pair of designer frames
senior with a complicated prescription, you should always consult with your
doctor for a new pair of glasses. Ultimately, your eyeglasses have a job and
that it to help you to see your best to get the most out of every day.
Whether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element
comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look
Everyone should have a good pair of sunglasses. Whether you wear prescription
eyeglasses or not, sunglasses are important for every age, race and gender.
While sunglasses may be considered a must-have fashion accessory, even more
importantly, they play a critical role in protecting your eyes from UV
(ultraviolet) and other harmful radiation from the sun. They also shield
eyes from wind, dust and debris that could cause discomfort, dryness or
Sunglasses should be worn in the winter as well as the summer and should be
UV blocking. This doesn’t mean that you have to pay a fortune for your
Even cheaper brands of sunglasses are made these days with full UV
so take the extra time to ensure you select ones that do offer full
from the sun’s rays.
Sunglass frames are made in a wide variety of materials from plastics
acetates, to wood and natural materials to metals, such as aluminum,
steel or titanium. Before you select a pair of frames, think about
lifestyle and what type of material will be most suitable for you.
you live an active lifestyle, sturdy and durable frames are a must.
you have sensitive skin, look for a pair made with hypoallergenic
material that is light and fits comfortably. Make sure you select a
that fits well, looks good and properly blocks the sun to ensure
you feel confident and comfortable when you are wearing them.
Sunglasses serve as a combination of function and fashion and
come in a plethora of shapes and styles. Sunglasses are often larger
than eyeglasses to cover more surface area and prevent sunlight from
entering around the lenses. While fashion sunglasses are made in all
the latest styles from aviator to cat eyes, round, square and
sports sunglasses are generally more durable and broad, often in
wraparound styles that prevent sunlight from entering from the sides
well. Wrap-around frames are a good option for athletes, fishermen
bikers that spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun.
Lenses are the most important part of any pair of sunglasses. As
mentioned above, all lenses should block 100% UV rays but beyond
there are many options for sunglass lenses. Polycarbonate or trivex
lenses are impact-resistant to increase safety during sports and
activities. Polarized lenses help to reduce glare and are
helpful during activities on or near the water such as boating,
or beaching. Anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings are also
maintain your best vision in a variety of conditions.
Sunglasses for Prescription Eyeglass Users
If you wear prescription eyeglasses there are a number of options for
protection. These options include prescription sunglasses,
lenses (which turn from clear lenses to dark when you go outside),
clip-ons, fitovers (which are sunglasses that go over your
eyewear) or wearing contact lenses with plano (non-prescription)
sunglasses. Speak to your optician to determine the best option for
Sunglasses for Prescription Eyeglass Users
Sunglasses are an important way to protect your eyes and ensure clear and
comfortable vision when you are on the go. In addition to causing temporary
vision loss, the sun’s bright rays can lead to long term eye damage.
radiation from the sun can also cause sunburns on the eyes and over time,
lead to diseases such as macular degeneration. For those who wear
eyeglasses, sun protection is available in a number of options including
prescription sunglasses, photochromic lenses or eyeglasses with clip-on
lenses. The best solution depends on your personal preferences, comfort and
which option fits in best with your lifestyle.
Prescription sunglasses are available for virtually all vision prescriptions
including those for farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, as well
bifocal and progressive lenses. Almost any pair of sunglasses can be fit
prescription lenses as long as the shape of the lens doesn’t distort vision
(which happens for example with extremely wide wraparound lenses). Therefore
the latest pair of designer sunglasses catches your eye, there should be no
problem in fitting a prescription lens to the frame.
You can also get prescription lenses in most lens materials and with most
coatings, including polarized lenses (for glare protection), tinted lenses,
anti-scratch coatings, polycarbonate or Trivex lenses (for extra durability)
more. Even for those individuals who do wear contact lenses, prescription
sunglasses are a fantastic solution when you prefer not to wear your
such as when your eyes feel dry or irritated (during allergy season or in
or sandy locations for example), when you are going swimming (it’s advised
to wear contact lenses swimming in any body of water due to risk of
or when you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of contacts.
sunglasses give you yet another option for comfort, safety and great
Photochromic lenses are another alternative for the prescription
wearer. These lenses darken in response to sunlight turning your
prescription eyewear into prescription sunglasses. Photochromic
are a convenient solution for glasses wearers who find it a hassle
carry around two pairs of glasses. No matter what shape or style,
can protect your eyes and spruce up your outdoor look or your sports
performance with a pair of prescription sunglasses.
Prescription Sunglass Treatments
If you spend a lot of time outdoors or driving in the car, and still need
correction, prescription sunglasses are perfect for soothing the eyes. Since
most prescription sunglasses manufacturers block 100% UV, prescription
sunglasses are a healthy way to enjoy the outdoors (especially the beach)
driving using the darkest lenses available to protect against the brightness
For reduced glare and increased clarity in your vision, a pair of
polarized sunglasses can’t be beat. An invisible filter is built
your lenses—making images appear sharper and clearer while reducing
intensity of the sun’s glare. Make sure your polarized sunglasses
100% UV, and remember that polarized sunglasses are available with
without a prescription.
Performance and Sport Sunglasses
Whether you are out on the field, the golf course, the waves or the
you want your sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and enhance your
visual experience. Sports and performance sunglasses are more than sun
protection, they need to be designed for optimal, fit, comfort, acuity and
strength, based on the demands of the sport or leisure activity you
The first consideration when selecting your sports eyewear is the
You likely want a lightweight, strong and durable lens that can
withstand impact from debris, other athletes, balls or falls. The
leading lenses in this arena are polycarbonate or trivex lenses
are made from highly impact resistant plastic that has built-in UV
When selecting sports sunglass frames, the most important
is whether they have a comfortable and secure fit. Look for a pair
is strong and durable, yet lightweight and that doesn’t press into
face and cause discomfort at the temples or the bridge of the nose.
some sports like snowboarding, sports goggles might be the best
for the weather conditions and specific nature of the movement. Some
frame options come with grips on the nose pads or temples to avoid
slippage, particularly when you perspire.
Sunglasses for Kids
Because children spend so much time outdoors in direct sunlight, they need
protection even more than adults.
No matter what your eye condition, or how you choose to view the world, there are
now prescription lenses that meet your unique lifestyle and vision correction
needs. Eyeglass lenses that change as the light changes, from clear indoors to
dark outdoors. Bifocal lenses that provide multiple fields of vision. High-index
lenses that are thinner and lighter than ever before. And progressive lenses
that eliminate the traditional lines of multi-focal lenses. The point is, while
eyeglass lenses are prescribed to correct all kinds of vision problems,
prescription lenses have come a long way—offering you the opportunity to truly
customize your eyeglasses and make a statement about how you choose to look at
Sometimes our vision fails us at two or even three distinct
distances, especially as we age. Bifocal lenses—lenses with two
distinct viewing areas—have traditionally been a reliable
solution to such a dilemma. (A lens with three distinct viewing
areas is called a trifocal.)
By distinct, we mean there are noticeable lines separating the
two different fields of vision within a bifocal lens surface. A
slight adjustment to the angle of the head allows wearers to
choose which lens area to look through based on the distance of
the object they’re trying to see.
A farsighted person who also has trouble reading may be
prescribed a pair of bifocal reading glasses, for example. The
upper section of the lens would correct difficulties seeing
objects at distance, and the lower section would assist in
reading. (Bifocal glasses date back to the days of Benjamin
Franklin!) While wearers quickly adjust to the line separating
the multiple vision fields, it is a noticeable distraction
within the lens itself. This line can be eliminated using a
newer lens technology called progressive lenses.
Progressive lenses incorporate two, three, or more fields of
vision within a single lens without noticeable lens lines.
Bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses are all considered
“multi-focal” lenses—lenses that provide correction to multiple
A high index lens is a lens that has a higher “index” of
refraction. This means it has a greater ability to bend light
rays to provide clear vision for people with stronger
prescription glasses. But that’s the technical terminology. What
do high index lenses mean for eyeglass wearers? Thinner,
lighter, and more visually appealing, that’s what! High index
lenses are manufactured to be thinner at the edges of the lens
and lighter in weight overall. High index lenses are a good
option for people who have strong prescriptions for
myopia—commonly called “nearsightedness” due to a difficulty in
focusing on far objects. A high-index lens can bend light rays
more, while using less material in lenses created for both
nearsighted and farsighted people (hyperopia).
No more soda bottle glasses
In times past, strong prescriptions meant thicker, heavier
lenses, giving some a “glass bottle” appearance. But now, with
high index glasses available in thinner, lightweight plastic (as
well as slightly heavier glass), lens wearers with stronger
prescriptions can get more attractive, yet equally effective,
lens products. Because high-index lenses bend light more,
anti-reflective (AR) treatment is often recommended as an add-on
for optimum clarity of vision. For better comfort, better vision
and improved cosmetic appeal, people with strong prescriptions
can’t beat high-index lenses.
Photochromic lens technology has been around for over 40 years.
Photochromic lenses change from clear to dark based on the
intensity of UV radiation. Remove the source of UV radiation
from the lenses, and they return to their clear state. The
amount of photochromic reaction (how much a lens darkens)
depends upon the intensity of the UV radiation present, combined
to a lesser extent with the current temperature of the air. That
means photochromics adjust automatically to indoor and outdoor
light conditions. Photochromic lenses automatically adjust to
outdoor lighting conditions by providing the right level of
tint, and return automatically to their clear state; both
indoors and at night.
Polycarbonate lenses are high index lenses that are known
primarily for their exceptional impact resistance and
anti-scratch coating. If you or your children are always
bumping, scratching or dropping your eyeglasses, this is the
material for you. Up to 10 times more impact resistant than
standard plastic eyeglass lenses, polycarbonate is a first-rate
option for people with an active lifestyle. Developed in the
1970s, polycarbonate has been protecting eyes for quite a
Superb Eye Safety
If you regularly engage in sports or physical activity, these
tough, durable lenses provide an extra degree of safety for your
eyes. In fact, most protective eye gear and sports goggles are
made from polycarbonate lenses, even when no vision prescription
is needed. In addition, polycarbonate boasts built-in protection
from the sun’s UV rays, making this an ideal lens material for
time spent outdoors.
The refractive index of polycarbonate lenses is 1.59, which
results in a lens that’s 20% to 25% thinner than common plastic
lenses. Weighing in at 30% lighter than regular lenses,
polycarbonate takes a load off the bridge of your nose!
Developed in 2001, Trivex lenses are constructed from a newer
plastic that shares many properties with polycarbonate. While
also thin, scratch-resistant, highly impact-resistant and
lightweight, Trivex lenses may be slightly thicker than
polycarbonate lenses. For some vision prescriptions, they may
provide a better visual clarity and more scratch resistance than
Progressive lenses allow multiple vision fields to be
incorporated into a single lens without any clear distinction
between the fields themselves. This is why progressive lenses
are often referred to as “no-line” bifocals or trifocals.
Referred to as “no-line” bifocals or trifocals, progressive
glasses are ideal for patients who have presbyopia —a vision
condition marked by a decrease in the ability to focus sharply
on nearby objects. As we age naturally, our ability to see
nearby objects and objects in the distance can decrease.
Progressive lenses address separate visual needs in one
lens—usually with a “distance viewing” field build into the
upper portion of the lens, and a “near vision” field built into
the lower portion. Unlike traditional bifocals or trifocals,
there are no visible lines separating the different fields of a
progressive lens. Your eyes are seen clearly behind the
progressive eyeglasses, you’ve got the same “look” as eyeglass
wearers often half your age, and there are no “lens lines” to
distract your vision.
When it comes to prescription lens care, there’s a simple rule
that, if followed, will virtually guarantee years of optimum
performance from your glasses: If they’re not on your face, then
keep your eyeglasses in a case. Trouble is, no one really
follows that simple rule, all of the time. (You know who you
are.) If you, like so many of us, don’t always use a solid case
to store your prescription glasses, then the following lens care
and maintenance tips will go a long way toward maintaining your
Cleaning glasses and protecting your lenses
Keep it clean. Keep it simple. To wash your prescription eyeglass
lenses, eye care professionals suggest you gently rub your
lenses clean with your fingers using warm, soapy water. Rinse
them, and then pat them dry with a clean, soft cloth. Many
optical suppliers sell ultra-fine, machine-washable microfiber
lens cleaning cloths that trap dirt and dust. Try to avoid
rubbing prescription lenses with rags, facial tissues or paper
towels, as they could scratch your lenses. And definitely avoid
using household cleaners, acetone or soaps with cream—as
chemicals may damage your frames.
A strong case for storage
Storing your lenses in a sturdy protective case whenever you are
not wearing them will go a long way towards preventing scratches
on your lenses. Proper storage also helps to keep prescription
eyeglass lenses clean while protecting your valuable frames.
Never place prescription glasses in a purse, pocket or bag
Let them down gently
Okay. You don’t always use the case. If setting your prescription
lenses on a table or desk, it’s best to close your frames first
before laying them down. Always set them frame-side down to
avoid scratching the lenses. The floor is never a good place to
leave your glasses. And when in the bathroom, remember: A sink
or vanity top puts your lenses in an unfavorable position.
Spatters, sprays and cosmetic products can quickly soil lenses.
What’s more, anti-reflective (AR) treatments can be damaged by
hairsprays or perfume. Keep glasses on your nose, not on your
head. Prescription eyeglass lenses are designed to rest on your
nose in front of your eyes; not on the top of your head. Frames
can become misaligned in this manner, making even the cleanest
of lenses less than effective if not positioned properly in
front of the eye.
It’s time to choose a new pair of eyeglasses, and the current
selection of frames is overwhelming. Armed with only your vision
prescription, you now need to navigate between different
materials, colors, prices and unique features of all the
eyeglass frames.The most popular material for eyeglass frames,
there is a whole array of metals to consider. Each metal or
plastic comes with a distinctive set of properties and
Titanium: Extremely resilient and
corrosion-resistant, titanium is also hypoallergenic and
weighs in at 40% lighter than other metals. Available in a
variety of color tones, titanium is an ideal material for
Beta titanium: Titanium mixed with small
quantities of aluminum and vanadium, this alloy is more
flexible than pure titanium. Adjustments to your eyeglass
fit are therefore done easily.
Memory metal: Frames made of memory metal
are composed of a titanium alloy that has approximately 50%
nickel and 50% titanium. These eyeglasses are very bendable
and will return to their original shape even after they are
twisted and turned. Memory metal frames are superb for kids
or anyone who is rough on their eyeglasses.
Beryllium: The primary advantage of
beryllium is its corrosion-resistance. A less costly metal
than titanium, beryllium doesn’t tarnish. It is an ideal
option for anyone who spends a lot of time around salt
water, or who possesses high skin acidity. Flexible, durable
and lightweight, beryllium comes in a range of colors.
Stainless steel: Manufactured in both matte
and polished, glossy finishes, stainless steel is strong,
flexible, corrosion-resistant and lightweight. An
iron-carbon alloy, it also contains chromium.
Monel: This popular alloy of copper and
nickel is less expensive than other metals, yet depending
upon the quality of plating used – it sometimes discolors or
causes skin reactions after long use.
Aluminum: Lightweight and very resistant to
corrosion, aluminum boasts a unique look and is frequently
used in high-end, exclusive eyewear.
Zyl: Abbreviated from “zylonate”
(cellulose acetate), zyl is relatively inexpensive and very
popular in plastic eyeglass frames. Lightweight, it is
available in a rainbow of colors, including multi-colored
versions and layers of different colors within one frame.
Propionate: Often used in sports frames,
propionate is extremely durable and flexible. This
nylon-based plastic is also lightweight and hypoallergenic.
Nylon: Over recent years, nylon has been
replaced largely by more resilient nylon blends, such as
polyamides, gliamides and copolyamides. While 100% nylon is
lightweight and strong, it tends to weaken with age and
Cellulose acetate: A plant-based plastic
that is hypoallergenic. This material was first used for
eyewear in the late 1940’s because of brittleness and other
problems with previously used plastics. Today’s acetates are
known for being strong, lightweight, and flexible. Cellulose
acetate also has the widest range for transparency, rich
colors, and finishes. More complex colorations are able to
be produced by layering several colors or transparencies in
layers and sandwiching them together.
The best of both worlds, combination frames offer metal and
plastic components in one frame. These styles were trendy in the
1950s and 1960s and have recently been revitalized for a fun
comeback in many more colors and tones than the classic
Mix It Up!
Each respective frame material brings unique features and
advantages to your eyeglasses. One pair of glasses may not fit
every part of your daily routine, in addition to social outings
and special occasions. Perhaps a pair of titanium frames is best
for your sophisticated, conservative work environment, but on
the weekends you’d prefer to show off style with a retro zyl
frame in laminated colors? Consider purchasing more than one
pair of eyeglasses, and match your frames to your personality
Your eyeglass lenses are designed to correct your vision based on
being held firmly in a fixed, stable position in front of your
eyes. So when it comes to your eyeglass frames, it’s pretty easy
to see why frame protection and maintenance is so important.
Many of us don’t realize how critical proper eyeglass frame
alignment really is. But it’s why our eye care professional
checks and double checks the position of our eyeglass frames in
relation to face shape and size. The correct part of the lens
needs to align properly in front of the eye for ideal vision
correction. Eyeglass frame protection maintenance isn’t time
consuming—but it is a common sense, routine task you can perform
to keep your vision in the clear. Here are tried-and-true ways
to keep your eyeglass frames in mind. And in place.
Caring for eyeglass frames. Both hands,
please! Eye care professionals suggest using both hands when
putting on and taking off your glasses to avoid
twisting or misaligning them. Gently grasp the frame arms of
your glasses with equal pressure and carefully slide them
lifting them over your ears. Use the same grip to remove
sliding them up and forward. Not on your head, not on the
floor, not by the sink… Storing
eyeglass frames on your head can stretch and misalign them.
on your glasses is the quickest way to twist them or break
the bathroom sink is a good recipe for soiled lenses as well
frames. Sturdy eyeglass frame cases exist for good reason.
Pay attention. When was the last time
you actually took a good look at your frames? Periodically
check your eyeglass frames to see if they are misaligned,
and to test for loose screws in the frame arms. If the
eyeglass frame looks twisted, or if your lenses seem to ride
uneven on your nose, then it’s time to drop in on your eye
care professional for a (typically free) adjustment. In
addition, many drug stores sell inexpensive eyeglass tool
kits containing a small screwdriver and an assortment of
temple screws for emergency repairs.
Adjust early, adjust often. It’s a good
idea to stop by your neighborhood optician to have your
eyeglass frames adjusted. Many opticians will re-adjust your
frames, whether you purchased your glasses from them or not.
Even a slight adjustment can make an important difference in
your healthy sight.
Don’t try this at home. Adjusting your
eyeglass frames is not a do-it-yourself job. Your eye care
professional is trained to know how your lenses need to be
positioned relative to your eye. Also, an eyeglass frame can
contain fragile materials and design elements. You might
just snap them in your effort to fix them. That means no
bending of frame arms!
Don’t forget to wash. Just as you need
to wash your lenses, you need to wash your eyeglass frames.
Regularly. With soapy water and a soft cloth.
Sports, water activities and all types of outdoor recreation depend upon top
visual skills. In addition to crisp eyesight, you need excellent depth
perception, eye-hand coordination and peripheral awareness. Our optical
technicians will match you to the best specialized eyewear for your needs.
Whether you play racquetball, go SCUBA diving or spend your leisure time
hunting, our eye care team will examine your vision and recommend the most
With consideration for your particular sport or hobby, our eye doctors will
customize your eye exam. We may use tests to inspect your vision while in motion
outside, or while you’re interacting with other objects or players. Computerized
exams with 3D, holographic images are very helpful, as well as automated testing
that measures your reaction time.
We offer an extensive selection of specialty eyewear, and you may need more than
one pair of eyeglasses to suit all of your requirements! In addition to safety
glasses for sports, we also feature eyewear to protect your eyes from extended
computer use. Driving glasses, designed with polarized lenses to diminish glare,
are another popular item. Customized tints are also available to enhance
contrast for sharp vision in all weather conditions. If your occupation involves
hazardous work, such as using power tools, we have a variety of safety eyewear
to recommend. Whatever your sport or hobby, make sure that you are protecting
your eyes and achieving optimal performance with the right pair of specialty
eyewear. Contact us today to set up a specialty eyewear consultation.
Specialty Eyewear Overview
You may think that you are set with your everyday eyewear, but there are a lot
more options than just sun and ophthalmic glasses. Whether it’s water sports, a
construction job or even working around the home, there are many circumstances
which require specialty eyewear to add extra protection, prevent injury, and
improve vision and performance. Here is an overview of some of the different
types of specialty eyewear to consider.
Typical eyewear is not made to hold up to the safety and
performance standards required for sports and athletic use.
Sports eyewear is made of stronger materials and design for
ultimate impact resistance and durability. Sports eyewear is
also designed for ultimate comfort, fit and coverage to protect
from elements such as sun, water or wind. The lenses are also
made with impact resistant materials such as innovative plastics
such as Trivex or Polycarbonate. Most lenses will also include
100% UV protection, anti-glare and anti-scratch properties to
further protect the lenses. Polarized lenses will also aid your
sports eyewear to improve vision in outdoor environments.
Depending on your sport there may be a specific type of eyewear
suited to your needs such as sports goggles, shooting glasses or
ski goggles. Speak to your optician about your sport of choice
to determine the safest and most effective eyewear for you.
If you sit for extended periods of time at a computer or in front
of a handheld screen you are at risk for computer vision
syndrome, eye strain, eye fatigue, headaches and muscle strain.
This is largely because your eyes view a computer screen
differently than they view the world around you. Glare from the
screen can also exacerbate these issues. Computer glasses are
designed to reduce the strain and to create a more comfortable
visual experience when looking at your screen.
As we approach the age of 40, our near vision begins to weaken –
a condition called presbyopia. This can be corrected by wearing
reading glasses when reading or doing close work. There are a
number of options for reading glasses depending on your vision
needs. People with distance vision correction needs may prefer
bifocal or multifocal lenses that allow you to see at a distance
as well with the same pair of glasses. It is worthwhile to speak
to your optometrist to find the best solution for your vision
near and far.
Whether you are working with power tools in construction, mowing
your lawn or using harsh cleaning products, there are plenty of
household projects and hobbies that can pose a serious risk to
your eyes and vision. Whether it is the danger of debris being
projected toward your eyes or a chemical splash, safety goggles
or glasses should be worn whenever dealing with dangerous
materials or machinery.
Specialty eyewear manufacturers are always developing new
innovations to protect your eyes and improve your vision during
the activities that you enjoy. Ask your optometrist about the
specialty eyewear that is suitable for your interests and
Safety and Sports Glasses
Nowadays, sports eyewear tells the world that you are a serious player. It
doesn’t matter whether you bat in Little League or skate with the pros, eye gear
for sports offers a long list of benefits. Protective eyewear, such as
specialized goggles and wraparound frames with polycarbonate lenses, helps to
reduce or eliminate your risk of eye damage. An added bonus is that performance
is often enhanced, due to the high quality vision provided from eyewear made for
wearing on the playing field. Eye gear for sports is not merely recommended, but
now mandated by many clubs. Members are required to wear proper protective
eyewear in order to participate in activities. Once upon a time, kids used to
cringe at the concept of wearing goggles, but just like bike helmets have become
the norm – sports goggles are now accepted as part of the uniform and regarded
Eyewear for Swimming, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
If you need vision correction, participating in swimming and watersports requires
an extra bit of planning. You want to see your best both in and out of the water
but your regular glasses and contact lenses aren’t feasible options. Well the
good news is, there are prescription swimming goggles and masks available to
provide optimal vision in the water and here is what you need to know about
First of all, many people don’t know about the dangers of wearing contact lenses
in the water. Wearing contact lenses in any kind of water, whether it is an
ocean, a pool or even a shower, is risky because bacteria in the water could
cause an infection if they get under your lens. Unless you are wearing a mask or
goggles that are 100% sealed and don’t let any water underneath, wearing
contacts in the water is not recommended. If you do decide to wear contact
lenses in the water, it is recommended to discard them immediately upon exiting
Prescription Swimming Goggles
A fantastic solution for swimmers is prescription swimming goggles. These
are regular swim goggles with either pre-made or a custom made
prescriptions lenses. Pre-made lenses will likely not be fit to your
exact prescription needs, but if you select them appropriately, they
will be adequate for you to see well for swimming and sporting in the
water. Custom made goggle lenses will fit your prescription, although
they will be slightly different than your regular eyeglass prescription
because of the differences in seeing underwater. Whether you are
purchasing pre-made or custom made swimming goggles, you should consult
with your eye doctor and/or an optician knowledgeable on the topic to
make sure you select the optimal lens for your vision needs. If you have
astigmatism or another eye condition, you may have additional needs to
Prescription Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Masks
If you scuba dive or snorkel you want to see every detail of the
beautiful underwater world. You can achieve this by using a dive mask
with a prescription lens. There are a few options for prescription
masks. In the first option corrective lenses are bonded or glued to the
inside of your mask, creating a second layer. A second option is to
purchase a mask in which the entire lens of the mask is replaced with a
prescription lens. These can be premade or custom made lenses. There are
also now masks that are made with removeable lenses in which you can buy
the corrective lens separately and insert it yourself.
Shooting Glasses and Hunting Eyewear
Firearms can be dangerous, and all have some recoil. In addition most shooting
occurs outside, where elements such as dust, wind, sun, trees and vegetation can
potentially harm eyes. Therefore it’s very important to use eye protection at
all times when engaged in shooting activities, indoors and outside.
Generally, sports goggles that you can buy without prescription usually protect
your eyes if you wear contacts or don’t need glasses. These goggles usually wrap
around your eyes to form a shield against the elements. Make sure to buy goggles
with lenses made of polycarbonate, which is the best and strongest lens material
Contacts & Glasses that Enhance Performance
Every sports activity requires a different skill set for success, yet all sports
share a critical need for good vision. Geraint Griffiths, a British optometrist,
devised a study to determine the effects of visual acuity on sports performance.
This study distributed special vision-blurring goggles to Wimbledon tennis
players and UK national clay pigeon shooters. Their performance was studied
while the goggles were worn. Even though the goggles only blurred their vision a
bit, the marksmen and tennis players showed a 25% decrease in accomplishment.
This study demonstrated clearly that vision and sports achievement are
inextricably linked. Visual clarity isn’t the only benefit provided by sports
eyewear. There are a number of additional eyewear features that boost athletic
performance and enhance eye safety.
A lens treatment is a special additive that either bonds with the lens, or is
built into the lens during the lens manufacturing process. Lens treatments are
available as individual additions to lenses, and are also commonly bundled into
single lens products for convenience and maximum benefit to your eyes.
There is no shortage of information about ultraviolet rays (UV) and how
prolonged, unprotected exposure to UV can lead to skin damage. It’s why we wear
sunscreen when we’re in the sun for extended periods of time. Sunscreens offer
various degrees of UV protection by filtering out or “blocking” the harmful,
invisible UVA and UVB wavelengths of light. But did you know the same, serious
approach to protecting your skin also applies to your eyes?
UV protection is critical to eye health
Eye exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause damage your eyes. Over time, UV can
contribute to serious age-related eye conditions or diseases. That’s why wearing
lenses with maximum UV protection is so very important. Because UV rays are
always present outdoors—on sunny days, cloudy days and every day in between.
Unlike sunscreen that you apply and reapply, eyeglass lenses and sunglasses can
have ultraviolet protection built into the lens, or applied as a lens treatment.
Remember, although UV is invisible to the human eye, it is always present. Your
lenses, therefore, should always provide UV protection. The most important thing
you need to know about UV glasses is this: Be certain your eyewear provides near
or exactly 100% UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Anything less is
less than ideal for the short and long-term protection of your healthy
There’s no such thing as scratch-proof lenses. (Even glass lenses can be
scratched!) Scratches, while not likely to affect your lens performance, are an
annoyance that can interfere with clear vision. That’s why you should always
request scratch resistant lenses (treatment) for your eyeglass lenses. Many of
today’s lens products have hard scratch-resistant protection built into the
lens—a hard surface treatment that is specifically designed to resist scratches.
But it’s not an automatic feature! Be sure to discuss scratch resistant glasses
options with your eye care professional. We put our glasses through a lot from
day to day—and our children, even more so. Scratch resistant lenses can go a
long way toward minimizing the everyday wear and tear we put on our eyewear.
Lens care for scratch-resistant glasses
Don’t forget, no treatment can completely protect eyeglass lenses from scratches.
But you can help out! Remember to keep your glasses in a cushioned, sturdy case
when not wearing them. Clean them regularly with warm, soapy water and dry them
with a clean, soft cloth. With scratches as with life, a little extra care goes
a long, long way.
More comfort. Better vision. Reduced glare from oncoming headlights. Greater
cosmetic appeal. It might be hard to believe, but anti-reflective lenses can
provide all of these benefits—as an add-on for any number of lens products. The
same technology used to provide anti-reflective benefits to precision lenses in
microscopes and cameras, is now available to enhance your healthy sight.
An anti-reflective treatment applied on the front and the back of prescription
lenses greatly reduces the light reflected by the lens surfaces. As a result,
your eyes appear clearer behind the lenses, vision is more defined, and glare
from reflected objects—especially headlights at night—is virtually eliminated.
Plus, if you have a high-powered “strong” prescription, anti-reflective coating
makes your eyes appear more natural.
How anti-reflective lenses works
Carefully calibrated layers of metal oxides are applied to the front and the back
of the lenses. Each of these layers is designed to block reflected light. That
includes glare, annoying reflections, and the hazy “halos” you often see around
lights at night. Take special care to use only the cleaning agents recommended
by your eye care professional, as anti-reflective treatments are delicate by
design. They work well for sunglasses too—but as a general rule should only be
applied to the back side of the lens to eliminate glare reflected around the
sides of the frame.
Transitions® Lenses are photochromic lenses that are clear until dangerous
ultraviolet radiation (UV) is present. Once outdoors, the brighter the sun, the
darker Transitions® Lenses become. They turn as dark as sunglasses by
automatically reacting to the intensity of UV radiation.
Since Transitions® Lenses block 100% of the sun’s eye-damaging rays and help to
reduce painful, discomforting glare, they protect your eyes on cloudy days,
sunny days, and everything in between. Transitions® Lenses are the most
convenient way for you to protect your eyes from the light you can see and the
light you can’t. All while helping to improve the quality of your vision and the
long-term health and well-being of your eyes.
*Transitions is a registered trademark of Transitions Optical,
Are Transitions® Lenses Right For You?
Indoors, outdoors, day and night—while working, reading, playing or just kicking
back with family or friends, your life is unique. And uniquely busy. In a
perfect world, your everyday lenses would help you see better, feel better and
look better; all while protecting your eyes day-in and day-out.
Transitions® Lenses are for everybody.
Innovative photochromic technology offers unparalleled lens performance in nearly
every lens design and material available today; including shatter-resistant
lenses, bifocals, trifocals, progressives, and standard and high index
materials. All this, plus the benefits of 100% UVA and UVB protection, glare
reduction, and everyday high performance, makes Transitions® Lenses the #1
recommended photochromic lens worldwide! So no matter where you live or what you
do—day in and day out—Transitions® Lenses are the ideal everyday prescription
eyeglasses for children, adults, and patients with special eye care needs.
Original Transitions Lenses
Transitions® Lenses everyday lenses can help you through your busy day. This
dynamic eyewear is designed to be worn indoors and to automatically adapt when
outdoors to give you a more comfortable viewing experience while protecting your
eyes from damaging UV light.
Original Transitions lenses are designed to meet the needs of the majority of
those who appreciate the value of eyewear offering adaptive lens technology.
With the widest variety of lens designs and materials to choose from, original
Transitions lenses quickly adapt between indoor and outdoor conditions, offering
a distinct advantage over ordinary clear lenses.
Changes from clear indoors to dark outdoors
Clear as an ordinary clear lens indoors and at night
Blocks 100% of the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays
Available in Gray or Brown
Compatible with leading frame brands and styles
Transitions® Lenses XTRActive
Features include: Slight indoor tint, darkest everyday Transitions® Lenses for
those who spend most of the day outdoors, moderate tint behind the windshield to
provide some comfort while driving.
If you spend more of your day outdoors than indoors or enjoy a lens with a slight
tint indoors, then Transitions® Lenses XTRActive™ lenses may be right for you.
Transitions® Lenses XTRActive lenses are the darkest everyday photochromic
lens–even in warm weather—and have a moderate tint behind the windshield.
Lenses change from light tint indoors to very dark outdoors
Designed for those who spend most of their day outdoors
The darkest everyday Transitions® Lenses available – even in warm weather
Moderate tint behind the windshield
Blocks 100% of the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays
Available for most frames and with non-glare treatments
Transitions Lenses Video
See Transitions® Lenses in a whole new light! There are now two distinct families
of lenses for the comfort, convenience and UV protection that best fit your
Transitions® SOLFX Sunwear Products
Transitions® Lenses SOLFX™ performance sun lenses are specifically designed for
outdoor activities to help enhance visual performance. Crafted with
functionality in mind, Transitions® Lenses SOLFX lenses automatically adjust to
optimize lens color and darkness in changing outdoor lighting conditions.
Transitions® Lenses SOLFX sun lenses are high-performance sunwear specifically
designed for outdoor use. Traditional sunwear remains the same level of darkness
regardless of the level of sunlight. This is why in certain situations some
sunglasses can seem too dark, while other situations the same pair may not seem
dark enough. Transitions® Lenses SOLFX sun lenses self-adjust, changing the
level of darkness with the changing amount of sunlight so you can see better,
look great and perform at your best.
Sun lenses that adjust from dark to darker depending on the sun
Offers a variety of colors and tint ranges by outdoor need
Multiple unique product offerings designed for specific outdoor
Blocks 100% of sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays
Compatible with many frame brands and styles to create custom look
Available in prescription and non-prescription
Visit our interactive on-line tool and we’ll guide you through a series of
questions about you, your lifestyle and your specific eyewear needs. As you
answer, you’ll notice the background photos changing as well as the lenses and
the glasses on the lower right. You’ll also get to view brief information videos
about specific products that might be of interest. At the end, you’ll receive
eyewear suggestions specifically tailored to meet your needs and designed to
help you really click with your eye care professional – your ultimate EyeGlass
We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Here
are some of the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a
visit to our Practice.
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye
diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without
total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This
gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your
retina. This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and
measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many
eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration
are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
The advantages of digital imaging include:
Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
Image resolution is extremely high quality
Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
No patient prep required
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back
of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina,
optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a
high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the
health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes
in future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the
latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic
technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution
pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye. A scanning laser used
to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye
disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without
radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular
degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images
of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and
treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular
degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes
right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at
your next appointment.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to
assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or
visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does
not involve eye drops but does involve the patient’s ability to understand and
An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking
you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you
describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more
comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual
field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead.
Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the
light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the
flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately
and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a
computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any
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