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

Winter is upon us, and certain occupations require a person to go in and out of the cold weather frequently during the day. For eyeglass wearers, this brings on a familiar difficulty. Lens fogging.

forest 547363 640Lens fogging occurs when humidity in the air condenses on a frosty cold eyeglass lens. It is an annoyance, but worse, it affects productivity and can be very dangerous. Suppose the eyeglass wearer doesn't see a stairway, other obstacle, or a small child in his path because the eyeglass lenses are fogged white.

The amount of lens fogging can be lessened by

choosing lenses with a low specific heat. Specific heat is a measure of how a material changes temperature. Materials with a low specific heat change temperature more readily. When temperature of the material equilizes with the surrounding air, moisture stops condensing on the lenses, and can begin to evaporate.

But while all that evaporation is finally clearing the lenses, vision is still impaired.

Fortunately, modern optical labs offer an alternative. Anti-Fog coatings are available that have a high surface energy - are hydrophillig (water loving). This allows the condensed moisture to sheet over the lens. The lens surface still gets wet, but the moisture doesn't ball up in droplets and cause fogging.

I wouldn't recommend Anti-Fog coating for year round wear. It is not necessary, and you will get much better vision with Anti-reflective coatings during the nice weather seasons. But as a seasonal pair of eye glasses, specifically for those times when you are going inside from the cold weather, Anti-fog coating can be an important safety feature on eyeglasses.

Situations where Anti-Fog eyeglass coating are recommended:

  • Delivery Personnel
  • Skiers
  • Food Handlers In Walk-In Refridgeration Units
  • Pool Personnel
  • Police & Emergency Personnel