The optical marketplace has become oversaturated with products and buzz words, making it confusing for consumers. Below, I will try to provide some insight to help you with your next optometry/optical purchase.
Eye exams are the first part of the process, so let’s start there. The most important part of the eye exam is assessing eye health. Retinal imaging is an important tool during an eye health evaluation. This can range from fundus photography to the top of the line imaging known as an OCT. OCT’s scan through the layers of the retina to detect conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Numerous other ocular health technologies exist such as osmolarity testing for dry eye, topography for contact lens fitting, visual fields for testing peripheral vision, and NCT/pachymetry for measuring eye pressures. Today’s modern office should have access to these instruments, in order to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health.
Selecting a lens is confusing with all of the optical jargon and lack of information. Polycarbonate lenses are a type of safety lens with lower quality optics. Trivex is a material with a similar safety profile and much better optics. A lens should be aspheric, digital, aberration free, and strong to avoid warpage. One of the most important parts of a quality plastic lens is the coating. Good coatings have scratch resistance, smudge resistance, glare reduction, and UV protection. We use a Crizal coating on all of our single vision lenses, which has all of these features. Digital lenses allow for maximum customization, as they are computer generated during surfacing. All recent lens designs are digital. The newest progressive lenses use an internal freeform design allowing them to be digitally customized on the front and back surface of the lens. This increases the width of the vision corridor to decrease peripheral distortion. In order to digitally customize a lens, a fitting device must take a picture of you wearing your frame. We use Zeiss lenses for our progressive freeform lenses. It is a high-quality lens brand that also makes lenses for the Hubble telescope, surgical microscopes, and digital cameras. Quality ensures comfort, clarity and maximized vision.
Today, there are so many brands of contact lenses to choose from it is terribly misleading and confusing. There are still some older lens materials in the marketplace, especially with on-line suppliers, that have low oxygen permeability. The front of the cornea gets all of its oxygen from the atmosphere, so it is important for a lens to be permeable to oxygen. This is often measured with a value called Dk/T. Older lens materials usually have a value in the 20’s or 30’s, while newer silicone hydrogel lenses often have a value over 110. Silicone hydrogels are much healthier products and can provide superior comfort.
We have consulted with medical colleagues, the College of Optometry and other health sources, and feel at this time it is appropriate to modify our service delivery model. This will be reviewed daily, and adjusted to provide an appropriate response to the pandemic.
Effective on Monday, March 23, 2020, Nuvue Optometry will be open Monday to Thursday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. After hour support is available by phoning 250-826-3061. DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL WITH EYE RELATED PROBLEMS.
Services will be limited to urgent appointments, whether medical or vision related. Optical services will be available in a limited capacity.
Please continue to call to book future appointments for mid- April.
PLEASE REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE SICK, HAVE A FEVER OR BREATHING PROBLEM.
STAY HOME AND CALL YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR OR URGENT CARE CENTRE.
We wish all of our patients continued good health and a quick return to our normal lives.Drs. Brad and Devin Almond and the caring staff of Nuvue Optometry