Looking for the right eyewear to match your lifestyle? Hattiesburg Eye Clinic Optical Department has the newest looks and eyewear to fit every lifestyle. You’ll find competitive pricing on name brand eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses, next day service on most lenses and single vision lens prescriptions are filled in one hour.
Our optical department offers premium progressive lenses, lenses with antireflective coatings, and prescription polarized sunglasses. And, one of the latest innovations in the digital age, lenses with blue light filtering that protects the eyes from light emanating from computer or smartphone screens.
Our five ABO Certified Opticians are committed to providing you and your family personal, individualized service for the Right Style, Right Fit, Every Time!
- Jessica McClintoch®
- Michael Kors®
- Ray Ban®
- Ralph Lauren®
- Acuvue® Oaysys®
- Acuvue® Oasys® Astigmatism
- Air Optix® Aqua
- Air Optix® Night & Day
- SofLens Multifocal
- Maui Jim®
- Costa Del®
- Ray Ban®
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are progressive lenses?
Progressive lenses for glasses are designed to help a person see at near, intermediate and far distances in a seamless fashion. They first differ from bifocals cosmetically, because they don’t contain the distinct “line” found in bifocals; they also allow a person to see intermediate distances, whereas bifocals can only help with near and far ranges.
What is anti-glare lens treatment?
This is a treatment applied to optical lenses to reduce reflected glare, like you might encounter with oncoming headlights while driving at night or reflected from computer screens. This treatment, which can also enhance the lenses’ scratch-resistant properties, can be applied to any kind of optical lens including progressives.
Should I wear sunglasses?
Absolutely – everyone whether they wear prescription glasses or not needs eye protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, infrared rays and even “blue lights.” Ultraviolet rays are the most harmful light source your eyes can encounter, and a good pair of sunglasses can filter out those rays.
What is the best type of sunglasses?
We recommend polarized lenses as the sunglasses of choice, which can filter out both light and glare. Some people use transitional lenses (which darken when you encounter brighter light) as sunglasses to avoid switching glasses. However, transitional lenses don’t always change well and they also can’t produce the polarization effect with light. You can also wear tinted sunglasses that filter out ultraviolet light but not necessarily reduce the glare factor.
For activities like driving in full sunlight the optimal choice is a separate polarized pair of sunglasses. They’re especially effective in activities out on water like fishing because they can greatly reduce any glare reflecting off the water surface.
What are light reactive variable tint lenses?
Light reactive variable tint lenses are also commonly referred to as transitional lenses. These lenses change their tint depending on the level of light turning either darker or clearer when the light changes as when a person comes in and out of doors. You can find variations in the amount of tint change among a number of lens choices: some lenses darken more than other lenses, while some may darken less. They do offer some protection from sunlight if you’re going in and out a lot without having to change glasses. However, they do not replace a good pair of polarized sunglasses.
How does a digital lens differ from a conventional lens?
Digital lenses are crafted by an optical laboratory according to computerized calculations rather than the manual surface grinding technique used to create conventional lenses. Because of their precision, digital lenses often offer better peripheral vision from side to side. They’re especially beneficial and easier to adapt to in patients having difficulty adjusting to progressive lenses.
What are the main types of contact lenses?
Most of the contact lenses used today are what we call disposable or replacement contact lenses. Some are replaced every two weeks or every month, although they still need to be taken out and cleaned every day. We now have dailies, lenses that are replaced after just one day of use. These are increasingly popular because, due to changing them out every day rather than at longer intervals, they’re healthier for your eyes. While daily lenses are more expensive than longer wear lenses, the extra cost is somewhat offset with no longer needing to purchase cleaning solution needed with longer wear options.
Are “soft” contact lenses better than “hard” contact lenses?
That would depend on the condition of someone’s eyes. If they’re not able to obtain adequate visual acuity (clarity) with a soft lens or if they have a complex vision prescription, an eye physician may recommend a gas permeable hard contact lens. Soft lenses are more comfortable and better for sports and an active lifestyle. Gas permeable lenses are generally only used for conditions requiring a harder lens.
Are there any eye conditions not suitable for contact lenses?
One of the main conditions that interfere with wearing contact lenses is chronic dry eyes. Patients with dry eyes can’t produce enough tears or moisture to keep the lens wet on the eye, which leads to discomfort.
Another limitation with contact lenses is that they can’t correct for all ranges of distance. They may not be suitable, therefore, for certain types of eye prescriptions.
Why would I need a separate pair of glasses to view a computer screen?
If your job requires you to spend long periods of work time viewing a computer monitor screen, computer lenses can be beneficial. They give you the ability to view your monitor at intermediate and near distances without having to move your neck up and down to adjust for any change in focus. This can be much more comfortable with less stress on your neck and back when viewing a screen for long durations.
We can also incorporate specific variables into your computer lenses depending on your normal distance from your work computer monitor. We have computer lenses available that can accommodate distances up to 20 feet. They are comparable in cost to regular glasses and sometimes cost less than progressive lenses.
– Answers provided by: Mike Beddingfield, ABO
Get in touch with us:
For help selecting the lenses that are right for you, visit Contact Us page or call us at 1-800-624-8254 if you have a specific question. You can also use either method to request an appointment with an HEC professional at one of our convenient Mississippi locations in Hattiesburg, Columbia or Laurel.