4228 Hastings, Burnaby


604-298-5571




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Fit ● Function ● Fashion

Your perfect pair of prescription glasses must meet three needs: fit, function and fashion. When we assist our clients with the purchase of their new eyeglasses, we keep these three items in the forefront of our minds. Let’s not forget about sunglasses; the same three categories apply even when looking for non-prescription sunglasses.

Eyeglasses & Lenses that Fit!

Fit:

Eyeglasses need to fit properly. If they don’t, it will affect comfort vision and aesthetics. The fitting process starts before anyone comes through our door. When we purchase stock for our boards, we evaluate the frame samples to make sure the eyeglasses can be adjusted to fit a variety of facial features. We evaluate frame quality and make sure the manufacturer stands behind their product by providing a warranty. When it comes time for a client to select new eyeglasses, we are always looking at how they fit with their individual features. We look at what we don’t like about the current fit and if we can alter the glasses to make them fit.

Function:

Eyeglasses are useless if they don’t improve your vision. We are knowledgeable regarding lens technologies and how it can be applied to optimize your individual vision needs. We have options available from the traditional to the newest digital, high definition lenses on the market. We personally try new lenses and trust the feedback of our customers regarding how the lenses perform rather than just the data provided by the manufacturers.

Fashion:

Over the years, eyeglasses have become a popular fashion accessory. Like clothing, frame styles are changing seasonally. We are constantly looking at what is current and bringing in new releases for our clients every few months. We make sure that we have something for everyone, from the young child to the octogenarian, the classically conservative to the trend setter.

We have
Hugo Boss eyeglasses
for the modern business man, Adidas for the athlete and Ray Ban eyeglasses for the trendy. In women’s brands we have KateSpade eyeglasses for the whimsical, Jimmy Choo eyglasses and Dioreyeglasses for the fashionista, Zen Barcelona for the funky, and
Ralph Lauren eyeglasses
for the classic. For those not interested in a brand name we make sure we have quality products to meet those needs as well.

Moisture Chamber Eyeglasses

One of the specialty products we make are moisture chamber glasses. These eyeglasses are for individuals with severe chronic Keratitis Sicca (dry eye). The majority of individuals that require these glasses have dry eye as a result of conditions such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, Graft vs Host disease, or Graves disease. The eyeglasses often improve the patient’s quality of life by decreasing the pain associated with dry eye as well as increasing corneal health there by improving the patient’s quality of vision.

In order for us to see, our cornea needs to have a watery surface. With dry eye syndrome the surface of the eye isn’t wet enough to provide the smooth surface needed to see clearly. No matter the power of the glasses prescription, vision will be blurry. Moisturizing drops can provide a temporary reprieve, but for those with severe dry eye that reprieve may only be for a few minutes. Poor vision isn’t the only effect; dry eye is also very painful and patients often suffer from light sensitivity.

Our moisture chamber eyeglasses are custom made to fit the features of the individual patient. We start by fitting the frame then we construct the chambers and attach them to the frame. Once the chambers are attached we book the patient in for the final fitting which usually takes three hours to complete. In this fitting, we custom grind the eyeglasses to fit the nuances of the patient’s facial features. It is precise work. In the end the glasses fit comfortably and, apart from the side panels that seal off the eye, look like regular prescription glasses. This seal, although not air tight, prevents evaporation of tear film present in the eyes and the evaporation of any drops the patient has installed into the eyes to supplement the tear film.

Types of Lenses

Single Vision:

For most people under the age of 45 this is the type of eyeglasses that are worn. There is a single power in the lens intended to correct an individual that is Hyperopic (far sighted) or Myopic (near sighted). Reading glasses are also single vision.

Bifocal & Trifocal:

Once we hit the magic age of 45, our arms start to feel too short and we have problems focusing on things close up. One more traditional way to correct this problem, especially for individuals that were near sighted or far sighted, is to use a bifocal or trifocal pair of eyeglasses. The lenses are segmented into two (bifocal) or three (trifocal) different powers and are separated by a visible line. These eyeglasses can be worn all the time since they can be used for distance, reading, and sometimes intermediate.

Progressive:

These eyeglasses correct the same dilemma that the bifocal/trifocal type of glasses correct, but in a much more effective manner. These glasses bring in a range of distances because they gradually progress in power. Any distance can be brought into focus it just depends on where in the lens you look. Traditionally these lenses have been difficult to get use to, however new technology has brought significant improvements.

Occupational:

These are eyeglasses intended for a specific task or purpose. The frame and power is selected according to the purpose the glasses are intended for and make the task easier. Some examples include computer glasses, shooting glasses, golf glasses and snooker glasses. All these types of eyeglasses involves good communication between the client and the optician and often a bit of creativity on the part of the optician.