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During the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary concern is the safety of our patience and staff. Our regularly scheduled hours have changed and may be found on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update page. To help alleviate any additional concerns, we are extending your warranty until August 31, 2020 for eyeglass wearers who received their glasses after March 1. Please call 212-938-4001 with questions or concerns.


Essilor Eyewear Center has more than 1,000 frames in styles to suit any budget. Approximately 85% of our glasses are fabricated in our on-site finishing laboratory, ensuring the highest degree of quality control. We are also happy to fill a prescription even if it was written by a doctor outside of University Eye Center.

Fitting new glasses requires knowledge and experience in both frame and lens design. Our courteous and experienced staff includes New York State licensed ophthalmic dispensers (opticians) who are experts in fitting glasses for infants, seniors, and everyone in between. We provide every type of available lenses, including:

  • Progressive lenses
  • Special computer glasses
  • Polaroid lenses for outdoor glare protection
  • Polycarbonate lenses, which are an impact resistant option for children, sports and/or safety
  • Anti-reflective coatings and blue light coatings and materials
  • Tints, mirrors, and ultraviolet protective coatings

Choosing Your Glasses

The primary purpose of frames is to hold the lenses in the correct position in front of your eyes so that you can see properly and comfortably, but let’s be honest -- they also have to look great!

Glasses should fit the width of your face.

 If they are too wide for your face, they will appear oversized and if they are not wide enough, they will look like you have outgrown them.

The top rim of the frame should not fit above your eyebrow, nor should it sit very low. 

A frame can exaggerate and emphasize facial characteristics. It is a good idea to consider your complimentary facial lines and the shape of your face.

Balance your features.

If your face is very round, a more square frame will be complementary.

Color is important.

Common rules that apply to clothes and accessories can also apply to eyewear.

Form follows function.

Some frames are very delicate and should not be considered if you tend to handle your frames roughly. Glasses that are continuously taken on and off through the course of a day should be more sturdy with spring hinges.

The stronger your prescription, the smaller the frame should be. 

As a frame gets larger, your lenses will get thicker. We can help you choose a frame that will produce the best results and you’ll look great in your new glasses.

Caring for Your Glasses

  • Always keep your glasses in their case when not in use. This will protect your lenses from scratching and will also help to extend the life of your frame.
  • To avoid scratching, never lay your lenses face down on any hard or abrasive surface.
  • Be sure to use two hands when putting on or removing your glasses.
  • Don’t let anyone try on your glasses. Your frame has been custom fit for you. Letting others wear your glasses, even for a moment, may cause stretching or other damage.
  • To avoid scratching lenses, never wipe them when they are completely dry. Always use a little warm water with a soft tissue. If your lenses are treated with anti-reflection coating, use an approved cleanser or cloth.
  • Your glasses will last longer if you have them adjusted every three or four months. This allows us to check for loose screws or other potential problems. If your frame breaks, do not attempt to repair it with crazy glue or tape. Bring it to us and we’ll repair it properly.

Children's Eyewear

Our New York State licensed opticians are experts in fitting children of all ages, including infants. You may rest assured that your child will be measured precisely and that the doctor’s prescription will be filled to exacting standards.

Our children’s lenses are made in either polycarbonate or trivex, the two most impact resistant materials on the market. We carry a large selection of frames for children in beautiful colors and multiple size options, including sports/safety eyewear. Our in-house finishing lab fabricates the majority of the glasses we dispense for increased quality control.

We also carry frames for children with special needs, including children with Down Syndrome. These specially designed frames can make all the difference in a child being able to see clearly right through the center of the lens.

Multifocals for Children

Multifocals may be prescribed to help a child focus and aim their eyes more effectively. They may be helpful for children who have trouble changing their focus when looking from the desk to the front of the classroom and back again. Some children may show signs of strabismus (crossed-eyes) when looking at very close objects and bifocals may be used to help the eyes aim correctly.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are medical devices that can be worn for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons.  A prerequisite to contact lens fitting is a comprehensive eye examination including a thorough evaluation of the front of the eye where the contact lens rests. During a contact lens fitting, the doctor can provide diagnostic lenses, lens care kits, individual instructions for wear and care and the necessary follow-up visits to ensure a proper fit and good eye health.

Contact lens wearers: please bring your contact lens case, contact lens solutions, and any contact lens plungers that you may use to your appointments


At this time, there is no scientific evidence that wearing contact lenses increases the risk of contracting COVID-19.  Contact lens wear is safe as long as you follow good contact lens hygiene

  1. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 sec. Then dry them thoroughly with a paper towel prior to handling contact lenses.
  2. If you are wearing daily disposable lenses, discard them daily after each use. 
  3. Clean and replace your contact lenses and the case as recommended by your eye doctor.
  4. Do not sleep, shower, or swim in your lenses.
  5. Discontinue contact lens wear if you feel ill or have a pink eye. 

If you would like to speak with one of our contact lens doctors or schedule a telehealth visit, call 212-938-4001. To re-order your contact lenses, visit our UEC Contact Lens Web Store.

        University Eye Center offers a wide variety of contact lens options.

        • Nearsightedness
        • Farsightedness
        • Astigmatism
        • Presbyopia
        • Aphakia (adult and pediatric)
        • Myopia Control
        • Keratoconus
        • Irregular Cornea
        • Post-Surgical Cornea
        • Ocular Surface Disease
        • Ocular Trauma

        Order your contact lenses online

        Contact Lens Warning

        Contact lenses are medical devices. Improper use may endanger your eyes. Your eyes may change with time and contact lenses that were initially fitting properly may no longer be appropriate. Visit your optometrist periodically to ensure correct fitting of your lenses. Remember to discontinue lens wear and call your doctor if you experience any signs of complications including pain, redness, irritation or loss of vision.

        Gas-Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses

        Made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

        watch our GP lens tutorial

        Soft Contact Lenses

        Soft contact lenses are made of more flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass. They can be disposed of on a daily, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or even yearly basis depending on what your doctor thinks is best for your eyes.

        watch our soft lens tutorial

        Hybrid Contact Lenses

        Lenses that have a GP lens in the center and soft skirt on the outside.

        watch our hybrid lens tutorial

        Scleral Lenses

These lenses are a larger diameter GP lens that completely covers the cornea and rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye).

        watch our scleral lens tutorial

        Hybrid and Scleral Lens Filling Solutions and Insertion Aids


Corneal refractive therapy (CRT), or vision shaping treatment (VST), is a non-surgical process to reshape the cornea. The result is temporary correction of nearsightedness. These specially designed GP lenses reshape the cornea while you sleep, to provide clear vision when the lenses are removed upon waking. This technology offers freedom from glasses or contact lenses during the day. Active individuals can freely participate in sports without the interference of glasses or contacts. Eye irritation and dryness, sometimes associated with contact lens wear due to outside dust and pollutants, are also eliminated since these lenses are worn only at night.

        Myopia Control

        There are a number of treatment options, including contact lenses, which may be able to slow down the progression of myopia.  Orthokeratology lenses and some soft multifocal contact lenses have been shown to slow the progression of nearsightedness. Those choosing soft multifocal lenses will be fit with lenses for daytime use whereas those choosing orthokeratology will sleep in lenses overnight.  Although research shows myopia progression control with both modalities, currently they are not FDA approved for myopia control.

        Colored Contact Lenses

        Colored contact lenses are available as visibility tints, enhancement tints and opaque color tints. A visibility tint is usually a light blue or green tint added to a lens to aid in lens visibility  during insertion and removal or if dropped. It does not affect eye color. An enhancement tint is a solid, but translucent (see-through) tint that is a little darker than a visibility tint and is meant to enhance the existing color of your eyes. These types of tints are usually best for people who have light-colored eyes and want to make their eye color more intense. Opaque colors are more solid and can change your eye color completely. If you have dark eyes, you’ll need this type of color contact lens to change your eye color.


        There are two main ways to correct presbyopia with contact lenses – monovision or multifocal lenses. Contact lenses for presbyopia may be available as soft, GP, scleral or hybrid lenses. Some of these designs can also correct for astigmatism.

        Multifocal/Bifocal Contact Lenses

With these lenses, the reading, intermediate and distance portions of the prescription are incorporated in the contact lens. They are available as either aspheric (similar to no-line bifocals), or translating (lined bifocals).


        Monovision is a treatment in which one eye is fit with a lens for seeing things at a distance and the other eye is fit for seeing close up. Many people are able to adapt, however, some people experience feelings of blurred vision, imbalance, have headaches or eyestrain.

        Reading Glasses

        Reading glasses can be worn, as needed, over your contact lenses to provide additional magnification.

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