Lenses and Frames
A brief description of the types of lenses and variety of frames available at West Michigan Eyecare Associates.
Selecting your lenses and frames is a very personal choice. A wide variety of options are available that can be tailored to suit not only your medical needs but also your fashion preferences.
Highlight your features, play with color, and augment vision for different functions such as reading, driving and playing sports. With all the choices available, the experience can be daunting without the right guidance. West Michigan Eyecare Associates in Grand Rapids makes the choice easy. To prepare for your glasses selection in our office, visit the Eyeglass Guide to utilize an interactive tool in assisting you in turning “eyeglasses into your eyeglasses”.
Design, material and treatments are the three components that make up a pair of prescription lenses. It is important to select the right combination of these elements for your particular visual needs and to always consult your eye care professional.
The knowledgeable staff at West Michigan Eyecare Associates will consider long-term wearing comfort, style, features and function when suggesting a new pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses become as unique as the person taking them home.
Selecting the right eyeglass lens depends largely on its function. From single vision lenses to progressive polycarbonate lenses, we are happy to help you find what best suits your needs. Regardless of your situation, your eye care provider can help determine what types of lenses will work best for you in terms of comfort, function and design.
At West Michigan Eyecare we are proud to offer a wide variety of frame collections that represent unique and modern styles as well as the best craftsmanship and quality. Each company has its own story and years of experience building their brands and developing their products. We are pleased to support these exclusive national and local companies in hopes that you will find one of many designs that express your individuality and meets your eyewear needs.
Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colors of the island to life, we engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens. Incorporated into seven new sunglass styles, our Classic Collection was introduced. We now offer over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Since its founding in 1956 as a manufacturer of optical spare parts, CHARMANT has endeavored to create top-quality, state-of-the-art eyewear, thereby maximizing the satisfaction and well-being of its customers. Thanks to continuous developments and the optimization of its own technology, CHARMANT is an established worldwide leading eyewear manufacturer. Exclusive high-tech procedures and special production techniques have made CHARMANT Group what it is today: a worldwide name for titanium frames.
Classique Eyewear is enhancing one face at a time…Distributing outstanding, high quality, designer eyewear brands, including Lisa Loeb Eyewear, Kenzo, C-Zone, William Morris London, William Morris Black Label and Young Wills. Classique Eyewear is committed to providing unparalleled product quality, exquisite designs and superior customer service. Our eyewear conveys a powerful fashion statement, reflecting class, comfort and style. We invite you to view these unique and outstanding collections.
Founded in June of 1977 by Alan and Cynthia Shapiro, Europa International is headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
A simple business philosophy of providing customers with quality products, fair prices, and unbeatable service has propelled Europa’s ongoing success. From designer eyewear and sunwear, to a collection designed for managed care concerns, Europa has the product, programs and desire to meet the challenges required of a valued vendor.
Kenmark has a deep history. A history of design and designers. A history of nurturing emerging brands. And a history of investing in in-house time and effort to bring beauty and inspiration to our customers. Design is in our DNA. Design, not just for product, but for the entire team we assemble to bring an idea to market. The hours of inspiration, creativity and emotion we build into every pair of glasses we create is matched only by the hours of strategy, planning and expert execution we build into developing our brands and identifying the right place and path for them to grow.
Beauty based on harmony. And on self-confident individuality. Silhouette eyewear creates perfect unity with the wearer and, as a result, allows the wearer’s individual beauty and strong personality to shine. The most demanding requirements in terms of design and quality combine with the demand to bring the world closer to the wearer. Silhouette is a brand for people who remain true to themselves and their style. With its Austrian-made eyewear, the company has been setting benchmarks for style, comfort and material since 1964. The design is limitless and constantly surprising, whilst simultaneously being distinctive and unique. Consistent clarity and weightlessness – a timeless statement. Authentic eyewear for authentic people.
With over 50 years of industry insight, WestGroupe’s mission has always been to provide unique and superior quality eyewear for the fashion-focused consumer. The company is driven by their customer commitment to excellent service and exceptional product.
WestGroupe is dedicated to defining future standards in the optical business by developing, creating, and supporting innovative products and services that allow customers to succeed. WestGroupe offers a premium selection of international brands in over 40 countries, including KLiiK denmark, FYSH UK, EVATIK and Superflex.
ZIG Eyewear, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, has been creating and distributing designer eyewear for the Canadian and European markets for the past 10 years. Our American sales and service team, ZIG Eyewear USA, is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Our frames are sold at eyewear boutiques and optometric retailers across the United States.
Ben and Laura Harrison have given their ingenuity to the mission of equipping their visually impaired son, Jonas, and other children with creative, fashion-forward kids glasses. Upon searching for suitable children’s eyewear for Jonas, the Harrison’s discovered one missing factor in existing options for children : fashion-forward kids frames at an accessible price point. Based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jonas Paul Eyewear exists to provide function and new form to children’s vision.
Article One is an independent eyewear company based in Flint, Michigan. We produce handcrafted eyewear in Italy and sell to boutique optical shops around the country. We are proponents of complete brand transparency, giving credit to craftsmen, supporting small business, giving back to our community, and thoughtful design. Article One frames are handmade in a small village in Northern Italy at the base of the Dolomites. The family-owned factory we work with has 12 craftsman who are experts in what they do. We work to give credit where credit is due by shining a light on the hands that touch each frame. The care put into each frame results in quality you can feel. An integral part of our progression was founder Wes’s decision to move the company from Chicago to Flint, MI. While an unlikely city for a fashion startup, Flint’s community has proved to be inspiring, supportive and resilient. Further, it has proved integral in shaping Article One. We are surrounded by a community of tenacious doers who want to see their neighbors succeed. Article One was founded to raise awareness and funding for Vitamin A deficiency in developing nations. We accomplish this mission by donating a portion of each pair sold to Helen Keller International. Most people are unaware that about 500,000 children globally go blind each year from Vitamin A deficiency, and half of those children die within 12 months as a result of Vitamin A deficiency. Even more astounding, it costs just one dollar for a year’s worth of supplements for one child. That means a one dollar donation to Helen Keller International will ensure at least one child will not die or go blind from vitamin A deficiency. Article One donates $2 from each sale to Helen Keller International, and to date has raised over $12k for the foundation.
REM Eyewear is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, manufacture and marketing of state-of-the-art eyewear, serving more than 80 nations across six continents, with headquarters in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and the UK. Lead by award-winning Creative Director, Nicolas Roseillier, REM’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes John Varvatos, Jonathan Adler, Converse, Tumi, SPINE, Jones New York, Cosmopolitan, Lucky Brand, Indie, Lipstick, Surface, and Visualites. Family-owned and operated for more than 60 years, REM Eyewear is dedicated to upholding its core values of Quality, Imagination, Commitment, Collaboration, Wisdom, Trust and Respect.
The Safilo brand came about in 1934 with the production of prescription and bifocal lenses, together with a wide range of sunglasses and prescription frames.The first items of eyewear produced included, most notably, models made from a special flexible material known as celluloid. These particular glasses came in a version with round Harold Lloyd-esque lenses or with elongated lenses in a butterfly shape, inspired by the style in vogue with the Hollywood stars. The 21st century opened with eyewear designed to dazzle and become an object of desire.Safilo came up with original, sophisticated and refined collections.Attention to detail and passion for design inspired the Safilo Diamonds eyewear embellished with strass crystals, as well as the Safilo Design collection marked by meticulous, contemporary details. The Safilo Elasta and Safilo Library lines, catering to a mature public, and the Seventh Street line, with its assortment of fresh and colourful models for the younger generation, complete Safilo’s extensive offering of products.
In 2001, Match Eyewear entered the optical industry with a new idea in eyewear branding; to conceptualize and build eyewear brands designed and developed for success. Match Eyewear has built a portfolio of distinctive brands to appeal to virtually every demographic group, including Adrienne Vittadini, Danny Gokey Eyewear, Helium, Float Titanium, Float Kids and Aero by Float Milan.
Today, Match Eyewear, headquartered in Westbury, New York, is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of superior quality eyewear and sun wear. Match Eyewear has a dedicated sales force covering the US, Canada, Europe, and South America, with full distribution centers in Brazil, Italy, and North America. Focused on design, quality, and partnership, our mission is to provide our merchant partners with impeccable product, exceptional customer service and outstanding professional sales support.
Match continues to grow with the introduction of Design Gallery, a division of Match Eyewear dedicated to marketing independent designer eyewear to optical boutiques and finer ECP’s. Our first collaboration, VANNI Eyewear, a collection of Italian made eyewear and suns lovingly crafted of exclusively designed Italian acetates.
This is a story that begins more than forty years ago in a territory in which the production of eyewear is an ancient knowledge and where it is continued ever since in an establishment in which the production of titanium eyewear is a modern art.
This is a typical Italian story, but nowadays it has passed the Agordo Dolomites to be told all around the world.
It all starts with a titanium slab. But not any old titanium, it has to be the purest in the world.
Faced with a slab of titanium most people just see the metal, but we can glimpse the soul of our eyewear. This is why we buy our raw titanium in Japan from certified producers who can guarantee us the purest and most perfect titanium. This may seem a strange choice, but if you want to create the best titanium frames, there can be no compromise on quality.
Not only can we say with pride that every frame is 100% conceived and produced in Italy, but we can also add that what makes a Blackfin frame so special is the way it’s made. It’s the creation of all of us working together, in the same place, always ready to discuss things and help and stimulate each other.
OVVO Optics has been present in the U.S. since March 2011. Its history, however, goes back to Europe of the Cold War era. That’s when a group of scientists, who were working on developing a material for spacecraft and military use, fused surgical steel and titanium, achieving an exceptionally light, durable and flexible material that is also hypoallergenic. Inspired by its remarkable qualities, in 1980 the engineers of the company started using this unique composite to make frames for glasses. They are handmade, but manufactured with outstanding precision, mastered by over 30 years of experience. Entirely produced in Germany and Poland, OVVO frames bring exquisite European style and unmatched quality.
Weighing barely 0.6 ounces OVVO frames offer unparalleled comfort and unfailing durability. Tests showed that stretched flat frames can hold up to 90 pounds without breaking or wrecking. Virtually indestructible and highly flexible is also OVVO Optics-patented screw-free hinge that can withstand more than 300,000 rotations (an equivalent of 205 years of usage) and reveal no changes in structure or appearance.
OVVO Optics’ eyewear is 100% manufactured in family-owned plants in Europe, where each frame goes through 65-85 steps before it is complete. First, using German engineered laser technology the frames are cut out from raw steel sheets imported from Sweden. Then, they pass through the various stages of hand-manufacturing. With great precision and attention to detail the frames are hand-polished, painted, decorated and assembled by a crew of 250 dedicated eyewear production experts. At each phase, they are inspected with care for highest quality assurance.
The end product is a flawless piece of art, sophisticated, comfortable, durable and flexible.
With the wide variety of lens options available, you can customize your “sunnies” (sunglasses) to meet your visual, protection, performance and comfort needs. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is present even on cloudy days. Quality sun-wear provides 100 percent UV protection and can significantly reduce the risk of vision problems caused by sunlight such as cataracts and retinal damage.
Glare, an issue that makes it difficult to see objects clearly by washing out colors and details, can be combated by polarized lenses. Looking at a scene with polarized lenses, you’ll notice the colors are deeper, richer and bolder, and details are clearer and more distinct. Polarized lenses also help reduce squinting, which, in turn, reduces eye fatigue, tension and eyestrain.
Wearers of prescription glasses and sunglasses commonly encounter annoying glare and reflections caused by light bouncing off their lenses. This glare makes it more difficult to see, especially at night. Anti-reflective lenses reduce these reflections allowing more light to pass through to your eyes.
All lens surfaces naturally reflect light and this reflection can prevent between seven to 14 percent of the light needed for optimal vision. Wearing non-AR lenses is like trying to read a book in a dimly lit room. Since AR lenses allow more light to reach your eyes by reducing reflections, it’s like turning up the lights in a room, making it easier to see.
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Lenses and frames are a very necessary and personal choice. West Michigan Eyecare Associates in Grand Rapids, Michigan has the experience to guide you toward eyewear selections that are comfortable and that work to complement your face. For help, schedule an appointment with your eye care provider and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.