Optical Shop - Glasses
Heart of America Eye Care has optical shops at both our Shawnee Mission and Overland Park offices. We have an extensive selection of frames for patients of all ages. If you are looking for popular, high-fashion brands, we carry them. We also keep your budget in mind by offering cost-effective, quality options for your eyewear.
Our trained opticians give personal attention to each patient to assure a comfortable fit in a flattering frame to compliment your facial features so people will notice you and not your glasses.
Versace, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Burberry, Ray Ban, Armani Exchange, Prada, BCBG, Jaguar, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Lacroix, and Jimmy Choo. (Brands may vary by location).
A variety of materials are now used to produce eyeglass frames. In general, you can categorize these into two primary classes, plastics and metals. In consultation with an optician, you will decide which frame material and style best suit your individual needs and lifestyle.
In making your selection, you may wish to consider:
- Primary Use – Will you be wearing the glasses full-time, for reading only, driving only, task-specific, sports/safety purposes?
- Frame Style – Which shape, color and size is most appropriate for my face?
- Durability – What is your work environment, lifestyle, hobbies? Do you have any hypoallergenic needs?
Single vision lenses correct for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Multifocal lenses improve both distances and reading vision. Most people will need this type of lens around the time they turn 40-years-old. A multifocal lens has a top, distance section along with a bottom, magnifying section to allow for clear reading vision.
- Bifocals have a line separating the upper distance prescription from the lower reading prescription.
- Trifocals exhibit two lines which separate distance, intermediate, and reading segments of the prescription.
- Progressive addition lenses have no lines, which allows for uninterrupted vision at all distances.
Glass lenses, while once the standard, now account for no more than 5 to 10% of new prescriptions. Glass lenses are heavier than other types, and may also shatter upon impact.
Plastic lenses are approximately half the weight of the glass and provide more impact resistance. Plastic is the most commonly used lens material today.
Polycarbonate lenses continue to grow in popularity for their characteristic strength, thinness, and light weight. They are more impact resistant than glass or plastic, making them ideal for safety glasses, sports activities, and children’s glasses. People with strong prescriptions often prefer the thinner, lighter lenses available in polycarbonate material.
Scratch resistant coatings may be applied to the surface of a lens to protect it from scratches which may interfere with your vision and scatter light. Scratch resistant coatings may extend the life of your lenses.
Ultraviolet coatings are recommended to block the UV light from the sun which may contribute to cataract formation. This is applied to the lens as clear coating or may be inherently built into the lens.
Anti-reflective coatings are used to eliminate the reflections of light which commonly occur on the surfaces of a lens. Anti-reflective coatings may reduce eye fatigue caused by light reflection and computer use, and may improve vision when driving in low light conditions by eliminating glare. This coating will also provide a more natural looking appearance while wearing your glasses.
Aspheric lenses are designed to minimize the curved surface of the lens, making it flatter and lighter, and reducing distortion. Aspheric designs are most helpful when ordering strong prescriptions.
Photochromic lenses are designed to darken in sunlight, and lighten when indoors. If you enjoy outdoor activities, or work outside, a photochromic lens may be an ideal choice.
Polarized lenses can be incorporated with a sunglass tint to enhance visual contrast when driving or outdoors. Polarized lenses are able to filter out the glare produced when light reflects off surfaces such as water and snow.