Trained, Expert Staff
At Andersen Eye Associates, our optical eye glasses boutiques are staffed by certified opticians specially trained to assist you with all lens prescriptions and frame selections. We are not happy until you are completely satisfied with your eyewear.
Full Optical Selection
Our optical boutiques offer all eyewear lenses and designs available, fitting a range of styles and budgets. We continually preview eye glasses and update our products so you find exactly the eyewear you're looking for. Our caring opticians take the time necessary to help find eye glasses that offer the best style, fit, and design for you. When you buy eyewear from Andersen Eye, you can feel comfortable knowing they look great and are affordable! We also carry a wide variety of fashion sunglasses.
Optical Services Location and Hours
At Andersen Eye Associates' two convenient locations, your ophthalmic needs—from eye examinations to selecting the correct eyewear—are met in one stop. Optical services are always available to you with no appointment. We will gladly adjust your eyewear and answer any questions.
We stand behind our products. When you buy our eyewear or other products, if you are not 100% satisfied, we will do everything possible to make it right.
BUYING GREAT GLASSES AT ANDERSEN EYE ASSOCIATES
You can use this guide as a resourceful tool to help you choose which types of eyewear are appropriate for you.
Single vision lenses correct one of the two common types of vision errors: nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). They may also correct for astigmatism.
Multifocal lenses correct for more than one vision error. The most common multifocal lens is the bifocal lens, where the upper portion of the lens is corrected for distance viewing and the lower portion of the lens is corrected for near viewing (14-20 inches).
Trifocals add a third segment in the lens for intermediate viewing (20-36 inches). With traditional bifocals and trifocals, the near and intermediate segments are distinct, so they are often referred to as lined bifocals or lined trifocals.
Progressive lenses were developed in 1958 to eliminate the lines on bifocals and trifocals that many patients find bothersome. Progressive lenses also allow both distance, intermediate, and near vision, but provide a gradual transition between the different segments.
Glass lenses are of limited availability today. They are heavier, thicker, less protective and less cosmetically appealing than other types of lenses. They also come at a higher cost due to their availability.
Plastic lenses were introduced in 1962 and became more popular than glass lenses in the 1980s. Traditional plastic lenses are as thick as glass lenses, but they are much lighter.
Polycarbonate lenses are lighter, thinner, and more impact-resistant than glass or plastic lenses, but the clarity is not as sharp. These lenses are commonly used and recommended for children as well as for safety glasses.
High-index plastic lenses tend to be more expensive than regular plastic lenses, but they are the best option for more than half of all patients when considering weight, thickness, and appearance.
Photochromatic lenses darken when exposed to sunlight and become transparent when in dim light.
Polarized lenses are available in non-prescription and prescription sunglasses as well as sunglass clips. These lenses reduce the glare coming from objects you are viewing, such as a wet street, windshield, oncoming cars, and snow. They are naturally UV protective and available with scratch-resistant coatings.
Once you select a lens material, you can also select whether to add the following options:
Scratch-resistant coating can be applied to plastic lenses and is generally a standard feature on progressive, high-index, photochromatic, and polycarbonate lenses.
Anti-reflective coating is a multi-layered coating that reduces lens surface reflection and improves vision by allowing more light to pass through the lens.
Ultraviolet coating is an additional lens application that blocks the transmission of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) emissions from the sun.
Tinted lenses are an option for patients who are particularly sensitive to bright lights and sunlight.
Selecting the right eyeglass frame for you can be exciting, particularly if you want a new look. Your optician can help you find the frame material, size, shape, and color that best suits you.
Size: While smaller frames are still the norm for prescription eyeglasses, bifocals and progressive lenses do require a minimum frame size in order for the lens to function properly. Larger frames provide a wider field of vision, but can increase the weight and edge thickness of the lenses, depending upon prescription.
Shape: Eyeglass frames are quite varied, so lens shapes may be round, oval, rectangular, or any combination of shapes.
Material: Frames can be constructed from plastic, stainless steel, titanium, metal alloy, and other derivatives of plastics and metals. Each material varies in terms of weight, flexibility, durability, and cost.
Hinges: In addition to the traditional hinges on eyeglass frames, many frames have spring hinges that bend in both directions. This feature is particularly important for children and active adults who are more likely to have their glasses hit by balls, toys, and other people.
Nose pieces: Virtually all metal and titanium frames rest on the nose using nose pads, while plastic frames often rest directly on the nose. It is important to be sure that nose pads or frames rest properly on your nose.
While less commonly sold than general purpose eyeglasses, the following types of specialty eyeglasses are available at Andersen Eye Associates:
Computer glasses generally have single-vision lenses corrected to crisply see objects 18-30 inches away.
Reading glasses are similar to computer glasses but are corrected to see objects 14-16 inches away. These glasses are ideal for reading books and newspapers, or for hobbies that require fine near vision.
Hunting glasses are made with sturdy frames and polycarbonate lenses that can withstand the rigors of hunting and provide needed eye protection. In addition, the lenses are often corrected to specifically enhance distance vision, and a yellow tint may be utilized to increase vision in dimly lit environments.
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Andersen Eye Associates proudly serves the Greater Saginaw region including Flint, Frankenmuth, Bay City, Midland, Bridgeport, Bad Axe, Mount Pleasant, and surrounding areas.