Frames and Lenses

In our practice we feature frames by many of the world’s best known designers as well as plenty of in-fashion frames for our budget conscious patients.  Whether you are seeking prescription eyewear for fashion or function we have something for you. Our top designer frame lines include:

Calvin Klein/CK
Calvin Klein glasses manage to surprise and delight in every new season.  The recent Calvin Klein Eyeglasses collection, at first glance, seems conventional.  But when you look closer at the styling, detailing, and craftsmanship, you see that the quality inherent in the Calvin Klein wardrobe is still here in the Calvin Klein eyewear collection.

Nike is arguably the most recognized brand in sportswear. The products designed and manufactured by Nike Eyewear are examples of that which can result from hard work. Year after Year Nike Eyewear releases thrilling collections; very sporty designs created for sports fanatics and for athletes needing a sports related alternative in the eyewear industry.

Michael Kors
Michael Kors is a leading American luxury lifestyle brand with an influential global presence, offering women's accessories, footwear, clothing and fragrance collections. In addition, the company offers men's sportswear, tailored clothing, furnishings and fragrance. Each reflects the unique point of view of designer Michael Kors: style that successfully juxtaposes tailored and glam, sexy and sporty, polished and casual, whether for day or night, weekend or work, home or destination. Created in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Michael Kors organization has over 200 stores in 74 countries worldwide, as well as a wholesale distribution to top department and specialty stores globally.

Vera Bradley
Vera Bradley's distinctive, colorful designs are translated into fashionable frames for women and girls.

Vera Wang
Patterns, textures and colors direct from Vera Wang’s most recent runway collection, give her eyewear a unique, elite, fashion-forward edge.

Juicy Couture
Juicy Couture, known all over the world for the style of its tracksuits, has soon become one of the fastest-growing brands in the world of fashion eyewear. Their collections, with free and winning styles, are characterized by bubbly appeal, amidst logos and slogans that are famous among the fans of this brand. 

Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo, an icon of accessories, is positioned in the top end market with metal and acetate sunglasses collections. The innovative design emphasizes the distinctive Jimmy Choo style, with bright colors and luxury décor, which recall the brand’s accessories.

Ocean Pacific
Op-Ocean Pacific is a California lifestyle brand that offers eyewear and sun wear designs which create fun for both men and women. With its creative spirit, Op-Ocean Pacific Eyewear features outdoor lifestyle designs in versatile and vibrant colors, as well as fresh and attractive shapes. It is really a great fun to wear this eyewear collection.   

Jones New York Eyewear
The Jones New York line of eyewear offers a distinguished, professional look for both men and women featuring classic, clean lines but with unique contemporary flair. Also available from Jones New York is a petite line for women with all the same stylish qualities.

Silhouette's popular line of rimless eyeglasses are so lightweight and comfortable, it's almost like not wearing eyewear. The feeling of relaxed freedom, independence, and easiness for all your senses are Silhouette's inspiration for innovation and revolution. Each Silhouette rimless frame is a showpiece - the pride and joy of its wearer and Silhouette. Featuring styles for men in plastic, metal, and titanium, including hypoallergenic models, Silhouette Rimless Eyeglasses are sophisticated and stylishly beautiful in their rimless simplicity.

The bebe line embraces a hip, “fast-fashion” formula that loyal consumers trust to deliver the hottest and newest fashions at great prices. bebe’s signature look of chic, sophisticated and body-conscious fashion is the ultimate expression of a woman’s own style.

While the croc may not be on every pair of Lacoste glasses, the elegant appearance is sufficient to prevail. Jean René Lacoste (1904–1996) was famous for his considerable achievements in two very different arenas. Not only was he once ranked the world's top tennis player, but he designed a novel new tennis shirt that became the cornerstone of a world famous fashion empire. Lacoste, nicknamed "le Crocodile" on the courts, is remembered today primarily for the reptilian logo on his ubiquitous sportswear. Fashion historians believe the crocodile emblem (widely referred to as an alligator) was the first instance of a designer logo to appear on a garment.  Lacoste glasses are a new media for a timeless designer.

Prescription Lens Highlights
Our practice offers all of the latest technology in optical lens designs, materials, coatings, and accessories, as well as basic traditional options for our budget conscious patients.

Progressive Addition Lenses
As we mature our ability to focus on near objects diminishes gradually (presbyopia).  Progressives allow a full range of clear vision from distance to intermediate and near without lines or areas of significant distortion.  The evolution of progressives has led to multifocal lenses with large, comfortable reading areas as well as wider intermediate channels. Modern progressives may be placed into frames of all shapes and sizes.  For more information on progressive addition lenses see:

Bifocals and Trifocals
Before the introduction of progressives bifocals and trifocals were the traditional answer to the problem of presbyopia.  Theses lenses have distinct areas of distance and near/intermediate correction separated by 1 or 2 lines.  The near “segments” come in different shapes and sizes depending on your visual needs. For more information see:

Computer (VDT) Lenses
Computer use has become a significant part of most of our lives.  Occasionally the location of our computer monitor prohibits the use of standard multifocal lenses or progressives.  In these cases special prescription lenses may be prescribed.  These computer glasses allow us to more easily view both our monitor at eye level and printed desk top materials as well. See the following link for more information:

Photochromic Lenses
Photochromic lenses change from clear to dark depending on their exposure to UV radiation.  They offer a comfortable and convenient alternative to separate sunglasses for people who are in and out of the sunlight; however, they may not be ideal for people who desire dark sunglasses while driving, as windshields block the majority of UV light.   See the following link for more information.

Polycarbonate and Trivex Lenses
These lens materials have excellent safety profiles as they are about 10 times more impact resistant than standard plastic lenses and block 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.  They are the materials of choice for safety glasses, prescription sunglasses and sports eyewear.

High Index and Aspheric Lenses
Modern technology in ophthalmic lenses allows patients with moderate to high eyeglass prescriptions to enjoy thinner, flatter, and more aesthetically pleasing glasses.  It doesn’t matter if you have significant amounts of nearsightedness or farsightedness you can still benefit from the qualities of these superior lens materials and designs.  Check out these links for more information.

Anti-Reflective Coating
This option is an excellent way to finish off a top quality pair of new eyeglasses.  Not only will this coating improve vision quality by reducing unwanted glare and reflections but it will also improve the appearance of your glasses by dramatically reducing the reflections that other people see on your lenses.  Furthermore, recent advances in anti-reflective coatings also improve the ability of ophthalmic lenses to resist scratches, dust, and moisture.

In our practice we can advise you of all the details regarding your selection of stylish new sunglasses, like 100% UV protection, the color and darkness of the tint, and whether or not to incorporate polarization.  Also, prescription sunglasses may be fabricated for most ophthalmic eyeglass frames.  Furthermore, customized sunglass clips are available for virtually every new pair of glasses, which is a nice option if you want to add the benefits of top quality polarized sunglasses to your new spectacle purchase without the added expense of a second pair of glasses.  For an abundance of information on all aspects of sunglasses see the following link.

Sports Glasses
While standard dress glasses may be sturdy and durable they may not be ideal for the rigors of aggressive athletic competition.  Sports eyewear can provide clear vision while protecting the eyes from flying elbows, fingers, and sports balls.  Prescription lenses can also be incorporated into goggles for winter sports and swimming.

Safety Glasses
In addition to athletic competition certain working environments may indicate the use of safety glasses.  Carpenters, plumbers, machinists, and laborers are among those who often require safety eyewear.  High speed particles of wood, metal and dirt can cause serious injuries to unprotected eyes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the U.S. Department of Labor oversees safety practices in the workplace and educational settings and has adopted safety eyewear standards established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), thus creating quality and safety standards for safety glasses (prescription and non-prescription), goggles, face shields, welding helmets, and other eye protection devices.

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Contact Information

Dr. James D. Weston

Dr. Thomas R. Conrod

Hamden Eye Associates

2300 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514
At the Hamden Mart

Phone: 203-248-3937

Monday   8 :30  – 5 :00
Tuesday  8 : 30 – 5 :00
Wednesday 8 :30 – 5 :00
Thursday :  8 :30 – 7 :00
Friday :  8 :30 – 5 :00
Saturday :  8 :00 – 12 :00

Wallingford Eye Associates
314 Main St.
Yalesville, CT 06492
At Route 150,
Next to the New Post Office,
Just Off Route 68

Phone: 203-269-3000

Monday 8 :00 – 5 :00
Tuesday  8 :00 – 5 :00
Wednesday  8 :00 – 7 :00
Thursday :  Closed
Friday :  8 :00 – 5 :00
Saturday :  8 :00 – 12 :00
Office closes 12 :30 – 1 :30 daily for lunch