The Regional Eye Associate's optical shops are full service optical dispensaries dedicated to providing convenient, quality eyewear products and services. Our opticians are especially trained to help you choose a frame that is flattering and fits your lifestyle and expectations. Our optical shops offer hundreds of stylish frames that reflect the latest fashion trends from design lines. Looking for something more utilitarian? The optical shops have a complete line of quality frames that are stylish for the budget conscious. In addition, we can prescribe eyewear that is "task specific" - glasses that can make your job or sport seem easier - simply because your vision is corrected specifically for that activity. And check out the selection of frames for children of all ages!
We invite you to visit one of Regional Eye Associate's optical shops after your appointment. We look forward to meeting you.
The following is a list of frequently asked questions designed to assist you. We hope you find them helpful. We are also available by phone if you would like additional information.
Selecting a frame and lens style, that allows you to see your best while looking your best, requires the expertise and personal attention of a professional. Our opticians are specially trained to custom fit frames and assist you in choosing the best type of lens that will help you see and look your best.
We display over 400 frames in all price ranges. We carry many designer frames in the latest styles including Vera Bradley, Coach, and Vera Wang as well as utilitarian style frames in order to satisfy your frame needs. We also provide our customers with a choice of lens options and coatings to meet most visual needs. The turnaround time for most prescriptions is five to seven business day.
We provide the best value in frames and lenses that will work within your budget. We have affordable frame and lens packages that include a 1 year warranty to provide you with affordable options. We also have state of the art lenses for those customers who are looking for the newest innovations in spectacle lenses. Please contact the location closest to you to verify that we accept your vision insurance.
Our service does not end when your glasses are dispensed. We are happy to adjust your glasses, make minor repairs or answer questions at any time. We stand behind everything that we sell and will work hard to make your optical experience an enjoyable one.
We have something for everyone! We take great pride in keeping our frame selection fresh and fashionable. Our extensive variety combines current trendy styles with classic designs that will always have great appeal. We will help guide you based on your prescription and face shape to help make your selection easier. Let us help you make a selection that will complement your style and that you will enjoy being seen in.
Our doctors and trained staff can help fit you in contact lenses that are just right for you. We are experts in fitting contact lenses and can handle the most specialized needs. Whether rigid or soft lenses, we are experienced in handling the most difficult of prescriptions. We will provide the highest quality, most comfortable lens currently available to suit your prescription and current eye health.
Many types of contact lenses are available. The type of contacts you use depends on your particular situation. Your eye doctor will be able to help you choose from the following types of lenses.
Rigid or "hard" contacts were the first lenses; they were developed in the1960's. Rigid lenses are the least comfortable type of contacts and are not really used anymore. However, some people still prefer them for their durability and lower cost.
These lenses are also known as "RGPs". They are newer rigid or "hard" lenses made of plastics combined with other materials, which allow oxygen in the air to pass directly through the lens. For this reason, they are called "gas permeable."
These lenses are made of plastic materials that incorporate water. The water makes them soft and flexible, as well as allowing oxygen to reach the cornea. More than 75% of contact lens wearers in the United States use soft lenses.
There are contact lenses that correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and one-size does not fit all. The contact lens fit is to determine what contact lens would work best for your prescription and the shape of your eye. Every person’s eye is shaped differently, so it is very important that the physician place a contact lens on the eye and check to see that it fits correctly on the eye. Our team can also recommend new options that are available in soft and rigid lenses for presbyopia.
When comparing the price of contact lenses, it's important to consider what services are included. Does the fitting include a thorough eye examination and follow-up? Can you exchange lenses during the initial fitting, and is insurance for lost lenses available? If you need treatment for an eye condition not directly related to the contact lenses, such as inflamed eyelids or dry eyes, there may be additional charges. If you are interested in a contact lens fit with our office, please call the closest location and speak with a patient representative.
Rigid gas-permeable lenses and soft extended-wear contacts are the most likely to have protein build-up and cause lens-related allergies. Protein build-up results in discomfort, blurring and intolerance to the lenses. Daily-wear lenses should never be worn as extended-wear lenses. Misuse can lead to temporary and even permanent damage to the cornea. People who wear any type of lens overnight have a greater chance of developing infections of the cornea. These infections are often due to poor cleaning and lens care. Improper over wearing of contact lenses can result in intolerance, leading to the inability to wear contact lenses.
Most people who need vision correction can wear contact lenses, but there are some exceptions. Some of the conditions that might keep you from wearing contact lenses are: frequent eye infections, severe allergies, dry eye (improper tear film), a work environment that is very dusty or dirty and inability to handle and care for the lenses properly.
Whether or not contact lenses are a good choice for you depends on:
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is inherited and is often discovered in childhood. Myopia is a refractive error, which results from a disorder rather than from disease. A refractive error means that the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, which results in a blurred image. As light enters the eye, the visual image comes to a focus in front of the retina, resulting in a defective, blurred or distorted view of distant objects. Myopia often progresses throughout the teenage years, when the body is growing rapidly.
Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is usually inherited. Children are often hyperopic which usually lessens as an adult. Hyperopia is a refractive error where the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in a blurred image. As light enters the eye, the visual image focuses behind the retina resulting in a defective, blurred or distorted view of both close and distant objects.
Astigmatism usually occurs when the front surface of the eye, the cornea, has an irregular curvature. This irregular shape results in two focal points of light, instead of one. The simple act of reading often creates headaches and eyestrain, since the image is never completely clear. The individual may have to re-read the word several times. Astigmatism often occurs with nearsightedness and farsightedness. Astigmatism is not a disease nor does it mean that you have "bad eyes." It simply means that you have a variation or disturbance in the shape of your cornea.
Presbyopia is a condition in which the focusing ability of a person's eyes has decreased to the point where vision at his reading distance becomes blurred and difficult. The focusing lens becomes unable to change shape and focus on close objects. This results in blurred vision at a reading distance, as well as eyestrain. Presbyopia most often develops in people in their forties.
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