Reach our clinic at (503) 581-5287 for Appointments

Reach our clinic at (503) 581-5287 for Appointments

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Medical Center Eye Clinic’s complete optical department in Salem, has a wide selection of the latest in eyewear designs. With an optical dispensary right in our clinic, you can experience professionalism and excellent service customized to your needs. We invite you to visit with one of our opticians and view our selection of high-quality designer frames and lenses.

Frames

We offer a wide selection of current designer frames. Our staff of knowledgeable and friendly opticians will help you choose the perfect frame for you to fit your lifestyle.

Lenses

From single vision to progressive lenses, we have premium products to help you see clearly. We give you the information needed to help you make the best choice for your vision needs. No two lenses are alike. Shop and compare. We are here to help you be an informed consumer and understand the choices you make about lens options.

Contact Lenses

Custom fit by professional opticians. With a current prescription, we provide a selection of all major brands. Important to note: contact lens prescriptions expire after 1 year.

Vision Options: Contact Lenses

While the prescription of your glasses needs to be updated once every 2 years, contact lens prescriptions expire after only 1 year. Even if you have a surplus of contact lens built up you’ve yet to use, it’s important that you maintain a current prescription to ensure optimal vision and eye health. Contact lens selections are based on correction, eye measurements and lifestyle. As these things change as we age, our contact lens need to keep pace or else we risk suffering from poor vision and potential eye discomfort. Schedule an appointment to visit with an optician regarding a contact lens fitting today!

Vision Options: Prescription Lenses (Glasses)

Lenses come in a variety of materials that range from traditional glass to the highly advanced and durable polycarbonate. In fact, glass lenses are quickly becoming a thing of the past, as their cost, production time, and weight make them a less desirable material to use when compared to more advanced options. Additionally, many of the enhancements available with plastic lenses – such as anti-reflective coating – are not available or are less effective when choosing glass products. Our opticians can show you many options, and help you find what is best for your prescription and lifestyle needs.

Options such as anti-glare or Transitions® lenses aren’t always the same from vendor to vendor. Quality counts, and it takes an expert to understand the nuances of each product. How one distinguishes between products relating to quality requires information from your optician. Take time to understand the product you plan to wear. While your glasses reflect your personality, make sure your lenses provide you with vision to fit your lifestyle.

  • Anti-Reflective Lenses
  • Transitions®
  • Progressives
  • Bi/Trifocal Lenses
  • Trivex vs. Polycarbonate

Anti-reflective coating, or anti-glare, helps to improve vision, reduce eye strain, and make your glasses look more attractive. These benefits are largely due to anti-reflective coating’s ability to virtually eliminate reflections from the front and back of your lenses. Without reflections impeding your vision, additional light passes through your lenses to provide optimal visual acuity. These lenses are usually dust and oil repellant and easy to clean. Ask about anti-reflective before you order your glasses.

See what Hoya has to say about anti-reflective lenses.

There has been an evolution in the technology of this remarkable lens product and not all Transitions® are the same. Transitions® lens products are updated every three to four years. Discuss the newest generation of lens with your optician at your next appointment.

For many, they are better than the lined option because they allow focusing at all distances, including the distance between your eyes and the computer.

For those of you who have tried progressives in the past, it is important to know that progressives today are easier to adapt to and have a larger “sweet spot” of focus than ever before.

If you currently wear bifocal or trifocal lenses and are happy with their performance, know that you still have additional options. The latest technology in lenses, such as anti-glare, scratch resistance and polarization, are also available in bifocal or trifocal lenses.

Are you getting what you pay for? Know your product to ensure your lenses are performing exactly how you anticipate. Some dispensaries cut corners by using inferior plastic materials. We suggest you ask questions before you buy. See more information below about weight, clarity, impact resistance and UV protection:

 

Weight: Trivex has a lower specific gravity than polycarbonate, making Trivex lenses about 10% lighter than polycarbonate lenses. Depending upon the frames you choose, this could make a big difference in the fit with less sliding, etc.

Optical Clarity (Central): Trivex lenses have less internal stress and may produce sharper central vision than polycarbonate lenses. Central vision is the process in which millions of cells change light into nerve signals that tell the brain what the person is seeing. As a person reads, drives and performs other activities that require fine, sharp, straight-ahead vision, light is focused onto the macula in the center of the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye.

Optical Clarity (Peripheral): Trivex lenses have a higher (43) abbe value and may produce sharper peripheral vision with less chromatic aberration than polycarbonate lenses. Abbe value is the ability of a material to break down white light into component colors (red, green, blue, indigo, violet). Chromatic aberration causes colored fringes in the images produced by a lower abbe value. In other words, the more correction needed in your prescription, the more important it is to use a higher abbe value product such as Trivex instead of polycarbonate. The benefit of Trivex is that it gives people the finest clear vision next to glass without the weight and limitations of a glass product.

Impact Resistance: Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses have comparable impact resistance.

UV protection: Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses both block 100% of the sun’s UV rays without the need for special UV-blocking lens coatings. Know that if you choose these premium products, no additional fees should apply. In other words, don’t waste money on coatings sold by other labs claiming better UV-protection on Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses.

  • Anti-Reflective Lenses
  • Transitions®
  • Progressives
  • Bi/Trifocal Lenses
  • Trivex vs. Polycarbonate

Anti-reflective coating, or anti-glare, helps to improve vision, reduce eye strain, and make your glasses look more attractive. These benefits are largely due to anti-reflective coating’s ability to virtually eliminate reflections from the front and back of your lenses. Without reflections impeding your vision, additional light passes through your lenses to provide optimal visual acuity. These lenses are usually dust and oil repellant and easy to clean. Ask about anti-reflective before you order your glasses.

See what Hoya has to say about anti-reflective lenses.

There has been an evolution in the technology of this remarkable lens product and not all Transitions® are the same. Transitions® lens products are updated every three to four years. Discuss the newest generation of lens with your optician at your next appointment.

For many, they are better than the lined option because they allow focusing at all distances, including the distance between your eyes and the computer.

For those of you who have tried progressives in the past, it is important to know that progressives today are easier to adapt to and have a larger “sweet spot” of focus than ever before.

If you currently wear bifocal or trifocal lenses and are happy with their performance, know that you still have additional options. The latest technology in lenses, such as anti-glare, scratch resistance and polarization, are also available in bifocal or trifocal lenses.

Are you getting what you pay for? Know your product to ensure your lenses are performing exactly how you anticipate. Some dispensaries cut corners by using inferior plastic materials. We suggest you ask questions before you buy. See more information below about weight, clarity, impact resistance and UV protection:

 

Weight: Trivex has a lower specific gravity than polycarbonate, making Trivex lenses about 10% lighter than polycarbonate lenses. Depending upon the frames you choose, this could make a big difference in the fit with less sliding, etc.

Optical Clarity (Central): Trivex lenses have less internal stress and may produce sharper central vision than polycarbonate lenses. Central vision is the process in which millions of cells change light into nerve signals that tell the brain what the person is seeing. As a person reads, drives and performs other activities that require fine, sharp, straight-ahead vision, light is focused onto the macula in the center of the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye.

Optical Clarity (Peripheral): Trivex lenses have a higher (43) abbe value and may produce sharper peripheral vision with less chromatic aberration than polycarbonate lenses. Abbe value is the ability of a material to break down white light into component colors (red, green, blue, indigo, violet). Chromatic aberration causes colored fringes in the images produced by a lower abbe value. In other words, the more correction needed in your prescription, the more important it is to use a higher abbe value product such as Trivex instead of polycarbonate. The benefit of Trivex is that it gives people the finest clear vision next to glass without the weight and limitations of a glass product.

Impact Resistance: Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses have comparable impact resistance.

UV protection: Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses both block 100% of the sun’s UV rays without the need for special UV-blocking lens coatings. Know that if you choose these premium products, no additional fees should apply. In other words, don’t waste money on coatings sold by other labs claiming better UV-protection on Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses.

Choosing Frames for your Prescription

You don’t need a degree in fashion design to select a great looking pair of glasses that compliment your overall appearance. Our staff of experienced opticians can help you choose the right frames that complement your facial features, color pallet, and lifestyle to give you the new, modern look you’ve been wanting. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find the color or size in the style you like on display. We can help you find the right set of frames that match with your individuals sense of fashion and style. Talk with an optician to discover your choices for the style you love.

Optical Department

Our Optical Department is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

You can reach our experts in our Optical Dept. at (503) 399-9250.