20/20 Vision Center
Frames and Optical
FRAMES AND OPTICAL
These are some of the major lines we carry: Calvin Klein, Candies, Easy Twist, Escada, Fossil, Gucci, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Nike, Nine West, Seiko, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, and many, many more!
We keep over 1000 eyeglass frames in stock, and we can order almost any style or design you desire. We truly have a great selection of frames to choose from. In fact, it's one of the things we hear most about our optical, that people are surprised at what a great selection we have. We strive to keep the newest and latest styles and technology while still keeping a good selection of the styles that have stood the test of time.
Why? Because everyone's eyeglass needs are different, and we want to meet everyone's needs. Some prefer functional eyeglasses, for work, a hobby, or just for reading or watching television. Others want to make a fashion statement with their eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses, so we carry most of the major designer lines and specialty frames. We also have a few unique lines that no one else in town carries. Like the unusual Seiko and Nikon lines for those who are looking for something distinctive. We are also one of the few who are an authorized prescription Oakley Dealer in the Fort Collins area.
For children, we have a wide selection of kids' frames and "kid-tough"lenses. For those who work in a hazardous environment, we can provide prescription safety glasses. We can even prescribe special glasses to protect your eyes while you play sports.
We feature a number of high quality sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and physical trauma, but that also make a statement about you. Stop by and see our great selection. Any frame in our office can be made into sunglasses, so the possibilities are endless. We have many sport-specific sunglasses as well for those of you who have an active lifestyle. We carry OAKLEY, MAUI JIM, BOLLE, RAY BAN, RUDY PROJECT, GUESS, and more!
Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation:
Ultraviolet light (UV) is that portion of the spectrum of invisible light that is below 286 nm to 400 nm. While the primary source of UV is the sun, other sources include welder's flash, video display terminals (computer screens), fluorescent lighting, and other lighting.
UV is divided into 3 segments designated as A, B, and C. UVC (below 286 nm) is effectively filtered by the earth's ozone layer; UVB (286-320 nm) is that solar energy which is the cause of sunburn and snow blindness, which is absorbed by the cornea. UVA is that part of the invisible spectrum (320-400 nm) of particular concern to eyecare professionals as it is the most damaging of UV radiation, and is the radiation transmitted to the lens and retina in the eye.
More and more research is connecting UV exposure to earlier cataracts and the development of age-related macular degeneration. Other conditions are also thought to be UV related. Pinguecula or pterygiums are one such example. These are the yellowish bumps many people have on the white parts of their eyes (called the sclera) who spent a lot of time outside without good protection.Of course, a number of skin cancers are also UV related.
Bombardment of the eye by near UV (300-400 nm) results in photochemical eye damage, and as the human eye ages, penetration of the UV increases. Even some medications may cause eyes to become more sensitive to UV radiation. Caution: sunglasses themselves may not provide UV protection at all. Just because a lens is dark, doesn't mean it's protecting your eyes. In fact, by just darkening a lens to eliminate glare, the pupil actually dilates and more harmful UV radiation can penetrate. What's most important is not how dark a sunglass is, but whether it has the UV protection put into the lens, which is actually a clear treatment and is recommended even on non-sunglass lenses. Good sunglasses with good UV protection insure minimal exposure to UV radiation and minimize the risks of these problems.
Oakley Performance Sunglasses
Oakley has built a legacy of seeking out problems and solving them in ways that redefine product categories. This discipline requires an unyielding drive to defy convention and invent a better solution. Today, that passion generates prototypes in SLA liquid laser tanks. It sculpts in the virtual world of CAD/CAM engineering and renders innovations with 3-D digital mastering.
FRAMES: The digital precision of CAD/CAM engineering ensures that each Oakley frame is designed to maximize durability, minimize weight, and maintain comfort with Oakley's three-point fit and patented Unobtainium® earsocks.
LENSES: Oakley prescription lenses are made of pure Plutonite®. This proprietary innovation blocks 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light. Lenses are custom ground beyond industry standards and feature Oakley Rx, an adaptive geometry that extends critical focus by mapping light rays in a 3-D grid. Look for the RX logo, etched into the periphery. It is your guarantee that the lenses provide the widest possible field of clarity and protection in corrective eyewear. A full spectrum of hues allows you to tune transmission for any light condition.
Options include Iridium® coatings, Polarized lenses and Clear Lenses with anti-reflective coating.
Oakley RX is an adaptive geometry that allows prescription lenses to take advantage of the wrapped, raked-back architecture of Oakley frames. Corrective optics have been adapted to Oakley's patented "POLARIC ELLIPSOID" lens geometry. Designed for critical clarity in the most demanding sports applications, Oakey performance eyewear also offers superior protection against high-velocity and high-mass impact. Vital equipment for competition, the lenses maximize peripheral clarity and protection.
So much is available in lenses today to make your glasses look and function better than ever before. The following is a list of some of these advancements and the benefits they provide. Please ask our optician for more information on any of these or others.
Scratch Resistant Coating: This coating hardens the surface of your lenses, and helps to resist scratches. We guarantee your lenses by replacing them one time within one year if you purchase this coating and they become scratched. Remember, nothing is scratch proof, so proper care and handling is always necessary, with or without the scratch coating.
Ultraviolet Treatment (UV): This important treatment is recommended for everyone's glasses. It helps protect your eyes from the harmful UV radiation from the sun and other sources. This is a clear treatment, and should not be confused with tinting, which just reduces the amount of light coming through the lens.
Anti-Reflective Coating: This multi-layered surface coating reduces the reflections off the front and back surface of the lens. This gives us a cosmetic advantage, because it almost makes the lenses disappear in the frames, making you look your best. It also gives us many functional benefits, as it reduces glare from any light source. This can be great for a number of situations including: night driving, computer work, or annoying flourescent lighting to name a few. A must for anyone at the computer, in the public eye, or with cataracts.
Photochromics: this type of lens is the type that gets darker outside and can double as a sunglass. This includes both plastic (Transitions) and traditional glass types.
Progressive Addition Lenses: (or no-line bifocal, or multifocals): these are not your typical lined bifocal. No lines are visible on these lenses, and their big advantage is they have the correct power in them for every distance, including intermediate like at the computer. New advances in this type of design have made these the lens of choice for most people over 40. Wider reading and intermediate zones have made these lenses very natural and comfortable to wear. We use only the best products including Varilux and Zeiss lenses.
Hi-Index Lenses: these are the thinner lenses on the market, and are constantly being improved. If you want your glasses and you to look your best, ask us which one would work best for your prescription. There are numerous ones on the market, and we have all the latest and greatest technology available now! Don't be fooled by our commercial competitors, they do NOT have any material we can't get, and they do NOT have the ability to get all the lens materials available to us, though they will tell you they can!
Polycarbonate: this is the safest material on the market because it is the most impact resistant material made. It is also a thinner and lighter material versus normal plastic. It also has UV protection built into it. It is an excellent choice for kids or sports enthusiasts. Lenscrafters likes to put their special name on it (FeatherWates®) and pretend no one else can get it, but it's really just a polycarbonate lens which anyone can get.