Best of Tucson 2017 Tucson Weekly

November 10th, 2017

Once again Tucson, thank you for voting us Best Eyeglass & Optical Retailer… 5 years in a row! 

Arizona Daily Star 2017 Best Vision Service in Tucson

September 21st, 2017

Once again Tucson…Thank you for voting us Best Vision Service providers for three years!!

Tucson Weekly 2016 Best of Tucson

April 20th, 2017

All of us here at Alvernon Optical could not be any prouder!

Thank you Tucson for voting us Best Eyeglass & Optical Retailer 4 years in a row!!! 

Arizona Daily Star 2016 Best Vision Service in Tucson

April 20th, 2017

Thank you Tucson for voting us Best Vision Service providers for two years!!

2015 Best Vision Service

October 2nd, 2015


Thank You Tucson!!!

Everyone at Alvernon Optical is very proud to have been voted for providing the Best Vision Service in Tucson by the readers of the Arizona Daily Star.

The folks at Alvernon Optical have been providing superior service in Tucson since 1961.That is fifty four years! They have done this by having licensed opticians, certified lab techs, exceptional support staff, and local owners. It takes a real commitment to maintain a full service optical lab. If you should break your glasses most frame repairs can be done on site while you wait.

Another convenience is that within each Alvernon Optical office there are independent doctors of optometry offering eye exams and providing the best primary eye care.

The next time you need help with your eyeglasses visit any of the six convenient locations so that you can experience the friendly service offered by the knowledgeable professionals at Alvernon Optical.

Not All Sport Eye Protection Is Equal

September 16th, 2015

Oww! You know how it feels when you get a spec of sand in your eye. Imagine a baseball or tennis racket smashing your sunglasses into hundreds of pieces of plastic shrapnel.

progear eyeguard black frame 6.2015

You want your child to do well in sports and you want them to be safe. So you get them the best equipment available including sports glasses. But did you know that sports glasses are rated for various sports? What is acceptable for basketball may not give adequate protection when on the baseball field. Injuries do happen, quite frequently. Many eye injuries occur on the basketball court and baseball field. All sports have potential for eye injury. Golf clubs, tennis rackets, or rocks and tree branches while cycling, every sport has its dangers. You might not guess which sport has the fastest moving object, motorized racing aside. It is badminton with shuttlecock speeds of 200+ MPH.

pic sports related eye injuries 6.2015

If prescription lenses are going to be put into the frame special considerations must be followed. Sports glass frames are not made the same as dress glasses. The bezel (groove) is deeper with a lip on the back side so that if strong impact occurs the lens will not be forced out the back of the frame. Lens thickness is also important. Dress glasses can use 1.0 mm thick polycarbonate lenses. With sports glasses the minimum thickness should be 2.0 thick polycarbonate.

There are two manufacturing and performance standards used in the U.S. which are the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). ASTM F803 is typically used for sports eyewear and covers most ball/stick sports. There can be exceptions. An example is girl’s lacrosse which has set specific standards for that sport. When you are shopping for sports glasses make sure that you advise your eye care professional (ECP) of all sports you or your child may be engaged in so that a frame can be selected that is rated for all the anticipated sports.

One thing to consider, many people wear contact lenses while playing sports thinking they have an edge not wearing glasses. According to a 2010 report from Prevent Blindness America there are an estimated 2.4 million eye injuries in the U.S. annually. Sports account for over 25,000 injuries per year (2014). Younger athletes are still developing and may not have the hand/eye coordination nor the agility of an older player resulting in higher incidences of injuries of all types including the eyes. Some of these eye injuries result in permanent loss of vision in the injured eye. Even if contact lenses are used to correct vision protective eyeglasses are still recommended to prevent injury.

Alvernon Optical carries Progear Eyegaurd sport glasses which have been rated for baseball and all other sports covered by ASTM F803-03. The friendly and knowledgeable ECPs can help you make the right choice for safety and performance. Alvernon Optical has a full range of sports eye glasses. In addition to Progear Eyegaurd we carry WileyX (which are ANSI safety frames), Rudy Project (a favorite with runners and cyclists), and Liberty Shark swim goggles (water and pool activities account for more eye injuries than any other sport).

Need and eye exam? There are independent doctors of optometry at each Alvernon Optical office who can help you have the sharpest vision possible with a thorough eye exam. Most insurances are accepted.

Visit any of the six convenient Alvernon Optical locations today and get the eye protection you deserve to keep you in the game for years to come.

rudy project cyclist 6.2015

Free Form Green Collection

June 26th, 2015

Free Form Green Fram pic 6.2015

Green is good. Right? Often we think of green products as being made from recycled materials or materials that can be recycled when the product is no longer needed. German designer Thomas Trauth has collaborated with Free Form Eyewear to develop the Green Collection. The Green Collection incorporates a simple design to minimize the production steps necessary to produce these frames. The production processes requires 66% less time which equals less energy used. The frames use half the amount of material than what is used to make a traditional eyeglass frame. No toxic materials are released during production. All this adds up to a truly Green eyeglass frame that you can feel good about wearing. Did I mention they are really, really light?

less-is-more Acuity Free Form eyewear

To give you the clearest vision possible we recommend lenses with an anti-reflective coating (AR) to reduce the glare that can occur in the lens. AR reduces eye strain and enhances vision, especially when at a computer or driving at night. Premium coatings like Crizal or Super Hi Vision EX3 also give you increased scratch resistance and have hydro/oleo-phobic properties to make them resist smudges and moisture which translates to cleaner lenses.

ex3 traffic pic 6.2015

Stop in one of the six convenient Alvernon Optical locations and see for yourself how innovation, simplicity, style, and function can equal one great eyeglass for you!

Rec Specs Eye Protection for Sports

August 13th, 2014

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No matter what your sport, protecting your eyes is critical to insuring that you will have a lifetime of sports, fitness, and fun ahead of you. Dress eyewear may work well for most of your life. But when the possibility of impact increases it is important to step up and make the right move and that is to get a pair of sport eyeglasses. At Alvernon Optical we feature Rec Specs eyeglasses. Rec Specs are designed to protect the eyes in a wide range of athletic activities. Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are used for impact resistance. The frame is specially designed for the kind of impact that can occur in sports. And yes, basket ball is a contact sport. So come on in and talk with one of the friendly and knowledgeable opticians about keeping your game going with an eye on safety and performance.

Lenses for a Better Day at the Office

June 30th, 2014

Comfort is key. If you’re like 80 percent of all Americans who work or play on a computer, or if you work in an occupation that requires focusing for long periods on small tasks in a small environment, chances are, you probably suffer from headaches, blurred vision or general fatigue on occasion. A properly designed office lens matched to the wearer’s surroundings will allow the wearer to sit more comfortably, reduce eyestrain, and fatigue, and perhaps most importantly, increase productivity. Quite often, these symptoms can be easily corrected with a pair of specialty glasses designed specifically for the work or task you’re performing.

Customizing a Versace Eyeglass Frame

June 10th, 2014

Denise has been with Alvernon Optical for over thirty eight  years. She is a bench optician which means she works in the lab. Her professionalism is shown in many ways. One is that she is certified by the American Board of Opticianry. Another is the level of skill she has developed and maintains. Denise is very good at her craft. Many optical companies will not work with drilled lenses which are necessary for the popular rimless eyeglasses. Denise is proficient in drilling and mounting different types of rimless eyeglasses from the antique gold filled to the modern titanium used by Silhouette, Addidas, and other frame manufacturers. Denise also likes to wear nice eyeglasses. She likes unusual frames and will often rework a vintage find. Recently she saw a new Versace. It has a really nice shape with a little lift and some tastefully placed stones. Cuts had been made in the frame around the stones in a pattern to accentuate the stones and add to the lift effect. Denise saw more. Using a fine point paint pen Denise added gold to the cut causing it to stand out in a nice contrast to the clear crystal stones. WOW! What was a really nice eyeglass was transformed into an extraordinary eyeglass. Thanks Denise for sharing your talents with all the people who have gotten their eyeglasses from Alvernon Optical over the years. And that is a lot of people.

lab may 2014 Denise & Versace   Versace Model 3150-B. Color 879 .