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Eyeglasses basics and Prescription lenses

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Modern eyewear serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a vision-correcting medical device used to enhance your safety and quality of life, eyeglasses have become a major fashion accessory. Therefore, when it comes to selecting eyeglasses there are many important factors to consider.

The Frame

Frames are made from a large variety of materials ranging from acetates and hard plastics to metals and metal alloys. We source frames from trusted manufacturers investing heavily in developing new innovations and materials to make stronger, more flexible, lighter, and more beautiful frames.

In considering the optimal material for your eyeglass frame, your lifestyle plays a big role.  Children and those with active lifestyles require durable and flexible frames that are resistant to breaks from hits and 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 of the material.

Hinges and nosepads also play an important role in the durability and comfort of your frames. Children can benefit from spring hinges and nosepads which can keep the frames from slipping off. Rimless or semi-rimless glasses are also an option for those that durability is not a primary concern.

Frame size is a very important factor in frame selection.  Frames should fit well and not slip off the nose or be too tight and press against the temples or the sides of the nose.

Frames come in many 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 coloring.

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 occasions.

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 requirements.

The Lenses

As a medical device, the lenses of your eyeglasses are the most important part. It is for that reason we source our lenses from reputable manufacturers. Ones who continuously invest in research and development to products lens that incorporate the newest optical technologies to provide the very best vision to our patient. Finally, how those lenses are crafted in our lab to fit your frames and your unique facial structure is what bring it all together. If your prescription is the ingredient list in a recipe, your eyeglasses are the execution of that recipe.

There are a number of variables to consider in selecting lenses.

If you have a high prescription which may require thicker lenses, you may want to ask for aspheric lenses that are thinner than normal lenses.

Photochromic lenses can serve as eyeglasses and sunglasses as the lenses darken when exposed to the sunlight to block out the sunlight and UV rays.

Polarized lenses create greater eye comfort by reducing glare specifically from the water or snow and are great for sunglasses for those that spend time outdoors.

Once you approach age 40 you are likely to begin to experience presbyopia which is the loss of the ability to focus on close objects. This happens as the eye begins to age and can easily be corrected with reading glasses. However, if you 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 and progressive lenses with new technology improving the options all the time. You should speak to our opticians regarding the best solution for your individual needs.

Sometimes, one set of glasses isn’t enough to capture all our visual needs. Our optical staff can suggest task specific lens for the home office, night driving or whatever requests you may have.