Many people think of sunglasses as an accessory. Indeed, they certainly can be. At Northern Valley Eye Care, Inc. however, we also think of sunglasses as preventative medicine much like sunblock for the eyes. Just as UV light attacks and damages our skin, it also attacks and damages vital tissue in our eyes. UV light has been documented to cause or increase the progression of Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and Eyelid Cancers. All of our sunglasses are UV-A and UV-B protective

We also have frames that come with magnetic sunclips. Bear in mind that many prescriptive lenses can be made into transitions.

Lens Polarization is an important consideration when buying sunglasses.

Polarized Sunglasses – reduce glare from reflective surfaces such as the surface of water or the hood of a car much like a set of blinds on your window.

Sunlight itself is not polarized, It is reflected horizontally, diagonally, or vertically. The problem that fishermen and drivers face lies in the horizontal reflectivity. Sunlight bouncing off a horizontal surface will strike our eyes at a similar angle. Polarized lenses have a laminated surface containing vertical stripes. These stripes only allow vertically-polarized light to enter the wearer’s eyes. Glare is eliminated because the horizontally-polarized lightwaves cannot bypass the polarized filter. Fishermen wearing polarized sunglasses can see below the surface of the water to search for schools of fish or hidden obstacles. Drivers are not affected by a constant reflection of light from their hoods or the road ahead.

There are limitations to the use of polarized lenses. Drivers and Pilots may discover that polarized lenses can cause distortion to their LCD screens.

Our selection includes:

  • Burberry
  • Coach
  • Gant
  • Guess
  • Harley Davidson
  • Kate Spade
  • Maui Jim
  • Oakley
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Ray Ban
  • Timberland
  • Wiley – X (excellent for the motorcycle )

No appointment is necessary to purchase new eyewear or make adjustments and repairs. Simply stop by our office at 128 Fisher Pond Rd., Saint Albans, Vermont. If you would like to schedule time with an optician to customize your sunglass choice please call (802)-524-9561.

We want to express our appreciation to all of you for your patience with us during this crazy time.  We have remained open to see urgent and emergent patients and are slowly beginning to increase the number of patients we see per week.  We have staggered schedules to only have one doctor and their required support staff in the office.  We have staggered patient times such that only one patient is seen at a time.  As such, we must still prioritize those with the greatest need for our services since we are seeing only a fraction of our customary number of patients.  Please understand that you are all very important to us and we look forward to seeing you as soon as practically possible.
We are still offering telemedicine for urgent needs that can be managed outside of the office.

If you come into our office for an appointment, this is what you can expect…
You will receive a phone call from us before the day of your appointment to go over your recent history and other pertinent information to facilitate your time with the doctor during the exam.  If we are unable to have this conversation, your appointment will need to be rescheduled.

Please park near the front entrance (west facing) when you arrive and call our number (524-9561) to announce your arrival.  Our doors are locked to limit the number of patients in the office at any one time.  One of our staff members will review a COVID risk questionnaire with you and take your temperature prior to your entering our office.  We require that you wear a clean mask to your appointment. If you require support or assistance or are under the age of 18, you may have one person accompany you (provided they pass the COVID questionnaire as well).  In an effort to reduce the number of potential contamination points, please leave any unnecessary items in your vehicle (hats, cell phones, etc.).  Nonessential visitors that accompany patients will be required to stay in their vehicle.

Our frame gallery is open on an appointment basis only.  The same precautions shall apply.  All frames are sterilized following handling.

Patients, parents and essential care providers with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or answer yes to any of the COVID-19 questions will not be allowed entry into the office.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Everyone’s health and wellness are our number one priority.  We are following the CDC and the AOA’s recommendations regarding COVID-19.  As guidelines change in the upcoming months, we will adapt accordingly.

Thank you very much for entrusting us with your care during this unprecedented time.