1) Are all who sell glasses licensed and trained to fit and select glasses?
The State of Kansas has no laws governing the dispensing of glasses.
You should ask what training and experience the optical technician has before selecting glasses. Improperly measured and fabricated glasses may cause headaches, eye fatigue and poor vision.
Our technicians have been trained by our own doctors, attended formal classes and have years of experience.
2) How much should I spend on frames?
Frames are made of different quality materials.
Stainless steel and titanium are higher grade materials. They hold their adjustment and won't corrode.
A frame with high nickel content won't hold an adjustment as well and may turn green with corrosion.
A better quality frame will last longer and in turn will be a better investment.
3) What are discontinued frames?
Discontinued frames are no longer sold by the manufacturer. there are no parts available for these frames; they are therefore unable to be repaired. If the frame breaks, your lenses will rarely work properly in a different frame since the lenses may not line up optically.
We strongly recommend asking if the frame you are purchasing has been discontinued.
4) Are inexpensive glasses available only at "discounted" optical shops?
"Discounted" optical shops advertise low prices that are not always available when you are ready to buy.
We have a value package that includes a frame, single vision lenses with scratch coat, plus a one-year warranty for $89. The value package with lined bifocal lenses is $129.
5) Are all no-line bifocals the same?
There is a wide range of quality and prices on progressive lenses.
Some lenses have poor optics and more peripheral distortions, thus creating a narrow reading area and in increase of "swimming" motion when you turn your head.
Varilux brand has the industry's highest quality, widest reading area with the lease amount of distortion.
Our doctors highly recommend buying Varilux products because of the superior optics and patient satisfaction.
6) How do I know the prescription the doctor wrote for me is actually in my glasses?
We recommend that you always ask about the quality control measures.
The lab we use has three separate quality control stations.
When the lenses are received in our office, our experienced lab technicians confirm that the prescription, material, measurements and lens quality are exactly what the doctor ordered.
7) What should I know about warranties?
A one-year warranty on frame and lenses in the industry standard.
You should not have to pay extra for a warranty.
In addition to a one-year warranty on eyewear, we offer a 30-day satisfaction warranty on eyewear and a 60-day satisfaction warranty on Varilux progressive bifocals.
8) Are all anti-reflective coatings the same?
No, anti-reflective coatings are not all the same. Some anti-reflective coatings are placed on top of the scratch coating, making the lenses more susceptible to scratching. The doctors recommend Crizal, which is a combined anti-scratch and anti-reflective coating. This results in a tougher and much easier coating to clean. Ask for Crizal by name.