Today’s eyewear market offers a wide variety of frame materials. Frames come in lightweight, flexible, strong and hypoallergenic materials. Work with our opticians to select a frame which meets your lifestyle and vision needs. Glasses are an outward expression of your personality, so take time to browse through the various styles and product lines available. There are frames made of titanium, Flexon, zyl (plastic) and combinations of these materials. Designer frames may include laser cut-outs or inlaid crystals.
CR39: Most common lens material. Light weight. Inexpensive. Requires scratch coating.
Polycarbonate: Very light weight. Impact resistant. Best for children. Requires scratch coating.
High index and ultra high index plastic: Higher refractive power so lenses can be thinner. Best for high prescription powers. Less peripheral distortion. More expensive. Requires scratch coating.
Single Vision: One area of focus, either distance or near. Used for anyone under 40-45 years of age.
Lined Bifocal: Distance and near vision from a single lens. Distinct jump in vision when one looks from distance to near vision. Good for reading.
Lined Trifocal: Three distinct areas in focus: distance, intermediate and near. May work well for those working on the computer a lot. Distinct jumps as move between different zones of lens.
Progressive Lens: No line multifocal. Slowly increases in power as look down in the lens. Infinite areas of focus. Need to turn head and point nose at what you are looking at.
Computer Lens: Progressive designed for work with computer in small work spaces. No distance vision. Computer vision is straight ahead through lenses and requires no head tilt to see the computer. Additional magnification is obtained by looking lower in the lens.
Office Lens: Similar to computer lens but has a small area of distance vision near the top of the lens. Computer vision is still straight ahead.
Free-form digital progressive: No line multifocal. Lens is customized for patients specific prescription, frame and facial structure. Gives greater visual clarity at all distances.
Coatings are critical to providing the best vision and protection of both your eyes and the lens materials. Our opticians will help you select the lens material, design and coatings which will optimize your vision.
Anti-Reflective Coating: Anti-reflective coating (AR) virtually eliminates all distracting reflections and glare from your lenses. Anti-reflective coatings enhance your appearance by allowing people to see your eyes and not your lenses. Your eyes will look brighter. AR coatings also reduce glare and halos around lights at night.
Mirror Coating: Mirror coating provides a shiny, mirror-like surface on the front of the lens adding color and darkness to a sunglass. Mirror coatings come in several colors and look somewhat metallic.
Photochromatic Lenses: Photochromatic lenses respond to changes in light intensity by darkening as light increases. These lenses are ideal for people who do not want a second pair of sunglasses. They work well both indoors and outdoors.
Polarized Lenses: Polarized lenses provide 100% UV protection with reducing reflection and glare from water, snow and ice. These lenses are excellent for driving and outdoor activities such as biking, boating and fishing.
Scratch Coatings: Most plastic lenses have built-in scratch-resistant coatings, however it is always a good idea to talk with the optician and make sure he knows you want scratch-resistant coatings on your lenses. Scratch-resistant coatings will improve the durability of your lenses but are not scratch-proof. Don’t clean your glasses with your clothes or paper towels. Be gentle with your lenses.
Tints: Special tints can enhance your vision and your appearance. Tints reduce light entering your eyes and can improve ocular comfort and reduce eye strain. Tints can be functional or simply fashionable.
Ultraviolet (UV) Coatings: UV coating works like sunscreen for your eyes. UV coating protects your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and can be applied to both sunglasses and non-sunglasses. Overexposure to UV light causes cataracts, retinal damage, macular degeneration and skin cancer around the eyes. All eyewear should be treated with UV protective coatings. Don’t forget to put it on children’s glasses as well.