Eyewear Lingo

Eyewear Lingo

Health
20 May 2021

When choosing the right pair of glasses, it’s important to understand the optical terms used to describe frames, lenses and eye conditions. By knowing these important optical terms, you can choose a better pair of glasses.

Eyetician offers a large selection of frames in different styles and materials to ensure that glasses wearers have choice and the most options to suit their vision needs.

We are dedicated to helping Canadians experience the best vision possible. We are available through our customer support email and phone number to help you make the right eyeglasses decision.

We are also happy to offer this easy to understand guide to help you choose the right frame based on your vision and style.

Eyewear Lingo

Astigmatism: An eye condition caused by a curvature of the front surface of the lens. It can lead to stretched vision causing headaches and eyestrain.

Bifocal: Lenses that offer vision correction for both far and near. Many lenses now offer no-line bifocal technology.

Blue Light Filter: Lens technology that protects your eyes from harmful blue light by blocking UV rays emitted from digital devices.

Bridge: The section of the frame that goes across the nose.

Convergence: When the eyes move inwards towards each other.

Cornea: Allows light to enter the eye through the transparent front portion covering the iris, pupil and anterior chamber.

Distance Vision: Vision that extends beyond arm's length.

Farsightedness: Also known as hyperopia, causing near objects to appear blurry.

Floaters: Undissolved vitreous humor that causes lines in front of the eye.

Iris: The circular structure in the eye that controls how much light reaches the retina. It also determines eye colour. 

Nearsightedness: Also referred to as Myopia, causing close objects to appear clearly, but those far away to appear blurred.

Nose Pad: The pads (clear or metal) that fit on either side of the nose.

Plano: A non prescription lens that can be available in clear or sunglasses lenses.

Progressive Lenses: No line multifocal lenses designed for individual segments of the lens including distance, middle and close.

Pupil: Located in the centre of the eye, the pupil allows light to hit the retina.

Refraction: Used to determine a patient's prescription.

Retina: Light sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye.

Temple: Usually referred to as the arm, the temple runs from the lens to the ear.

Visual Acuity: Vision sharpness.

Understanding how your vision works will help you choose the right frame and lenses to improve your vision.

Eyetician frames are designed to be flexible and accommodate lenses in a variety of thicknesses. Check out our selection of contemporary and unique frames on our website.