How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Multiple Pairs ?- Do you have only one pair of glasses?


Meet Joe.  He is up early and off to the gym, where he has a workout and then follows it with a swim in the pool.  On the way to the gym, he is wearing his progressive glasses.  When he gets to the pool, he switches to prescription swim goggles so he can see in the pool.  When he returns home, he decides to work on his home renovation, and he puts on his prescription safety glasses.  Joe is retired and enjoys to spend a part of every day on his new hobby of playing the guitar.  He likes to wear his reading glasses, so he can see the music on his stand, not far from his guitar.  In the evening, Joe decides it is a great night to barbecue in the back yard and his deck faces west, so he puts on his prescription sunglasses to enjoy the sunshine and protect his eyes.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?  We have multiple pairs because of our different needs; running shoes for sports, sandals for summer, flatter heels for work, or steel-toed work boots for the job site, pumps for evening.  We can’t wear the same color for every outfit, so we may have shoes in different colors.  The same can be said for eyewear.  We experience different visual environments during the day and we perform different tasks.

You may want additional eyewear for any of the following purposes:

Back up Pair

Most people have a pair of glasses that would act as a back-up pair if something happened to the pair that they are wearing.  Usually this is their last pair of glasses.  This pair of glasses, sometimes referred to as my kitchen glasses, or painting glasses, save you from using your newest glasses for a messy job, such as painting the laundry room or washing the dog.  But, wouldn’t it be great to see your best  with this pair?  Having this pair in your most recent prescription would mean that your vision was not compromised when you are doing those special jobs and provide a bit of assurance that you won’t be inconvenienced if something happens to the new pair.


Prescription or Non-Prescription Sunglasses


Prescription sunglasses are a must have.  We are all concerned about protection from UV light because we know that UV light causes cataracts and age related macular degeneration.  Sunglasses protect from the brightness of sunlight and provide comfort and clear vision on bright sunny days and bright overcast days.  A pair of prescription sunglasses should be a must have second pair.  Maui Jim is one of the industry leaders in polarized sunglass protection.  Polarized lenses filter UV light and cut blinding glare.






Zeiss computer glasses-RComputer Glasses For Office Work –

Many people who work for hours in front of a computer find it difficult to use their progressive lenses or a pair of reading glasses for work at an intermediate or computer range.  Reading glasses are designed to correct your vision at 16-20 inches, the distance to the computer screen on your work desk is about 30 inches,so in order to see the screen with your readers, you need to lean forward 10 – 14 inches.   This is an uncomfortable posture to have all day and will likely lead to back strain.

Progressive lenses are designed to provide vision for distance, intermediate or arm’s length and reading.  Approximately 1/3rd of the lens is dedicated to each of these tasks.  In most circumstances our work stations are organized so that we look straight ahead to our computer monitor.  That means that in order to use your progressive lenses, you need to tilt your chin up.  Maintaining this posture all day leads to neck strain.


Swimming Goggles:swim goggles

If you enjoy swimming and want to see clearly in the pool, you will enjoy prescription swim goggles.  Swimming in a chlorinated pool results in red eyes, irritation and blurriness.  When the cornea is immersed in water, it’s protective tear film is washed away.  The tear film or protective layer, keeps out foreign bacteria and lubricates the eye.  Swimming goggles form a waterproof seal that does not allow chlorinated water into your eyes.

If you are a competitive swimmer or swim just for fun having prescription swim goggles will open up a whole new world in the water.


Reading Glasses:

ben franklin - reading glasses

Ben Franklin’s Reading Glasses

When you reach the point of not being able to read up close without stretching your arms to the limit, you may need to consider single-vision reading glasses.  The average age that a person needs reading glasses is 42.5 years. Reading glasses come in two main styles: full frames, in which the entire lens is made in the reading prescription, and half-eyes, the smaller “Ben Franklin” style glasses that sit lower down on the nose.

Full reading glasses are suitable for people who spend a great deal of time concentrating on material close-up. If you try to look up and across the room through the reading lenses, everything appears blurry.

In contrast, half-eye reading glasses allow you to look down and through the lenses for near work, and up and over them to see in the distance. Generally, people who have never needed glasses in the past will start out with a pair of reading glasses rather than bifocals  or no-line progressive lenses, which are usually a better choice if you have a need for distance as well as near correction.

Handy accessories for temporary use, such as an evening in a dimly lit restaurant, include tiny fold able readers that fit in pen-sized cases and magnifiers that hang around your neck like a pendant.

You  may have even seen plastic lenses mounted in credit card-sized holders that slip easily in a wallet — horrible for reading a book, but fine for those moments of desperation when you need to see the amount of tip suggested for the bill.











Prescription Sports Glasses for Baseball, Soccer, Football, Squash, Racquetball or any other sport.







Safety Glasses


Levitt Safety EyewearIf you are a skilled tradesman you appreciate that safety eyewear is just another tool on the job.  in fact, required in order to enter a job site.  Many of the odd jobs we do around home offer significant risk of damage to your eyes and eyewear.  Moving the lawn, operating power tools, and home renovation projects place your eyes in a risky situation.

According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, over 700 Canadian workers per day sustain eye injuries on the job, resulting in lost time and/or temporary or permanent vision loss.

700 EVERY DAY?  Indeed.  However, this statistic isn’t the worst. The worst statistic of all is that 90 PERCENT ARE PREVENTABLE by the use of proper safety equipment, including SAFETY EYEWEAR.












Pool/Snooker/ Billiards Glasses

Snooker or pool glasses are glasses that are made to allow you to lean down and still see through your prescription, instead of over the top.  Usually they are made with just the distance prescription.  In this case, they were made with a rimless frame and more lens was added to the top of the frame.

Snooker/ Pool or Billiard Glassses

Photo courtesy of Gordon MacLeod