Vision Center offers the latest in high end frames options as well as budget conscious frames such as Cartier, Oakley, Coach, Bebe, Calvin Klein, Fred, Thiery Larsy. For those sports players looking to improve their vision be sure to check out our Rec Specs sports glasses. We also carry Miraflex, a flexible plastic specialty frame for infants and small children.
Glasses say so much about your personality and personal style. At Vision Center, we are happy to work with you in selecting frames that complement your features. Our experienced optical professionals work closely with you to select the proper frames to fit your budget as well as your cosmetic, lifestyle, and vision needs. While working with our experienced staff enables you to select the appropriate frames, we invite you to learn more about which frame styles complement various face shapes.
A square face is often characterized by a strong jaw line, a broad forehead, and a wide chin and cheekbones. The width and length of the face are close to being equal. Frames should be selected to make the face look longer and to soften the square angles of the face. Choose frames that are slightly curved (like an oval shape) and that have more horizontal than vertical real estate.
The oval face is identifiable by its balanced proportions. The forehead is slightly wider than the chin and cheekbones are high. Frames should complement the natural proportions of the oval. Choose frames that are wide or wider than the broadest part of the face and that follow your brow line. Often, diamond or rectangular shapes work best for oval shapes.
Although fairly similar to an oval shape, an oblong face is longer than it is wide. The ideal frames will shorten the face by creating a break in the length of the face. Choose frames that have depth and a low bridge to shorten the nose. Try frames that are round, deep, have low-triangle shapes, or that have strong vertical lines.
A round or full face is characterized by having the same width and length. For round faces, frames that add length to the face often work best. Frames that lengthen the face are typically angular, narrow and are wider than they are deep. It is best to avoid round style frames as these will exaggerate the roundness and curves of the face.
A heart shaped face looks like a heart or a triangle with the point facing down. The forehead is very wide and cheekbones are high while the face narrows towards the chin. Counterbalance the narrow chin by choosing frames that are wider at the bottom. Generally, light colored and rimless frames work best, although aviator, butterfly and low-triangle styles also work well.
A base-down triangle face has a narrower forehead with full cheeks and a broad chin. To offset a broad chin, select frames that widen at the top. Great selections include frames that have heavy color accents and detail on the top part of the frames. Cat-eye shapes also work well to add width and emphasize the narrow upper part of the face.
A diamond shaped face is often characterized by high, dramatic cheekbones with a narrow eye line and jaw line. This shape is the rarest of all the shapes. Oval frames that are soft in style typically work best to highlight the eyes and cheekbones. Select frames that have detailing, distinctive brow lines, are rimless or a cat-eye shape for best results.
After selecting the perfect frame we will fit you with the lens materials, coatings, and tints that are suitable to your personalized needs. Understanding the different lens options available will make sure you get the glasses that are right for you.
When selecting the material of your lenses you can decide between trivex, basic plastic CR39 or high index.
· Trivex is the highest quality lens material and it provides the best optical clarity. It is the thinnest lens material and scratch resistant. Trivex also provides more UV protection compared to basic plastic.
· Plastic CR39 is a very affordable lens and suited for people with light prescriptions. They are heavier, thicker and not as scratch resistant as trivex. CR39 lenses are NOT suitable for children under 18, people who depend on one eye, worried about safety or participate in impact sports.
· High Index lenses are a type of plastic that are suitable for patients with very high prescriptions. They are used to hide the edge thickness of lenses and are lighter weight than plastic but generally not as light weight as trivex.
All of our doctors highly recommend having a pair of sunglasses to each and every patient considering the amount of UV light exposure living in the Virgin Islands from infancy to the elderly. High amounts of ultraviolet light exposure over time can be a risk factor for eye problems such as pinguecula, pterygium, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.
· Polarized lenses are permanently coated dark and do not change color. They are the best at reducing glare on light, horizontal surfaces such as sidewalks, sandy beaches, and sunlight reflections in the water.
· Transitions lenses, or photocromatic lenses turn dark when exposed to UV light outdoors but change to clear lenses when go back indoors. They do NOT turn dark while driving because the windshield in a car already as UV blocking materials.