Choosing the Perfect Frame & Lens Combination
You and Dr. Milano will select the most appropriate lens type. For example, will you need a single vision, bifocal or progressive design? When you are in the frame selection area, one of our technicians will assist you in choosing the best material for your needs. They will consider your prescription, lifestyle, and the tasks you will be doing with your new glasses and will make suggestions as to the best lens to suit you.
There are three basic types of lens material: glass, plastic (CR39) and polycarbonate. All glasses arriving from the laboratory are inspected for quality of workmanship, and defects of the lenses or frame.
- Glass is an excellent medium for the transmission and bending of light for your eyewear. It is the most scratch resistant of all the materials. Its biggest drawback is its weight. It is quite a bit heavier than plastic or polycarbonate. Most people find the added weight to be quite uncomfortable after a full day of wearing glasses.
- Plastic is the most widely used material. It has excellent optical qualities and is much lighter than glass. Its biggest drawback is that it scratches fairly easily. With proper care and handling, however, you can extend the life of your plastic lenses until you are ready for your next pair.
- Polycarbonate is growing in popularity because it’s lightweight and impact resistance. It is by far the safest lens available and is always prescribed for children. Its biggest drawback is that in the higher prescriptions some people notice distortions. After a standard hardcoat is applied, its scratch resistance is similar to a plastic lens.
Choosing a Frame
There are several factors to consider when choosing a frame. Most frames will come in a variety of colors and sizes when you find the basic shape you like. When you try on a frame, you should look at the bridge of the frame. Ask yourself the following:
- Does it sit on your nose comfortably?
- Is there a lot of movement side to side?
- Do the temples of the frame extend far enough back to wrap around your ears to keep it from sliding forward?
- Do you like the color of the frame on you? Most people prefer to wear certain colors in their wardrobe.
- Do you like the size and shape of the frame?
We carry Cole Haan, BCBG, Gucci, Ellen Tracy, Ray Ban, Timex, Boss, Brooks Brothers, Carrera, and many others. We carry the most popular styles in our optical showroom, but if you find one we don’t have in stock, we would be happy to order it for you!
Safety glasses are glasses made to specific government specifications. Both the frame and lenses are made to withstand industrial hazards. Our office carries a full line of safety frames.
Another specialty prescription is for computer glasses. Dr. Milano’s work at Livermore Laboratories has given him a unique amount of experience in both computer and safety glasses.
When selecting your frames or contact lenses, you may not want to forget some of these options. Please ask your optician for more details.
- Special coatings
- Clip-on sunglasses
- Straps, chains and floaties
- Spray cleaners and cloths
- Opti-free, Renu, and Boston solutions