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Eyeglasses Q & A

Q: What is the difference between a bifocal and progressive lens?
A: 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.
Bifocal lenses have two powers- one for distance and one for near vision separated by a visible line.

Q: Why should I get my sunglasses polarized?
A: Polarized lenses diminish glare from flat, reflective surfaces (like water) and also reduce eye fatigue.

Q: Are Transitions right for you?
A: Original Transitions Lenses: Transitions (r) everyday lenses can help you through your busy day. This dynamic eyewear is designed to be worn indoors and to automatically adapt when outdoors to give you a more comfortable viewing experience while protecting your eyes from damaging UV light.
Transitions XTRActive: Features include: Slight indoor tint, darkest everyday Transitions lens for those who spend most of the day outdoors, moderate tint behind the windshield to provide some comfort while driving.

Q: What is a contact lens fitting?
A: If you are a new wearer to contacts, the Contact Lens Evaluation and Fitting is an additional service to our comprehensive eye health exam. Our doctors perform an additional test to establish the best contact lens material for your eye health and vision. We will also have our technician sit down with you for insertion and removal training. During the training you will learn how to insert and remove your lenses and how to clean and care for your lenses. The service will also include up to 3 months of follow up visits to ensure your eye is healthy with the lenses and your vision is clear.
For our established contact lens wearers, the contact lens evaluation is a portion of the exam that is an additional service. This is the part of the exam where our doctors check the health of your eyes with the contact lenses, finalize your prescription, and provide you with a fresh pair of contacts; it is separately billed from the comprehensive exam in accordance with insurance standards. In order to update your contact lens prescription this additional service must be performed.