The Optical Shoppe

The Optical Shoppe is conveniently located in our office. The Optical Shoppe offers high quality frames and lenses along with excellent customer service. Guided by a licensed optician, our trained staff helps you to select frames that fit your lifestyle and compliment your facial appearance.

Call Today: 757.484.0303


Monday-Friday: 08:00am – 6:00pm

A combination of technology and style makes for a good pair of glasses. We use modern technologies and materials to ensure that our patients receive quality optical products. For our patients’ convenience, we have an on-site finishing lab reducing the waiting time on completion of orders. Vision Plans: We participate with the following vision plans and others: Eyemed Davis VSP Medicare Premium Lenses and Coatings: We showcase the following brands of premium lenses and coatings: Crizal Alize Anti-Reflective Coating Varilux Progressive Lenses Transitions


We feature the following frame brands

  • Dolce & Gabanna
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Coach
  • Kate Spade
  • Wiley X
  • Ray-Ban
  • Maui Jim Sunglasses
  • Jessica McClintock
  • Saks Fifth Ave
  • Carrera
  • Adrienne Vittadini
  • Silhouette
  • Match Eyewear
  • Helium Paris
  • Float Kids
  • Anne Klein
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Michael Kors
  • Prada
  • BCBG
  • Steve Madden
  • Costa Del Mar
  • Vera Wang
  • Max Mara
  • State

Bifocal and Multifocal Eyeglass Lenses

Presbyopia, which is the visual inability of the lens of the eye to focus on objects that are close, may take years to develop. Patients usually begin to show symptoms of presbyopia in their early- to mid-40s. Bifocal or multifocal eyeglasses will provide patients with presbyopia the ability to see clearly at all distances.

Bifocal and multifocal lenses allow patients to focus on both nearby and distant objects without the need to switch glasses or contact lenses. More than one prescription is combined into a single lens of the eyeglass.

Types of Eyeglass Lenses

Bifocal eyeglass lenses contain two lens powers. prescriptions (distance-viewing at the top of the lens and near-viewing at the bottom) with a sharp separation in the middle.

Trifocal eyeglass lenses contain three lens powers.

Multifocal eyeglass lenses contain two or more lens powers.

The advantages of a bifocal or multifocal lense prevent the “jump” in vision when glancing from a nearby object to one further away. Bifocal and multifocal lenses do take some time for adjustment, but once the adjustment has been made, patients never want to go back to separate regular reading and distance glasses.

Contact Lens Wear and Care

A contact lens is a thin disk that floats on the surface of the eye to provide vision correction. With advances in optical technology, almost everyone now can wear contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. This includes patients with astigmatism and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses. But since they are a medical device, contact lenses do require some compliance on the part of patients with guidelines for proper care and use.

Contact Lens Supplies

Contact lenses should always be stored in the solution recommended by an ophthalmologist. Fresh solution is required every single time a patient is storing the lenses. It is not safe to reuse solution as it can harbor bacteria and debris. Rinse the contact lens case with the solution after its use and leave the caps off to store the case. Cases need to be replaced once every three months, or sooner if build-up has begun to form.

Contact Lens Wearing Schedule

There are many options available today such as daily wear, extended wear and disposable contact lenses to suit each patient’s lifestyle. However, they all have certain guidelines that need to be followed to maintain eye health. Wearing lenses for longer than the recommended time periods may result in the development of an infection or potentially set the stage for long-term damage to the surface of the eye. Except in the case of specific extended wear lenses, contacts should never be worn overnight.

Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Wear

Wearing contact lenses is easy and comfortable for most individuals, provided that they follow their doctor’s instructions and care for their lenses. To keep the eyes healthy as a regular contact lens wearer, follow a few basic rules.

  • Attend follow-up appointments on a regular basis
  • Take contact lenses out each night at least one hour before going to sleep unless meant for extended use
  • Do not exceed the recommended time period for wearing contact lenses even if they are not causing any discomfort

Do not wear contact lenses when eyes are painful, red or irritated. Remove the lenses, then clean and store them until the eyes are no longer experiencing these symptoms. If any uncomfortable symptoms return upon renewed use of the contact lenses, make an appointment for an office visit.

Contact Lens Use

Prior to putting contact lenses in, it is essential to thoroughly wash and dry your hands. Carefully remove a lens from the storage case and gently rinse it with solution. Then place the contact lens on the tip of your finger. While looking up, pull on the upper and lower eyelids to create extra space and place the lens on the lower portion of the eye. Close the eye briefly and the contact lens should settle right into place.

When removing contact lenses, the hands should once again be thoroughly washed and dried. Have the lens case prepared by filling each side with fresh solution. While looking up, pull on the upper and lower eyelids. Use a finger to move the lens downward, then gently pinch it to pluck the lens off the surface of the eye. In the palm of your hand, clean the contact lens using the physician-recommended solution and place it in the case.

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