as "one-size-fits-all" doesn't always fit, neither does one pair
of eyeglasses for all situations. That's where specialty eyewear
comes into the picture. Falling into this category are computer
glasses, driving glasses, protective eyewear and more.
The most important reasons for purchasing specialty types of
For a specific activity such as computer
use, work, hobbies, sports or driving.
The need to see better in general.
Safety features that create an increased
enjoyment of sports as well as protection from dust and
The wearer likes to be different and
purchases them for cosmetic reasons.
Can you benefit from specialty eyewear? The
descriptions below should help you to decide.
As people are spending more time in front of a computer, they
are finding that their eyes are focused at a very specific range
for long periods of time. Eyestrain and even muscle strains, due
to adjusting your body to see better, can be avoided with the
correct pair of glasses. Computer lenses are designed
specifically for the distances associated with computer use: the
intermediate and close-up zones. Computer-specific eyewear will
give you the best correction for these distances, helping to
Work and Hobbies
Some people find that their regular glasses are great for most
of their day, but are not quite right for their job. For
example, if you wear bifocals, you may find that you need to tip
your head back all day long to use the reading portions in the
bottom of the lenses, because what you're reading is not in your
lap. Instead of suffering neck discomfort to do this, you can
get special glasses for work that have the reading segments
placed higher up in the lenses. For those whose hobbies include
close-up work such as beading, needlepoint, crafting or anything
requiring long periods of time working at very close distances,
a separate pair of reading glasses may be helpful. BE ADVISED:
Reading glasses can be purchased at drugstores, retail stores or
even craft stores BUT your eyes may have different correction
needs, which is very common. Then you may need a custom pair of
readers that is designed to meet the visual needs of each eye.
This will be determined during your comprehensive eye
examination. Safety glasses are a must for those who spend a lot
of time working with power tools, as debris can fly into the eye
and damage it.
By changing the tint of a lens you can improve visual acuity on
the tennis court, golf course or on the slopes. Sport-specific
eyewear can enhance performance by improving visual clarity
while protecting the eyes from injury. Within this category
you'll find both sunwear and eyewear with lenses made from
Driving glasses come in two different categories: sunglasses
designed specifically for driving and prescription eyeglasses.
In the sunglasses category, driving glasses will feature
polarized lenses that reduce glare and make it easier to see.
Studies have shown that glare can be a causative factor in
automobile accidents, with drivers declaring that they couldn't
see the other car or a pedestrian because of the glare coming
off of the road, or the sun shining in their eyes. Polarized
lenses reduce glare and make it easier to see in any situation
where there may be glare. Sunglasses tinted specifically for
driving increase contrast and make it easier to see. Prescription
eyewear for driving will include your distance prescription and
should have an anti-reflective coating. This special coating on
your lenses will reduce the glare and starburst effect
surrounding lights at night, making it easier to see. An
anti-reflective coating has the added benefit of reducing
reflections on the surface of the lens making your lenses
virtually invisible, so people can see you better as well.
Many people buy specialty eyewear for increased eye safety. This
eyewear can be in the form of safety glasses, sports goggles or
shooting glasses. Safety eyewear is made of ultra-durable
materials and provides more coverage than regular glasses, such
as in the form of a wraparound design or top and side panels.
You can also get other features like anti-fog styling or spring
Fun and Fashion
Maybe you want more than one pair of eyeglasses simply to match
different outfits or moods. Part of the fun is trying on all
different styles in the office. We’ll be happy to help you
select glasses to match your face shape and coloring along with
your personality and lifestyle.