3 Convenient Eugene Locations | M-F 9-5:30 | Sat 9-5


762 E. 13th Ave.


1740 W. 18th Ave.


2540 Willakenzie

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  • What's the best way to contact you?

    There are numerous ways you can contact us, through the Contact Us section of our website, through Facebook, or by giving us a call.  If you reach out to us through our website or Facebook page, we will respond within a business day.  

    If you would like to reach us immediately, or would like a quick response, please call us directly; we often don't see messages through our website or Facebook until the end of the day or after business hours, however we always answer the phones when we're open!

  • Why should I come to Rainbow Optics instead of going to a chain store?

    At Rainbow Optics you will receive exceptional, personalized service. We offer a unique selection of frames to suit your individual style, whether thatís subdued or outrageous! Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure your glasses are just what you were looking for! As an added bonus, when you support locally owned, small businesses, youíre helping keep jobs and money in our community.

  • Can I request an appointment online?

    Yes!  Click on the button in the upper right hand corner of our page that says "Request Appointment" and fill out the information to request your appointment. 

  • What should I do if I am seeing flashes or floaters?

    You should call your eye Doctor to have your retina (the inside of your eye) examined by dilating your pupils as soon as possible. Flashing lights in vision or new floaters may indicate a problem such as a retinal tear or detachment. Delay in diagnosis and treatment of these retinal problems can cause significant problems, including permanent vision loss.

  • How long will an eye exam appointment take?

    Generally, an eye exam will take about 45 minutes to an hour.

  • Will you dilate my eyes during my exam? How long does the dilation last?

    Our Doctors prefer to dilate your eyes (use drops that cause your pupils to expand to improve the view of the retina). We like to do this for patients of all ages. The dilation will generally last 3 to 4 hours.

  • Do you fit contact lenses?

    Yes we do!

  • Do I need to go through a fitting for non-prescription colored contacts?

    Although you may not need a prescription to correct your vision, you still need to have a 'prescription' for non-powered colored contact lenses to ensure that the fit of the contacts are appropriate for your eye. As part of the contact lens fitting process, the care and handling of the lenses is also presented which is vital to ensuring proper eye health with contact lens use.

  • What is the difference between an Optometrist and and Ophthalmologist?

    Doctors of optometry are the nation's largest eye care profession, serving patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, where in more than 3,500 of these communities, they are the only eye doctors.

    * Doctors of optometry are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision.

    * After attending a university or college for their undergraduate education, optometry students concentrate specifically on the structure, function and disorders of the eye for 4 additional years during their graduate education to earn their doctoral degree.

    * While concentrating on the eye and visual system, optometrists also study general health in courses such as human anatomy, biochemistry and physiology.

    * In addition to their formal, doctoral-level training, all optometrists participate in ongoing continuing education courses to stay current on the latest standards of care and to maintain their licenses to practice. Optometry is one of the only doctoral-level health care professions to require continuing education in every state for license renewal.

    As primary eye care providers, doctors of optometry are an integral part of the health care team, earning their doctoral degree just as dentists, podiatrists and other doctors do.

    * Prior to admittance into optometry school, optometrists typically complete four years of undergraduate study, culminating in a bachelor's degree. Required undergraduate coursework for pre-optometry students is extensive and covers a wide variety of advanced health, science and mathematics courses.

    * Optometry school consists of four years of post-graduate, doctoral-level study concentrating on the eye, vision and associated systemic disease. In addition to profession-specific courses, optometrists are required to take systemic health courses that focus on a patient's overall medical condition as it relates to the eyes.

    * Upon completion of optometry school, candidates graduate from their accredited college of optometry and hold the doctor of optometry (OD) degree.

    * Some optometrists participate in residency programs following optometry school. This experience offers doctors of optometry training in an optometric sub-specialty such as pediatric optometry, low vision care, or geriatrics

    An Ophthalmologist is a Medical Doctor trained in medical school followed by a four year residency in eye surgery and disease management.  Although there are many areas in which Optometry and Ophthalmology overlap, Ophthalmologists are surgeons and have subspecialties such as Retina and Corneal management.
    We are fortunate to have many highly skilled Ophthalmology colleagues for our patients that require surgery.

  • What does 20/20 vision mean?

    20/20 vision can be thought of as a fraction, where the top of the fraction is the testing distance (twenty feet in this country). The bottom of the fraction is the distance at which a person can see a letter with lines (think of the horizontal lines in the letter 'E') that are separated by a visual angle of 1 arc minute. We generally consider a bottom number of 20 to equate to good vision.
    This recording of visual acuity can also be thought of as a relative term. For example, a person with 20/20 vision can see an object of a given size from forty feet away that a person with 20/40 vision would have to stand twenty feet away (the person with 20/40 vision has approximately half the visual acuity of the 20/20 person).

  • What do the terms nearsighted and farsighted mean?

    A nearsighted person (myopia) has better vision generally up close without glasses or contacts compared to far away vision. The eye is longer than normal causing light to be focused in front of the retina causing blurry vision far away.

    A farsighted person (hyperopia) may see better far away without glasses or contacts compared to near vision without lenses. The eye is shorter than normal causing light to be focused behind the retina, causing blurry vision worse at near than far.

    A person that is very nearsighted or farsighted may not see well near or far without correction.

  • How do I know if itís time to get reading glasses?

    We jokingly say, ďIf your arms have shrunk and you have to have a friend hold the menu for you, itís time!Ē. If you are no longer able to read comfortably where your arms naturally bend, itís time for an exam to see what correction would be most helpful.

  • How long is a prescription good for?

    Generally, a spectacle (glasses) prescription expires two years after it is written and a contact lens prescription expires in one year.

  • I donít have any insurance. Are there any deals for glasses?

    We offer our Value Package to help out! When weíre not billing insurance and you select a frame from our selection of Value Frames, we will give you a 20% discount on the cost of the frame & basic lenses.

  • Do all of your offices carry the same frame selection?

    No.  Because we have 3 locations in Eugene, we feel we can offer the best variety by having some different frame lines at each office.  This allows us to offer a more broad selection and provide something for everyone!

  • What is the benefit of an anti-reflective coating?

    An anti-reflective coating allows more light to pass through the lens providing exceptionally clear vision. It is helpful in office situations or where you may have light coming at you from many directions. It is also helpful in low light conditions, reducing the halo effect around light sources.

  • How long does anti-reflective coating last?

    Generally, the coating is expected to last for the "lifetime" of the lens, about 2 years.

  • What is the difference between polarized lenses and tinted lenses?

    A polarized lens filters the light to reduce glare (particularly on highly reflective surfaces such as water, snow, or wet pavement), whereas a tinted lens simply makes everything darker.

  • Do you offer a senior discount?

    Yes we do! If you are 60 years of age or better, we offer a 10% discount on your glasses if we're not billing insurance.

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