In addition to the comprehensive ophthalmology services we provide, our practice features an optical center with a wide array of eyeglass frames and contact lenses to suit every look and budget. Patients can come into our glasses store and choose glasses frames from many elite designers, as well as stylish yet affordable alternatives. In addition, we carry a full line of glasses frames for children and teens and a great selection of athletic eyewear. Our convenient onsite location eliminates the hassle of having to take your prescription to another location in order to fill your vision correction needs.
Why Should I Buy My Eyeglasses At An Optical Shop Rather Than Online?
Obviously, buying products online is convenient. But for certain products, personal attention to your needs is more important than instant convenience. At Richens Eye Center, we strongly believe your Frames and the lenses inside are some of those products.
Sure we sell glasses in our Sunset and Mesquite Richens Eye Center locations, but we’re more concerned with helping patients achieve the best vision possible. Personally fitting your perfect frames in our optical shops does just that. This, of course, follows your professional eye exam to test your eyes and determine your refractive error (why you need eyeglasses).
Frames and lenses aren’t like buying a shirt. They are a long-term purchase that will affect your vision all day every day. Is that something you really want to trust to an online store?
Why an optical shop is the place to buy your eyeglasses:
- Many Decisions Are Involved
Buying eyeglasses involves many decisions — everything from various materials and designs for both lenses and frames, to hinge types and lens coatings. If you’re completely comfortable and knowledgeable about these decisions, you can buy glasses online, but most people aren’t. They need a person to bounce questions off of and get feedback. That’s what we do.
- Measurements Are Critical
The optical center of your eyeglasses is where the lenses provide the most accurate vision and it needs to sit directly in front of your pupils. To find this, a measurement is made of the distance between your pupils, colloquially known as PD (papillary distance). Measuring your own PD is difficult. And if you get it wrong, your glasses purchased online won’t have the optical centers of the lenses in the correct location. We take precise PD measurements in our optical shops.
- Fit Needs To Be TestedJust as each of our faces is uniquely shaped, eyeglasses vary in the way they fit those uniquely shaped faces. Frames that don’t fit your face correctly — maybe they’re too large, or maybe they slip on the bridge of your nose — may not only be uncomfortable, but they may also keep the optical center from being correctly positioned.
At Richens, our opticians can provide feedback if a frame style is a good choice for you and whether it may change once the lenses are inserted. Or we may suggest an alternative with thinner, lighter lenses that works better, particularly if you have a strong prescription.
- There’s Nothing Like Trying Different Frames In PersonMuch more than a piece of clothing or shade of makeup, your eyeglasses are on your face basically all the time. So, why are you going to trust such an important part of your look to an online shop where you digitally apply frames onto an uploaded photo of your face?
At our optical shops, you can try on as many frame styles as you like. You can try different lens weights and thicknesses. And you can ask a live person what he or she thinks of your choices. This ensures you’ll love the glasses you finally opt to purchase.
- We’ll Make Sure You’re Happy With Your Prescription Glasses
After you buy your eyeglasses, we’ll help with future adjustments. Or, if you decide you don’t like your choice, we’ll work with you to get you into a frame and lens you’re happier with. That’s not true online, where returns can be difficult, if not impossible.
When visiting our optical center, patients will be seen by one of our experienced optometrists, who will help you decide which glasses frames are best for you. Many factors are taken into consideration, including your personal style, the shape of your face and your coloring. We offer a tremendous variety of eyewear from top quality designer and fashion manufacturers to fit every style.
How Do I Choose The Right Glasses Frames?
When choosing your glasses frames at Richens, you should consider:
Consider your lifestyle. If you’re very active, you may consider glasses frames that can bend without breaking. If you work a lot, a conservative business style could be a good choice. We have many style, options and brands to choose from to fit your personal needs specifically.
Your eyeglasses can be a clue into your personality. You may even want a couple pairs – we know we do! Possibly one for the weekend and another for work. Something for driving and a pair of suns with polarization for fishing? Maybe colorful glasses frames scream THIS IS ME, but you like the smart, professional tortoise look too. Why not get them both?
How Do I Choose The Right Lenses?
The lenses you choose for your eyeglasses are usually more important than the frames in your overall satisfaction. There are many choices in modern lenses, and it can be daunting if trying to buy online. This is where the expertise in our Richens optical shops can really help you out. There are many coatings and protection available, progressive, transition and even polarization. Even the lens material itself comes into consideration. Glass, plastic, polycarbonate and high-index are all available. We have the experts available to guide you on your path to the right decision.
If you opt for contact lenses, our staff is highly trained and able to evaluate your needs in order to fit you correctly and comfortably. We have contact lens types available to meet your individual needs and unique eyes and are happy to help you navigate the many choices.
However, contact lenses are not always an easy solution for those suffering with vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts a difficult proposition. Our experienced optometrists enjoy working with complicated cases and pride themselves in finding the right solutions, oftentimes recommending and fitting specialized contact lenses.