Urban Optique
4935 40 Ave NW #132 Calgary AB T3A 2N1 (403) 286-4142

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The Latest Advancements in Eyeglass Lenses

It seems like every day there is something new and innovative that comes on the market to help make day-to-day life easier.  The same goes for eyeglasses; life is changing at a rapid pace, it’s only natural that eyeglass lenses do the same.  
Gone are the days where eyeglass lenses were made of only glass.  They have changed to become scratch resistant, lighter, made out of plastic (less likely to break), and of course, more fashionable.  A few advancements that have occurred in the market today are transition lenses, kids UV lenses, DriveSafe lenses, and “InTouch” progressive lenses.

Transition Lenses

The perfect blend of convenience and function, these lenses darken when exposed to UV light.  These lenses are ideal for those who need to constantly be wearing glasses but frequent the outdoors.  They are also great for those who need to wear glasses while driving but the glare and brightness outside require sunglasses.  Transition Lenses are cost efficient, in the way that they combine both regular prescription glasses with prescription sunglasses.

Kids UV Lenses

Children need protection as well.  It is no secret that getting some children to keep glasses on is a task in itself, but to ask them to change from normal glasses to sunglasses, and to not lose or break either pair, just seems silly to any parent.  With UV, lenses the harmful UV rays are blocked out to some degree to help protect their developing eyes from UV exposure.  These lenses protect the eyes and offer 25 times more protection from the rays compared to an exposed eye.
These lenses not only protect from the sun, but they also help with the glare from light from the computer screen, or the fluorescent lights in the classroom.  The protection from the light helps with preventing eye fatigue and headaches.

DriveSafe Lenses

Driving at night or in the rain is difficult enough for a person with 20/20 vision.  When the glare of oncoming headlights hits it can be difficult for anyone, but when in glasses the glare can hurt and cause everything to go blurry- making signs and pedestrians hard to see.  DriveSafe Lenses are a high-performance lens that has an anti-glare coating to help with poor driving conditions.  
These lenses can be worn all day to help with the glare of screens and fluorescent lighting as well.  They make the image sharper and clearer, especially when a bright glare is present.

InTouch Progressive Lenses

Technologies such as smartphones, tablets, and even the computers we work at have all become part of daily life.  Using these devices daily can strain your eyes due to the proximity needed to read from the smaller screens, especially when it comes to using handheld devices. The glare that the screen causes forces the user to hold the device closer than normal.  

InTouch lenses improve close-up vision, reducing glare and aiding the eye when reading, watching TV, or using digital devices.

Written by Russ Reisner

Dr. Reisner and Dr. Kuntz (who is also Dr. Reisner’s uncle) acquired and expanded Urban Optique into its current location in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Reisner was born and grew up in Limerick, Saskatchewan – a small farming community about an hour south of Moose Jaw. After attending the University of Saskatchewan he earned his degree in Optometry from Indiana University in 2001. Dr. Reisner is very proud of everything he and his colleagues have accomplished.

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Located on the main floor of the Market Mall professional building. Providing eye exams, in-stock contact lenses and over 2,000 frames from over 40 brands of eyeglasses. Free parking is available for this Northwest Calgary location.


4935 40 Ave NW #132
Calgary AB, T3A 2N1

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Russ Reisner
  • Dr. David Schmidt
  • Dr. Pri Tawar
  • Dr. Nevin McIvor
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