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What Are Prisms and How Do They Correct Your Double Vision?

What Are Prism Lenses?

Most patients who need eyeglasses to address nearsightedness or farsightedness are prescribed spherical and cylindrical lenses. These provide patients with excellent focus by correcting for refractive errors, so light reaches its destination.

When a patient’s binocular vision — the eyes’ ability to work together to create one clear image — isn’t well developed, a misalignment between the two eyes occurs. This can cause double vision, also known as diplopia.

When the eyes are misaligned, they struggle to work together to create a single image. Instead, they send two images to the brain, one appearing higher, lower, or to the right or left of the other image.

Prism lenses are required when a person has double vision, as the eyes are misaligned and the brain cannot fuse the two images into one single clear image. These lenses correct the misalignment as they move the perceived position of one image.

For example if you see two images and one is higher than the other, the prism lens will move the one image downwards – allowing the brain to fuse the images and removing the double vision.

Prism Lenses to Help Your Vision

Prisms are an integral part of vision therapy, which consists of customized exercises and lenses to improve visual processing by retraining the brain and eyes to work together. Prisms improve patients’ depth perception and spatial perception.

During the therapy sessions, your eye doctor will fit you with prism glasses, provide instruction, and ask what you are seeing and experiencing. These responses will provide them with valuable information on the prisms’ effectiveness.

Below are the types of exercises you may be asked to perform during a vision therapy session to test how well the prism lenses are working.

  • Balance and depth perception – For this, your eye doctor might ask you to walk to a wall or down the office’s corridor, or to hold an object and look at the top of it from an arms-length distance.
  • Peripheral Vision – While walking or holding an object, you may be asked to identify objects on either side while looking straight ahead.
  • Balance/coordination – An exercise could involve looking straight ahead while slowly walking, step by step, toe to heel while maintaining your balance.

Prism lenses and the vision therapy exercises stimulate your brain, gradually developing a stronger eye-brain connection. Your eyes will learn to work together to regain clear and comfortable vision. This, in turn, will lead to improved balance and coordination, even when you are no longer using prisms. If you have been experiencing double vision, imbalance or depth-perception problems, schedule an appointment with Airdrie to discuss how vision therapy involving prisms might help.

At Airdrie we will gladly answer your questions about the role prism lenses play in vision therapy.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.

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How to Read Your EyeGlass Prescription

It is important to understand your prescription, especially if you are traveling and your lenses break or get lost. Knowing what your prescription means also helps you understand your eyes better. Your prescription is not just a series of numbers, but also an important indicator of your eye health. Higher prescriptions increase your risk of developing serious eye conditions later in life.

If you don’t know how to read your prescription, being able to know what lenses are right for you can get complicated.

What Do All These Letters and Numbers Mean?

The numbers on your eyeglass prescription describe precisely how your lenses should be cut. It’s important to keep your prescription up to date so these numbers accurately reflect your visual needs. Typically, on a prescription, you’ll see several abbreviations and words labeling all of the important data on your prescription.

OD vs. OS Eye

Sometimes the letters R (for right eye) and L (for left eye) are used, but on some prescriptions, you may see OD and OS. OD is short for the Latin term oculus dexter, which means right eye. OS is an abbreviation of the Latin oculus sinister, which means left eye. You’ll often see these terms on eyeglass prescriptions.

Sphere, Cylinder, and Axis on Eye Prescriptions

Sphere: The sphere (SPH) on your prescription indicates the base of lens power you need to see clearly. A minus (-) symbol next to this number means you’re nearsighted, and a plus (+) symbol is meant to correct farsightedness.

Cylinder: The cylinder (CYL) number indicates the lens power needed to correct astigmatism —

when the eye isn’t completely round, resulting in distorted or blurred vision. The CYL is a power number indicating the amount of cylinder power to correct the astigmatism. If this column is blank, it means you don’t have astigmatism.

Axis: An axis number will also be included if you have astigmatism. This number indicates the angle of the cylinder power in the lens to correct your astigmatism.

Other Terms You May Find On Your Prescription

A prescription for correcting eye alignment issues will include a PRISM and BASE value. These are needed to design the lens so that it can accurately correct the eyesight in the event of a misalignment between the two eyes. The base value will show either “in” or “out,” or “up” and “down,” indicating the direction the prism should be angled.

Another part of your prescription may include ADD, meaning Addition. It stands for additional correction that you need for reading. It is used when reading, bifocal, or multifocal glasses are needed. It represents an additional power over the distance prescription.

Contact us today to schedule an eye exam and learn more about your eyeglasses prescription.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. George Fung

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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How To Prevent Your Lenses From Scratching

If you wear glasses, then you know what a nuisance a scratched lens can be. Scratched or chipped lenses can interfere with your vision, making glasses uncomfortable to wear. Here’s what we recommend to keep your lenses scratch-free.

How to Avoid Scratching Your Lenses

Use a Protective Case

Using a sturdy eyeglass case will prolong the life of your lenses. No matter what kind of glasses you wear — standard, sunglasses, bifocal — you’ll want to protect them.

Be sure to choose a hard case with a soft inner lining and always have one on hand, either in your purse, backpack, or car.

When placing the glasses in their case, make sure the lenses are facing downwards, as this can reduce the risk of them being scratched. Additionally, avoid putting anything else in the case along with the glasses, especially sharp or metal objects.

Choose Anti-Scratch Lenses

Although no lenses are completely scratch-proof, there are certain coatings that can be added to the front and back of your lenses to make them more scratch resistant. Many lenses already come with this option, but sometimes it’s an optional addition. Anti-scratch coatings are particularly helpful for children’s glasses.

Remove Your Glasses Carefully

Handle your glasses by the temples (arms) and not the rims. This way, your fingers avoid the frame and lens area altogether, reducing the chance of inadvertently scratching them. Additionally, holding them by the temples with both hands ensures a better grip, so you’ll be less likely to drop them.

Set Them Down Properly

Never put glasses down with the lenses facing downward, unless it’s into a lens case. If you need to put them down and don’t have a case, rest them with the temples open and upside down — glasses tend to be more stable in this position.

Avoid placing them in a place where they’ll be easily knocked over or splashed on, like near a sink. Setting them down in the same place consistently will also reduce your risk of losing them.

Use the Right Lens Cleaner

It’s all too common for people to wipe their glasses with their clothing or other abrasive material. Doing so can scratch the lenses, especially if they’re dry.

Always clean your lenses with a soft microfiber cloth and specialized lens cleaning solution, items your optometrist’s office can provide.

When to Visit Your Optometrist

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely prevent your lenses from ever becoming scratched over their lifetime. Once they are scratched, there is little that can be done to repair the lenses. Most of the time the lenses need to be replaced.

At Browz Eyeware, we offer a wide array of frames and lenses, so you’re sure to find a pair to suit your eyes and needs.

Call Browz Eyeware in to schedule your eye exam or with any further questions.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. George Fung

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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Having Trouble Adjusting To New Glasses? We Can Help

If you wear glasses, you are probably familiar with the excitement and confidence boost that goes along with wearing new specs. But in some cases, there can be an adjustment period before your vision is completely comfortable. Wearing a new pair of glasses for the first time can make things appear blurry, or may cause you to feel dizzy or disoriented.

While some of these symptoms may be a normal part of the adjustment process, they could also be a reason to see your eye doctor. If your new glasses are giving you trouble, speak with Dr. Fung about how we can help.

When Will My Eyes Adjust to My New Glasses?

Adjusting to your new glasses can take a few days, or up to 2 weeks (for more complex prescriptions), whether you are increasing your prescription or are a first time eyeglass-wearer. Different frames and lenses can change your vision slightly until you adjust to the new frame style or lens type. The strength of your prescription and the type of lens all can affect the adjustment time.

Progressive lenses (also known as multifocals) include 3 prescriptions — allowing you to see up close, from afar, and in between — and tend to be harder to adjust to than regular lenses. Most people adjust to these lenses quickly, but some need a bit more time or instruction from their eye doctor and the staff.

What Are Some Visual Symptoms I May Experience?

Some common symptoms shared by those adjusting to new glasses include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain, headache
  • Trouble with depth perception, dizziness and nausea
  • “Barrel distortion” — objects seem distorted, for high plus lenses
  • “Fishbowl effect” — when your visual field looks as if it is being bent along the edges, as if you’re peering through a fishbowl, common in high minus prescriptions

When Should I Call My Optometrist?

If 48 hours have passed and your vision still isn’t comfortable, it is recommended to contact an optometrist. A lens manufacturing error could be possible, especially if you’ve ordered your glasses online, as opposed to your local optometrist. In fact, studies have shown that up to 40% of online eyewear is made inaccurately.

It’s important to note that some optometric practices may charge a fee for rechecking a patient’s prescription if glasses were purchased from another source.

If symptoms like dizziness, headaches, or blurry vision persist, it’s time to call your optometrist. Your glasses may not be well suited to your eyes and might need adjusting.

If you need new glasses or are finding it challenging to adjust to a new pair, contact Browz Eyeware in Calgary to schedule an appointment.

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Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

Spending many hours staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable.

Symptoms of computer eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

If your eyes feel any of the above symptoms, the way you utilize your computer might be to blame. Below are some useful tips to help you avoid computer vision syndrome.

Blink more!

Staring at a screen strains the eyes more than reading printed material because people tend to blink 30-50% less. This can also cause your eyes to dry out. Be mindful of blinking and make it a habit when focusing on a screen, as it will keep your eyes healthy and lubricated.

Rest your eyes

Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object located 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Doing so will allow your eyes to relax and will give both you and your eyes some rest.

Lighting matters

Make sure that your surrounding light is similar in strength to the light emanating from your screen. Contrasting levels of light, such as looking at a bright screen in a dark room, can strain the eyes.

Take breaks

You may want to stipulate ‘screen free’ time for yourself. Engage in hobbies that don’t require a screen, such as drawing, reading books, or cooking.

Modify your workstation

Position your computer screen so it’s 20 to 24 inches from your eyes. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes for comfortable positioning of your head and neck. This will reduce neck, back, and shoulder pain, and eye strain.

Don’t use devices before bed

Studies show that blue light may affect your body’s natural wake and sleep cycle. Stop using screens one to two hours before bedtime or use nighttime settings to minimize blue light exposure.

Get Computer Glasses

Computer glasses have multi-layer coating design to reduce glare, reflect blue light away from the lens and relieve long-term eye strain caused by excessive computer use.

Having a yearly checkup can help you preserve your eye health. Contact Airdrie to learn more about how to reduce eye strain when working on computers.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.

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5 Eyeglass Trends For Winter 2020-2021

The eyeglass trends of 2020 are somewhat more subtle than we’ve seen in previous years, yet carry some timeless trends that we’ll discuss below. Here’s our list of the top eyeglass trends of the year that you may want to try this winter.

1. Tinted Translucent Frames

While colorless translucent frames are still trending from last season, lightly tinted translucent and thin frames are taking center stage. Colors like gray, rose, burgundy, champagne, green, and brown act as subtle pops of color while still remaining neutral. Translucent frames usually come with a shiny or brushed metal component to compliment the design.

2. Combining Materials

Many designer are choosing to mix plastics, metals, and wood to create eye-catching glasses that are also a statement piece. Thick plastic frames may be paired with a thin metal nosepiece. Or thin crystal acetate frames will be supported by titanium temples. When it comes to mixing materials and textures, you’ll want to aim for a high-quality brand or manufacturer to ensure that your glasses are built well to last.

3. Filigree Frames

Eyeglass frames with filigree accents are made for those who can appreciate vintage-inspired fine details. We haven’t seen big and bold filigree this season, but rather subtle and barely-there filigree prints around the lenses of metal frames. Filigree detailed frames usually include a second material in the frame, such as tortoiseshell, plastic, or wood.

4. Round and Minimal

Round and minimal frames have been trending since 2019 — and they may be here to stay. This lightweight style is popularly found in metal materials, usually in gold or silver. These frames are perfect for a classic or professional look and compliment almost all face shapes.

5. Bold Browlines

The upper part of your glasses is called the browline. This year, we are seeing many brands release eyewear with accented browlines, either made of a different material than the rest of the frame, or in a contrasting color. Double bridged browlines have also been trending this year. Black and bold browlines were popular in the 50’s and 60’s and are making a comeback, but with a modern twist.

If you are looking for a fun and fresh way to update your look, new glasses may just be your ticket this winter. At our optical store in Airdrie, we carry a variety of frames in a wide range of styles, brands, and colors. So if you find yourself searching for an optician in Calgary, look no further than Browz Eyeware.

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How To Prevent “Mask Fog” on Your Glasses

If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.”  Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.

But First, Why Do Glasses Fog Up? 

Quite simply, condensation forms whenever moist warm air hits a cool surface. Your specs fog up when the mask directs your warm breath upward instead of in front of you — which is great for preventing virus transmission but bad for anyone with less-than-stellar eyesight.

Is Your Mask Well Fitted? 

The mask should fit securely over your nose. Ideally, you’ll want to wear a mask with a nose bridge or one that can be shaped or molded to your face. When the mask fits properly, hopefully most of your breath will go through it, not out the top or sides.

Use Your Glasses To Seal the Top of Your Mask

This method works best with large, thick eyewear frames. By pulling your mask up higher on your nose and placing the lower part of your eyeglasses on the mask, you can get a snug fit that blocks your warm breath from escaping upward toward your eyewear.

Tape Your Mask to Your Face

You can always use tape to secure your mask across the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks. Use easy-to-remove tape, including adhesive, medical, or athletic. Just be  sure to stay away from duct tape. 

Soap and Water Help Prevent Fogging

This trick is one that healthcare professionals regularly turn to. All you need for this hack is soapy water (dish soap works best) and a microfiber cloth. Stay away from soaps with lotions in them as they can leave a thick residue, making it even harder to see.

Simply rub both sides of your lenses with a drop of soap, then buff the lenses with a soft microfiber cloth. This effective trick helps prevent your lenses from fogging up as a transparent, thin film of soap acts as a barrier. 

Anti-Fog Wipes and Sprays 

Another option is to purchase wipes and sprays designed to tackle foggy lenses. Read the fine print, as certain anti-fog solutions may not work as well, or may even damage lenses with  coatings that minimize glare and fingerprint smudges, for example. 

 

To learn more about ways to keep your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask, contact Browz Eyeware in Airdrie today.

 

6 Signs You May Need Glasses

Many people don’t realize they have a vision problem. Perhaps they’ve gone years without glasses and haven’t noticed the gradual change in their vision. Or they’ve noticed a change, but put off a visit to an eye doctor. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing problems, make an appointment with Dr. Fung to maintain your eye health. 

 

There are many clues that your eyesight needs correcting, such as struggling to read up close, or having trouble seeing street signs, or barely deciphering faces while watching a film. If you’re still not sure you need glasses, consider these 6 questions. 

 

Are You Frequently Squinting and/or Experiencing Headaches? 

 

Unless it’s unusually bright, there’s no reason to be squinting if your vision is clear. Although squinting may briefly enhance your eyes’ ability to focus, if done for too long it can tax your  eyes and surrounding muscles, which can result in frequent headaches. 

 

If you have to squint while working on your computer or using digital devices, you may be experiencing not only headaches but also digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. The cure is often a pair of computer glasses, or blue light glasses, which are designed to block out or filter blue light. This can reduce headaches and squinting when using your digital devices. 

 

Are You Struggling to See Up Close? 

 

If the texts on your phone or restaurant menu look blurry, you may be farsighted. While reading glasses are a great option for near tasks, you’ll need to take them off for other activities.  Consider getting progressive lenses, which change gradually from point to point on the lens, providing the exact lens power needed for seeing objects clearly at any distance. Progressive lenses help you comfortably see near, far, and in-between all day long. 

 

Do You Struggle to See Things at a Distance?  

 

If you’re having difficulty seeing objects at a distance, you may be myopic (nearsighted).  Myopia is the most common cause of impaired vision in children and young adults. Consider a pair of glasses with high-index lenses, which are thinner and lighter than other lenses, along with anti-reflective coating. 

 

Do You Have Blurred Vision at Night?  

 

Are objects or signs more blurry at night? Do you experience halos or glare around lights while driving at night? These may be symptoms of a vision issue, such as myopia — though they can also be attributed to more serious ocular conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. To know the cause, get your eyes properly evaluated by Dr. Fung. 

 

If determined that it is indeed myopia, consider getting prescription glasses with anti-glare or anti-reflective (AR) coating, as they allow more light in and also cut down on glare. This can dramatically improve night vision and help you see more clearly when driving at night. 

 

Are You Experiencing Double Vision?

 

If you’ve been experiencing double vision, contact Dr. Fung, who will get to the root of the problem and provide you with a diagnosis. Double vision may be due to crossed eyes (strabismus), or a corneal irregularity, such as keratoconus, or another medical condition.

 

If you are diagnosed with any of these, you’ll likely need a pair of glasses with a prism correction that helps correct alignment issues. Special lenses prevent you from seeing double by combining two images into a single one.

 

However, note that if you experience sudden double vision, it may be a medical emergency that should be checked by an eye doctor immediately.

 

Are You Losing Your Place or Using Your Finger When Reading? 

 

If you’re frequently losing your spot or skipping lines when reading, you may have a vision problem. This could be due to strabismus, lazy eye, or astigmatism. 

 

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

 

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is essential to have a highly qualified optometrist examine your eyes to assess your vision and check for any eye diseases — and to do so as soon as possible. This is the only way to determine whether you need glasses or if something else is causing the problem. 

 

Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, it’s important to routinely get your eyes checked. Many eye diseases can be effectively treated before you notice major problems, so regular eye exams are important to maintain eye health. Contact Browz Eyeware in Airdrie to make an appointment with Dr. Fung. The sooner you get your vision checked, the faster you’ll be able to see clearly and enjoy a higher quality of life. 

How to Disinfect Glasses to Help Prevent COVID-19

Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses

Did you know that our glasses (this includes the lenses and the frame) can potentially transfer viruses, such as COVID-19, to our eyes, nose, and mouth? This is because viruses — as well as bacteria — are easily transferred from our surroundings to our hands and then from our hands to our glasses.

In fact, research has shown that coronavirus can remain on glass surfaces for as long as 9 days. If we’re not careful, we can easily touch our glasses then touch our eyes, nose, or mouth, thus continuing the contagion cycle.

The danger is even higher for people with presbyopia, age-related farsightedness that generally affects those aged 40 and above. Presbyopes who wear reading glasses tend to put them on and take them off several times throughout the day. What’s more worrisome is that this age group is at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

The good news is that disinfecting your glasses is easy! Let’s delve into ways you should and should not disinfect your lenses at home.

What NOT to Use to Cleanse Your Glasses

Many of us may have rubbing-alcohol at home, and although it may seem like a perfectly good idea to use it to disinfect your specs, we discourage you from doing so. It may be too harsh for your eyeglasses, especially if you have any special coatings on your lenses.

Other products you should stay away from include ammonia, bleach, or anything with high concentrations of acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar, which can damage lens coatings and some eyewear materials.

How to Safely Disinfect Your Glasses

Now that we’ve eliminated the substances and chemicals that should not be used on your lenses, let’s see what is safe to use to clean eyewear.

Dish Soap and Water

The absolute easiest and most efficient way to disinfect and clean your lenses is to use lukewarm water with a gentle dish soap. Massage the soap onto each lens, rinse, and dry using a microfiber cloth (not paper towels, as the fibers can easily scratch lenses). While you’re at it, don’t forget to include your frame’s nose pads and earpieces.

Lens Cleaning Wipes

Pre-moistened lens wipes are excellent for cleaning your glasses, as well as your phone, tablet and computer screen. They remove bacteria, dust, dirt and germs from your glasses and the formula restores shine to glass surfaces without leaving any streaks or residue. The durable material is tough enough to remove stains, while being gentle enough not to scratch your screens or lenses. Contact Browz Eyeware to find out how you can access these.

So, In Summary:

  • Do not use rubbing alcohol to disinfect your glasses.
  • Avoid using household cleaners or products with high concentrations of acid.
  • Clean your glasses with a gentle dish soap and lukewarm water, or lens wipes.
  • Dry your glasses with a microfiber cloth to prevent smudging and scratching.

Disinfecting your glasses shouldn’t be stressful or worrisome. Just follow the easy steps above to protect your lenses and your health.

On behalf of everyone at Browz Eyeware in Airdrie, Alberta, we sincerely hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during this uncertain time.

Want Frames that Fit Right? Don’t Buy Eyeglasses Online!

Benefits of buying glasses from an optical store near you

We get it, online shopping has become a staple in our lives. Even if you’re still lounging in your pj’s, you can browse items on the screen, make a selection and choose to pay now. All that’s left to do is wait for your delivery to arrive. However, this process doesn’t work smoothly for all purchases! Eyeglasses in particular are one item that’s better to buy from an optical store near you.

Before you raise your eyebrows in skepticism over this fact, let’s review the risks involved in buying designer frames from a website – instead of from a helpful, qualified optician.

All glasses don’t fit all people

When you choose frames from an online vendor, you’re probably given the option of uploading an image of yourself for “trying on” the glasses. But this process has limitations – namely, you’ll be able to see how the glasses look on your face, but you won’t be able to feel how they fit. Do they rest snugly on your nose, or do they slip down? Are the temples comfortable behind your ears, or do they pinch?

The only way to assess the fit of your glasses is to put them on your face. At our eye care center, our friendly optician will check if the glasses rest properly on your face and provide clear vision. Remember, ill-fitting glasses can do more than hurt your head, they can also blur your eyesight!

Quality you can depend on

As your trusted neighborhood optical store, we invest time and energy into stocking only quality frames that you can rely upon. Our glasses are handpicked from the designer brands you know and love, featuring top construction, trending style, and long-lasting use. When you shop online, you’ll never find this attention to detail and quality. Also, we use premium optics and precise engineering to ensure that your lenses fit your frames perfectly, giving the sharpest vision possible. What good are glasses that don’t hold up to daily wear, or worse, don’t provide crisp sight?

Eye exams are an essential part of buying glasses

When choosing the shape of your frames, your vision prescription must be considered. If you need bifocals or multifocal lenses, a minimum size is typically needed to make sure the lenses line up correctly with your PD (pupil distance). If your PD is wrong, the optics won’t work. The only way to confirm that your eyeglasses provide clear vision is by having our optician perform a thorough vision test.

Your optician will explain your lens options

Even after you’ve chosen the designer frames of your dreams, do you know which lens options you need? Your daily activities, occupation, and hobbies are important factors. Depending on what you do each day, our optical staff will recommend various lens treatments and coatings. For example, computer users can benefit from blue light protection, photochromic lenses can be ideal for people who move between indoors and outdoors constantly, and impact-resistant plastics are a good match if you’re physically active. When you order lenses from an optical center near you, you eliminate the guesswork of figuring out which features to add.

We care about you! Online vendors care about making sales

When you enter a website to buy cheap knock-offs or costly designer frames, there’s no personalized hands-on assistance. In contrast, our friendly optician will help you from the moment you enter our optical store! If any problems arise, we stand by our products. We’re available to help or make adjustments to your frames, as needed.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.

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