Eyeglasses

Online Prescriptions Eyeglasses

A Warning to our Patients Concerning the Dangers and Risks of Purchasing Online Prescription Eyeglasses

Following up on some of our patients’ requests and complaints, we have been investigating and reviewing the current technologies that allow a shopper to purchase complete pairs of eyeglasses over the internet. While websites may be able to offer frames and lenses to online customers, the reality of the situation is that eyeglasses have to be accurately adjusted and precisely measured on the patient’s face before the order is submitted to the fabricating laboratory to insure that the prescription power, as measured by the doctor during the eye examination, is in the exact place on the lens and that the lens is in the exact place on your face.

What Can Go Wrong?

Eyeglasses have so many variables that it is virtually impossible to be sure that the prescription will work when ordered sight unseen from an unknown website. Even under optimum conditions in a doctor’s office, a small percentage of eyeglasses will not perform as prescribed. Imagine the likelihood of eyeglasses not working when the frame is not correctly adjusted to your face and the measurements, usually measured with a device that can be monocularly accurate to 0.5mm (1/64 of an inch), are simply guessed at.

Frames are the first unknown. The craftsmanship of these discount frames is usually poor, and they are most often made with sub-optimal materials with little or no standard of quality. It is nearly impossible to tell what a frame will look like on your face, and there is no way to tell how it will feel and if it is heavy, uncomfortable, etc. it usually cannot be returned.

The stronger your prescription, whether you are farsighted, nearsighted, have astigmatism and especially if you need a bifocal, the more likely the eyeglasses will not work as prescribed and your vision will be compromised. Prescriptions for the more complex bifocals and progressive lenses have even more critical tolerances than standard single vision lenses.

What Would I Notice if the Eyeglasses Aren’t Working Correctly or if the Prescription is Wrong?

First cover each eye and compare the two images. They should be the same. Next, look far away and then up close. Does everything look clear? Some of the lens fabrication and frame adjustment errors will make you feel a pulling sensation the longer you wear the eyeglasses. After a day of wearing incorrect lenses, it is not unusual to have eyestrain, a little dizziness or a headache, usually located right behind your eyes. Some readers notice that reading makes them very tired and they lose their place often. Some computer users complain that the monitor is not in focus and that the width of the reading area is very narrow. All of these symptoms can be eliminated if the eyeglasses are made correctly, the prescription is verified by the doctor’s office and the frame is precisely adjusted to fit your face. Unfortunately, because the tolerances are so critical, if the lenses are fabricated to the wrong measurements, there is no amount of frame adjusting that will fix the problem and alleviate the symptoms.

Probably the best reason to get your eyeglasses from the Hillcrest Vision is the peace of mind of knowing that we stand behind our eyewear. Our brand name designer frame lines come with 2-year guarantees, meaning that if there is a quality problem with a frame, you get a new replacement at no charge for two years from the date you picked them up. All anti-reflective lenses come with a one year scratch warranty at no additional charge. No online website offers these protections. As a comparison, Lenscrafters, the largest retailer of eyeglasses in the country, offers only a 90 day return policy.  Why do we offer such a terrific guarantee? It’s just the way we do things.

Our lenses, which are the most critical part of your eyeglasses, are from the top laboratories in the country that also guarantee the precision and optical quality of the lenses. We stand behind our products unequivocally. Ask an internet site if they have money back guarantees if the glasses don’t work correctly. You may be surprised, or shocked, by the answer, if you speak that language.

Hillcrest Vision offers a one-stop, turnkey solution for eyeglasses. Our doctors, our prescriptions, our products, our guarantees; your peace of mind and the knowledge that you will be able to see clearly out of your eyeglasses and the comfort in knowing that we will always be there to help you should you ever need us.

A recent article in the New York Times describes the terrible experiences of some online purchasers with just one online eyeglass website. There is no way of knowing if one online site is reputable or not. As detailed in the following article, thousands of buyers got ripped off. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/business/28borker.html?src=me&ref=business The NBC Today Show also reported on this predatory online eyeglass retailer. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/40430545#40430545

Women's Eyeglass Frames


Need new eyeglasses? The choices in women’s frames are nearly unlimited. But that’s sometimes the problem: How do you find the frames styles that look best on you?

Narrowing down your choices

Ask yourself a few questions before shopping for eyewear:

Do I want a frame that’s delicate or bold, retro or modern, conservative or “out there”?

Do I plan to wear this frame at work? For social occasions?

What colors am I drawn to and look best on me?

What are the main colors in my wardrobe?

What face shape do I have?

What do I like about my current eyeglasses? What do I dislike?

The answers to these questions will help your optician narrow your search to frames that you are most likely to be happy with.

Judging fit and comfort

According to eyewear industry research, most women are more interested in the way eyeglasses look, while most men are more interested in comfort and fit. But let’s face it. If the frame doesn’t fit well or isn’t comfortable, you won’t want to wear it.

Here are some tips about how to judge the fit of frames:

  • To ensure the temples aren’t too snug on sides of your head, choose frames that are wide enough for your face. The edge of the frames should protrude slightly beyond your face so the temples don’t put pressure on your head as they extend back to your ears.

  • Are the temples long enough? The curve at the end of the temple should extend over your ear without pressing down upon it.
  • Check the nosepiece for comfort and fit. Many glasses have soft, silicone nose pads that can be adjusted for a customized fit. For frames without adjustable nose pads, the frame should fit securely without pinching the bridge of your nose.
  • When you pick up your new eyeglasses, move your head up and down, and bend over (as if to pick up something up from the floor) to see how well your glasses stay in place. With the properly adjusted nose pads and temples, your glasses should stay comfortably in place.
  • How many frames do you need?

    Most women don’t hesitate to buy more than one pair of shoes, so why balk at buying more than one pair of eyeglasses?

    Your eyewear is as much a fashion accessory as anything else you wear. And while few of us have an unlimited budget, money spent on multiple pairs of eyeglasses is well spent – especially if you have a varied wardrobe for work, home and social wear.

    If you’re really on a tight budget, then by all means choose one frame that you’ll be happy wearing with any outfit and in any situation. But it doesn’t mean you have to choose a plain, thin metal frame if you really like eyewear that’s bold and colorful. Remember, this frame is going to be on your face every single day, and you have to like how it looks on you.

    Let us help

    Our optical dispensary has a large selection of the latest styles in women’s frames. We can help you find the best eyewear to complement your facial features, shape and coloring, and help you choose frames that match your personality and wardrobe.

    For more information on eyeglasses, visit All About Vision®.

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    Specialty Eyewear


    Just as “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t always fit, neither does one pair of eyeglasses for all situations.

    Whether you want optimum vision and comfort for a specific activity, such as computer use, work, hobbies or driving, or you need glasses that provide an extra margin of safety for work or recreation, special-purpose eyeglasses will usually meet these needs better than your “everyday” glasses.

    Computer glasses

    If you spend much time in front of a computer, you probably already know that eye strain, fatigue and muscle strains are common problems associated with prolonged computer use. “Computer glasses” have lenses that are specially-designed to maximize your vision at the intermediate and close-up distances you use during computer work. Computer-specific eyewear will give you the best correction for these distances and help reduce eyestrain.

    Reading and hobbies

    If you wear bifocals, you may find you have to tip your head back slightly to use the reading portion of the lens. That’s fine for most things, but if you want to sit and read a novel, this head-back posture can cause neck discomfort and fatigue. Often, a pair of single vision reading glasses are a much better solution for prolonged reading and other detailed near vision tasks, such as sewing or needlepoint work.

    Working in the yard or with power tools

    Lawn mowers, power trimmers, grinding tools and other power tools can all cause serious eye injuries from high-speed projectiles. Even something as simple as hammering a nail can cause flying debris. Safety glasses are a must for these activities.

    Sports eyewear

    Did you know that wearing specially-tinted eyeglass lenses can improve your visual acuity on the tennis court, golf course or on the slopes? Sport-specific eyewear can enhance performance by improving visual clarity while protecting your eyes from injury.

    Driving glasses

    Driving glasses come in two different categories: sunglasses designed specifically for driving and clear prescription driving glasses. Many sunglasses made for driving feature polarized lenses to reduce glare and special tints to enhance contrast for safer, more comfortable vision on the road on sunny days. Eyeglasses for night driving should include your distance prescription and anti-reflective (AR) coating to reduce the glare from streetlights and oncoming headlights and allow more light to reach your eyes for better vision on dark roadways.

    We can help

    Nearly everyone can benefit from specialty eyewear. Let us know about all the different things you like to do, and we can tell you about the best special-purpose eyewear to fit your needs.

    For more information on computer glasses and safety glasses, visit All About Vision®.

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    The Basics of Eyeglasses


    Eyeglasses are more popular today than ever, despite the availability of contact lenses and vision correction surgery.

    Frame styles branded with high profile designer names are always in demand. And eyeglass frame materials have evolved with the advent of new plastics and various types of metals.

    For safety glasses, you may want an extra tough plastic, such as polycarbonate. If you suffer from skin allergies, hypoallergenic metals such as titanium or stainless steel are good choices.

    Certain frames are made with highly flexible metal alloys, which reduce the possibility of breakage. Spring hinges are also for added durability, and are a great option for children’s eyewear.

    Eyeglass frames styles

    Eyeglasses have also become quite popular as fashion accessories, with different colors and styles available to match their wardrobes.

    Multi-colored inlays, composite materials, designer emblems, and enhancements such as insets of precious stones may also be found in popular frame styles.

    Rimless styles have become more popular in recent years as an understated way to wear eyeglasses without obvious frames. Rimless styles mainly involve attaching plastic or metal temples directly onto the lenses rather than onto a frame.

    Advances in eyeglass lenses

    You also have many options when choosing the lenses for your eyeglasses. Among the most popular types of lenses and lens options prescribed today are:

    • Aspheric lenses, which have a slimmer, more attractive profile than other lenses. They also eliminate that magnified, “bug-eye” look caused by some prescriptions.

    • High index lenses, which are made of new materials that enable the lenses to be noticeably thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses.

    • Polycarbonate lenses are thinner, lighter and up to 10 times more impact-resistant than regular plastic lenses. These lenses are great for safety glasses, children’s eyewear, and for anyone who wants lightweight, durable lenses.

    • Photochromic lenses are sun-sensitive lenses that quickly darken in bright conditions, and quickly return to a clear state in ordinary indoor lighting.

    • Polarized lenses diminish glare from flat, reflective surfaces (like water) and also reduce eye fatigue.

    • Anti-reflective coatings are among the most popular add-ons for lenses. They can dramatically improve the look and comfort of your glasses by minimizing the amount of light that reflects off the surface of your lenses, which also has the added benefit of reducing glare and thus easing eye fatigue.

    • Other lens coatings include scratch-resistant, ultraviolet treatment, and mirror coatings.

    Eyeglass lenses for presbyopia

    Presbyopia is the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability that makes reading and other close-up tasks more difficult after age 40.

    This means that the usual type of eyeglass lenses you’ve likely been accustomed to wearing, known as single vision lenses, no longer will work well for you.

    Multifocal eyeglass lenses available for presbyopia correction include:

    • Bifocals: Lenses with two powers – one for distance and one for near – separated by a visible line.

    • Trifocals: Lenses with three powers for seeing at varying distances – near, intermediate and far – separated by two visible lines.

    • Progressive lenses: These lenses have many advantages over bifocals and trifocals because they allow the wearer to focus at many different distances, not just two or three. Because they have no lines, progressive lenses allow a smooth, comfortable transition from one distance to another.

    If you see well in the distance without the need for eyeglasses, simple reading glasses with single vision lenses may be all you need to deal with near vision problems caused by presbyopia.

    Advice for Buying Eyeglasses

    Your appearance, personal taste and lifestyle should all be considered when choosing eyeglasses. We can help you choose frames and lenses that both complement your appearance and meet your lifestyle needs.

    For more information on prescription eyeglasses, visit All About Vision®.<

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    Men's Eyeglass Frames


    Most men are interested in comfort, fit and durability when it comes to eyeglasses. While they also want style, men typically won’t forsake comfort and fit just to look good.

    Comfort and fit

    Men: Here are some key areas to check out to make sure the eyeglass frames you choose will be comfortable and fit well.

    To ensure the temples (the pieces that extend to your ears) aren’t too snug on sides of your head, choose frames are wide enough for your face. The edge of the frames should protrude slightly beyond your face so the temples don’t put pressure on your head as they extend back to your ears.

    Next, make sure the temples are long enough. Many frame styles are available in more than one temple length. So if you find a frame you like but the temples seem too short, ask your optician if a longer temple is available. For a comfortable fit, the curve at the end of the temple should extend over your ear without pressing down upon it.

    Also, check the nosepiece for comfort and fit. Many glasses have soft, silicone nose pads that can be adjusted for a customized fit. For frames without adjustable nose pads, the frame should fit securely without pinching the bridge of your nose.

    When you pick up your new eyeglasses, move your head up and down, and bend over (as if to pick up something up from the floor) to see how well your glasses stay in place. With properly adjusted nose pads and temples, your glasses should stay comfortably in place.

    Durability

    For extra-durable eyeglasses, consider choosing frames made from titanium, stainless steel or “memory metal.” Titanium and stainless steel are stronger and more durable than other metal frame materials, and frames made of memory metal, a titanium-based alloy, return to their original shape even if they are severely bent or twisted.

    What about fashion? Five trends in men’s eyeglasses

    Men’s frame styling has become more masculine in recent years, with classic shapes and sizes now re-born with a modern twist.

    1. Masculine shapes such as aviator glasses and double brow-bar styles have seen a resurgence in popularity, but in fresh colors and materials and slightly pared-down in size.
    2. Larger and bolder eyeglass frames are becoming popular again for men. Keep in mind that the biggest styles work best on men with larger body types. Smaller frames are still around, and still work well with smaller faces.
    3. Rimless and semi-rimless styles (where the eyeglass lens is held in place to the temple simply by a screw or a wire) are perfect for the man who wants a modern or minimalist look. Combine rimless frames with anti-reflective lenses and the glasses practically disappear.

    1. Titanium frames are very popular with men and rate high in both the function and fashion categories. These premium metal frames are super lightweight, non-corrosive, very durable and stylish as well.
    2. For a younger, hip or retro look, many men are turning to plastic frames. Lightweight and comfortable, plastic frames come in a wide variety of styles including bold, black ’50s-style frames and modern designs with layers of colors laminated together to create a unique effect.

    Time to upgrade?

    Are your glasses uncomfortable? Want a new look? Visit us today to see the latest styles comfortable, fashionable frames for men of all ages.

    For more information on men’s eyeglasses, visit All About Vision®.

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