Optical Boutique

At Chapel Hill Eyecare we take great care in assisting each patient in frame selection so that they have the best fit and vision possible. Selecting the proper frame, using the prescription as our guide, we strive to create a designer look with superior vision. The goal in the optical process is to have an enjoyable and educational process while deciding on what products best fit your needs. There is a multitude of lens choices: starting with single vision, bifocal, progressive, and specialized computer lenses. The lens options range from thinner materials, safer lenses, photosensitive, and lenses that reduce glare. It is our mission to help you make the right decision that fits all your visual and cosmetic needs, while working to meet your budget.

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Single Vision Lenses

These lenses are for correcting vision for distance, near, or astigmatic patients and can be manufactured in a variety of materials that may affect how well the vision is corrected.

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Bifocal Lenses

Lenses that correct distance and near are called bifocal lenses. They normally have a line that divides the different fields of vision, but new technology has allowed the production of bifocal lenses, eliminating the line.

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framesProgressive Lenses – Improved Technology

The technology in progressive lenses has improved greatly in the last few years. The ability to create lenses using software and digital processing, known as freeform, creates lenses more precisely, and each lens is tailored for the individual patient. The newest technology has added a handheld area for patients to be more comfortable for devices that are used at a variety of distances. While creating this lens with the handheld area, it has effectively expanded the intermediate area which is important to most current wearers. Learn more @ www.Shamirlens.com

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Computer lenses

Computer Vision Sydrome is currently a concern for patients that spend long hours each day on a computer. Many patients that are complaining of burning or red eyes are experienceing fatigue from viewing a computer screen. Computer glasses can help reduce eye fatigue by correcting for intermediate or near distances, helping the eyes not work as hard.

There are computer lenses that are strictly for computer distances and there are those that are variable focus that can make most all areas within the workspace clear. It is important to know what you need prior to choosing the best option for your work station glasses.

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Anti-Reflective Coating

All lenses reflect a certain amount of light, which causes some of our usable light to be lost. By applying a multi-layer coating that eliminates reflections, more light comes through the lens, reducing glare and improving vision. Night vision can be dramatically enhanced with these lenses.

Anti-reflective lenses are also helpful in reducing eye fatigue that is typical when reading or prolonged computer use.

Anti-reflective lenses also improve the look of wearing glasses by making your lenses less conspicuous and distracting.

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There is a great deal more to selecting sunglasses than simply what looks good. There are lenses that differ in color and quality to serve different purposes. Some lenses need to filter out more light for maximum protection when fishing, but other lenses improve contrast vision which helps in driving and other sports.

The technology in our office allows us to offer almost every option needed for most lifestyles. When selecting sunglasses it is necessary to select the safest material for the patient’s activites. There are impact resistant lenses that are recommended for certain activities and some that require a more durable surface.

Color options have become more available, and the lens technology is advancing to improve visual performance for almost all purposes. Driving lenses can be as specialized as a sports lens.

Selecting the correct lens can allow the use of sunwear to be expanded from the typical experience of just picking a pair. We recognize that there are many options and for that reason we carry the following lines: Maui Jim, Costa del Mar, Smith Optics, and Ray Bans. By offering multiple vendors we are providing many more options than what you will find in most practices.

Learn more @ www.MauiJim.com, www.Costa del Mar.com, www.rayban.com, www.smithoptics.com

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Sunwear color suggestions:

Gray: 100% natural color recognition, overall most natural

  • Good overall lens
  • Especially for fishing
  • Increased light

Green: heightens contrast while maintaining natural color

  • Good for tennis
  • Golf
  • Driving

Blue: lets in maximum amount of blue light

  • Good for tennis
  • Green targets

Brown: blocks blue light, heightens contrast

  • Good for golf
  • Fishing
  • Water or snow sports

Copper: maximizes contrast

  • Good for driving
  • Hunting
  • Golf
  • Fishing

Rose: improves contrast in low light

  • Good for skiers
  • Water sports

Amber/yellow: Maximum light transmission, increases contrast in low light

  • Good for driving
  • Shooting

Specialty Eyewear for your needs:

Work Station glasses

Technology now allows us to create eyewear that is functional within all areas of the work space.  We can help you choose the best option for you.

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Sports eyewear

Safety and comfort are the primary considerations when fitting sports glasses.  Any sport has the potential for an eye injury, so let us review the options available to protect your eyes.

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Driving glasses

Selecting the correct lenses that reduce glare and improve contrast vision should be the focus for driving glasses. Determining what type of driving you do routinely allows us to offer the lenses that work best for your type of driving.

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Safety glasses

At Chapel Hill Eyecare we know that protection is the best way to have a lifetime of good vision. We encourage the use of safety glasses for any work or hobby that can be a threat to your eyes from flying debris or a damaging impact. Selection of the best lenses for vision and safety is essential to good eye protection. The types of tasks or hobbies may include woodworking, landscaping, or shooting each require specific choices to provide the proper protection.

Every patient has their own unique style and it can be a challenge to meet their fashion taste while selecting the proper frame for their visual needs. Chapel Hill Eyecare strives to carry a selection that allows each patient a wide variety of frame choices.

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