hughes opticians has been family-owned and operated since 1987.
Thanks to his winning personality and excellent customer service, optician Thomas "Papa" Hughes grew a large following of devoted customers while working at other eyewear establishments. To create a more personal outlet for his customers, Papa Hughes founded his own optical boutique inside an old Victorian house in the heart of Delmar, NY. Hughes Opticians was born.
tom and his family are delmar locals and have close ties throughout the community.
Although the premises have gone through changes over the years, Hughes Opticians still serves customers in its original location at the "four corners" of Delmar, where Delaware and Kenwood Avenue meet.
hughes opticians has the most eclectic and exclusive brand portfolio in the capital region.
At Hughes Opticians, no face ever leaves without a frame – with nearly thirty designer eyewear brands and exclusive accounts that aren't found for several hundred miles, there's an endless selection of eyewear to choose from. The on-site laboratory for lens edging and assembly helps our store set the standard in the optical industry. By offering everyone a warm smile along with the highest quality frames and lens materials, the Hughes Opticians Team prides itself on making every customer a happy customer.
Thomas Hughes Sr.
Owner and founder of Hughes Opticians, Thomas "Papa" Hughes is at the office less frequently now-a-days. Even so, he is still a NYS board certified optician and contact lens dispenser in good standing with NYSSO. Bringing a sense of humor to the office, Tom Sr. always has a way of making patients smile while being able to assess and resolve the most challenging optometric cases.
Thomas Hughes Jr.
A graduate in ophthalmic dispensing from Mater Dei College, Tom Hughes Jr. is a NYS licensed optician and contact lens dispenser. His goal is to make everyone's visit to Hughes Opticians more of an experience than just an appointment. Constantly re-investing into the office, Tom Jr. wants to deliver the latest technology in everything from the most exclusive eyeglass designer lines to cutting edge in-house lab equipment. Always seeking the latest technology, Hughes Jr. assures each customer of the boutique only the highest quality products and services. With his laid back attitude and unique problem-solving skills there is rarely a situation he can't find a solution. Tom Hughes Jr. believes one visit to Hughes Opticians and you will be a life-long customer.
A graduate in ophthalmic dispensing from Mater Dei College, Michele Hughes-Whelan is a certified optician in the state of New York. She helped open the store as part of the Hughes Team in 1987. With more than 25 years experience in the field, Mechele is an expert frame stylist and contact lens instructor. Her unique and eccentric style is sought out by customers that have been coming to her for years.
A graduate in fashion merchandising, Jackie Livingston studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY Oneonta and completed her studies abroad in London. She is the Marketing and Merchandising Manager at Hughes Opticians, handling the bulk of eyewear-buying for the store. She also acts as an expert frame stylist to customers who need assistance. With an eye for fashion forecasting, she utilizes her close relationship with brand representatives to remain ahead of the next trends in fashionable eyewear.
A more recent addition to the Hughes Team, Aubrey Jeune is a familiar face in town. She has an unmistakable personality; many customers praise her warm smile and friendly nature. The first face you see upon entry, and most-likely the first voice you hear when calling, Aubrey is the Front Desk Manager at Hughes Opticians. She is well-versed in most insurance plans and would be happy to help any customer verify their eligibility for exams and eyewear.
A graduate from the College of St. Rose, Christine Hughes is another recent addition to the Hughes Opticians Team. Acting as the Hughes Data Entry Executive, she handles each individual order and processes it in a timely manner ensuring each order's accuracy and efficiency. Every Hughes customer can be confident their contact lens or glasses purchase will be monitored from the time of order entry until pickup. When she isn't monitoring orders, Christine loves to assist customers in making their final eyewear decision.
Dr. Kerry Harbeck
The on-site optometrist at Hughes Opticians, Dr. Kerry Harbeck has been with the practice for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Harbeck conducts eye exams four days a week at the office. Patients often remark that his eye exams are very informative, giving them an understandable explanation of their diagnosis and care plan. His comforting laugh and smile puts patients at ease during their eye examination.
John is the newest edition to the Hughes Opticians family. John uses his sports background and fashion sense to help our customers get the best sun protection possible while still looking stylish. John helps with all the day-to-day activities, from helping to assist customers with their frame selection all the way to processing their orders with the manufacturers. He also brings to work his easy-to-deal-with personality and fun-loving sense of humor to help make your buying experience a pleasant one.
At Hughes Opticians, we designed our eye exams to be extremely thorough and comfortable from start to finish. As you enter the exam room, Dr. Kerry Harbeck will have you take a seat at our Topcon Auto Refractor. The auto refraction of this pre-screening gives Dr. Harbeck a general understanding of your needed prescription. He will also gather corneal measurements if you are interested in wearing contact lenses. Next, Dr. Harbeck conducts a fine-tuning of the auto refraction to pinpoint your prescription. The minute adjustments of this manual refraction continue until your vision is crystal clear.
The doctor concludes with a health examination of your eyes that includes a glaucoma check, scan of the retina, optic nerve assessment, and a complete exterior evaluation. These preventative examinations have helped Dr. Harbeck find and treat everything from diabetes to cataracts to tumors. In many cases, these exams have saved a patient's sight.
A yearly exam with the doctor is a must for contact lens wearers, and all other patients should have their eyes examined every one to two years. With a warm sense of humor and more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Harbeck will ensure each visit is both comfortable and comprehensive.
The state-of-the-art lab equipment and full-time laboratory staff at Hughes Opticians can produce complete eyewear orders in a matter of a few days. Hughes Opticians also offers lens tinting, eyeglass repair and special-order processing. Stocked with the best premium quality lenses and frames, our lab employs quality-minded and highly trained individuals who work hand-in-hand with our on-staff opticians.
Hughes Opticians houses the revolutionary eyeglass measuring system VisiOffice. VisiOffice uses photography and videography to collect a myriad of parameter adjustments, enabling custom lenses unique to each patient. Visit http://essilorvisioffice.com for more details on this extraordinary new system.
EmPower! Eyewear, another ground-breaking technology employed by Hughes Opticians, utilizes electricity and liquid crystals to create lenses that dynamically change according to focal distance. A touch of the temple adjusts the prescription in the lens to view objects near or far. Visit www.lifeactivated.com to learn more.
Hughes Opticians houses nearly thirty of the top designer brands within our boutique. Click on each brand below to view details and history on each collection.
Introduced in 2001, the Marchon Airlock collection revolutionized the rimless eyeglass industry with their highly durable pressurized frame mounting technology. Boasting an extensive style lineup, all Airlock rimless frames are made from strong- and light-weight Beta-titanium.
Founded in 1856, Burberry is one of the most recognized luxury brands in the fashion world today. Their Burberry Eyewear line combines classic design with modern influences, offering both metal and plastic frames in full-rimmed and semi-rimless styles.
Bvlgari sunglasses and Bvlgari Glasses are designed for sleek, select people who want to distinguish themselves by wearing unique Designer eyewear with outstanding features. Bvlgari Prescription Glasses and Bvlgari Prescription sunglasses are made with high-quality materials, painstaking attention to detail, and with a contemporary, unmistakable design, which makes them exclusive objects that are almost veritable jewels.
Prescription Bvlgari Sunglasses and Bvlgari frames are inspired by the design of the successful homonymous jewel - the Tondo Sole pendant, the new Bvlgari eyewear collection presents the aesthetic motif on the temples of frames thus becoming the perfect expression of glamour and elegance. If you are looking to add to your sunglasses or glasses collection, you are sure to enjoy our Bvlgari Sunglasses and Bvlgari frames collection.
For more than 40 years, Calvin Klein Collection has offered a rich, clean, modern silhouette for the sophisticated consumer. Their frames utilize both flattering and neutral tones for striking eyewear with lasting appeal.
The Coach Eyewear Collection is the definitive All-American luxury brand. Embracing the importance of design as well as function, Coach Eyewear is as timeless as it is tough.
Christian Dior founded his own fashion house in 1946. Today, Dior Eyewear unites glamour with flair in its collection of ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses for women. Bringing together classic shapes and new design, Dior Eyewear is the epitome of fashion-forward eyewear.
A brand born in 1985, Dolce & Gabbana's eyewear is luxurious, unconventional and innovative- letting both men and women express their personalities through fashion. With a vast array of shapes, colors and monograms to choose from, eyewear by Dolce and Gabbana is a contemporary luxury staple.
2.5 by Eyephorics is a carefully crafted, precision-made eyewear concept incorporating a lightweight, high-technology material, applied for the first time to eyewear design.
Comfort is at the forefront of this innovative design. Micro-Cristalline Polyamide (MCP) is a high performance material that combines flexibility with adaptability. The highly elastic thermoplastic temple tips are heat sensitized and mold to the contours of the face. Common problems associated with other eyewear-slippage, pressure on nose and skin irritations - are eliminated with 2.5 by Eyephorics.
Customize your frames as an expression of your personal style. In addition to an extensive variety of frame colors and lens shapes, six sizes of nosepads and three variations of temple tips ensure an optimal distribution of pressure for individual wearing comfort. 2.5 by Eyephorics frames are available in ophthalmic sun, readers, Transition Splitz and includes a unique children's collection.
Since its beginnings in 1925 as a newlywed couples' fur and leather shop in Rome, Fendi has grown into one of the most recognizable luxury brands in the world. Fendi's double-F giraffe logo is, along with Coach and Gucci's logos, among the most iconic fashion symbols world-wide (besides Tommy Shades). Once a primarily women's label, they've expanded to include some items for fashion-conscious men. Best known for their famous "baguette" handbags and furs, Fendi now encompasses men's and women's apparel, watches, fragrances and eyewear.
The Fendi Eyewear Collection is of the highest quality, manufactured in Italy. Designing sunglass and ophthalmic styles for both men and women, Fendi Eyewear is meant to bring glamour to everyday life. The new Fendi sun shields and rimless styles, in the season's leading fashion color stories, incorporate the Fendi logo in innovative new ways and are distinctively Fendi. The plastics are rich and sensual — some made more luxurious with the addition of crystals. The ophthalmics appeal to both the trendy and classic Fendi consumers, with beautiful detailing, coloring and striking eye shapes.
The most trusted name in memory metal frames is the inventor of the category itself. In 1988, Marchon launched the first eyewear collection featuring "Flexon," a revolutionary new material that changed the world of eyewear. The unique flexibility of the memory metal produces bendable frames that are lighter, stronger and more comfortable. They are the most versatile memory metal frames available — appealing to the widest range of men, women and children.
In 1920, Guccio Gucci established a small boutique selling fine leather goods with classic styling in Florence, Italy. By the 1950's Gucci was an internationally recognized label and has since grown into one of the world's most successful manufacturers of high-end leather goods, clothing and other fashion products. The Gucci name and logo are iconic and synonymous with high fashion and luxury.
The Gucci Eyewear collection is among the most sought after lines available today. Gucci Eyewear matches innovation and craftsmanship with trendsetting and sophistication. Gucci provides a wide array of styles that appeal to a large variety of tastes. Everything from nerdy-chic to high-end fashion styles are present, and their appeal is nearly unmatched. Gucci eyeglasses are bold, youthful and distinctive, made for both men and women, with the highest quality craftsmanship and materials.
John Varvatos is an American-born menswear designer. His music background has lent a hand in designing his rock-orientated frames for men and offer distinct sleek and elegant frame designs.
Kate Spade began her fashion career in New York in 1993 with the launch of her own line of trademark black nylon bags. Since then her brand has achieved immense success while expanding to include women's fashion accessories. Kate Spade has won the world over for bold and stylish designer clothing, designer shoes, accessories and more.
Kate Spade eyewear is designed specifically for women, particularly the boldest of female customers, and includes classic, elegant and feminine styles with temple treatments and color accents befitting the name Kate Spade. Many of the styles are modern interpretations of classic shapes made popular by women throughout the years. The eyeglasses collection features a wide array of rectangular frames as well as a few unique takes on the semi-rimless and cat-eye frame styles. Bright colors and various patterns populate the line and unique temple detailing is prominent throughout.
Kazuo Kawasaki, a professor and award winning industrial designer in Japan, has approached his signature collection with an artist's mind for creative design and a mathematician's mind for precision. Using simple, effective technology Kazuo Kawasaki's screwless, three-point tension mounted frames offer distinctive designs for any occasion. Kazuo Kawasaki frames are constructed with the leading material in modern frame design, beta-titanium. Durable, yet lightweight, beta-titanium is the ideal counterpart to the sophisticated design philosophy of Kazuo Kawasaki.
Marc Jacob's launched his line of menswear in 1994 and has since made a massive impact in the fashion community. The vintage-inspired designs provide a subtle, but not flashy, brand of style, which is popular among the young and young-at-heart. Marc Jacobs brand eyewear is uniquely recognizable from iconic detailing accents inspired by the apparel, handbags and accessories within the Marc Jacobs clothing lines.
The Marc Jacobs eyeglasses collection is full of boldly vintage styles. For men, we see a selection rectangles and semi-rimless styles. For women, there is a large assortment of chic rectangles and cat-eyes with unique temple detailing. The collection has a diverse array of styles that will suit the tastes of any person looking to make a statement. The rich color palette mixed with delicate, neutral tons make this collection universally appealing to all ages. These Marc Jacob eyeglasses are sure to make the impression one desires, no matter the occasion.
Michael Kors is a distinguished American fashion designer from Long Island, NY best known for designing high-quality sportswear for women. After studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Michael rose to prominence with the launch of his womenswear line in 1981 and has since expanded to include menswear and eyewear. His designs have been sported by many celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama and Heidi Klum.
Michael Kors Eyewear is the pinnacle of modern American luxury translated into eyewear. The sleek, sexy and sophisticated designs complement the jet-set lifestyle. Made from the finest materials, the eyewear collection artfully mixes textures, materials and proprietary details, combining the everyday with the luxurious in styles for men and women. From his hallmark aviator sunglass to his iconic design elements, the eyewear is designed for anyone who embraces high fashion, while still demanding outstanding quality and ease to complete their look.
Nautica was founded in 1983 by David Chu who designed a collection of men's outerwear that was visionary in its seamless working together of fashion with new technologies of fibers and fabrics. He chose the name Nautica to identify a concept that is timeless and evolutionary in scope, and to reflect a lifestyle of energy, activities and fitness. The collection was expanded to include men's activewear and sportswear including several fragrances.
Celebrating an authentic and active lifestyle, Nautica's newest eyewear collection offers classics filtered through a modern lens. Nautica is characterized by timeless shapes that are designed for fashion, fit and comfort. Nautica's sophisticated style is always clean, crisp and distinct and features fresh new color combinations, as well as traditional colors and signature details inspired by the water.
Nike was founded in 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phillip Knight with the goal of innovating and improving athletic sneakers, and is currently involved in the design, development, and marketing of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories. Nike has grown to become the world's largest shoe distributor and arguably the most recognizable marketing brand on the planet. The Nike mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.
Nike's eyewear collection meets the needs of every athlete, young and old, amateur and professional. True to its mission, the Nike eyewear collection offers superior technology such as Nike's patented Max Optics and Engineered Tints, ventilation, secure wrap temples and Flexon memory metal. Nike eyewear offers something for everyone.
Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is a sport and lifestyle brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. The company is recognized as one of the most coveted brands in performance technology and fashion, and its icon is embraced by the global culture of sport competitors. The essence of the brand is communicated through hundreds of professional and amateur athletes who depend on Oakley products to provide them with the very best while they redefine what is physically possible.
Building on its legacy of innovative optical technology, the company manufactures and distributes high performance sunglasses, prescription lenses and frames, goggles, apparel, footwear and accessories. Oakley offers a comprehensive line of ophthalmic-specific frames and corrective sun lenses that are recognized as some of the best prescription optics available. The company's prescription lenses are offered in a full spectrum of colors, polarization options and performance coatings. As the undisputed leader in performance eyewear, Oakley continues to advance sport technology and redefine the lifestyle market with patented optical innovations.
Oliver Peoples is an eyewear manufacturer of glasses and sunglasses that began with Larry and Dennis Leight who sold vintage frames from a boutique in West Hollywood, CA. in 1986. They envisioned designing fashionable, desirable, quality eyewear for progressive, stylish individuals. The ultimate Oliver Peoples wearer is confident and intelligent with a progressive sense of fashion, who appreciates quality without sacrificing expressive style. Larry's designs and unique philosophy have changed the course of eyewear and influenced designers around the world.
Oliver Peoples now includes a number of brands, including Oliver Peoples Vision, Mosley Tribes and Paul Smith Spectacles. The lack of a noticeable logo emphasizes the beauty of the frame and appeals to tastemakers wanting to make a statement without advertising it. They practice discreet branding, which means remaining recognizable only to those "in the know." Oliver Peoples is the choice of many Hollywood elite, framing such famous faces as Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Angelina Jolie, Justin Timberlake and Katie Holmes.
London-based designer Paul Smith has been turning "proper" men's and women's fashion upside-down since he started his own label in London in 1976. His brand is known for putting a twist on classic schoolboy and girl looks in the form of bright stripes, loud prints, contrasting colors and extra-sharp tailoring. Best known for the men's collection, Paul Smith now includes women's and ten other categories, including accessories, shoes and furniture. His collections of clothing and accessories for both men and women are usually identified by the presence of Smith's multistripe signature somewhere on each item.
Ralph Lauren began his career in 1967 when he opened a small boutique in Bloomingdale's Department Store in Manhattan. He chose the name Polo for his line because for him the sport represents a lifestyle of athletic grace and discreet elegance. From sharp tailored suits to more casual attire, the Polo lifestyle is both modern and timeless, for sport or dress.
Polo eyeglass frames are designed for people who appreciate quality, tradition and sleek style. Polo's style is for those seeking a refined, classic Ivy League look with the sophistication of English tradition. Modern style and elegance are hallmarks of Polo's eyewear collection. Inspired by authentic American traditions, Polo Eyewear embraces a natural sense of style that is proudly, but discreetly, displayed. It captures the same sophisticated and timeless sensibility as Ralph Lauren. Polo eyeglass frames come in a variety of shapes that are modern, yet inspired by classic and vintage design. They incorporate cutting-edge technology with faultless attention to detail and incredible workmanship.
Mario Prada began selling leather handbags, shoes and travel trunks in 1913. In 1979, Mario's granddaughter, Miuccia, recieved control of the business and expanded the company while changing the focus to the luxury segment. Since then, Prada's innovative approach has been devoted to technological research, cutting-edge design and unbeatable quality. Now a world-renowned fashion label, Prada is synonymous with an understated style that always anticipates and dictates trends for men and women.
Prada eyeglasses are perfect for people who appreciate the blending of modern technology and contemporary design. Quality and constant product innovation are the cornerstones of Prada's mission, bringing contemporary luxury to people of strong character and unique style. Prada Eyewear is distinctive not only for their high quality standards, but for their forward thinking approach to style. If looking for a non-conventional interpretation of fashion that embraces technology while respecting tradition, then look no further than Prada’s distinctive line of eyeglass frames.
Ray-Ban has spent over seven decades mastering the art of great eyewear. Introduced in 1937 with an aviator style, Genuine Ray-Ban Sunglasses were initially designed for the U.S. Air Force. It has since offered more fashion-forward, modern styles and more feminine designs, all emphasizing quality, function and comfort. Ray-Ban immediately made a name for itself thanks to the absolute quality and authenticity of its eyewear, now more "modern" than ever and worn by countless movie celebrities and trendsetters all over the world. Ray-Ban is now the world's best selling brand of sun and prescription eyewear. They offer styles for both men and women.
Ray-Ban sunglasses are available for comfortable wear in any situation. Ray-Ban glasses have excellent light transmission and offer 100% anti-reflective lenses and complete protection against blue light, which can be hazardous to the eye. There are now various different collections of Ray-Ban eyeglasses, designed to address specific customer needs. They are inspired by contemporary fashion trends but keep a clean Ray-Ban design.
The Smith Optics goal over the past 40+ years has been to drive technology and provide eyewear that is engineered to fit and perform perfectly every time. Their product evolves, their goal remains the same. They continue to offer the most fashionable and technologically advanced products on the market
Crystals by Swarovski have long been used to adorn eyeglasses. We have created a collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses that use beautiful Swarovski crystals to add color, flavor, and pizazz to some of the most elegant eyewear models in the world. Swarovski crystals come in many shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, and you will see many of them here.
Swarovski has merged its renowned precision cut crystal with state of the art optics to create an elegant collection of sunglasses that breaks new barriers in modern luxury design.
The Swarovski collection of designer sunglasses features pure lines, slender frames and subtle styling and includes an assortment of eyewear in metal and acetate with color and clear crystal accents.
The collection, available in a variety of materials and colors including black, blush, brown, or crystal, features prisms that recreate the finely chiseled facets of crystal. Other stylish models come in black, gold, acqua and blush, and include a strong silhouette that is softened by the Swanflower® motif on the temple arms.
In 1837 Tiffany & Co. began designing and producing jewelry and accessories. Since then Tiffany has become the one of the world's premier jewelers and American houses of design. The first collection of Tiffany & Co. Eyewear, launched early in 2008, remains true to the brand's highest standards. Tiffany's new eyewear collection is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, using a variety of high quality materials; some include sterling silver and diamonds. All the Tiffany Glasses and Tiffany Sunglasses are unique, innovative and beautiful, and all with designs based on some of Tiffany's dazzling jewelry creations seen on many of the world's most beautiful people.
Tom Ford's emergence in the fashion world came in 1990, when the iconic Italian fashion house, Gucci, named him Women's Wear Designer. His work there helped reinvent Gucci for a new era and during the 10 years that followed, Gucci became one of the largest and most profitable luxury brands in the world. In 2004, Tom Ford left Gucci to form the Tom Ford brand. His beauty and eyewear collection debuted first in 2005, and his flagship store, devoted to luxury menswear, opened to much acclaim in New York City two years later. Ford claims, "My mission is to bring luxury back, expressed through my voice and my style," and "It is important to me to instill glamour, integrity, and sophistication in everything I do."
Tom Ford eyeglasses and sunglasses offer refined design, intelligent glamour and innovative details. All Tom Ford Eyewear is handmade in Italy and feature lenses of extraordinary quality that almost always include anti-glare coating. The Tom Ford sunglasses collection countless truly beautiful designs. Designed to be desired, Tom Ford has produced sunglass models for both gentlemen and ladies. The new Tom Ford Eyewear collection combines acetate and metal frame styles that exhibit luxury and sophistication.
Tory Burch is an luxury brand defined by classic American sportswear with an eclectic sensibility, which embodies the personal style and spirit of its co-founder and creative director, Tory Burch. Perceiving a void in the market for a sophisticated American aesthetic at an reasonable price, Tory wanted to create stylish yet wearable clothing and accessories for women of all ages. Tory Burch was launched in February 2004 with multiple product categories including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Tory Burch is a luxurious yet attainable lifestyle brand that blends timeless and classic design elements with modern fashion sensibilities.
The Tory Burch Eyewear collection launched in November 2009 with excellent results and is inspired by art, photography, film and travel as well as Tory's mother and father's unique sense of personal style. Authentic Tory Burch Eyewear is luxurious, yet affordable, designer optical wear for women. Whether it's business or pleasure, Tory Burch eyeglasses and sunglasses are the perfect solution to your everyday vision needs. With every Tory Burch Eyewear purchase, you'll receive free lens scratch coating and edge polish with your prescription lenses. Anyone who loves timeless, innovative design and has a unique sense of style will love the frames in the Tory Burch line of eyewear.
Wiley X is a world leader in the research, development, and marketing of protective eyewear to the military, civilian, and law enforcement markets. After 20 years of being in business, they have a long history of developing cutting-edge sunglasses that have become standard issue with the FBI, DEA, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and other elite Special Forces units around the globe.
Fending off sun, wind, and debris is the #1 priority of Wiley X lenses. This is accomplished through incredible materials and precision manufacturing when crafting every lens. Wiley X adds the precise amount of dyes needed to eliminate eye fatigue and strain. Also, all Wiley X sunglasses and goggles block 100% of the sun´s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Single vision lenses have the same focal power throughout the entire lens (from top to bottom). These are prescribed if you need correction for only one condition, like distance, nearsightedness, or astigmatism.
After turning 40, many people develop presbyopia, a condition in which the eye's natural lens has trouble expanding or contracting in order to focus on close objects. People with presbyopia need a special lens for reading, and may also need a different lens for seeing at a distance. This in mind, bifocal lenses have two parts: the upper part normally for distance vision and the lower part for reading and other near-vision tasks.
Trifocals have three points of focus supporting distance, intermediate and near vision. Similar to a bifocal, the top portion of the lens is typically for distance and the bottom for near-vision. The added intermediate segment of trifocal lenses helps view objects at arm's length, like a computer screen.
A progressive lens provides gradual and seamless changes in focal power to enable distance, intermediate and near vision. Since there is no visible division of segments, progressive lenses are called invisible, no-line bifocals. Besides looking like single vision lenses, progressive lenses avoid the discontinuities (image-jumps) associated with conventional bifocal and trifocal lenses. To adjust for the additional lens power needed for clear vision at different distances, wearers simply make small adjustments in head position.
For decades, CR-39 plastic has been the standard lens material for eyeglasses and sunglasses. With an index of refraction only slightly lower than glass, CR-39 lenses are only half the weight, less prone to shattering, and can be tinted a variety of colors.
One of the thinnest and lightest lens materials available today, Polycarbonate offers very high impact resistance and a higher index of refraction than crown glass. Polycarbonate is typically preferred over CR-39 because of its impact resistance and lighter weight. Available in most lens styles, polycarbonate lenses also block both UVA and UVB rays.
Providing flatter surfaces and allows for thinner lenses, Hi-Index lenses are popular for their strength, scratch-resistance and thinner appearance. As an ideal choice for rimless frames, Hi-Index lenses are the right choice for lighter lenses and eyeglasses that are as attractive and comfortable as possible. They are highly recommended for people with strong prescriptions.
A relatively new material in the eyeglass world, Trivex offers the UV protection and shatter resistance of polycarbonate with far superior optical quality and easier tinting. Trivex is the world's lightest eyeglass lens material. This enables lenses to be made ultra-thin without losing their strength, making them perfect for rimless frames.
emPower! lenses use advanced electronics to instantly adjust as your vision needs change. This works by instantly adjusting a virtually invisible layer of liquid crystals that provide you with a near-focus zone. This zone can be adjusted by manual touching or in an automatic mode that responds to the vertical movements of your head. For more details on how EmPower! Eyewear gives you unequaled control over your vision, please visit http://www.lifeactivated.com.
Also known as AR coating or anti-glare coating, this microscopically thin lens layer eliminates reflections from the front and back surface of optical lenses. This makes your lenses nearly invisible so people can focus on your eyes and not reflections or glare from your eyeglasses. These lenses also provide better, more comfortable vision for night driving, reading and computer use. We highly recommend AR coating for all lenses, particularly for polycarbonate and Hi-Index lenses since they reflect more light than glass or regular plastic.
Changing from clear to dark in the presence of ultraviolet light, transition lenses block 100% of harmful UV rays. Once UV rays are no longer present, the lenses immediately begin to fade back to clear. Most wearers report that this darkening adjustment happens so smoothly that it's practically unnoticeable. Transitions lenses are compatible with most lens types and materials, and are ideal for children and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
Added as an additional protective layer on the surface of an ophthalmic lens, scratch-resistant coating provides lens protection without affecting performance and vision. Though an anti-scratch coating is not 100% damage-proof, it creates a permanent bond with the lens that reduces the appearance of the hairline scratches common to optical lenses.
Popular for years with boaters and fishermen who need to reduce reflected glare from surrounding water, polarized sunglasses cut glare and haze for improved comfort and vision. Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks intense reflected light from slick roads or other flat surfaces. This makes them ideal for anyone spending time outdoors. Whether you're mountain biking or driving, polarized sunglasses are an excellent choice.
Contact Lens Fittings
Separate from a routine eye exam, a contact lens fitting is a special examination of the cornea during which the optometrist determines the proper curvature, size and power of your new contact lenses. The optometrist will also decide the appropriate wearing schedule to fit your lifestyle. If you have encountered any problems from wearing contact lenses, this is the ideal stage for the optometrist to identify and resolve them.
I & R (Insertion and Removal) Class
In addition to the contact lens fitting, new contact lens wearers must participate in a one-on-one instruction class as to their use. During the class, the patient will practice inserting and removing contact lenses as well as learn about appropriate care for their prescribed type of lens.
Ordering Contact Lenses
Most contact lenses arrive at our office within 1 to 2 business days of your order. Certain types of custom contact lenses may take longer to arrive. You can place an order for contacts via phone at 518-439-4971 or by email at HughesOpticians@yahoo.com.
If you wish to place an order by email you must include:
First and last name
Date of birth
Address and phone number to which we are sending the contacts
Type of contacts you wish to order
Number of boxes you wish to order
Credit card number and expiration date
We ship contact lenses using first class mail at no charge. If faster service is required, shipping charges may apply.
Soft Lenses — Thin and gel-like, soft lenses conform to the curvature of your eyes to ensure they stay in place and offer maximum comfort. This is why soft lenses are the most popular type of contacts for patients with active lifestyles. Available in daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly wearing schedules, soft lenses come in many types and can correct vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (multi-focal prescriptions). Our optometrist can help you decide which type will best suit your personal needs.
Rigid Lenses — Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses are smaller and harder than soft lenses. While their rigidity can make them less comfortable to wear, gas-permeable lenses allow oxygen to flow more freely through them to reduce the chance of corneal irritation. Gas-permeable lenses can also correct certain refractive vision problems (such as high spherical or cylindrical powers in one's prescription) more accurately than soft lenses. Many people also find the durable and rigid nature of RGP lenses makes them easier to care for than soft lenses. To find out if RGP lenses are right for you, please talk to our optometrist.
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