Clients face a tough decision when it comes to eyeglasses and contact lenses. Our staff in the optometry department is highly skilled in the latest developments and technology of both eyeglasses and contact lenses. Together with the patient’s input and prescription requirements from the eye exam, our staff will assist you in the decision making process. Our goal for you is to leave with a high quality lens and frame combination that will fit your personal style as well as your lifestyle.
After consulting with the optometry professional if contacts were a viable solution, there are a few options available. A few of those options are:
· Acuvue Bifocal Now bifocal wearers can experience the feeling of natural vision. Brought to you by Johnson & Johnson
· Durasoft Contacts can be purchased as permanent wear or disposable. Durasoft offers a wide variety of color choices and styles.
· Freshlook Color Blends Contact wearers can now choose their own eye color.
Perhaps the most overwhelming decision when choosing the right eyeglasses is which ones are right for you. At Cascade Eye Care our professionals are trained on assisting you in making the right choice. That decision will in part be made by prescription requirement’s, some of the other things to consider are lens materials, designs, and optional lens treatments.
· HARD RESIN
Conventional hard resin lenses are half the weight of glass lenses and can be tinted to almost any color and density. Hard resin lenses are more easily scratched than glass but can have an optional scratch protection applied. More impact resistant than glass, hard resin lenses do not require tempering.
· LIGHTER, THINNER LENSES
Modern technology has created lenses that bend light differently so that stronger corrections are thinner than when made in conventional materials. Such lenses are called “high index” and stronger corrections are more attractive because they are slimmer. Glass lenses are also available with the slimming advantage of high index but are considerably heavier. High index plastic uses less material so they are often lighter in weight. High index lenses absorb all harmful UV light and can be tinted to most any shade or color.
· LENSES THAT DARKEN IN THE SUN
These are lenses that darken as you go from indoors to outdoors. They are available in glass, hard resin and polycarbonate. Originally made to darken to moderate shade, new versions are available that darken to a true sunglass. Ask for a demonstration of these lenses when you stop in at Cascade Eye Care Clinic.
Polycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant lenses available and are always the lens of choice for young people and active patients. Polycarbonate lenses are high index and usually provide the lightest, most comfortable lenses. They absorb all harmful UV light and can be made ultra thin because of their unique strength.
For years glass was the only lens material available and glass still offers superior optics. The most scratch resistant material, the primary disadvantage of glass is its weight, generally twice that of hard resin. Glass lenses are heat or chemically tempered to increase impact resistance.
· SINGLE VISION LENSES
Single vision lenses function as all purpose glasses for persons who have normal accommodation. Persons who normally wear bifocals or trifocals can use single vision for distance or near glasses. Single vision lenses can also function as occupational glasses for certain types of work. Single vision lenses can be ordered in all available materials.
· ASPHERIC LENSES
These new lenses provide special visual and cosmetic benefits for stronger corrections and increases, aspherics eliminate the “bulgy” appearance of strong plus lenses (far-sighted corrections) and improve the appearance of finished eyewear. Near-sighted persons also benefit from thinner, lighter weight glasses when lenses are aspheric. Aspheric lenses are positioned closer to the face so there is less eye magnification with farsighted corrections and less “small eyes” look with nearsighted corrections. Aspheric lenses can be ordered in high index materials for the ultimate in attractive thin lenses.
· FLAT TOP BIFOCALS
This is the most popular bifocal form and is available with the bifocal portion made in a variety of widths to aid in various close-up occupations. Flat top bifocals can be ordered in every type of lens material.
· FRANKLIN STYLE BIFOCALS
Sometimes used for people who need a wide field of vision for near work (accountants, for example), Franklin style bifocals have a distinctive look and are usually thicker because of their design. They are generally only available in glass, hard resin and photochromic glass. They are being replaced by wide Flat Top bifocals.
Trifocals come in a variety of designs. Flat-top trifocals are the most widely used form. the added segment provides clear vision at arm’s length distance, that middle area that is often blurred for bifocal wearers. Trifocals can be ordered in all available materials.
· PROGRESSIVES (no line bifocals)
These modern lenses provide all the benefits of bifocals but add the feature of continuous clear vision at all distances, including mid-range distance (arm’s length). People like Progressives because they look like single vision lenses. Never revealing the need for bifocals. Progressives are available in all lens materials and also made in aspheric form. because of all these advantages, they are becoming the lens of choice for bifocal and trifocal wearers
OPTIONAL LENS TREATMENT
· SCRATCH PROTECTION COATING
Light weight hard resin lenses can be more easily scratched than glass lenses. Special coatings have been developed to help protect lenses from normal scratching. The modest additional cost for such scratch coating is usually a prudent investment. Some of the newest lens materials include scratch coating.
· UV PROTECTION
The ultraviolet rays found in sunlight can pose potential harm to eyes. Special treatment is available for hard resin lenses that completely blocks hazardous UV light. Lenses like polycarbonate, high index and photochromic lenses include built-in UV protection at no extra cost.
· ANTI / REFLECTION COATINGS
Special anti-reflective coatings are now available for spectacle lenses, much like those used for fine camera lenses. These coatings are particularly effective for reducing eye fatigue for computer operators and anyone driving at night. And, of course, AR lenses enhance appearance by removing all distracting reflections
At Cascade Eye Care our dedication to your site is unparalleled. Whether this will be your first pair of glasses ever or a new style, fit or design. We are committed that you will leave happy and with better Eye sight.