Glasses & Contacts

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Sunglasses 101

The eye allows us to see by capturing the light rays that are reflected off an object. These light rays are focused upside-down on the retina where they are converted into electrical impulses and carried to the brain. The brain translates the image into its upright position.

For those suffering from vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, eyeglasses and/or contacts may be a solution. These help to correct vision by focusing light more appropriately on the retina.

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists can provide regular eye exams and give prescriptions for glasses, contacts or eye exercises. Cole Eye optometrists are available at Cleveland Clinic locations throughout Northeast Ohio, and can provide routine eye exams, contact lens fittings, low vision exams, customized exams and continual follow-up for hard-to-fit contact lens patients. For those patients with appointments at our main campus location, the Optical Shop located on the second floor of the Cole Eye Institute, is a convenient place for patients to fill their prescriptions for glasses before leaving the building.

If you are experiencing additional problems to your vision such as eye infections, vision loss, light flashes, eye pain, redness, itching, swelling, and irritation around the eye or eyelid, you may want consult with an ophthalmologist or seek a referral for a specialist. Ophthalmologists can also provide total eye care including the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases through medication and surgery.

Learn more about how to choose an optometrist or ophthalmologist, and what to expect before, during and after your appointment.

Low Vision Clinic

Union Eye Care

For those patients with appointments at our main campus location, the Union Eye Care Optical Shop located on the second floor of the Cole Eye Institute, is a convenient place for patients to fill their prescriptions for glasses before leaving the building.

Hours of operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 216.444.5884

Optical shops are also available at many of our community locations. To find the closest optical shop for your glasses or contacts, please ask the office during your appointment or when scheduling.

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Call us for an Appointment

To find a Cole Eye Institute specialist for your needs, contact us at 216.444.2020 (or toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 42020)

Same-day Appointments

To arrange a same-day visit, call 216.444.CARE (2273)

This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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