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What are Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists?

An optometrist (O.D.) will examine your eyes for vision and health problems, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses. Optometrists may prescribe ophthalmic and systemic medications and may participate in your pre- and postoperative care if you have eye surgery. An optometrist must complete four years of post-graduate optometry school.

An ophthalmologist (M.D.) is a medical doctor who specializes in the eye. Most ophthalmologists choose one particular portion of the eye in which to specialize. They perform eye exams, treat disease, prescribe medication, and perform surgery. They may also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. 

An optician is not a doctor, but in some states they must complete training and be licensed. Most opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear that are made to an optometrist's or ophthalmologist's prescription.

What are Single Vision lenses?

These are all-purpose lenses that are available in all materials and provide vision correction for one viewing area. The corrected area can be for distance or near vision.

What are Multifocal lenses?

These lenses will correct for both distance and near viewing areas in one single pair of glasses. They are available as no-line progressives, bifocals, or trifocals.

Do I need UV protection?

The sun's ultraviolet rays can harm your eyes. We recommend UV protection on all our lenses. UV filters for your lenses do the same thing sunscreen does for skin. Lenses do not need to have a dark tint to provide UV protection. In fact, most clear lenses have UV filters already in place for your protection!

What are No-Line Progressives?

These lenses are designed to allow you to see at distance (driving a vehicle), intermediate (looking at the dashboard or computer), and near (reading a map) with no visible lines. The absence of bifocal or trifocal lines makes this lens very cosmetically desirable.

What are Anti-Reflective coatings?

This is a special coating that reduces distracting reflections and glare. The results are more transmitted light, better quality of vision, improved night vision, and reduced eye fatigue. These lenses are great for working on the computer and driving at night. They also allow your eyes to be more visible to others as they look at you, which is more cosmetically appealing.

What is special about polarized lenses?

This is the best option for eliminating glare outdoors. Hunters, boaters, fishermen, golfers, and drivers can all benefit from polarization. Any surface can create glare in sunlight, especially snow and water. Polarized sunwear is available in both fashion and sporting styles.

What is the best way to clean and care for my eyeglasses?

Improper cleaning can damage your lenses, resulting in scratches, haziness and peeling of coatings. Following these simple tips will help keep your eyeglass lenses in optimal condition.

Best Options for Cleaning and Caring for Your New Eyeglasses:

  • Use a lens cleaner developed especially for eyeglasses, along with a micro-fiber lens cloth. Most good eyeglass cleaners will have an anti-static agent in them, which helps keep dust and particles from collecting on the lenses, keeping them cleaner longer. 
  • If you are away from your lens cleaner, rinse your lenses with warm water and mild soap, (this rinses the dust particles off of the lens), and then wipe them dry with a lens cloth or soft, clean cloth such as a clean T-shirt.
  • Use two hands when putting your eyeglasses on and taking them off.
  • Periodically clean out the inside of your glasses case.
  • Avoid leaving your eyeglasses in excessive heat, such as on the dashboard and sun visors of the car.
  • Store glasses in an eyeglass case when you are not wearing them.
  • Remove your eyeglasses when spraying hair spray to avoid build up on the lenses.
  • If your frames feel loose, start to slip, or look crooked, please feel free to come in for a complimentary frame adjustment. One of our experienced opticians will be happy to help!

Never do the Following to Your New Eyeglasses

  • Never use household detergents, soaps, or window cleaners such as Windex. Often the ammonia based chemicals in these cleaners will break down certain lens coatings.
  • Never place eyewear face down on the lenses.
  • Never wipe your eyeglasses with paper towels, facial tissues, or toilet paper.