Full Range of Products

Glasses

Our dispensary features over 500 frames to suite all ages. Our office will assist you in selecting the appropriate frame and lenses for your specific prescription and visual demands. We are happy to adjust and repair your glasses at any time. Feel free to drop in, as appointments are not necessary. Adjustments are provided free of charge, but a donation to Optometry Giving Sight is always welcomed.

For information on private insurance coverage please see Insurance Company Coverage at our FAQs  page.

Frames

Our office offers a variety of frame suppliers. The selection of ophthalmic frames is constantly changing as the supplier representatives replace dated or discontinued product with new styles. The frames all carry warranties supported by the manufacturers. These warranties guarantee the frames against manufacturing defects, but do not include issues resulting from normal wear and tear such as screws loosening, and wearing of finishes or abuse.

Ophthalmic Lenses

Plastic
Plastic lenses are light weight and have better safety features, in comparison to glass lenses. Approximately 90% of all spectacle lenses are now plastic.

Glass
Glass lenses are heavier than other lens materials. They are more scratch resistant than plastic, but can still scratch and are more likely to break. It is recommended that glass lenses be treated to increase break resistance.

High-index Materials
A high-index lens creates a thinner profile for those with higher prescriptions. The lenses are lighter in weight than standard glass or plastic lenses. As a result, they are more comfortable and cosmetically desirable. A variety of high-index materials are available to accommodate different prescriptions.

Photochromic Material
Lenses that darken when exposed to visible or ultra-violet light are available. Photochromic materials are available in single vision, as well as bifocal and progressive lenses. There are a number of materials available. Our office primarily uses Transitions lenses by Transitions for plastic lenses, and Photogrey Extra by Corning Glass for glass lenses.

Polarized Lenses
Polarized lenses are manufactured by laminating a polarizing filter between two pieces of tinted ophthalmic plastic or glass. This is the preferred lens material for sunglasses. Light which has been reflected off of a horizontal surface such as snow, water, or vehicles is referred to as polarized light. This polarized light is a source of glare which can be annoying and uncomfortable. The polarizing filter blocks this reflected light reducing the source of the glare. For more information see Younger Optics.

High Impact-Resistance
One high impact resistant material is known as polycarbonate. It has a higher shatter resistance than regular plastic lenses but has a tendency to scratch easier, even with a scratch resistant coating. It is useful for anyone needing superior eye protection, including children, teens, and active adults. Another material known as Trivex manufactured by PPG Industries has high strength properties and better optics than polycarbonate.

Types of Lenses

Single Vision
This is a lens used for correction of one distance only such as near (reading) or distance (driving).

Bifocal
This lens is used for near and distance vision correction with a visible line separating the areas.

Trifocal
This is a lens used for near, intermediate, and distance vision correction with two visible lines. The top portion of the lens is used for distance vision; the centre portion for intermediate vision; and the bottom portion for near vision.

Progressive Add Lens (invisible or no-line)
This lens is used to correct for near, intermediate and distance vision. It is aesthetically designed without a visible line in the lens. The prescription in the lens gradually changes from the top (distance) portion of the lens to the bottom (reading). More information is available at Carl Zeiss Vision.

Occupational
These lenses are similar to bifocal lenses except they have an additional near correction area at the top of the lens. They are commonly used by electricians, auto mechanics, plumbers, or any person who needs to do near work above their head.

Lens treatments

Scratch-Resistant Coatings
A coating designed to reduce scratches from everyday cleaning and normal wear but will not prevent all scratches. All of our plastic lenses are manufactured with a scratch resistant coating.

Anti-Reflective Coating (AR)
An AR coating not only removes distracting and annoying reflections due to the lens, it also increases the cosmetic appearance of the lenses. The reduction in lens reflections may reduce eye fatigue, especially while viewing computer screens or driving at night. Depending on the prescription and lens materials, AR coatings may be recommended. Significant improvements in AR coatings are continuously being made. See Carl Zeiss Vision for more information.

Ongoing Maintenance

  • All lenses can scratch regardless of materials and coatings. When you clean lenses rinse them under water or spray them with spectacle lens cleaner and then wipe gently with a soft cloth. A mild soap and water will also work very well.
  • When not wearing your glasses store them in the case or set them down with the lens surfaces up. Loose keys, coins and other items can scratch lenses, so be sure your glasses are in a case when put in a shirt pocket or purse. Lenses will also scratch if they move around in the case.
  • Do not leave spectacles on the dashboard of your vehicle, even if they are in the case. The extreme heat in the summer can damage plastic frames and coatings on lenses. Initial bursts of heat from the oven or barbeque can also damage your frame and lenses.
  • With wear, all glasses will loosen over time and need to be tightened up periodically. This is particularly noticeable with plastic frames.
  • Check the temple hinges and eyewire screws from time to time. Due to regular wear and tear screws may loosen to the extent that the temple could fall off, or a lens may fall out of the frame. Have your glasses checked and readjusted periodically.
  • Anti-reflective coatings may be damaged by the chemicals in hot tubs, ammonia based cleaners, aerosol sprays and other strong cleaning agents.
  • Remove your glasses with both hands to decrease the risk of the frames becoming misaligned.
  • To be on the safe side, always carry a spare pair of glasses when travelling, along with a copy of your prescription.

All new glasses require an adaption period. This may take a few days. If problems persist beyond a week please drop in to our dispensary.  A minor frame adjustment may be all that is required.

Contact Lenses

With all the latest advancements in contact lens technology, the majority of refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia can be corrected with contact lenses.

The vast majority of people requiring vision correction can wear contact lenses without experiencing any problems as new technologies provide us with greater options in contact lens wear. It is important to discuss the matter fully with your Optometrist.  Your overall vision problems, the health of your eyes, and your specific visual needs and motivations will be considered.

The Optometrist has access to a wide variety of lenses through all the major contact lens suppliers. For more information see the contact lens supplier Websites; Bausch & Lomb, CIBA, Coopervison, Johnson & Johnson.

Disposable Daily Lenses:
Single-use, daily wear lenses that are designed to provide the wearer with fresh and clean lenses every time they insert their lenses. No lens cleaning is required for the daily wear regime. These lenses are perfect for the active lifestyle and occasional usage.

Disposable Biweekly Wear:
Biweekly lenses are worn daily and discarded and replaced after two weeks of use. On lens removal they must be cleaned and disinfected. These lenses are not designed or intended for overnight wear.

Disposable Monthly Wear:
Monthly lenses are worn daily and discarded and replaced after one month of use. On lens removal they must be cleaned and disinfected. These lenses are not designed or intended for overnight wear.

It is the policy of our office that all contact lens wearers have an annual eye examination to ensure the continued use of contact lenses is not compromising the health of your eyes.

Disposable contact lenses have no warranties once the box has been opened or damaged.

Lens Care Solutions

When you are fitted for contact lenses, a particular lens care system will be recommended. If you wish to change your lens care regimen or to try a new lens care product, it is best to discuss this first with your Optometrist. Rigid lens solutions are not compatible with soft contacts.

 

Follow Professional Advice

  • Annual eye examinations are required to ensure the health of your eyes and fit of the contacts.
  • Wear your contacts only for the length of time recommended, even if they feel comfortable.
  • Remove, clean and disinfect your lenses at the prescribed intervals.
  • Don’t use any eye medications without consulting your Optometrist.