If you require eyeglasses to see properly, visit Bogey Hills Vision Center in Saint Charles if you are ready to purchase a new pair. Our optometrists can do an eye and vision exam to help you find the correct prescription for your eyeglasses.

Speak To Our Optometrists about Your Vision Concerns

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Before your eyes are checked to determine your prescription strength, our optometrists will ask you a series of questions about your eye health and vision concerns. Be sure to let our optometrists know about any vision problems you are experiencing so that these problems can be addressed and treated appropriately. After your exam, our eye doctors will tell you what your prescription strength will be.

​​​​​​​Have an Idea about the Frames You Would Like To Wear

Before visiting our optometry practice, consider taking a look at magazines or online photographs to get an idea what style frame you would like to wear. Relay your desires to our staff so that they can help you select a pair of frames from our inventory that suit your wishes. We offer a wide variety of styles, colors, and shapes of frames, making it easy to find a set that you love.

Know What Frames Look Great With Your Face Shape

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The shape of your face will have an impact on the type of frames that suit it best. Look at a photograph of yourself to determine the shape of your face. Once you know what type of shape you have, check out our “select your frames section” under “frames” at our website. This can give you an idea which style of frames will look good on your face and it also provides more information about the shape of a face.

​​​​​​​If your face is circular, opting for a pair of angular frames will help balance your look. If your face is heart-shaped, frames with embellishments at the temples will draw the eyes upward, helping to take away focus from your chin. If you have a rectangular face, consider purchasing eyeglass frames that are round or oval to round out your appearance favorable.

Why You Need A Regular Eye Exam

Many of the eye problems that people have will go unnoticed for months or even years at a time. For example, in the beginning, stages of macular degeneration and glaucoma, they often show unnoticeable symptoms. A regular visit to an eye doctor can help identify vision problems and treat them before it's too late.


Many people are cheered by a bright, sunny day, but the effect of all that sunlight on the eyes is a less sunny proposition. UV and glare can create a variety of issues, from dangerous "snowblindness" to irreversible disorders that threaten your eyesight. Here are some frequently asked questions about the role of sunglasses in protecting the eyes from harm. If you want to know more about choosing the right sunglasses, call today.

What are UV rays? UV stands for ultraviolet, a band of spectrum invisible to the eye. Ultraviolet light consists of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVC rays are stopped in Earth's atmosphere before they reach the eye, but UVA and UVB can both reach the eye and potentially damage it.

How does UV affect unprotected eyes? UV rays can cause proteins inside the lens to become opaque or cloudy, a condition known as cataracts. Cataracts can make interfere with night vision, reduce your ability to see colors, and make reading difficult; they cannot be reversed, only removed. UV exposure can also cause retinal damage, changes in the eye tissues, and a temporary but irritating "sunburn" of the cornea called photokeratitis.

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How do I know my glasses will protect my eyes? Choose glasses that claim to block at least 99 percent of UV rays -- UVA as well as UVB. Look for label reading "UV 400," since this designation means that the glasses block UV rays as small as 400 nanometers, providing 100 percent eye protection. Of course you need to protect your eyes from the glare caused by the visible spectrum as well. To accomplish this, select products that block 75 to 90 percent of visible light.

What are polarized lenses? Polarized lenses are specially designed to filter out certain types of glare that tend to radiate upward from horizontal surfaces when sunlight bounces off of these surfaces. They are recommended for tasks such as boating, fishing, skiing, golfing, jogging, and driving. Most polarized lenses will bear a label identifying them as such.

What types of glasses can I choose from? We are able to provide you with a wide range of sunglass options. If you normally wear glasses to correct your eyesight, you may be happy with a non-prescription pair of clip-ons or wraparound glasses that simply fit over your lenses. If you'd rather not wear that much equipment on your head all at once, you can order a pair of prescription "shades," or you can order glasses that darken when exposed to bright light.

​​​​​​​What additional types of protection should I consider? If you worry about light, including harmful UV, leaking in through sides or top of your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to reduce some of this exposure. If you use prescription eyewear to correct your eyesight, you may also want to think about getting a pair of UV-blocking contact lenses in your prescription. These lenses may be worn alongside a non-prescription pair of sunglasses for optimum eye protection.

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