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6881 S. Yosemite St
Centennial, CO 80112

Clinic Hours

Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

 

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When considering where to purchase your eyeglasses, contact lenses, and sunwear, remember to consider the following. . .

Not all vision care products are created equally -  Across the eye care industry there is a large variance in quality and craftsmanship.  We take pride in using a wide-range of top quality materials with great product support to provide you with excellent eye care products.  We work with different manufacturers to insure we have a great selection for you and your whole family.  Our value is in knowing what products are available and what best meets your needs, based on how you use your eyes for your lifestyle.

 

Comprehensive Eye Care - We want you to have sharp vision and great comfort with your glasses and contact lenses.  That, along with the health of your eyes is our primary concern.  That is why we stand behind our products and services with great warranties and a professional and well-educated team.  Different prescriptions and types of lenses require certain frame styles and lens treatments in order for your glasses to perform well and look great, our opticians are here to guide you through this process.  We have hundreds of frames from which to choose from, including a large selection of children's frames.  We can help find the size, shape and color of frame that is perfect for each individual person.  When it comes to contact lenses, we offer a full spectrum of products.  Even if you have previously been told that you cannot wear contacts, with newer technology available and with the specialty contacts we frequently work with, there may now be an option that is right for you.

 

Lenses & Coatings

Contacts & Solutions

Sport & Sunwear

Digital lenses (also called high definition, HD or Free-Form) provide optimum vision by enhancing the lens design for each individual prescription unique to a patient.  This results in reducing distortion in the periphery and increasing  the usable area of the lens and enhancing visual comfort for each patient.  A digital lens will also calculate the prescription for the exact fitting parameters of whatever frame is chosen.

progressive lenses
 

One of the main problems with bifocal and trifocal lenses is the issue of eye fatigue. It can be difficult for your eyes to switch from one focusing power to another. Your eyes can tire, which can even lead to a headache, sore neck and sore back.

A variation of bifocals and trifocals would be the no-line lens or progressive lens. Progressive lenses provide a smooth transition from focusing on nearby to distant objects because they do not have a distinct line separating the focusing powers. Instead, a gradual change in power allows the wearer to focus on objects at all distances. Distant objects are viewed through the upper portion of the lens, while near objects are viewed through the middle or lower portion of the lens. With the additional of digital technology, a digital progressive design can be adjusted to suit an individual's precise optical requirement maximizing the design to deliver clearer, sharper vision with wider fields of view.

bifocal lenses
 

For many people, different lenses are needed for seeing at different distances. Bifocal lenses allow the wearer to look through two areas of the lens. One area focuses on distant objects. The other is used for reading. A little-known fact is that bifocals were invented by Benjamin Franklin, and his style of bifocals are still available today.

Most of the time the “reading” area is smaller, shaped like a sideways “D”, and found in the lower hemisphere of the lens. These bifocals are called line bifocals or flat-tops. If you are focusing on distant objects, you look through the top half of the lenses. To read a book, magazine, or newspaper, you look through the “reading” area. The Franklin style lenses are less common, and are split horizontally down the middle of each lens. One thing that is difficult about using bifocals is dealing with the line between the two vision areas. Fortunately, recent technologies have developed a new type of lens, called the no-line, or progressive, lens.

 

Bifocals allow the wearer to read through one area of the lens, and to focus on distant objects through another area of the lens. As the eyes age, though, a stronger prescription is often needed to read. This would be fine, but the stronger prescription that allows for reading makes it difficult to focus on objects at intermediate distances, such as grocery items on a shelf or your speedometer. Thus, trifocals are necessary for a third prescription for intermediate focusing.

Trifocals, also known as line trifocals, feature three areas of focusing power, each separated from the other by a distinct line. The three windows allow for focusing on distant objects, intermediately distanced objects, and for reading. The downside of trifocals is dealing with the lines between the different focusing powers. Fortunately, recent advances in technology have led to developments in no-line, or progressive lenses.

 

Previous to the last few years, the only materials available for use as lenses were glass and a hard resin called CR-39. But recently, high index lenses have become available. High index materials are named because they have a higher index of light refraction. Basically, they can do the same job that glass or CR-39 does, but high index lenses are much thinner and lighter. With high index lenses, you can avoid having “soda bottle” lenses.

When learning about high index lenses, you may hear many unfamiliar numbers and terms. Here are a few things to remember.

Polycarbonate

The first and still the most popular high index plastic is polycarbonate. Polycarbonate was originally developed for fighter jet cockpits. It is very strong, very light, and resistant to scratches and breaking. Most sports lenses are made of polycarbonate.

Mid-Index

Other high index materials are classified by numbers. The higher the number, the thinner and lighter the lens. The lower numbers are classified as mid-index lenses. Mid-index lenses, such as 1.54, 1.56, and 1.57, are thinner than glass, and nearly as strong as CR-39.

High-Index

High index lense are much thinner than regular glass or plastic. Talk with your doctor to decide which high index lens is right for you.

anti-reflective-coating
 

Normal eyewear often creates glare, reflections, and “ghost images.” Now all that can be eliminated with an anti-reflective coating.

What we see is a result of light being sensed by our eyes. With normal glasses, much of the light reflects off the lenses. This produces glare. It also reduces the wearer’s visual acuity. In other words, the light reflection is both a cosmetic and visual problem.

Anti-reflective coatings increase light transmission through the lenses to 99.5 percent. They make it easier to see and easier for others to see you. These coatings are especially useful for those viewing computer screens and driving at night.

Blue light from computer/LED screens is on a similar wavelength of light as harmful UV light.  Recent studies have shown that blue light from digital devices could be as harmful as UV light to the retina.  Our doctors recommend blue light coating on lenses.  Having this on your lenses can reduce eyestrain, help with tension headaches and protect your eyes from UV light.

polarized lenses
 

Glare from wet roads, light reflecting off other vehicles, and glare from your own windshield can be annoying and dangerous. To eliminate this glare, we offer polarized lenses. Polarized lenses eliminate the majority of glare, reducing eye strain and increasing visibility. Polarized lenses are the most effective means to reduce glare.

Most glare comes from horizontal surfaces, so the light is “horizontally polarized.” Polarized lenses feature vertically-oriented “polarizers.” These polarizers block the horizontally-polarized light. The result is a glare-reduced view of the world. Polarized lenses can make a world of difference for any outdoor enthusiast. Fisherman can eliminate the bright reflections from the water and actually see into the water more easily than with other sunglasses, golfers can see the green easier, and joggers and bikers can enjoy reduced glare from the road. In addition, drivers can enjoy the safety and comfort that polarized lenses provide while driving.

 

If you have ever felt frustrated at needing both prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses to accommodate an outdoor lifestyle, you should consider photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses darken when exposed to UV rays. The change is caused by photochromic molecules that are incorporated into the lens or into a coating on the lens. When the wearer goes outside when it's bright, the lenses darken automatically. When the wearer goes back inside, the glasses become clear.

There are a variety of photochromic options available. Depending on what you choose, you can customize the lenses to your needs. Some lenses darken only in direct sunlight, while others darken in little or no direct light. Some are designed to darken while you are in the car to reduce road glare while you are driving. You can even choose the color of the tint. Ask your doctor what options are available.

scratch resistant coatings
 

If you have hard resin lenses (CR-39), you should consider getting a scratch-resistant coating. Resins and plastics are more susceptible to scratches than glass. Scratches damage the cosmetic look of the lenses and compromise their performance. With a scratch-resistant coating, you do not have to worry as much about minor scratches on your lenses.

Another advantage of scratch-resistant coatings is that most coatings come with a one-year warranty. They are a great investment to prevent minor scratches. However, it is important to remember that scratch-resistant does not mean scratch-proof. All lenses are susceptible to scratches.

specialty lenses
 

We all have heard the phrase, “Different strokes for different folks.” Well, this also holds true when it comes to selecting glasses. There are different lenses for just about everybody. No matter what your particular need, there is probably a specialty lens designed for you.

For example, a specialty lens that is becoming increasingly common is one designed for computer users. Computer lenses have “windows” designed for viewing your computer screen, documents on your desk, and distant objects. The lenses are designed to reduce Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, which is characterized by headaches, eye strain, neck and back aches, dry eyes, blurred vision, and double vision.

Another example is called the double D-segment lens, also known as the double flat-top lens. If you look through most of the lens, you can focus on distant objects. But you can also look through a D-shaped segment near the top of the lens to see nearby overhead objects more clearly. This is very useful if you are involved in work where you are looking at nearby objects above your field of vision, as with carpenters and pilots. The D-shaped segment near the bottom of the lens allows for reading.

Hybrid contact lenses consist of a rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens surrounded by a soft lens skirt.  This offers the vision of an RGP lens with the comfort of a soft lens.  These lenses are ideal for patients with corneal astigmatism, corneal irregularity, corneal transplant and keratoconus. This gives patients the benefit of sharper vision without giving up comfort.

These are large-diameter RGP lenses that rests on the white part of the eye (sclera) creating a tear-filled vault over the cornea, or front surface of the eye.  These lenses are very specialized and are designed to treat multiple eye conditions that do not respond to other forms of treatment.  A few of these conditions are Keratoconus, Corneal ectasia, severe dry eye / sjogrens syndrome. These lenses are made out of gas permeable material, allowing oxygen through the lens for maximum eye health.

corneal refractive therapy
 

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) - also known as "Orthokeratology", is a great advancement in refractive therapy for our patients.  CRT allows you to see clearly without glasses or contacts during the day.  Specifically designed therapeutic contact lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye while you sleep.  Imagine great vision all day without the hassle of glasses or the problems with dust, allergies or dryness that can come while wearing contacts.  This makes CRT ideal for our younger patients who are active in sports and activities.  CRT has also been shown to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children and teenagers.  No more worries about broken frames or torn contact lenses.

 

Disposable soft lenses are one of the most popular choices in contact lens wear.  These lenses are worn for a period of time and then thrown away.  They may be designed to last for one day, a couple of weeks or up to a few months.  All lenses except for daily disposable are still removed and cleaned daily for the health of your eyes.  Disposables are perfect for many patients who were told they could not wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions.  They are also popular for athletes and lobbyists who do not necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day but are needed or wanted for specific sports, events or activities.

soft colored contact lenses
 

Interested in a new look?  Colored contact lenses might be the right choice for you.  These soft disposable lenses can be used to change or enhance your eye color.  Even if you do not need a corrective power for your vision, you can use "plano" colored contacts to change your eye color.  Family Eye Clinic doctors can evaluate your eyes and see if colored lenses could be a fun contact lens for you to wear.  It is important to be fit by a qualified doctor, as contact lenses (even without a corrective power) are a medical device and must be fit with care.

 

Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism, which is a vision condition where the cornea is shaped irregularly.  In the past, the only options for patients with astigmatism were either glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses.  Soft toric contact lenses are weighted to keep your contact in the correction position for clear vision in patients that have astigmatism.  These lenses come in most disposable options, which makes them not only comfortable to wear, it makes them convienient and healthy for your eyes as well.

 

Technology has greatly improved multifocal choices for contact lenses.  Many patients past their 40's who need reading glasses or have to take their glasses off to read, can no enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft disposable contact lenses.  There are even options for multifocal toric correction in soft disposable contacts.  Your doctor can help you determine if this is a good lens choice for you. 

 

As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. If you’ve been told you cannot wear soft lenses, RGP lenses are often a great alternative. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.

sports lenses

If you play sports, you should keep two things in mind related to your vision: protection and precision.

Sports lenses protect the wearer’s eyes. Sports such as tennis, baseball, softball, and racquetball may see ball speeds of 90 mph or more. In baseball alone, there are over 500,000 injuries per year! But that is not the most common cause of sports-related eye injuries. Most eye injuries occur in basketball, where an elbow or a finger jabbed into the eye can cause corneal abrasions, fractured bones, retinal detachments, or even blindness. Polycarbonate lenses are more resistant to impact than glass or plastic and offer protection for 90% of eye injuries. Protective eyewear fits well, features a padded bridge, has prescription or non-prescription lenses, and has deep-grooved eyewires to prevent the lens from falling out.

The specialized lenses also optimize your vision. Depending on your sport, certain lenses are more appropriate than others. Dark, UV protection lenses are great for baseball and other outdoor sports. Golfers can benefit from gray-brown colored lenses which make it easier to outline the course. Even if you do not normally wear glasses, non-prescription sports lenses can benefit your performance. Some people think that lenses prevent the wearer from seeing the action, but many sports lenses have anti-fog, glare reduction, and scratch resistant properties. Some are also designed to maximize peripheral vision.

sun wear

To reduce exposure to UV rays and their effects, we recommend you invest in a set of sunglasses which can provide at least 98% protection from UVA and UVB rays. While cheaper sunglasses can range from poor to excellent UV protection, our sunwear lines provide top quality protection from the sun. We carry a large selection of styles and colors.

Another product to consider is a pair of polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses block light reflected from surfaces such as a flat road or smooth water. If you are involved in activities such as water sports, skiing, golfing, biking, fishing, and even driving, polarized lenses can be very helpful in reducing glare and giving a clearer view.

Finally, if you have a youngster in the family, it is never too early to fit them with sunglasses. Children under the age of 20 are the most susceptible to the damaging effects of UV light. One concern of parents is that their child will scratch, break, or lose the sunglasses; we are here to help you make the best choice for your child.

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