Optical Shop

Our mission at Legarreta Eye Center is to satisfy your visual needs. Our emphasis is providing our patients with quality products and excellent service. Legarreta Eye Center prides itself on first-class customer service and a reputation for accurate prescriptions.  In addition to the comprehensive eyecare services provided, we have an array of eyeglass frames and contact lenses to suit every budget.

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We offer patients frames from many elite designers, as well as stylish yet affordable alternatives. We also carry a full line of frames for children and teens.

Once your eyeglass prescription has been determined, our New York State licensed and American Board of Opticianry certified opticians are ready to help guide you to your most beneficial lens design and options.

Our convenient onsite location also eliminates the hassle of having to take
your prescription to another location in order to fill your vision correction
needs. In addition to eyeglasses and contact lenses, we also provide sunglasses, sport glasses, and goggles in our optical shops.

Advances in lens and frame technology have given you, the eyeglass wearer, more choices than ever before. Our opticians will explain what products and processes are available today and how they work to give you the best vision possible.

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Face Shape

In order to choose a pair of eyeglass frames that look attractive, it is important to consider each person’s appearance and face shape for the most cosmetically-pleasing results. Available in a wide array of shapes and sizes, frames are designed to enhance one’s natural appearance while also providing effective vision correction by determining whether the patient has an oval, square, round or heart-shaped face. For example, a round face looks best in wider frames that make the face look longer and thinner, as well as a clear bridge.

We are experienced in helping patients find a frame style that best matches their look and are more than happy to assist you in your search. Patients can often wear many different styles and can choose from a large selection of choices depending on their personal preferences.

Color Selection

To further guarantee eyeglass frames that work well with your appearance, patients can choose frames to complement their eye color. Before selecting your frames, you can evaluate your eye color to determine whether your eyes are cool or warm. For example, brown eyes can be light and almost honey-colored, which are warm, or may be darker and cool.

Warm eye colors tend to look best with frames that are camel, khaki, gold, peach, off-white, red, tortoise and warmer blues and greens. Eye colors that are cool can be accentuated with black, gray, plum, magenta, pink, blue and darker tortoise frames.

Our opticians will help you determine your coloring and then select frames to suit your appearance, whether your eyes are blue, brown, green or hazel.

Frame Materials

Depending on personal preference and the type and style of glasses desired, patients can choose from different frame materials that can further enhance the durability, lightness and appearance of their glasses. We offer several frame materials within our comprehensive optical shop so that patients can fully customize their eyeglasses.

Metal frames have been used for many years to create sleek and elegant frames, which are now available with the option of intricate designs as well. Although not available in as many colors as plastic frames, metal eyeglasses are strong and reliable.

Plastic frames are available in a wide range of colors and can be made in bolder styles for a more noticeable look. They are often used for patients with higher prescriptions, as they can easily conceal a thicker lens.

Metal/plastic hybrid frames combine the best of both options, as they are strong, sleek, durable, and available in many colors and styles. Many patients like the unique look of this combination.

Lens Options and Materials

In addition to a wide selection of stylish, budget-friendly and attractive frame options designed to fit your face shape and eye color for a cosmetically-pleasing result, we also provide our patients with a full selection of lenses to create a completely customized pair of eyeglasses with the most effective visual results for each patient’s individual needs.

Our opticians specialize in eye wear fitting to ensure that your new glasses fit properly and provide you with long-term vision correction. Patients are continually satisfied with their eyeglasses and are able to benefit from clear, comfortable and safe vision.

Types of refractive errors:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia

Lens Options

Once your frames have been selected, we offer numerous
lens options, taking advantage of the latest technological advances to provide
our patients with clear vision at all times. Some of the unique lens styles we
offer include progressive lenses, anti-reflective lenses, transitions lenses,
and lenses with high definition wavefront technology. These specialty lenses
are designed to provide unmatched vision correction while eliminating sun
glare, low-light and other common vision problems.

  • Single Vision Lens
  • Bifocal Lenses
  • Computer Lenses
  • Progressive Lenses
  • Sunglasses Lenses
  • Variable Tinted Lenses
  • Anti-Reflective Lens Treatment
  • Polarized Lenses – Driving
  • Polarized Lenses – Water

Our experienced staff will help you choose the most appropriate lenses for you, taking into account your vision needs, budget, style and personal preferences. We take the time to fully discuss all options with you so that you receive the highest quality eye wear from a practice youtrust.

Some of the lenses we offer include:

  • Transitions
  • Crizal
  • Varilux
  • Drivewear
  • Younger Image
  • Essilor Adaptor
  • Zeiss Lenses
  • Hoya
  • Vannity 1.67
  • Trivex
  • Nu Polar

Lens Materials

The material of the lens is also important in ensuring
comfort, durability and long-term effectiveness for your new glasses. New
technology has allowed for the development of more advanced lens materials that provide more comfortable, sturdy and attractive eyeglasses, especially for
patients who require stronger vision correction.

In the past, these patients may have been limited in their selections and unable to wear some of the most stylish frames because of the need for thicker lenses. Today’s wide range of lens materials no longer limits these options for patients with higher prescriptions so that everyone can take advantage of cosmetically-appealing yet highly effective eyeglasses. Certain coatings may also be applied to the lens to help reduce scratches, glare, fog and UV rays in order to further protect your eyes and your glasses.

At the Legarreta Eye Center Optical Shop, we offer our patients many different lens materials, including:

  • Polycarbonate: Thinner and lighter than plastic lenses, polycarbonates are the ideal in safety and comfort. They offer full UV protection and can withstand more impact than plastic or glass lenses as well. They can also be used for sunglasses and sports eyewear.
  • Plastic: Plastic lenses remain the standard in today’s eyeglasses, as they provide clear vision, comfort, safety and long-term wear. Patients who choose plastic lenses will have the largest selection of frames and can easily tint and coat their lenses, although plastic is quickly becoming an outdated lens choice.
  • Hi-Index: Hi-index lenses refract light in a different way using less material than plastic lenes for a thinner product that produces more effective vision correction. It is often more comfortable and cosmetically-pleasing for patients with higher prescriptions.
  • Mid Index: Although not as thin as hi-index lenses, mid index materials are considered safer and more effective than plastic or glass lenses, and provide strong UV protection without the need for extra coating.
  • Trivex: Similar to polycarbonate, Trivex lenses produce clearer vision because of its higher-quality optics. It is also lighter yet more rigid, making it safer and more ideal for rimless frames, children’s lenses and sportswear.

Our experienced opticians will help you determine which type of lens material is best for you based on a thorough evaluation of your visual needs, as well as a discussion of your preferences and lifestyle habits.

Optical Waiver: Glasses
Please review the following policies regarding our Optical Shop here at Legarreta Eye Center.
  • Purchasing Glasses or Lenses: Our Optical Shop requires a 100% deposit be paid on ALL materials before the order will be placed.
  • Purchasing Lenses Only & Providing Patient’s Own Frame: Our Optical Shop will not be held responsible for any damage to the patient’s own frame. The patient will be responsible for the cost of any lenses issues that may occur when using their own frame.
  • Restocking Fee: Should you decide that you do not want the materials anymore, there will be a Restocking Fee charged. The fee will be 20% of the retail cost of the frame & lenses.
  • Refunds or Exchanges: Our Optical Shop will only accept a refund or exchange 30 days from the date of pickup or 60 days from the ordered date. A refund will be processed within 14 days of the return.
Optical Waiver: Contact Lenses
Optical Waiver: Contact Lens

Please review the following policies regarding the purchase of Contact Lenses at our Optical Shop here at Legarreta Eye Center.

Contact Lens Fitting Price & Requirements:

  • The Prescription expires 1 YEAR from the date of the refraction done by a doctor
  • Fittings for Contact Lenses will be done up to 6 months after the refraction was done by a doctor
  • Fittings are required every year that Contact Lenses are purchased

Fitting prices are as follows:

  • Spherical lenses: $40 Fitting Fee
  • Toric Lenses: $50 Fitting Fee
  • Bifocal/Mono lenses: $60 Fitting Fee
  • RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses): $80 Fitting Fee

*Should your prescription change, only UNOPENED, UNMARKED boxed can be exchanged

**NO REFUNDS are given on Contact Lens purchase

Contact Lenses Types

Daily-wear Soft Contacts:Daily-wear soft contact lenses are by far the most popular type of contacts worn. Made of a flexible plastic polymer, daily-wear lenses are put in each morning and taken out each night. They rest in a cleaning solution while you sleep. Daily-wear contacts come in many colors and typically last about one year.

Extended-wear Soft Contacts:Extended-wear soft contact lenses can be worn all the time, including while you sleep. Depending on whether you have 7-day (standard) or 30-day lenses, you only need to take out and clean your contacts once a week or once a month. Extended-wear lenses are made of soft silicone that retains moisture longer than daily-wear contacts, allows more oxygen to reach the eye, and prevents bacteria and protein buildup.

Although many patients prefer the convenience of 30-day contacts, be aware that they tend to be stiffer than 7-day lenses, scratch more easily and may be blurrier.

Daily Disposable Lenses:Disposable soft lenses are intended to be thrown out and replaced after you’ve worn them for a certain length of time. This makes them even easier to maintain than regular soft contacts. Many disposable lenses are designed for replacement each morning, every two weeks, or even every three months. Daily-wear disposables are worn during waking hours only, while extended-wear disposables can be worn for longer periods.

Gas-permeable Lenses: Rigid, gas-permeable contacts offer several benefits over soft lenses:

  • Can correct a wider range of vision problems, including a high degree of astigmatism;
  • Provide sharper vision than most soft lenses;
  • Allow more oxygen to pass through to the eye, reducing the risk of corneal irritation;
  • Are more durable than soft lenses and don’t need to be replaced as often, lasting as long as two or three years.

Because they are much harder than flexible contacts, gas-permeable lenses may take some getting used to when you first start wearing them. They are also more likely than soft lenses to slip off the center of your eye and require adjustment, making them an inconvenient choice for patients who
play sports or participate in other demanding activities. However, most
patients soon grow accustomed to the feel of gas-permeable lenses and are
satisfied with the improvement in vision they offer without the need for glasses.

Bifocal Contacts:We now have a new and exciting option for bifocal eyeglass wearers. Bifocal contact lenses are now available. Call or stop by any of our locations for details.

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Can I purchase contact lenses from Legarreta Eye Center if I’m not a patient there?

Absolutely! But you need to bring in a VALID contact lens prescription from your eye doctor and your insurance information

What if I have had a fitting elsewhere and now is the first time coming to Legarreta Eye Center?

If you are coming for the first time for a contact lens evaluation and already wear contact lenses, you should bring any information you have from your previous doctor.

How often do I need to be seen by the doctor?

If you are a contact lens wearer, we require a comprehensive eye exam and a separate contact lens evaluation once a year**.

** The comprehensive eye examination performed by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist is separate from the fitting, prescribing, and annual evaluation of contact lenses. Since these visits require two separate professional services, there will be two professional fees and appointments that may be handled differently by insurance policies.

What if I want a prescription to purchase contact lenses elsewhere?

We would need to see you for the initial fit and follow-up visit. We recommend getting at least the initial lenses from us in case there is a problem. However, we can give you a prescription as long as we have seen you for a follow-up after the initial fitting while wearing lenses.

Contact lens prescriptions are valid for one year, so you would need to be seen every year by a contact lens care professional to update your prescription.

Is a contact lens exam and fitting covered by my insurance?

Contact lens fittings are not covered by most insurance plans. There are a few vision plans that will cover some of the visit and a few that give a discount on or will cover the lenses themselves. Coverage for medically necessary contact lenses varies widely among insurance plans. Check with your insurance company to see what kind of coverage you have.

What if I have a problem with my contact lenses? Are they returnable?

With disposable lenses you are given a set of trial lenses. We check the fit specifically for you at the evaluation appointment. We also make sure the prescription is correct and that they are comfortable before you buy a supply (This is why that evaluation appointment is so important).

If for some reason though, you do need to exchange a disposable lens box, we do that as long as the box is unopened and not marked.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, debit card, check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Care Credit.

What is the difference between a contact lens evaluation and a contact lens fitting?

Contact Lens Evaluation: All patients require a contact lens evaluation every year, where the optician assesses your eyes to make sure your cornea, lids, and lashes are healthy, and also that your vision is stable with the contacts. If you are a first time contact lens wearer, the optician will assess if you are a candidate for contact lens wear. When you wear contacts for an extended period of time, the eye can change, so for existing contact lens wearers, the optician must evaluate the current lenses you are in and make sure they are still a good fit for your eyes.

Contact Lens Fitting: Patients will require a contact lens fitting in addition to the evaluation if:

  • Your current contact lens prescription has changed
  • You are a new patient to our office and we didn’t fit your current contacts
  • The doctor needs to change the material/brand of your contact lenses
  • Though all NEW patients to our office who wish to purchase contacts will require the initial fitting (fee charged), most established patients will only incur the evaluation unless you and the doctor decide together that a change is needed (eg. if your eyes are irritated by your current lenses).

Initial fitting appointment may include insert and removal instructions and a starter kit of trial lenses. A 3 month time period is allotted for completion.

Because the contact lens prescription expires one year from the date of refraction, only a 1 year supply may be purchased.