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We offer a large selection of eyeglasses, contact lenses and designer frames and sunglasses. We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear collections in a variety of styles, colors and materials including titanium, stainless steel and plastic.

Glasses and Contact Lenses for adjusting or enhancing vision

There are two kinds of lenses suggested for repairing or improving vision. These consist of eyeglasses and contact lenses.


Eyeglasses, the most popular type of eyewear used to correct or cure various forms of vision problems, is a structure that holds two parts of glass or plastic, which have been ground into lenses to remedy refractive errors. Refractive errors may include nearsightedness or myopia (trouble seeing into the distance), farsightedness or hyperopia (difficulty seeing close up), and astigmatism (blurring due to an irregularly fashioned cornea). Eyeglasses carry out this function by adding in or deducting focusing ability to the eye's cornea and lens.


Contacts are worn precisely on the cornea of the eye. As with glasses, contacts serve to correct refractive errors and perform this role by increasing or subtracting focusing power to the eye's cornea and lens.

How to review an eyeglass prescription

The lens force of glasses is gauged in diopters. This description demonstrates the amount of strength needed to focus images right on the retina. When you are looking at an eyeglass prescription, you will likely find the following abbreviations:

O.D. Oculus dextrous only pertains to the right eye (occasionally the abbreviation RE is employed). O.S. Oculus sinister refers to the left eye (in some cases the abbreviation LE is made use of).

In addition, the eyeglass prescription could also include the following descriptions:

Sphere: This numerical calculation explains the level of myopia or hyperopia.

Cylinder: This number calculation refers to the amount of astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea that induces lack of clearness) in the eyes.

Axis: This number of measurement details the position of astigmatism in numerical degrees. Bifocal is additional power in the lens and has an extra measurement provided on the prescription as "add" to identify the strength of the lens.

Precisely what are the different types of eyeglass lenses?

The sort of lenses employed in glasses is dependent on the sort of vision problem, and might include any of the following:

Concave lenses are thinnest in the middle. Used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), the numerical prescription in diopters is always written down with a minus (-) symbol.

Convex lenses are thickest in the center, just like a magnifying glass. Utilized to address farsightedness (hyperopia), the numerical prescription in diopters is always marked with a plus (+) symbol.

Cylindrical lenses curve more in one direction compared to in the other and are commonly used to improve astigmatism.

Eyeglasses for children

If old enough, help your son or daughter perform a part in picking his or her very own glasses. The following are features to investigate when shopping for eyeglasses for children:

Shatterproof and impact resistant lenses, certainly for children who join sport activities Scratch-resistant coating on the lenses Spring-loaded eyeglass frames that are less likely to become twisted or warped Silicone nose pads that keep eyeglasses from slipping Cable temples (ear pieces that wrap around the ear) are advised in youngsters under four years. Straps might also be highly recommended to keep the eyeglasses in place.

Simple facts about contact lenses

About 24 million Americans have contact lenses, eighty percent of those users have daily use soft lenses. In general, there exist 2 types of contact lenses in use, consisting of the following:

The rigid, gas-permeable lens The soft, water-absorbing lens

Perusing a contact lens prescription

The prescription for contact lenses involves much more details in comparison to what is available on the prescription for glasses. Special measurements are taken of the curve of the eyes. Additionally, your eye doctor will ascertain if the eyes are too dry for contact lenses, and if there are any corneal problems that may hinder a particular person from using contact lenses. Temporary lenses are ordinarily put to the test on the eyes for an amount of time to make certain about a good fit.

The contact lens prescription generally includes the following details:

Contact lens power (measured in diopters, similar to eyeglasses). Contact lens base curve. Diameter of the contact lens.


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