Give Your Eyes a New Pair of Glasses

During this oddest of years, we haven’t been able to go out much. This means we haven’t been spending as much money on eating out and drinking, not to mention little to no travel. That has left most of us with some additional dollars floating around in our bank account.

Since you probably won’t be having any Secret Santa party at the office, maybe this year you should give your eyes a present — a new pair of eyeglasses from The Eye Clinic P.C. Here’s some information on brands and different lens types to get you ready to come into our new location, one floor down in the St. Vincent East Pavilion.

Brands you know

First off, let’s do some name dropping. These are the brands you’ll find: Line Art by Charmant, Charmant Titanium, Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, Smith, LaFont, Kliik, Fysh, Evatek, Nicole Miller, Ann Taylor Petites, Sperry, Champion, L’Amy America, Flexon, among others.

Types of lenses

Some people assume every lens is the same, the only difference being whether the lenses are single vision or bi- or trifocal. Not so. There are many different types of modern eyeglass lenses available at The Eye Clinic. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Aspheric lenses — These lenses have a different curve than the standard spherical lens. This curvature is good for smaller distortions, and it makes the lenses light and thin.
  • Multifocal lenses — These lenses combine two or more prescriptions to correct for far-sightedness and near-sightedness, as well as the distance in between.
  • Hi-Index lenses — These are used for stronger prescriptions. The lenses are made of high-tech plastic and can remain thinner than glass. This makes them lighter than typical thicker lenses.
  • Photochromic lenses — These are also called “transition” lenses because they automatically darken when the wearer leaves the indoors to head outdoors or to areas with very bright light. These can replace sunglasses.
  • Polarized lenses — These are good if you spend lots of time outdoors with your glasses on. These reduce glare so they are good for those with lighter colored eyes or photosensitive eyes.
  • Polycarbonate lenses — These are great for kids and active adults, and for those who want a rimless style. The polycarbonate lenses are naturally UV resistant, which is helpful for patients with early cataracts or macular degeneration.
  • Progressive lenses — These are an alternative to traditional bifocals or trifocals, which feature lines between the different distance areas that make up the lens. With progressive lenses, there isn’t any line between the zones, the lens blends the different vision corrections from top to bottom.

If you’re interested in treating your eyes to a nice Christmas present, come see us at The Eye Clinic P.C. at 9155 SW Barnes Road. Or call us at (503) 297-4718 to schedule your normal eye exam.

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