Frequently Asked Questions
The best place to start when selecting eyewear is by working with one of our Opticians. All of our Eyecare Professionals have been trained as eyewear fashion consultants. When considering selecting frames and lenses, it is always wise to consider your Lifestyle as well as identifying what vision needs and function that you want your new glasses to serve. If you aren't certain, our Eyecare Professionals are always ready and willing to assist you in identifying your answers to these questions. Please be aware that your current prescription will have an effect on what you may select and use. (Prescriptions may place limits on lens type and frame size and shape.) Below are a few Self Help Tips:
|METAL FRAMES - solder points are neatly and solidly done at the bridge, nose pads, and temple areas. All edges are smooth and hazard free.|
|PLASTIC FRAMES - Hinges have been securely attached to front of frame and to temples. All edges are smooth and hazard free. Does the frame appear solidly constructed and able to withstand wear and tear? Or is it flimsy and will easily break under pressure?|
|METAL FRAMES - Often, the finish of inferior frames will tarnish or discolor. In examining the frame sample, is the finish solid and free from blemish? If burnished, does the finish maintain its shine?|
|PLASTIC FRAMES - A quality frame should have the color or pattern uniformly throughout the entire frame. Inferior frames will not look symmetrical or balanced when examined carefully.|
|METAL FRAMES - After a few simple adjustments, a quality frame should feel comfortable when being worn. The nose pads should rest comfortably on the nose and not pinch. Temples should extend and gently curve around the ear. If the temples extend well beyond the ear and must be bent into an unusual shape, the temple length is probable excessive and the optican should assist you in selecting a frame with smaller temples. Frame temples should not pinch or press upon your temples after being adjusted. If they do, ask our Eyecare Professional for a larger sized frame.|
|PLASTIC FRAMES - After a few simple adjustments, a quality frame should feel comfortable when being worn. The bridge should rest comfortably on the nose and not pinch. Temples should extend and gently curve around the ear. If the temples extend well beyond the ear and must be bent into an unusual shape, the temple length is probable excessive and the optician should assist you in selecting a frame with smaller temples. Frame temples should not pinch or press upon your temples after being adjusted. If they do, ask our Eyecare Professional for a larger sized frame.|
|WEIGHT - Modern metal and plastic quality frames are light in weight. Space age "exotic" materials offer even greater comfort with further reductions in weight while maintaining durability and strength.|
|SPRING HINGES - Spring Hinges are designed to help keep your frame in alignment and minimize the need for any adjustments.|
|SILICON NOSE PADS (available on Metal Frames Only) - Silicone nose pads are designed to comfortably "grip" the skin. This prevents slippage of the glasses and avoids the dreaded "pushing your glasses back up your nose" syndrome.|
|HYPO-ALLERGENIC - The acidity in some eyeglass wearer's skin will react with metal frame's finish and cause a greenish discoloration of the skin where the temples or nose pads touch the skin. Other eyeglass wearers may break out in an allergic reaction to their metal frame's finish. Titanium is an excellent answer to either of these problems, as it is hypo-allergenic.|
|FLEXTRA by FLEXON - These frames have a "memory" that allows them to be twisted out of shape, then when released, they snap back into alignment|
Several factors must be considered in selecting the right frame for your face:
2) TYPES OF FRAMES AND MATERIALS - WHAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE? Below are pictures of several basic frame styles. Frame designers and manufacturers have designed and offer every geometric shape possible as variations of these basic style designs.
All of the metal and plastic frames in our selection of frames will provide you a durable, fashionable frame. The frame material then becomes a matter of preference. Have you ever worn plastic frames before? Or do you prefer metal frames? Do you like adjustable nose pads? It's all up to you!
3) FACIAL STRUCTURE - SHAPE: Ask a friend or family member to describe your face shape. Still not sure? You can determine your geometric face shape yourself! Just follow the dot system:
FACIAL STRUCTURE - COLOR PREFERENCE: Do you prefer a 'cool' or 'warm' color? Below are colors corresponding to your preference?
Cools: Blue-Based colors and brighter colors, Silver/Pewter
|Selecting the right Lens Material is very important to ensure that you have the right lenses for your lifestyle. Below are some considerations:|
HIGH INDEX PLASTIC
Boscov's Optical offers you a wide selection of Lens treatments to meet your Vision and Lifestyle needs.
ULTRA VIOLET TREATMENT - Our Ultra Violet Treatment blocks out 100% of harmful Ultra Violet rays. Exposure to Ultra Violet rays has been linked to corneal damage, the premature development of cataracts, and other eye disorders.
SCRATCH COATING - Scratch Coating is a totally clear coating that can be applied to plastic lens and is included with our polycarbonate lenses. Scratch coating will extend the life of your lenses. The coating makes the lens surface harder and better able to resist scratches from ordinary usage. However, it will not make the lenses SCRATCH PROOF, only Scratch Resistant.
ANTI - REFLECTIVE COATING - AR or Anti-Reflective Coating is a thin, multi-layer film coating applied to the lens surfaces, which eliminates reflected glare and increases the transmission of visible light by 8 -12%. The application of an Anti - Reflective Coating reduces:
An Anti-Reflection Coating will improve the the cosmetic appearance of your glasses and allow your eyes to be seen without glare caused by light reflected off the lenses. It will also improve your visual acuity by sharpening images, help alleviate eye fatigue, and eye strain/discomfort from night driving.
TINT - Tint by definition is the color shading of a lens. Tints are multipurpose: first they are cosmetic and add a fashion flair! Second, they add to your comfort by helping to eliminate glare and provide relief from eye strain. Dark tints create sunglasses and light or fashion tints make you and your glasses look Great! Colors come in blue, green, gray, honey, turquoise, brown, amethyst, and MORE!
MIRROR COATING - Adding a mirror coating to the front surface of a lens will decrease the amount of glare you receive and add a fashion flare to your sunwear, making your prescription sunglasses look like popular non-prescription brands. And mirror coated lenses are effective in reducing reflected glare off of snow, ice or water. It may also be combined with polarization to get the best in sun and glare protection.
Boscov's Optical offers you a wide selection of lens options to meet your Vision and Lifestyle needs.
Transitions Lenses - Transitions Lenses are the lenses that change color! They are designed to provide comfort in almost every indoor and outdoor lighting situations. Transitions Lenses are virtually clear indoors, so they are perfect for your everyday, all-the-time glasses. With Transitions Lenses, you'll notice increased visual comfort provided by their variable-tint qualities. Transitions Lenses are made of the latest lens materials and are available in most prescriptions and are compatible with all frames styles including rimless styles. They are available in grey and brown tints.
POLARIZED LENS - Polarized Lenses make the best sunglasses and driving glasses. Polarized Lenses filter out horizontal rays of light to reduce or eliminate glare. Polarized Lenses will reduce or eliminate the glare from the sun's reflection from or on a large body of water (i.e. lake or ocean), or off bright white snow, car hoods, windows and road surfaces. Polarized Lenses also provide 100% protection from the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun while increasing visual clarity and depth perception.
PREMIUM PROGRESSIVES - A variety of Premium Progressive Lenses are available that offer you thinnest and lightest lenses available, coupled with excellent vision correction. These Premium Progressive Lenses allow you to maximize your eyewear comfort and visual acuity for a variety of activities and lifestyles.
Polycarbonate - Was initially used for safety and strength. In addition to being thinner than CR-39 plastic, it is also the ligthest lens available. It is UV and scratch coated. It is ideal for children's glasses because the lenses are the most impact resistant. It is available for fashion tints and AR coat, but not available in sunglass tints.
Hi Index Lenses - Is lighter and thinner than conventional glass or plastic. It is an excellent option for string prescriptions. Remember, frame selection is important to maximize lens characteristics of high index.
Spectralite - These lenses are designed to be lighter in weight, thinner than regular plastic CR39 and reduces the magnification of the customers eye associated with strong plus (+) lenses (ie: bug eye effect).
Aspheric - an aspheric lens design has a continuously changing surface. In plus powers, the front surface of an aspheric lens can be compared to that of a hill, with a gradual flattening of the surface from the center to the edges. In minus powers, an aspheric lens may be likened to the shape of an oval, with a steepening of the lens surface toward the edges. One effect to the flattening or steepening, is that an aspheric lens can be made thinner and lighter. Another effect is it improves the visual performance of the lens from center to edge on stronger prescriptions.
Vizio 1.66 Ultra Thin - Vizio is an ultra thin high index and aspheric lens. Scratch coat, ultra violet filter and AR coat all included. No other options are available.