Address 5124 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93111  |  Clock Mon-Fri 9am-6pm,  Sat 10am-5pm  |         

5124 Hollister Ave. Goleta, Ca 93111
M-F 9am-6pm Sat. 10am-3pm

Build Your Glasses

When you come into the store, there are a common set of questions we will asked you to help you select glasses that meet your specific needs. Below we have identified those questions and shared options you will need to consider.

Step #1:  Choose Your Frames

First choose a frame style you'd like to see yourself in:

Women's Eyeglass Frame Styles

Men's Eyeglass Frame Styles

Unisex Rimless Frame Styles

Build Your Glasses

Eyeglass frames are the most distinct aspect of your new glasses and will reshape your appearance.  A properly fitting glasses frame will contour to your face and allow your personality shine through.  All of the frame designs we offer will work with any custom lenses we make.  So choose a frame ahead of time and make your next eyeglass purchase fast and reliable.

Step #2:  Select Your Lenses

Next choose the type of eyeglass lens you prefer.  Our different lenses are designed for different environments.  We match your new glasses with the lenses that best suit your lifestyle.

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Are you involved in athletics?  Do you need safety eyewear or do you have a more severe prescription?

We have all different types of lenses to choose from:

  • Plastic
  • Hi Index
  • Polycarbonate
  • Anti-reflective
  • Transitions Lenses
  • Polorized Sunglasses

Step 3: Plastic Lenses are the new Standard

Build Your Glasses - Plastic Lenses

Most people refer to this lens type as "Regular" or "Plastic" Lenses. The patent of CR-39 allyl diglycol carbonate monomer in 1945 marked a key milestone in the history of the optical industry. This new optical monomer inspired a great deal of creativity and ingenuity, which led to many of the great plastic lens products available today

Plastic lenses made from CR-39 allyl diglycol carbonate monomer combine the optics of glass with the excellent mechanical, thermal and chemical resistance properties of a thermoset material. CR-39 monomer is used for casting plastic lenses for prescription eyewear, sunglasses and other plastic products requiring high abrasion resistance and high quality optical properties. Plastic lenses from CR-39 monomer give less chromatic aberration compared to polycarbonate lenses, as measured by the Abbe number. The lens is light weight compared to glass, and may be made in just about any prescription, though many people with higher prescriptions prefer to use higher index lenses. The higher the index, the thinner the lenses. Plastic lenses are great for prescription sunglasses due to their tintability factor and you can virtually tint a plastic lens to any color under the rainbow.

Step #4: High Index Glasses - lighter weight

High Index Lenses

High-index eyeglass lenses are the right choice if you want thinner, lighter lenses and eyeglasses that are as attractive and comfortable as possible. High-index lenses are especially recommended if you have a strong eyeglass prescription for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

Most eyeglass wearers are nearsighted, which requires corrective lenses that are thin in the center but thicker at the edge of the lens. The stronger the prescription, the thicker the edges.

Most of today's fashionable frames are made of plastic or metal with rims thinner than the lens itself. Also, popular rimless mountings mean that the edges of the lenses are completely exposed. In either case, the lens edges are highly visible, and thicker edges can detract from the appearance of your eyewear.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate lenses are special types of high index lenses that provide the ultimate in impact resistance. Because they have 10 times greater impact resistance than conventional plastic lenses, they are an ideal choice for safety glasses, children’s eyewear, and for anyone whose active lifestyle requires light, thin, safe lenses.

Step #5: Anti Reflection to reduce glare

Build Your Glasses

To improve your vision through the lenses and the appearance of the glasses, an anti-reflective coating is applied.

Today's anti-reflective (AR) coatings are multi-layered that increases light transmission to 99.5%. Two distinct benefits of AR coating applied to your lenses are cosmetic and visual. Annoying reflections impair contrast and clarity and create spots and ghost images.

Additionally, an AR coated lens has increased durability.  Our Anti-Reflective lenses are oleophobic and provide unparalleled anti-static properties and cleanablility. Finally, this feature also eliminates UVA and UVB rays off the back surface of AR lenses thereby providing additional protction for the eyes.

Step 6: Transitions Lenses - (indoor/outdoor)

Transitions Lenses

Full clarity indoors, just the right amount of tint outdoors.

These lenses are designed to quickly adapt from clear indoors to fully dark in the brightest sun, offering a distinct advantage over regular clear lenses. But Transitions lenses aren’t just about clear and dark, they continuously adapt to changing light so they’re always exactly the shade you need them to be.

  • Fully clear indoors and at night
  • Fastest to fade back to clear indoors
  • Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
  • Designed to work with almost any prescription and frame
  • Suitable for most any age including children

Hello world, goodbye glare. Thanks to breakthrough technology, new Transitions Vantage lenses don’t just adapt to changing light, they also polarize as they darken. Outdoors, the polarization adjusts to match the level of outdoor glare, which can vary as the day progresses and conditions change. That means you see life in the best light with less glare for better clarity and color.

Transitions® Vantage™ lenses

Noticeably crisper, sharper vision outdoors

  • The only everyday lenses with variable polarization
  • Polarization adjusts to match the level of outdoor glare
  • Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
  • Designed to work with most prescriptions and frames

Transitions® Xtractive®lenses

More Activation for Added Protection

All day your eyes are bombarded by light. All day Transitions XTRActive lenses adapt to help protect your eyes from fatigue and strain caused by UV light and bright glare outdoors, and even activate behind the windshield. Indoors they have a comfortable hint of tint to shield your eyes from strain caused by harsh indoor light.

  • Activation behind the windshield of a car
  • Comfortable hint of tint indoors to shield the eyes from harsh indoor light
  • Our darkest lens outdoors, even in the hottest temperatures
  • Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
  • Designed to work with most prescriptions and frames

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GV Optical

Goleta Valley Optical

Single Vision Lenses

$59.88

frames included - single vision cr-39 hard resin plastic

With this coupon, some restrictions apply. Not Valid with other offers or prior purchases. 

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