At Ross Eyecare, our patients come first. We are committed to providing the highest quality products and services available today. This level of commitment is demonstrated by our state of the art optical department.
While many eyecare providers are driven by sales, our dedicated team of opticians is motivated by customer service and patient care. A trained optician customizes the frame and lens choice for each patient based on the unique prescription as well as the visual and lifestyle requirements of the individual. With a full service optical lab on the premises, we offer one of the most comprehensive selections of frames and lens choices in the area. Among the brands of our 1100 FRAME inventory we include:
Our Doctors and Optical team have selected the highest quality and most effective lens choices available. The choice of lens design (progressive, single vision, lined bifocal), lens material (regular plastic, high index, ultra-high index, polycarbonate, glass), optical characteristics (aspheric, spherical), and lens coatings (UV protective, anti-reflection, anti-scratch, polarized) are custom tailored for the needs of each patient based on prescription and the desired function the new eyeglasses are to serve. For example, eyewear prescribed for our eight hour per day computer users should be designed for the visual demands of prolonged computer use. Prescription sunglasses for the avid fisherman, golfer, tennis player or gardener each require their own careful lens design, choice of lens material, and coatings all geared to enhance the visual performance of our patients.
Single vision lenses require a prescription for either distance, intermediate (typically for computer or desktop distance) or near vision. Single vision lenses are available in all materials and with any desired coating or tint.
Progressive lenses correct distance, intermediate and near vision all in one lens without the functional and cosmetic distraction of a visible line. This is a great option when all distances need to be corrected in one pair of eyeglasses. Proper lens design, lens material selection, and fit are extremely important in adapting to these lenses. Our rate of success with progressive lenses is among the highest in the industry. Progressives are also available in all materials and with most coatings and tints.
High Index/Thin lenses:
High index lenses are thinner and lighter than traditional lenses. These lenses are beneficial for our patients with higher prescriptions. Often, high index lenses are made with an aspheric optical design. The asphericity reduces lens thickness even further, while often improving the optics of lenses by reducing some of the visual distortions caused by conventional lenses.
Impact Resistant Lenses:
Polycarbonate and Trivex are the two most common lens materials that offer significant impact resistance. In addition, they are intrinsically ultraviolet protective, scratch resistant and thinner and lighter than conventional lenses. We prescribe polycarbonate or Trivex lenses for children, teens, active adults, occupational safety and anyone needing superior eye protection.
Photochromatic lenses automatically adjust to changing light conditions by rapidly darkening when outdoors and quickly returning to virtually clear indoors. When the photochromatic lenses that we prescribe (Transitions lenses) are in their darkened state, they offer excellent ultraviolet protection. One important limitation with Transitions lenses is that they do not get dark in the car as most of the sun’s UV light is absorbed by the car’s windshield. Virtually all lens materials and designs are available as Transitions lenses.
The newest generation of anti-reflective coatings offers several benefits that are both functional and cosmetic. They reduce glare and reflections during night driving conditions and transmit more ambient light through the lens, as opposed to losing the light when it is reflected off the surface of the lens. They also reduce eyestrain and fatigue associated with fluorescent lighting and prolonged computer use. By reducing glare, anti-reflective coatings make eyeglass lenses appear virtually non-existent. Crizal Anti-reflective coatings are extremely durable, scratch resistant and easy to clean.
Most prescription lenses can be custom tinted in a variety of colors and shades ranging from barely noticeable to extremely dark. Tints can be solid throughout the lens or gradient, dark on top and lighter in the lower portion of the lens. Tints alone do not necessarily offer ultraviolet protection but may be combined with certain lens materials or simply an ultraviolet coating to offer that important protection.
Polarized lenses filter light reflected from horizontal surfaces. It is this reflected light that causes the greatest amount of glare we perceive during the day. By filtering out that reflected light, we accomplish several visual benefits. For example, polarized lenses enable fisherman and boating enthusiasts to be much more comfortable on the water and even allow them to see into the water without being “blinded” by the reflected surface glare. They are excellent for our snow skiing patients due to the severe reflected glare experienced off the snow especially at higher altitudes. Joggers and tennis players are more comfortable wearing polarized lenses as they reduce the reflected glare from pavement and most tennis court surfaces. They are also of significant benefit when driving during the daytime as they reduce the glare from the pavement and hood of the car. In all cases, polarized lenses also offer excellent ultraviolet protection.
Ultraviolet (UV) Protection:
The sun’s ultra-violet rays pose a potential threat to the health of our eyes. UV protection incorporated in eyeglass lenses helps shield our eyes from these harmful rays. All sunglass lenses should include UV protection. Most lenses require this protective coating to be added, while polycarbonate and most high-index lenses inherently provide UV protection. Remember, UV protection is important in both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.
It is important to be aware of UV protection and lens optical quality with non-prescription sunglasses. Wearing darkly tinted lenses that do NOT filter out UV light, causes our pupils to enlarge behind the dark lenses and may actually allow MORE harmful UV light into our eyes. Be certain that any non-prescription sunglasses filter out at least 95 percent of UV-A and UV-B light. Do not simply settle for lenses that are marked “UV absorbing” since even lenses absorbing only 10 percent of UV-A and UV-B are technically UV absorbing. Also, insure that the lenses are optically clear and non-distorting. Looking through non-prescription lenses with poor optics can actually blur and distort vision. Always insure that you can see distant objects just as clearly with the sunglasses on as you can without them.