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Lenses and Frames

A brief description of the types of lenses and variety of frames available at Advanced Eyecare and the Eyewear Gallery Optometry in Pismo Beach.

Selecting frames and lenses is a very personal choice. A wide variety of options are available that can be tailored to suit not only your medical needs but also your fashion preferences.

Highlight your features, play with color, and improve vision for different functions such as reading, driving and playing sports. With all the choices available, the experience can be daunting without the right guidance. The skilled opticians at Advanced Eyecare will guide you through, and help to make the experience enjoyable.


Design, material and treatments are the three components that make up a pair of prescription lenses. It is important to select the right combination of these elements for your particular visual needs and to always consult your eye care professional.

The knowledgeable staff at Advanced Eyecare will consider long-term wearing comfort, style, features and function when suggesting a new pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses become as unique as the person taking them home.

Eyeglass Lenses

Selecting the right eyeglass lens depends largely on its function. Regardless of your situation, we can help determine what types of lenses will work best for you in terms of comfort, function and design.  The most popular lenses include:

Single vision – Lenses that are set for one field of vision, such as distance or reading.

Progressives – These lenses include correction for multiple fields of vision including distance, intermediate (where your computer screen sits), and near. These lenses are also referred to as “no-line bifocals”.

Computer lenses – Meant to be used primarily in an “office” setting, these lenses are similar to a progressive, however, only have focal ranges for computer distance and reading.

There are many other lens designs, so do not hesitate to ask if you have other visual needs.

Frame Styles

When choosing a frame, the shape and size of the frame should enhance the color of your eyes, complement your skin tone and play up the best features of your face shape. We carry one of the largest selections of frames on the central coast including eyewear by

  • Fendi
  • Tom Ford
  • Ray Ban
  • Oakley
  • Maui Jim
  • Barton Perriera
  • Etnia Barcelona
  • Kate Spade
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Prodesign Denmark
  •  and many others!

Most people need more than one pair of glasses, such as one for everyday wear and another for outdoor activities. Having different style frames for different activities and moods makes wearing glasses more fun.


With the wide variety of lens options available, you can customize your “shades” (sunglasses) to meet your visual, performance and comfort needs. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is present even on cloudy days. Quality sunwear provides 100 percent UV protection and can significantly reduce the risk of vision problems caused by sun damage such as cataracts.

Glare is an issue that makes it difficult to see objects clearly by washing out colors and details. This can be combated by polarized lenses. Looking at a scene with polarized lenses, you’ll notice the colors are deeper, richer and bolder, and details are clearer and more distinct. Polarized lenses also help reduce squinting, which, in turn, reduces eye fatigue, tension and eyestrain. 

Transitions Vantage

~NEW Transitions Vantage lenses are polarized lenses that are able to adjust for varying light conditions.  This lens gives superior glare reduction just as a traditional polarized lens would, with the added benefit of an adaptive tint that lightens and darkens based on brightness.

Lens Options

Anti-reflective treatment

Wearers of prescription glasses and sunglasses commonly encounter annoying glare and reflections caused by light bouncing off their lenses. This glare makes it more difficult to see, especially at night. Anti-reflective lenses reduce these reflections allowing more light to pass through the lens and enter the eye.

All lens surfaces naturally reflect light and this reflection can prevent between 7 and 14 percent of the light needed for optimal vision. Wearing non-AR lenses is like trying to read a book in a dimly lit room. Since AR lenses allow more light to reach your eyes by reducing reflections, it’s like turning up the lights in a room, making it easier to see.

Prevencia Coating 

A lot of screen time means a lot of Blue-Violet light. Crizal® Prevencia™ No-Glare lenses filter out harmful Blue-Violet light from your electronic devices and protect against damaging UV rays. Plus, Crizal lenses help you see better, feel better, and look better.

Lens Materials

Because lenses add the majority of the weight to your prescription eyewear, the option of having the lenses made from a thinner and lighter weight material can be very beneficial, both for comfort and functionality.

Polycarbonate – While only slightly thinner and lighter weight than standard plastic lenses, polycarbonate is an impact resistant material.  For this reason it is always the material of choice for children’s lenses and sports specific eyewear.

High index – Typically recommended for patients with higher prescriptions.  High index can reduce the weight and thickness of lenses by up to 50 percent.

Lenses and frames are a very necessary and personal choice. The staff at Advanced Eyecare has the experience and selection to guide you toward eyewear that is comfortable and complements your look. For help, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schachter and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.