Lenses and Frames

A brief description of the types of lenses and variety of frames available at Northwest Vision Clinic in Seattle.

Selecting your lenses and frames is a very personal choice. A wide variety of options are available that can be tailored to suit not only your medical needs but also your fashion preferences.

Highlight your features, play with color, and augment vision for different functions such as reading, driving and playing sports. With all the choices available, the experience can be daunting without the right guidance. Northwest Vision Clinic in Ballard makes the choice easy.

Frame Styles

When choosing a frame, the shape, size and color of the frame should enhance the color of your eyes, complement your skin tone and play up the best features of your face shape. In some cases, your prescription will also be a factor to consider when selecting a frame.

Most people need more than one pair of glasses, such as one for everyday wear and another for outdoor activities. Having different style frames for different activities and moods makes wearing glasses more fun.

You are welcome to stop by our showroom anytime to browse our selection of stylized frames. If you are looking for something you don’t see displayed, we are more than happy to custom-order any frame, within our collections, that’s available with your lens prescription.

Below you’ll find a list of our current collections. Should you have any questions or don’t see the brand you’re looking for, feel free to call us as we update our collections frequently.

  • Tom Ford
  • John Varvatos
  • Masunaga
  • Zero G
  • Prodesign
  • Face a Face
  • WOOW
  • Vera Wang
  • Kate Spade
  • Zac Posen
  • Penguin
  • Skaga
  • Banana Republic
  • Modo
  • Maui Jim
  • Ray Ban
  • Silhouette
  • Jhane Barnes
  • Adidas
  • OGI
  • BCBG
  • Kensie
  • Juicy Couture
  • Takumi
  • Flexon


Design, material and treatments are the three components that make up a pair of prescription lenses. It is important to select the right combination of these elements for your particular visual needs and to always consult your eye care professional.

The knowledgeable staff at Northwest Vision Clinic will consider long-term wearing comfort, style, features and function when suggesting a new pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses become as unique as the person taking them home.

Eyeglass Lenses

Selecting the right eyeglass lens depends largely on its function. From single vision lenses to progressive polycarbonate lenses, we are happy to help you find what best suits your needs. Regardless of your situation, our opticians can help determine what types of lenses will work best for you in terms of comfort, function and design.

Anti-Reflective Lenses

Wearers of prescription glasses and sunglasses commonly encounter annoying glare and reflections caused by light bouncing off their lenses. This glare makes it more difficult to see, especially at night. Anti-reflective lenses reduce these reflections allowing more light to pass through to your eyes.

All lens surfaces naturally reflect light and this reflection can prevent between seven to 14 percent of the light needed for optimal vision. Wearing non-AR lenses is like trying to read a book in a dimly lit room. Since AR lenses allow more light to reach your eyes by reducing reflections, it’s like turning up the lights in a room, making it easier to see.

Lenses and frames are a very necessary and personal choice. Northwest Vision Clinic in Ballard has the experience to guide you toward eyewear selections that are comfortable and that work to complement your face. For help, stop by the optical and speak to one of our opticians or schedule an appointment with Dr. Balter and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

Featured Brands

Nike TruClear TruClear Sun Varilux Transitions TruClear XD VISO XC Plus Crizal Flexon VISO XC Marchon Global