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Specialty Eyewear Overview

You may think that you are set with your everyday eyewear, but there are a lot more options than just sun and ophthalmic glasses.  Whether it’s water sports, a construction job or even working around the home, there are many circumstances which require specialty eyewear to add extra protection, prevent injury, and improve vision and performance.   Here is an overview of some of the different types of specialty eyewear to consider.

Sports Eyewear

Typical eyewear is not made to hold up to the safety and performance standards required for sports and athletic use. Sports eyewear is made of stronger materials and design for ultimate impact resistance and durability. Sports eyewear is also designed for ultimate comfort, fit and coverage to protect from elements such as sun, water or wind.  The lenses are also made with impact resistant materials such as innovative plastics such as Trivex or Polycarbonate.  Most lenses will also include 100% UV protection, anti-glare and anti-scratch properties to further protect the lenses. Polarized lenses will also aid your sports eyewear to improve vision in outdoor environments. Depending on your sport there may be a specific type of eyewear suited to your needs such as sports goggles, shooting glasses or ski goggles. Speak to your optician about your sport of choice to determine the safest and most effective eyewear for you.

Computer Glasses

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If you sit for extended periods of time at a computer or in front of a handheld screen you are at risk for computer vision syndrome, eye strain, eye fatigue, headaches and muscle strain. This is largely becauseyour eyes view a computer screen differently than they view the world around you. Glare from the screen can also exacerbate these issues.  Computer glasses are designed to reduce the strain and to create a more comfortable visual experience when looking at your screen.

Reading Glasses

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As we approach the age of 40, our near vision begins to weaken - a condition called presbyopia.  This can be corrected by wearing reading glasses when reading or doing close work. There are a number of options for reading glasses depending on your vision needs.  People with distance vision correction needs may prefer bifocal or multifocal lenses that allow you to see at a distance as well with the same pair of glasses. It is worthwhile to speak to your optometrist to find the best solution for your vision near and far.

Safety Glasses

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Whether you are working with power tools in construction, mowing your lawn or using harsh cleaning products, there are plenty of household projects and hobbies that can pose a serious risk to your eyes and vision.  Whether it is the danger of debris being projected toward your eyes or a chemical splash, safety goggles or glasses should be worn whenever dealing with dangerous materials or machinery.

Specialty eyewear manufacturers are always developing new innovations to protect your eyes and improve your vision during the activities that you enjoy.  Ask your optometrist about the specialty eyewear that is suitable for your interests and hobbies.

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If you are needing to pick up products such as glasses, contacts, dry eye products, anti-fog solution, if you are needing a frame adjustment or would like to purchase new glasses, please call us to book an appointment.

You can book your eye exams & non emergency medical appointments from our home page. If you are needing dilation drops, contact lens check, a follow up appointment or any other appointment that is not listed online, please call us at 780-460-9673. These appointments cannot be booked online. 

You can also send us a contact lens order request from our homepage. Your contact lenses will be shipped directly to you. Please note that we cannot deliver contacts to PO Box addresses. If you are due for your annual eye exam, we will contact you back to book your eye exam before we order contacts.

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