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Sale on Nike glasses and sunglasses

Sale on Nike glasses and sunglasses

Join our vision clinic for a special Nike eyewear sale event just for WSU students.

Nike eyewear sale event
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
CUB

Get a 25 percent discount on glasses and sunglasses, and enter to win a free pair of frames! We’ll have over 200 styles of Nike eyewear available to try on and purchase.

For any questions about the sale or our vision care services, contact our vision clinic.

Take advantage of your vision benefits

Take advantage of your vision benefits

Start your summer with the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses! Do you wear contacts? We have those too!

Right now is the perfect time for graduate and international students to take advantage of their vision benefits through WSU student insurance. Our vision clinic is open all summer long and ready to help you!

Your $200 hardware benefit can go towards glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses. We even have a Cougar Package that includes selected frames, single vision polycarbonate lenses, and an anti-reflective coating for $200.

If you don’t have a vision prescription, it’s still important to visit your eye doctor every one to two years.

Have any questions about your insurance benefit? Please feel free to contact us. To book your appointment, call or schedule online through our Patient Portal.

Ray-Ban sale event Oct. 12

Ray-Ban Sale Event Oct. 12

Join our vision clinic staff for a special sale event just for WSU students!

Ray-Ban Sale Event
Wednesday, October 12
CUE Atrium
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

We’ll have over 200 different styles of Ray-Ban frames and sunglasses for you to try on. If you find something you like, we can order it for you. Take advantage of special student discounts, and enter to win a free pair of Ray-Ban frames or sunglasses!

For questions, give us a call at 509-335-0360.

Where you buy your eyewear matters

Where you buy your eyewear matters

Buying new glasses can be overwhelming! Because each pair is custom-made just for you, the list of decisions to make on the frames, lenses, coatings and other options can feel endless.

Because there are so many choices to make, buying glasses at a traditional optical store has many advantages. Your local optician can walk you through your options and give expert advice on the best frames and lenses to fit your individual needs.

Selecting your frames

Trying on frames is the key to making sure your glasses look good and fit well. Choosing your frames online without trying them on can lead to disappointment and frustration.

Optical stores have the advantage of hand-picking the quality and styles of frames they sell. Plus, they can special order colors and sizes for each patient.

Your optician will explain different frame materials and features, and help find options if you have a metal allergy. And, they’ll help you find frames that look good and match your style!

Getting the right lenses

The lenses are the most important part of your glasses! You’re able to see best when the optical center of your lens lines up perfectly with your eyes. If this isn’t done right, you may experience headaches. Opticians have been trained and licensed to measure the optical center and distance between your pupils, ensuring your lenses line up with your eyes correctly.

Fitting multifocal lenses is an even more intricate process requiring extra measurements. These special measurements cannot be done accurately when ordering online. Getting the right multifocal lens requires an in-depth discussion with a knowledgeable optician or optometrist.

Optical stores are able to offer more types of lenses than chain or online stores, especially when it comes to bifocal and progressive lenses. For example, your optician might talk about getting thinner, lighter lenses, which are more comfortable and attractive.

So, next time you are ready for a new pair of glasses, consider more than just the price. You can visit our vision clinic retail store any time to try on new styles, get expert answers to your questions and find the best glasses to fit your unique prescription and needs.

3 common lens cleaning mistakes

Student cleaning eyeglass lenses

It’s easy to accidentally damage your glasses when you’re cleaning them. Thankfully, by avoiding these common mistakes you can keep your glasses in great condition!

1) Wiping lenses without rinsing them first

If you don’t start by rinsing your lenses, you may be wiping around dust or debris and scratching your glasses. Always start with warm water or spray cleaners designed for lenses. You can also use a mild dish soap on tough smudges.

However, be careful to avoid any dish soap with added lotion, which can leave a film. Also, avoid household cleaners like Windex, because these can damage the coatings on your lenses.

2) Using paper products or your T-shirt to dry lenses

Paper products such as napkins, paper towels or tissues are made of wood fibers and can cause scratches. Try to break the habit of using your T-shirt, even if it’s cotton. It only takes a little dirt or dust to scratch your glasses.

Some people like to air dry their glasses after washing, but minerals in the water can leave spots behind. A soft, clean, lint-free cloth made of cotton or microfiber is your best option for drying lenses.

3) Holding glasses by the arms to clean them

It’s best to hold your glasses firmly by the bridge to avoid accidentally bending them. Always lay them down with the lenses facing upward and store them in a hard-shell case.

Avoiding these mistakes and washing your glasses at least once a day will help you see clearer! Come visit us at the vision clinic if you need to pick up some spray cleaner for your lenses.

High definition for your eyes

Glasses close up

Digital technology has affected almost every aspect of our lives, and now it’s making a big impact on the optical industry. Digitally customized eyeglass lenses are a new technology that could change the way you see – forever.

The traditional manufacturing process starts with a standard, pre-cut lens. This results in glasses that are a close (but not exact) match to your prescription.

Digital manufacturing uses computer-aided design and surfacing to create customized lenses unique to your specific prescription. These digitally surfaced lenses are so accurate it’s like high definition for your eyes!

Digitally customized lenses can benefit anyone who wears glasses. However, people with complex prescriptions and progressive lenses notice the biggest improvements.

Three benefits of digitally customized lenses

  1. Sharper vision. When it comes to matching your prescription, digitally customized lenses are 12 times more accurate than traditional lenses. Since these lenses are designed specifically for you, you’ll notice much sharper vision.
  1. Clear, distortion-free sight. If you wear progressive lenses cut with traditional methods, you may experience distortion in your peripheral vision. Objects around the edges of your glasses can seem blurry or shaky, and you may experience symptoms similar to motion sickness. Digitally customized lenses minimize distortions, helping progressive lens wearers see, and feel, better.
  1. Better night vision. Digitally customized lenses come with a premium anti-reflective coating, which eliminates glare. This is especially helpful for driving at night, when oncoming headlights can be blinding.

Be sure to discuss the benefits of digitally customized lenses with your eye care provider. Our vision clinic offers digitally customized lenses with premium anti-reflective coatings as our standard of care. Give us a call or swing by our clinic if you’d like to learn more!

Benefits of anti-reflective coatings

Glasses up close

Most people have probably heard of anti-reflective coatings for eyeglass lenses, but are these coatings worth the additional cost? Do they really make your vision sharper and clearer? And how do they work?

What is it?

An anti-reflective coating is a special coating that can be applied to the front and back of eyeglass lenses. Simply stated, anti-reflective lenses cancel out harmful glare by absorbing reflected light, bending it, or both.

Anti-reflective coatings virtually eliminate reflection and glare from your lenses. This allows more light to pass through, helping you to see more clearly.

What are the benefits?

Anti-reflective coatings are especially helpful during prolonged computer use and in low-light conditions, such as driving at night. The glare from oncoming headlights can be blinding for some people.

People with stronger prescriptions benefit even more from anti-reflective coatings, because thicker lenses reflect more light. This is true even for lenses made from specialty high-index material.

Eliminating reflections with an anti-reflective coating also makes lenses look nearly invisible. This allows people to see your eyes and facial expressions more clearly.

Which anti-reflective coating option is best?

There are several different types of anti-reflective coatings and many optical labs have their own brand. To get the most benefits, choose a multi-layer coating instead of a thinner “standard” coating.

Multi-layer coatings are more scratch resistant and come with a hydrophobic coating, which repels dust, water and oils. Because anti-reflective coated lenses are so clear, smudges and finger prints can be more noticeable. For most people, the less frequent need to clean their lenses is worth the extra cost for a hydrophobic coating.

Questions about anti-reflective coatings? You’re always welcome to stop by our vision clinic for advice on selecting glasses that are right for you.