Lens Services and Features

With Spectacle Lenses, there are a wide range of available features. New technologies have brought us a range in lens power that is virtually unlimited. However, not all available features are right for all of our patients. As such, we provide you with a brief discussion of each of these features so when you visit our office you will have some ideas of what features might work best for you. We will discuss all of these and how they fit your needs.

Varilux S Series™

We are proud to offer and endorse the Varilux family of products, from Single Vision Digital to the Elite S Series Progressive Lens, Varilux lenses will provide sharp, clear vision.


Varilux S Series lenses are the best, most advanced progressives on the market today. Varilux S Series provides all of the benefits of other Varilux lens designs while virtually eliminating the “off-balance” feeling sometimes experienced by progressive lens wearers. Varilux S Series lenses also eliminate distortion and provide greater edge-to-edge clarity than any other progressive lens. Thanks to the patented lens shape and cutting-edge technology, Varilux S Series lenses can help give you more natural vision, helping you see the way you did before you needed progressive lenses.

Fixed Tints

Lenses are often tinted for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the color is just accent to the already stylish frame. Other times the patient is super sensitive to bright light (Photophobia). Migraine headaches or severe allergies are a few of the reasons for this.


Color Tinted Sunglasses

Tints can be a "solid" color, where the color is the same throughout the lens. Tints can also be a gradient where the top of the lens is dark and the bottom of the lens is clear. This is useful for those who are sensitive to overhead fluorescent light but when they are trying to read they want all the light they can get.


Yellow Lenses and Hunters

Hunters tend to like yellow or orange lenses since they increase contrast during the daybreak hours or twilight hours. During those hours the sun is at its greatest angle with the earth and therefore light passes through a denser atmosphere. As such, light is more bluish during those hours. As this bluish light passes through a yellow lens, the blue wavelength is filtered out and only the remaining colors can go through. Since the blue light can't get through the lens, blue objects appear to be darker or even black. That increases contrast against all the other colors.

Sunglasses

Children & Sunglasses





Dermatologists tell us that many skin cancers originate from excessive sun exposure. For younger children, ultra-violet from the sun is even more damaging. This holds true for children's eyes as well as their skin. We recommend sunglasses for children as well as a cap with a "bill" to protect their young eyes.

Polarized Sun Lenses

Polarizing sunglasses eliminates reflected glare from wet road surfaces, bumpers, windshields and water on the road, lakes and rivers. This is particularly useful for drivers, boaters, fishermen, hunters and many other outdoor activities. We are proud to offer XPERIO polarized lenses from Essilor.


With the Eye-Sun Protection Factor™ (E-SPF™) 50+, Xperio UV is the only outdoor lens solution that provides at least 50 times more protection from dangerous UV radiation, compared to wearing no lenses at all. Xperio UV not only blocks transmitted UV radiation, but also blocks frontside UV transmission AND eliminates backside UV reflection.

Transitions & Photogray

Transition and Photogray lenses change with the light. Light from the sun contains ultra-violet wavelengths (over 700 nm). It is the ultra-violet that creates a change in the chemistry of the lens. This change causes the lens to darken. Transition refers to plastic light weight lenses.


Photogray refers to glass lenses. Both of these photosensitive lenses block over 95% of the ultra-violet rays. When indoors, and out of the effect from sunlight, the lenses lighten up nearly perfectly clear. When in your car, the lenses are only about 25% dark due to the fact that the car windshield blocks about 50% of the UV. Transitions come in two densities.


If you prefer clear lenses when you are indoors, the traditional Transitions lens is best for you. However, if you are sensitive to bright light and prefer a comfortable light tint indoors and you want moderate darkening in the car, then you should use Transitions XTRActive, or XPERIO.

XPERIO® TRANSITIONS® SUN LENSES

*Improve contrast and reduce blinding glare from sunlight reflected off the surface of objects, water or snow

*Ideal for water sports, driving, or just spending time outdoors

*Lenses that work with most prescriptions and frames

Combine polarizing technology with the unmatched photochromic technology of Transitions lenses to further visual performance by increasing contrast and reducing glare.

BEHIND THE WINDSHIELD

Most photochromic lenses react primarily to UV light. That’s why they change when you’re in the sun and remain clear indoors. The glass in car windshields blocks more than 99% of UV light, so most photochromic lenses do not provide sufficient darkening in the car.

We offer an everyday lens solution. Transitions® XTRActive® lenses contain a specially designed photochromic dye that responds to both UV light and natural (visible, clear or white) light, so they are able to moderately adapt in the car.

We also recommend a pair of prescription sunglasses.

Transitions®Drivewear® adaptive lenses enhance the driving experience by combining two of the most advanced technologies in the eyeglass industry. NuPolar® Polarization eliminates glare off the road and car hood. Transitions photochromic technology adjusts the color and tint of the lenses as light conditions change.

TEMPERATURE AND ITS EFFECT ON PHOTOCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY

The molecules in photochromic technology work by reacting to UV light. However, temperature can have an effect on the reaction time of the molecules. When the lenses become cold the molecules begin to move slowly. This means that it will take somewhat longer for the lenses to adapt from dark to clear. When the lenses become warm the molecules speed up and become more reactive. This means that they will fade back faster. It can also mean that if you’re outside on a hot sunny day, but sitting in the shade, your lenses will be quicker to detect the diminished UV rays and lighten in color. Whereas, if you are outside on a sunny day in a cold climate, and then move into the shade, your lenses will adjust more slowly than they would in a warm climate.

Transitions scientists continuously strive to improve our technology and create formulations that find the perfect balance between UV light and the temperature of the lenses. In fact, our newest Transitions Signature™ lenses are more responsive than ever before – they get 15% to 21% darker across temperatures, and even in indirect light.. It’s one of many reasons we are the most recommended photochromic lens brand worldwide.

Safer Night Driving

At night, your color recognition, peripheral vision, and depth perception are all affected negatively. But there are simple things you can do to make driving at night safer and more comfortable, like having Crizal Anti Reflective Coating added to your lenses.
When you look at a high quality camera lens, you will note a purplish sheen to the surface of the lens. This is an Anti-Reflection (ARC) Coating which is baked on the lens. This same anti-reflection coating is available in your glasses. This coating reduces reflections and glare from lights by over 80%. This feature is particularly useful when driving at night, when there is a multitude of streetlights and car lights that are reflecting off the surfaces of your lenses.

Glare while driving or while on a computer can create a lot of visual discomfort. We are proud to offer CRIZAL. Check out the link and see why CRIZAL ARC is our ARC of choice.


The newest member of the Crizal family is Crizal Prevencia.
Selective filtering of harmful Blue-Violet light

Clear and comfortable vision


Are Crizal No-Glare lenses heavier or thicker than regular lenses?

No, the Crizal No-Glare treatment is very thin—thinner than a strand of hair! The actual thickness and weight of your glasses is a function of the lens material chosen, your frames, and your prescription.
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