Our response to the Caronavirus Emergency

Since we supply eyeglasses and contact lenses, which are classified as medical devices, we are open on a limited basis, and may reduce hours. We will limit the number of people in store to one (or two if they come together).

We are available for eyeglass repairs and replacement, and contact lens supply replenishment. We also have Smart Exam which uses telemedicine to renew contact lens prescriptions and prescribe eyeglasses.

If you run out of contact lenses, or have eyeglasses in genuine need of repair or replacement, call the store. Leave a message if nobody answers. We'll make arrangements for you to replenish your contact lenses or repair or replace your eyeglasses.

Our contact lens and stock eyeglass lens distributors are still taking orders and shipping. Some of the custom lens laboratories we use are still open so we can get progressive lenses as well.

Contact lens prescriptions can be renewed via Smart Exam which uses telemedicine to have a remote ophthalmologist write the prescription renewal. Eyeglass prescriptions can be provided using the same system. We will not be able to do any new contact lens fittings.

We will be operating on reduced hours, and we intend to maintain social distancing, so be sure to call ahead to find a time when we can see you.

Please call ahead to arrange a time that we can accommodate you.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Simko

A painter came to us with a special problem specific to his hobby. He needed to be able to see the canvas on his easel, as well as his subject.

male artists with easel
The subject was at distance, and the canvas was at arm length - slightly more than reading distance.

We solved his problem by selecting a very wide segment traditional bifocal (FT35), adjusting the prescription for the working distances, and turning the segments sideways in the frame - to the right side in this case. The patient was then able to look left to see the subject, and right to see the easel.

Sideway bifocals

Something similar can be achieved for musicians in an orchestra, where they need to be able to read sheet music on a stand and also see the conductors movement.

Novel approaches such as this make the profession of opticianry a lot of fun.