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Prescription Eyeglasses

eyeglassesNo matter what your eye condition, or how you choose to view the world, there are now prescription lenses that meet your unique lifestyle and vision correction needs. Eyeglass lenses that change as the light changes, from clear indoors to dark outdoors. Bifocal lenses that provide multiple fields of vision. High-index lenses that are thinner and lighter than ever before. And progressive lenses that eliminate the traditional lines of multi-focal lenses. The point is, while eyeglass lenses are prescribed to correct all kinds of vision problems, prescription lenses have come a long way—offering you the opportunity to truly customize your eyeglasses and make a statement about how you choose to look at the world.

Eyeglass Basics

Modern eyewear serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a vision-correcting medical device used to enhance your safety and quality of life, eyeglasses have become a major fashion accessory. Therefore, when it comes to selecting eyeglasses there are many important factors to consider.

The Frame

Frames are made from a large variety of materials ranging from acetates and hard plastics to metals and metal alloys. The quality of frame materials is very high nowadays with many cutting-edge manufacturers investing heavily in developing new innovations and materials to make stronger, more flexible, lighter and more beautiful frames.

In considering the optimal material for your eyeglass frame, your lifestyle plays a big role. Children and those with active lifestyles require durable and flexible frames that are resistant to breaks from hits and falls. Those who have skin allergies need to seek out frames made from hypoallergenic materials such as acetate, titanium or stainless steel. Other characteristics of frame materials to consider are the weight or flexibility of the material as well as the price. Many designers also use wood, bone or precious metals to adorn frames and add an extra .

Hinges and nosepads also play an important role in durability and comfort of your frames. Children in particular can benefit from spring hinges and nosepads which can keep the frames from slipping off. Rimless or semi-rimless glasses are also an option for those that durability is not a primary concern.

Frame size is a very important factor in frame selection. Frames should fit well and not slip off the nose or be too tight and press against the temples or the sides of the nose.

More and more top fashion design brands are coming out with designer eyewear collections to suit every taste and style. Frames come in all colors, sizes and shapes so the choices are endless in finding a frame that suits your personal style and looks good with your face shape and coloring.

Lenses

Even though people spend much more time focusing on frame selection, as a medical device, the lenses of your eyeglasses are the most important part. It is therefore very important that you obtain your lenses (and therefore your glasses) from a reputable source. It is always best to buy eyeglasses through an eye doctor who is able to check that the lenses are made and fitted properly to ensure your best possible vision.

There are a number of variables to consider in selecting lenses.

If you have a high prescription which may require thicker lenses, you may want to ask for aspheric lenses which are thinner than normal lenses.

There are lenses that are made from materials that are more durable and shatter-resistant such as polycarbonate or trivex, which can be useful for children or sports eyewear.

Photochromic lenses can serve as eyeglasses and sunglasses as the lenses darken when exposed to the sunlight to block out the sunlight and UV rays.

Polarized lenses create greater eye comfort by reducing glare specifically from the water or snow and are great for sunglasses for those that spend time outdoors.

There are also a number of coating options that you can add onto lenses to enhance certain characteristics such as anti-reflective coatings, anti-scratch coatings or UV coatings to reduce exposure from the sun. Adding a coating may require special cleaning or treatment so ask your eye doctor or optician about special instructions.

Eyeglasses Over 40

Once you approach age 40 you are likely to begin to experience presbyopia which is the loss of the ability to focus on close objects. This happens as the eye begins to age and can easily be corrected with reading glasses. However, if you already have an eyeglass prescription for distance vision, you will need a solution that enables you to see your best both near and far.

There are a number of options available for presbyopes including bifocals, multifocals and progressive lenses with new technology improving the options all the time. You should speak to your eye doctor about the best solution for your individual needs.

Whether they are for a child’s first pair, a second pair of designer frames or a senior with a complicated prescription, you should always consult with your eye doctor for a new pair of glasses. Ultimately, your eyeglasses have a job and that it to help you to see your best to get the most out of every day.

Designer Frames

We have an extensive selection of eyewear including the latest styles in designer sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. Here are just some of the lines we offer:

  • BCBG Maxazria
  • ECO
  • Fysh
  • Guess?
  • Kate Spade
  • KLiiK
  • Maui Jim
  • Modo
  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Izumi
  • Ray-Ban

Presbyopia Diagnosis and Treatment

As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. This condition is called presbyopia and eventually it happens to everyone who reaches old age to some extent.

To avoid eyestrain, people with untreated presbyopia tend to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length in order to focus properly. Trying to performing tasks at close range can sometimes cause headaches, eye strain or fatigue in individuals who have developed this condition.

Causes of Presbyopia

During our youth, the lens of our eye and the muscles that control it are flexible and soft, allowing us to focus on close objects and shift focus from close to distant objects without difficulty.  As the eye ages however, both the lens and the muscle fibers begin to harden, making near vision a greater challenge.

Presbyopia is a natural result of the aging process and not much can be done to prevent it.  Its onset has nothing to do with whether you already have another vision impairment such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.  Everyone will notice some degree of loss of near vision focusing power as they age, although for some it will be more significant than others.

Symptoms and Signs of Presbyopia

Presbyopia is characterized by:

  • Difficulty focusing on small print
  • Blurred near vision
  • Experiencing eyestrain, fatigue or headaches when doing close work or reading
  • Needing to hold reading material or small objects at a distance to focus properly
  • Requiring brighter lighting when focusing on near objects

Presbyopia can be diagnosed in a comprehensive eye exam.

Treatment for Presbyopia

There are a number of options available for treating presbyopia including corrective eyewear, contact lenses or surgery.

Eyeglasses

Reading glasses or “readers” are basically magnifying glasses that are worn when reading or doing close work that allow you focus on close objects.

Eyeglasses with bifocal or multifocal lenses such as progressive addition lenses or PALs are a common solution for those with presbyopia that also have refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Bifocals have lenses with two lens prescriptions; one area (usually the upper portion) for distance vision and the second area for near vision. Progressive addition lenses or PALs similarly provide lens power for both near and distance vision but rather than being divided into two hemispheres, they are made with a gradual transition of lens powers for viewing at different distances.  Many individuals prefer PALs because unlike bifocals, they do not have a visible division line on the lens.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

For individuals that prefer contact lenses to glasses, bifocal and multifocal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) varieties.

Multifocal contact lenses give you added freedom over glasses and they allow you to be able to view any direction - up, down and to the sides - with similar vision. People wearing progressive lenses in glasses on the other hand have to look over their glasses if they want to view upwards or into the distance.

Another option for those that prefer contact lenses is monovision. Monovision splits your distance and near vision between your eyes, using your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant  eye for near vision. Typically you will use single vision lenses in each eye however sometimes the dominant eye will use a single vision lens while a multifocal lens will be used in the other eye for intermediate and near vision. This is called modified monovision.  Your St. Marys eye doctor will perform a test to determine which type of lens is best suited for each eye and optimal vision.

Surgery

There are surgical procedures also available for treatment of presbyhopia including monovision LASIK eye surgery, conductive keratoplasty (CK), corneal inlays or onlays or a refractive lens exchange (RLE) which replaces the hardened lens in the eye with an intraocular lens (IOL) similar to cataract surgery.

Since it affects so much of the older population, much researc and development is going into   creating more and better options for presbyopes.  Speak to your eye doctor about the options that will work best for you.

Astigmatism Diagnosis & Treatment

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.

Astigmatism is caused when your eye is not completely round. Because our bodies are not perfect, astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree but for some, not to the degree that it causes blurring. Your eye is naturally shaped like a sphere. Under normal circumstances, when light enters the eye, it bends evenly, creating a clear picture on the back of your eye. In a person with astigmatism, their eye is shaped more like a football and light entering the eye is bent more in one direction than the other. This causes only part of the picture to be in focus at any given time. Objects at any distance can appear blurry and wavy. For vision problems due to astigmatism, glasses or contact lenses, and sometimes even vision correction surgery are all possible treatments.

People with undetected astigmatism often have blurred vision which can be associated with fatigue and eyestrain. While these symptoms may not necessarily be the result of astigmatism, you should schedule an eye exam if you are experiencing one or more symptoms.

Our eye doctor can diagnose astigmatism with a thorough eye exam. Astigmatism may occur in combination with other vision problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness or even presbyopia. Because astigmatism gets worse over times, visit our eye doctor whenever you notice changes in your vision.

Click here to read more about Astigmatism.

Eyeglasses & Contacts

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Making a decision about your eyewear goes beyond good vision and makes a statement about who you are. Your decision affects how you see and also how you want to be seen by others. But with so many different styles to choose from, getting the right look for your face and your lifestyle can be overwhelming.

Our staff will help you find the best fit for your specific needs and explain how different lenses and frames will impact your vision. They will help you narrow down your choices so you can find the look, fit and functionality you want from your eyewear. We sell top of the line progressive lenses and have products to meet your every need. We want you to have the best vision possible…think we are fooling you? We wear the lenses we sell!

St. Marys Optometry offers a large selection of eyeglasses, contact lenses and designer frames and sunglasses. We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear collections in a variety of styles, colors and materials including titanium, stainless steel and plastic.

Ask about our eyewear warranty, most have a minimum of one year.

New clients and all our current patients are welcome to visit us with their current prescription – no appointment necessary.

Most eyeglass adjustments and minor repairs are complimentary, even if you didn’t get your glasses from us.

The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients. Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.
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Maggie Banks

Maggie has a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design and loves doing artsy stuff and helping people pick out their next pair of glasses. Her favourite eyewear collections are Vanni, Eco and Maui Jim. In her free time she likes spending time with her family, hangin’ by the pool, gardening and crafting. Her favourite places to shop locally are, Pass it On, Lyrics, Hearn’s Ice Cream, Village Craft and Candle and MacPherson Arts and Crafts.

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Lavonne Forman

Everyone in town knows Lavonne or her family and if they don’t they will soon! Lavonne’s charming personality will win you over the minute she takes you into diagnostic testing. With a background in early childhood education, Lavonne can often be found entertaining children in the kid zone while their parents are in with the doctor. When she’s not at work she can be found hiking, spending time with her family, going to the movies, doing Zumba or dancing. Lavonne’s favorite frames lines include Guess, Kliik, and Oakley. The best local businesses according to Lavonne are Wildstones, Baristas, Lauren Whitney Lifestyles and Troyer’s Spices.

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Mandy Verge

Recent Business Marketing graduate from Fanshawe's Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, with an artistic background in grassroots community support. You can find Mandy happily helping at various points in our office, from frame selections to guiding through the diagnostic process. Her personal frame favourites range from Vanni, Eco, Kate Spade, and Vera Wang. In her free time, she loves supporting the music community as well as sourcing out the local goods. Here in St. Marys, her go-to spots include Zenfire Pottery, McCully's Hill Farm, and Aunt Millies Kitchen!

Fysh

FyshDare to share your imaginative vision. Dare to be different. FYSH UK / Urban Kool EYEWEAR encourages you to explore, discover and settle for more. Believe in yourself and do what you love. FYSH UK wants you to see and be seen for who you really are. Unleash your creativity and express yourself with fun and funky styling, cool and creative textures, and splashes of brilliant color. FYSH UK is fashion for your face.

FYSH UK Urban Kool Eyewear is a unique brand of frames designed for people who live, love and lounge in a big way. The FYSH UK frame is inspired by the beauty of the sea in penetrating, funky colors, with creative textures that are ultra hip and kool. This FYSH UK frame is ideal for the progressive frame wearer who is bored with looking square, and is seeking a style that is a reflection of his or her personality.

Fysh is inspired by women who embrace their own spirit. It is fashion eyewear for women who are dedicated to making every moment count – women who are hooked on life regardless of age!

Visit the Fysh UK website.

Kate Spade

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Born in 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri Kate Spade launched her line of handbags in 1993.

  • Kate Spade now offers products in a range of categories.
  • Once famous for creating her trademark black nylon bags, Kate Spade has built an international accessories business including eyewear.
  • In 2004, Kate Spade shared her personal style and philosophies in her three books: Manners, Occasions, and Style.
  • Kate Spade New York has over 80 retail shops and outlet stores across the united states, and more than 100 shops internationally. Products are sold in more than 400 doors worldwide, in every time zone and on every continent.
  • Frames are fashionable and functional. Available in a large selection of colours and styles.

Visit the Kate Spade website.

Kliik

Kliik

Kliik, a fashion eyewear company from Denmark, creates an opportunity for men and women to make a sophisticated statement. Introducing modern design to inspiring colors, Kliik is where innovation and style make a perfect match.

Kliik eyewear is for individuals that are passionate for fashion, freedom of expression, and don’t mind sporting a bit of attitude. The collection is modern and fun, simple yet, timeless, strong yet sophisticated. The frames feature bright colors and eye catching designs, but clean and simple lines.

Visit the Kliik Denmark Website