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Eyeglasses in Saint Helens Oregon

To compliment the comprehensive eyecare services provided at St. Helens Eyecare Specialists our practice also features an optical shop with a wide array of eyeglass frames for men and women, you can try on frames from high end designers and also check out stylish yet affordable lines of frames.

The convenient onsite optical dispensary eliminates the pain having to take your prescription elsewhere to be filled.

We don't just have eyeglasses, we also have a selection of sunglasses and athletic eyewear as well as a large selection of OSHA approved RXable ANSI Z87-2+ rated safety glasses.

Some of our eyeglasses brands include:
  • Calvin Klein

  • Coach

  • Burberry

  • Dragon

  • Fysh

  • Jones NY

  • Nike    

  • Rayban

  • Wiley X

  • And many more!

How To Choose The Right Eyeglasses Frames?

This is a very personal decision but there are some guidelines that may help from looking at the shape of your face to your lifestyle. Eyeglasses are the first thing people will focus on when looking you in the eyes. As a very visible accessory, you may want your personal style to be reflected in the look of the eyeglasses. You may be attracted to a certain color, design, or embellishment, and can see how these designer features blend with your other needs.

Face Type
  • Round faces can look great complemented with rectangular or square frames that are wider, making the face appear slimmer.

  • Oval faces are well suited to frames with a strong bridge (the area above the nose) and width that is greater than the widest part of the face.

  • Square faces can be softened with round or oval frames.

  • Long faces are thinner and taller, square or rectangular frames will help keep a long, narrow face look in proportion. Look for a thinner and/or lighter in color frame that will blend in better, and avoid frames that are very thick and dark that over emphasize the top part of your face. The less prominent the frames are the better it will flatter this face shape

  • Heart shaped faces can benefit from balance between a wide forehead and narrower chin.  bottom heavier lenses may do this by adding width at the mid-face. Consider Square and round frames as well.

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Eye Colors
  • Blue eyes:  look for frames in gray, blue, and brown tones and tortoiseshell.

  • Brown eyes: frames with green and gold tones, and  tortoiseshell.

  • Green eyes: look good with purple, pink, gold, and brown colors.

  • Hazel eyes: frames with darker gray and green tones. Golden colored frames can accentuate the gold flecks in hazel eyes.

Skin Tones

  • One rule of thumb is look for frames that contrast the natural contours of your face.

  • Skin that has warmer tones, such as bronze or yellow, tends to be most flattered by  golden shades, beige,  olive green, and lighter blue-green color.

  • Skin that has cool tones such as blue or pink undertones can be washed out by the wrong colors.  Gray or silver, pinks, blues, purple, dark blue/green, or black frames are more flattering.

  • You want your eyeglasses to stay on when performing activities during your day, take into account what you do most often when choosing frames. Active people are served well by frames that have a little “give” that can withstand bending and twisting.  If you are going to be putting on and taking off your glasses often a frame with spring hinges or a Flexon frame might be ideal.  If you wear your glasses all day a lighter frame could be important for comfort

How To Choose Eyeglasses Lenses

What are the different lens options and their benefits?

  • Aspheric lenses have a more complex curve than the standard simple lens. This curvature can correct some types of distortions better than a standard spherical lens. This lens is that it tends to be lighter and thinner than a standard lens.

  • Glass Lenses are not common any more. They are very scratch resistant but also very heavy and much more expensive than standard or even some premium materials such as high index lenses.

  • Multifocal lenses combine two or more prescriptions to correct your distance and near vision, as well as the distance in between. Examples are Trifocal lenses or Bifocal lenses. These lenses have wider reading and distance vision areas compared to progressive lenses.

  • Hi-Index lenses are often used for stronger prescriptions. The material they are made of bends light more strongly than standard plastic lenses so thinner lenses can be used even with the higher prescriptive value. 

  • Photochromic lenses are sometimes also known as transition lenses because they automatically transition to be darker when you are in the sun or bright light. They are Convenient and cost-effective as you can have clear and sunglass lenses all in the same frame.

  • Polarized lenses are great for individuals who spend a lot of time outdoors. People with lighter eyes or photosensitivity can also appreciate the glare reduction of the polarized lens.

  • Polycarbonate lenses are tough and lightweight. The durability of this lens is great for children as well as active adults it is also recommended for rimless style glasses as it resists chipping on the edges of the lens. The polycarbonate lens is also naturally UV resistant, which is ideal for people with cataracts or macular degeneration. They are not as thin as High index lenses but are thinner than standard plastic lenses.

  • Progressive lenses are also known as no line bifocals. A benefit to this lens is that there are no more lines to obstruct vision. As you look from straight ahead to further down in the lenses the prescription progressively gets stronger for near vision. 

What Kinds of Lens Treatments Are There?

There are many types of coatings that can make your glasses more useful:

  • Anti-scratch coatings are harder than standard plastic to protect against scratches.

  • Anti-reflective coatings also known as AR coatings reduce glare. which is helpful on the computer and for night time driving.

  • Blue Blocking Anti-reflective coating reduces the adverse effects of the blue light that streams from commonly used devices like computers and smartphones.

  • Color-tint coatings can add a fun pop of color to your eyeglasses, or be added to help you see better in different lighting conditions.  (for example amber or yellow tints to help with glare while not darkening vision as much as a sunglass tint)

  • Gradient-tint coating is darker at the top of the lens and progressively lightens toward the bottom for sun protection on the top of the glasses without darkening the reading portion at the bottom. 

  • Mirrored coating makes the front surface of your lenses appear like a mirror, adding fashionable flare to function.

  • UV protective coating deflects UV rays that can cause long-term damage to the eyes.

  • Water-repellant coating doesn’t just repel water, it also reduces dirt accumulation and resists smudging, which means less cleaning.

How Much Do Eyeglasses Cost?

The total cost for eyeglass frames and lenses can vary dramatically and are calculated based on the type of lens that is needed (prescription), any special coatings that are desired, and on the type of frame that is selected. WE have frame packages and price points that can be affordable for most patients. For questions about insurance, we invite you to visit our Insurance Plans Taken page or contact our office and our staff will be happy to look up your your insurance information. St. Helens Eyecare Specialists serves areas in and around St. Helens and Scappoose Oregon.  Contact our office to find the perfect pair of eyeglasses!

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