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1616 Cornwall Ave. #105

Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: 360-393-4479  

Fax: 360-746-8661

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Our Eye Clinic is proud to serve patients living throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties as well as the students enrolled at Western Washington University (WWU), Bellingham Technical College (BTC), and Whatcom Community College

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CHOOSING GLASSES

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR GLASSES

 

Look around your neighborhood and you'll see some people with glasses that - let's just say - need a bit of tender love and care.  Then look at the people on network television and look at their glasses. Do you see the difference?  The folks on t.v. who have access to stylists and wardrobe people etc. have frames that aren't crooked, colors that go with their skin tone, lenses that fit their face shape, and good quality anti-reflective treatment so you can see their eyes - not a bunch of hazy reflections. Do you think their frames are more comfortable too?  You bet.

Anyhow, here are 4 Things To Keep In Mind When You Pick Out Glasses.

  • Frames: 

    • Color - What skin tone are you?  Find a color that goes with it.​

    • Size - the outside edges of the frame should closely match the width of the your head.

    • Brand - I've seen good quality and bad quality frames of most EVERY brand.  Once you touched a couple dozen frames you can feel quality.  Some talented people can discern it with much less training.  See if you can "feel" the quality when you pick them up, handle them and put them on.  

    • Prescription - If your prescription is high (>+ or - 3.00) then try not to get the huge lenses. Your glasses will get heavy.

    • Weight - Generally, the older you are and the higher your prescription, the more important it is to look for lighter frames.

  • Lens Material (There are basically 4 options):​​

    • Standard Plastic (CR-39) - "$" price, no UV protection, decent optics, break easy​.

    • Polycarbonate - "$$"price, UV protection, poor optics, strong. 

    • Trivex/Mid Index - "$$" price, UV Protection, great optics, strong.   This is our "workhorse" for most of our low to mid strength prescriptions. It's usually close in price in polycarbonate but it's much better quality.

    • Hi Index - "$$$" price, UV protection, great optics, Thin & Lite

    • BONUS TIP: Conventional vs. "Aspheric".  Conventional are fine for low prescriptions but if you want good optics with higher prescriptions, go with aspheric​.

Lenses Information

Photochromics

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Anti  Glare Coating

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  • Lens Type:

    • "Single Vision" - "$" in price. If you are over 40 or a someone with eye focusing problems, then you may need a bifocal or a progressive.​​​

    • Bifocal - "$$" price. Think the "Benjamin Franklin" type - These have the line going across the middle to fit 2 prescriptions in 1.

    • Progressive - "$$$" These are lenses that have no line but are able to fit 2 prescriptions using a gradual change.  

  • "Add-on's": (These are nice to have but don't always come with your lenses).​

    • Anti Glare Treatment:  This is a coating which reduces reflections.  ​

      • It's about the most worthwhile $100-150 you'll ever spend but you want to get the good stuff.  The quality varies.  We know from experience.  We don't even offer or sell cheap grade anymore.  We could, but honestly, you'll be worse off than if you didn't get the anti-glare coating at all. 

    • Tints: Photochromic Tints: "Transitions", "Photofusion" or "Sunsync" tints are  brands of photochromic lenses.  Basically they change color out in the sun or if exposed to UV.  You can get them in gray/black, brown and sometimes green.  Some of the more advanced ones change faster in each environment and others work even in the car.  

    • Other Tints: "Solid" Tints are uniform across the entire lens and are very affordable.  They come in almost any color.  "Gradient" Tints change in intensity across the lens.  Usually the top of the lens will be tinted stronger and the bottom, weaker with the amount of tint gradually changing. 

 

That's the basics of eyeglasses.  If you've read this, then you'll know more about the topic than most, and thus be less likely to be taken advantage of when you find yourself picking out glasses.