Does shopping for contacts or eye glasses feel overwhelming? Too many options? Colours? Styles? Brands?!? Our job is to help match you and your lifestyle to the right kind of frame - this can narrow down the choices substantially. We'll leave the style choices up to you. Did you know the wrong choice of frame can actually have a negative effect on your vision? Choosing the right frames is about more than just how they look, it's about how and when they will be worn. Don't worry, this is what we do, we can help you navigate through the many choices available.
TYPES OF LENSES & LENS COATINGS
These are glasses containing the exact same power, or focal power, distributed throughout the entire lens. The focal power is the same on the top of the lens and at the bottom of the lens. In addition, these lenses can be used in the treatment of astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and combinations of these conditions. Typically, people that wear corrective lenses under 40 years of age wear this type of corrective lens.
Bifocal lenses are comprised of two parts. The top or upper most part of the lens is typically used by people needing help with distance vision. The lower portion of the lens is normally used for those needing help for reading and other near-vision activities. People with presbyopia usually wear bifocal lenses to correct their visual deficits. Bifocals have a visible line separating the distance from the near which are available in various widths depending on the wearers needs.
Sometimes called “no-line bifocals,” eliminate the visible lines of traditional bifocals and trifocals. In addition to cosmetic advantages, progressive multifocal lenses provide a more natural correction of presbyopia than bifocal prescription eyeglasses. Instead of having just two lens powers like bifocals or trifocals, progressive lenses are true “multifocal” lenses that provide a seamless progression of many lens powers for all viewing distances.
SCRATCH RESISTANT COATING
No eyeglass lenses, not even glass lenses are scratch-proof. However, lenses that are treated front and back with a clear, scratch-resistant coating have a much harder surface that is more resistant to scratching, whether from dropping your glasses on the floor or occasionally cleaning them with a paper towel. Kids’ lenses, especially, benefit from a scratch-resistant hard coat for greater durability.
Anti-reflective (AR) coating is a microscopically thin multilayer coating that eliminates reflections from the front and back of eyeglass lenses. AR coating makes your lenses nearly invisible to the naked eye. AR coating also eliminates glare caused by light reflecting from your lenses. Lenses with AR coating provide better vision for night driving and more comfortable vision for reading and computer use.
ULTRA VIOLET COATING
An invisible dye that blocks UV light. Just as sunscreen keeps the sun’s UV rays from harming your skin, UV-protective treatments for eyeglass lenses block those same rays from damaging your eyes. Overexposure to ultraviolet light is thought to be a cause of cataracts, retinal damage and other eye problems. Regular plastic eyeglass lenses block most UV light, but adding a UV-blocking dye boosts UV protection to 100%.
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