Optical Shoppe

At FSN Eye Center, our optical staff provides quality personal care and service. Our opticians are highly knowledgeable, experienced, and they can suggest the best style of eyewear for your needs. At the Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Optical Shoppe, our experienced and trained Opticians guarantee their work, no exceptions!

We do adjustments and minor repairs free of charge and you are always welcome with no appointment necessary. With our Prescription Adaptation Guarantee, if you are not able to adjust to your new prescription, we’ll make any necessary changes to your eyewear at no charge to you and if necessary, your eyes will be re-examined at no additional cost. By having our very own finishing lab, we can deliver your eyewear to you in a quick and efficient manner.

All eyewear has a one-year unconditional money-back guarantee.

At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, we also offer a full line of glasses for kids from the brands they love at affordable prices that parents love. For added peace of mind, if there are any damages, we will replace your little one’s frame and lenses twice within a year at absolutely no charge!

Stop in today to learn more about our Kids Package and to browse our full section of Kids’ frames (Carrera, Juicy Couture, Vera Bradley)!

Eyeglass Frames

At our Optical Shoppe, our opticians will ensure that your frame selection is comfortable and provides the appropriate appearance for your sense of style. Our frame selection includes a wide range of designer frames, as well as various high-quality frames that fit any budget. Our opticians work closely with frame designers and lens manufacturers from around the world so our frame and lens styles stay current. We are always adding new frames and styles to our selection, and are also happy to order special sizes, colors, and styles.

At FSN Eye Center, we’re proud to carry today’s latest and hottest designer frames. Our frame selection includes many of the following:

Eyeglass Lenses

You’ve found your perfect pair of frames, now find your perfect lenses! At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, our Optical Shoppe has a wide variety of lens options to suit your needs!

Basically, there are four types of lenses used to correct vision: single vision, bifocal, trifocal, and Progressive:

Single Vision. A single vision lens has the same focal power (or magnification) from top to bottom and can be used for nearsightedness, farsightedness, as well as for correcting astigmatism. Single vision lenses are the most common lenses used and, for most first-time glass wearers, the first lenses prescribed. While you can purchase inexpensive ready-made single vision readers in most drug stores, they will not correct for astigmatism or in the case where your eyes have different corrective needs (e.g., one eye is a +1.50 and the other is a +2.00). Using readers, in that case, can cause additional eye strain problems.

Bifocal. A bifocal lens has two parts: the separate, very distinct lower portion designed for reading or close-up work and the upper portion containing a prescription for distance or even with no correction at all. Using bifocals allows a person to leave their glasses on at all times while retaining the ability to see at various distances.

Trifocal. Much like the bifocal, the trifocal contains three separate and distinct levels of prescription, correcting for close-up work, a middle portion for intermediate distance, and the top portion for far distance. 

Progressive. Progressive lenses (like bifocals and trifocals) are used for people with multiple corrective needs such as close-up, distance, and middle distance. Unlike bifocals and trifocals, progressive lenses are true multi-focal lenses that allow a seamless progression through all of the lens powers that you need to see, with no lines or sudden jumps from one magnification to another. Thus, your eyes are allowed to focus in a more natural and comfortable manner. Progressive lenses are particularly useful for people who need both a strong power for reading as well as lesser visual assistance for a computer monitor that is slightly beyond a comfortable reading distance.

Lens Material

The majority of prescription lenses are made with either plastic (CR-39), polycarbonate, Trivex, or, on rare occasions, glass. Our optical staff will be happy to assist you and answer any questions about what material will be best suited for you!

Plastic Lenses

CR-39 is a plastic polymer that has been in use for optical lenses since 1947. CR-39 is lightweight and used more frequently in prescription sunglasses because it absorbs tint more easily than polycarbonate. While CR-39 is the most popular lens material used, it chips more easily and is thicker than polycarbonate, making it unsuitable for rimless or half-rim frames. Using CR-39 lenses for a heavy prescription may lead to the thick “Coke bottle” look in many frames. 

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate lenses are thinner and lighter than traditional plastic eyeglass lenses. They also offer 100 percent ultraviolet (UV) protection (without any additional coatings) and are up to 10 times more impact-resistant than regular plastic lenses. Not only is polycarbonate lighter than CR-39 and glass, but it also will not shatter upon violent impact, making it the safest choice for sports or children’s glasses.

Trivex

Similar to polycarbonate, Trivex is a urethane-based lens which is cast-molded like a plastic-based lens for outstanding optical clarity, while retaining the thin and lightweight qualities (although marginally heavier) than polycarbonate. Trivex is an excellent choice for rimless (or drill-mounted) glasses since it resists the small “spider-cracks” at the drilling points. Trivex also provides 100 percent UV protection.

Glass

Although known for its optical clarity, glass is rarely used because it is a very expensive alternative for use in prescription glasses. On the plus side, glass is more scratch-resistant than the various plastics and polymers available on the market. On the negative, besides the high cost, glass lenses can be heavy and are not available across the full range of optical needs.

Coatings and Tints

Lens coatings can provide additional optical benefits as well as improve the appearance and age life of your glasses.

Lens coating options include anti-reflective, scratchproof, and ultraviolet:

  • Anti-Reflective Coating. Anti-Reflective coating, also known as ‘AR’ or anti-glare coating, is generally applied to the front and backside surface of lenses for the purpose of diminishing glare or reflections. If you drive at night, a good AR coating shrinks down glare or the star/halo effect from oncoming headlights while improving your night vision. An anti-reflective coating has also been proven beneficial when using a computer for extended periods of time by reducing glare off of the monitor, which, in turn, eases eyestrain. From a cosmetic standpoint, an anti-reflective coating reduces the shine and reflection off of a high index lens, which tends to be brighter due to its thinness.
  • Scratchproof Coating. A scratchproof coating, while not protective against deep scratches or gouging, can make your lenses more resistant to the fine scratches that come with day-to-day wear and even from cleaning them with something as seemingly soft as paper towels or napkins. Generally, a scratchproof coating will come with an extended warranty on your lenses.
  • Ultraviolet Coating. In much the same way that ultraviolet rays can damage your skin, ultraviolet rays are believed to be a contributing cause to cataracts and retinal damage. As noted above, polycarbonate, Trivex, and high index lenses provide natural 100 percent ultraviolet protection for your eyes. Plastic lenses provide minimal ultraviolet protection that can be increased to 100 percent protection with a clear ultraviolet-blocking dye.

Lens tinting is an option but is limited to plastic lenses, Trivex, and some hi-index lenses. Lens tinting reduces glare from light and enhances your appearance. 

Optical Shoppe at FSN Eye Center

If you, a family member or friend would like to learn more about our optical and eyewear services or have questions about glasses, please call our opticians at (815) 932-2020.