Park City Vision Center
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Services

At Park City Vision Center, our team is dedicated to helping you get the best quality eye care possible. From examinations, glasses, sun glasses and contact lenses, we're sure you'll find just what you need to "Look Great. See Great. Be Great." We're ready to help you today. Request an appointment now and our friendly staff will be happy to help find a time that works with your schedule.

Look Great

We carry all the name brands when it comes to glasses and sun glasses like: Maui Jim, Oakley, Smith Optics, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, Coach, Calvin Klein, Zeal, and Rudy Project. Our qualified staff will help you find the perfect pair of glasses and or sun glasses.

See Great

We've invested in the latest technology and knowledgeable, friendly staff members to give you the best treatment. Dr. Robert Briggs O.D., founder of the Park City Vision Center, has been practicing optometry for over 25 years. Our on-site laboratory will get you your prescription glasses faster than anywhere else in Park City.

Be Great

Better vision enhances life's experiences. Seeing a beautiful vista, reading a good book and even watching a movie are all experiences we hope you'll be able to enjoy a little bit more. Stop on by our new location and see for yourself.

Meet the Team

Dr. Robert S. Briggs O.D.

Founder

A native to Utah, Dr. Briggs grew up with a passion for medicine. After graduating from the University of Utah, he went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry.

As a member of the Utah Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and Park City Lions Club, Dr. Briggs has been on several vision humanitarian missions with his family, providing eye care and dispensing donated eyeglasses all around South America. Fluent in Spanish, he's been everywhere from Equador to Mexico. He is active in his church and community. It goes without saying, Dr. Briggs is one of the most highly respected Optometrists in Utah.

He loves the mountains and enjoys hiking, jogging, biking and skiing. During your next exam, be prepared to learn about his last expedition!

Dr. Stephanie Castle O.D.

 

Dr. Stephanie Castle joined Park City Vision Center in 2011. She received her Doctor of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Castle graduated with Cum Laude honors and was an active member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the international honors society. After graduation, Dr. Castle continued her education as a Resident at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she focused on Primary care, Contact Lenses, and the treatment of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and ocular surface disease, including dry eye syndrome. She is a member of the Utah Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and locally she enjoys providing eye care to the underserved community in the greater Salt Lake Valley through Utah Partners for Health.

In her spare time, Dr. Castle enjoys skiing, hiking, and many of the great activities that living in Park City affords. She also loves to travel, is an avid sports fan, and loves watching and attending UCLA sporting events, her alma mater.

Testimonials

"Your staff was very helpful and courteous in the prompt service they provided. They went the extra mile to help whenever they could—even after hours."
~ Christy Martin
"Just a note to thank you all for your assistance, guidance, efficiency, professionalism, and good humor."
~ Uriah Wilton
"Thanks for being SO VERY friendly. I am happy to have broken my glasses and therefore to have had the opportunity to see you again. The new glasses are great and everyone tells me they like them. Thank You."
~ Isaac Dardun

Preparing for Your Visit



If you bring along the things on this checklist, you'll likely have everything you need when you get to Park City Vision Center:

  1. Your current eyeglasses and contacts, if any.
  2. A list of any medications you're taking.
  3. Your insurance card.
  4. Your co-payment amount.
  5. A good attitude.

When you arrive at the Park City Vision Center for your first appointment, we'll ask you to please fill out a Short Questionnaire that will help the doctor get acquainted with your medical background. If you'd like to save time when you arrive, download the questionnaire and bring all four filled-out pages with you.

We try to accept as many insurance plans as possible so it will be easy for you to get the eye care you need. Please review our Insurance Explanation Summary as it may help you decide how to use your insurance.

Vision Insurances accepted:

  • Eyemed
  • Superior Vision
  • Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Other Insurances accepted:

  • Altius
  • Ameritas
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah
  • Cigna
  • EMI Health
  • PEHP
  • Medicare
  • Tall Tree Administrators
  • UMR
  • United Health Care

What is a quality frame and how will it benefit me?

As is expected, quality frames can cost more than cheap ones, sometimes quite a bit more, but is it worth it? Quality frames can be adjusted and stay adjusted longer to your exact face dimensions. That means they fit you comfortably and make seeing easier. They can take more abuse but still be fixed or readjusted. They generally have a longer warranty from the manufacturer against defects in workmanship, whereas most cheap frames have no warranty at all. The styling is usually better too, so the frames make you look your best. You see more clearly and others see you more clearly also. Quality frames are less hassle and maintenance but you get better vision and better appearance. In the long run, this can ultimately cost you less.

How do I get my eyeglass lenses to be thin and light weight?

There are three treatments to achieve a thin lens appearance in eyeglasses:

First, using a high index lens should work to reduce the majority of lens’ bulk. The higher the index material, the thinner the lens will be. High index lens technology has advanced so much in recent years that those with high prescriptions can finally turn in those Coke bottle glasses for sleek, barely noticeable frames and lenses!

Second, choosing a smaller frame centered directly over the eyes, can always make lenses appear more lightweight.

Third, those with hyperopia (far-sightedness) may benefit from “aspheric” lenses, which not only reduces bulk but also minimizes eye magnification and vision distortion. Aspheric lenses differ from regular lenses through a less round curvature rather than the actual material (as with high index).

What is an anti-reflective lens?

Anti-reflective lenses are one of the best treatments to use on prescriptive glasses. They significantly reduce glare from oncoming headlights, reduce unwanted reflections from the backside of the lenses, and make it possible for others to see your beautiful baby blues (or browns or greens)! It is the best way for people to see you and for you to get the best possible vision.

How about lenses that go from light to dark?

Lenses that change from light to dark are called photochromic (Transition Lenses). They work very well - going from almost clear indoors to a dark gray or brown outdoors and even get darker when it's colder. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause the lenses to change color. While driving, the car windshield blocks UV rays so the lenses won't go completely dark. Transition Lenses are great for outdoor sports and hobbies.

Are there special lenses for computer work?

Special lenses can definitely make working at your computer easier. Occasionally, a single vision lens with a UV filter and tint is useful. More often, a special progressive occupational lens can be very helpful. They have higher and wider intermediate and near areas to help with computer work. One of these is called the “office,” ask for it.

What is a progressive lens?

A progressive lens lets you see far-away, intermediate distance, and close-up all through the same lens. Some people think of progressive lenses as “no-line bifocals” but they're actually not. Bifocals have only two lenses: near and far. Progressives have an infinite number of lenses between near and far. It often takes time getting accustomed to progressive lenses, but like democracy, it is the best there is, flaws and all.

The best way to understand progressive lenses is to come in with the glasses or contact lenses you usually wear for distance viewing. We'll put a special lens in front of them so you can get a feel for it. In this case, a demonstration is worth a thousand words!

Should I use a progressive or bifocal if I don't have much of a distance prescription?

Progressive and bifocal lenses allow you to quickly and easily look from near to far and back with a minimum of effort. If you cannot see far away without taking off your reading glasses or looking over the top of them, then progressive lenses or bifocals can allow you to be more efficient and comfortable.

These lenses are tools. They do require your patience and time in learning how to use and get accustomed to them. But the benefits are usually well worth the effort.

Are there special lenses for racquetball and other endeavors where a lens might break?

If you engage in work, sports, or other activities where there's a high likelihood that you could be hit in the eye by a projectile of some kind, you should be looking at polycarbonate or Trivex lenses. They are nearly unbreakable. They have fewer distortion problems than in the past. They provide 100% ultraviolet filtering to reduce the chance of your developing cataracts, and they have a high “index” which means they are thin and light weight.

Is an ultraviolet filter important?

Ultraviolet (UV) protection is important in all out-of-doors situations. All sunglasses should have a UV filter. A very good longitudinal study found that long-term exposure to sunlight causes cataracts. Additional studies seem to infer that macular degeneration can also be caused by too much UV.

How important are sunglasses in preventing UV-related cataracts?

Very important. Sunglasses with UV filters do reduce the incidence of cataracts. We make prescriptive sunglasses and carry a wide variety of frames.

Can I get my prescription in a goggle or a wrapped sunglass?

There are some great goggles from Bolle and Smith and others that can accommodate almost any prescription. It isn't as easy to put a prescription into wrap-around sunglasses as it is into goggles, though. It depends on how much wrap, how big the frame is and what the prescription strength and lens type are.

What can polarization do for my sunglasses?

Polarization reduces the sun's glare from flat surfaces. Often used in sunglasses, polarized lenses can shield eyes from uncomfortably bright rays reflecting off horizontal areas. Thus polarization is popular, if not necessary, for eyeglasses used in day driving. In some cases, polarized lenses can allow you to see things never seen before! While boating, submerged rocks or even fish can become visible when polarized lenses remove the sun’s blinding glimmer from the top of the waves.

While fisherman may rejoice, polarized lenses are not recommended for all activities. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or rock climbing can become dangerous if ice’s warning glare is reduced.

What do I need in an OSHA-approved pair of safety glasses?

Frames for safety glasses need to be OSHA approved and so do lenses. We carry a wide variety of safety frames along with shatter-proof polycarbonate lenses.

What is a contact lens evaluation?

We start with a regular eye examination to check for disease, make sure your contacts are fitting well, and adjust your prescription. We take the data we get from the examination and design the right contact lenses for you. The technology changes fast, so we look at available improvements and upgrade your lenses where appropriate. We may use some trial lenses to test what works best for you. We also train you in the best techniques for using your contacts.

How often should I get a contact lens examination?

Every year. Contact lenses are a medical device. They need regular care to make sure they aren't damaging your eyes. We check the health of your eyes, including any early warning signs of cataracts or other dangerous eye problems. We make sure the contact prescription is still correct since the shape of your cornea changes thus changing your prescription over the course of a year. We look at upgrading your contact lens technology so you get the advantage of the latest developments. Think of the annual exam as part of the cost of wearing contacts. It's that important.

What's the best way to take care of my contact lenses?

When we fit you for the right contacts, we’ll guide you through your particular contacts’ best solution and care routine. Many people prefer the all-in-one solutions (such as Opti-Free Replenish and Complete) that clean, rinse, and disinfect. However, these solutions are not the best choice for everyone as some people develop allergies to them. We recommend hydrogen peroxide based solutions (ie Clear Care) in these cases.

Can I get my soft contact lenses mailed to my home?

Yes! It is best to buy a year’s supply at the time of your annual exam. If you buy a year's supply, you'll not only save more money but also save yourself the extra time of ordering them several times a year. We also mail you an annual exam reminder.

How often should I throw away my disposable contact lenses?

Contact lens manufacturers and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have tested each type of lens to find the best wearing time. That's why they recommend different times (daily, 2 weeks or every thirty days) for different contact brands/types. If you follow the manufacturer's suggestion, it will help you avoid many problems, such as Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC). GPC can make you unable to wear contacts.

A good rule is when your lenses become uncomfortable, your vision becomes blurry, or your eyes look “angry” to yourself or others, you need to change lenses.

Is there a true extended wear contact lens that will be healthy for my eyes?

No, it is best to take contacts out every night. While contacts today have been engineered to deliver much more oxygen to the eye, when contacts are worn overnight continuously they trap debris. This creates a cesspool-type eye environment, potentially damaging the eye’s health.

What are one day lenses?

One day lenses are contact lenses that you use for one day (not overnight) and then throw them away. They’re great for sports (in case you lose one) and traveling when you don't want to pack cleaning solution. They are often the most comfortable and healthy lenses you can buy.

What are “two week” lenses?

These lenses are good for two weeks then tossed out. Although these lenses are disposable, they still need to be taken out every night, rubbed with disinfectant, and stored in fresh solution. 

What if I want to change my eye color?

There are tinted lenses that change the color of your eye slightly and opaque ones that change it entirely. The most effective ones have three different colors in a single lens to make the change look very realistic.

For Halloween, or just for fun, we can order lenses that sparkle, turn your pupils into cat-like slits, spirals or fire.

How old do you need to be to wear contacts?

You need to be old enough to practice good hygiene: wash your hands, brush your teeth, and floss daily. When a person is old enough to do that, he/she can probably handle contacts. We've found that most kids are ready by about age eleven. Parents tell us that they're amazed at how easily their children get used to contacts.

Can I switch from rigid gas permeable lenses to soft ones?

Generally, you can switch from hard to soft lenses, if your eyes are healthy. Sometimes, it takes a while because the rigid lenses have molded your corneas but if you're patient it usually works.

What is a rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens and when should it be used?

A rigid gas permeable lens is a hard contact lens that lets oxygen through to your eye. It's the modern version of the original contact lens, but much improved. It's often used to correct astigmatism, presbyopia, and other eye conditions.

Unlike soft contact lenses, it can take time to get accustomed to a hard contact lens. While they can be uncomfortable at first, they provide sharper vision and can last for many months.

I have an astigmatism. Are there contact lenses for that?

Astigmatism means that the front surface of your eye is shaped irregularly, more like an egg than a ball. It causes the light that falls on the retina to bend unevenly, so some of what you see is fuzzy or distorted.

Many companies now offer “toric” lenses that are shaped to correct the astigmatism. Hard lenses were once the only solution but now we can usually fit you with disposable, soft lenses. 

I have presbyopia. Are there lenses for that?

As we get older, all of us get presbyopia. The lens inside our eyes loses its flexibility, making it harder to see close up. We usually have to get reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses.

When it comes to contact lenses, there are multifocal lenses that work well for some people and less well for others. If they don't work for you, we may suggest a monovision approach (see the next question), or we'll use contact lenses to take care of your distance vision and give you reading glasses or bifocals or some other combination of lenses for near vision. It takes creativity and some experimentation to find the best solution to presbyopia for each person.

What is monovision?

Monovision is when you use one eye for distance viewing and the other for seeing close up. It sounds crazy, but it works for most people. Your brain gets used to using one eye for each viewing task.

The concept of monovision has been around for a long time. Monocles are a kind of eyeglasses that use this idea. They have a lens for only one eye. Nowadays, we use monovision with contacts, cataract surgery and Lasik surgery. For a few people, monovision can cause headaches and nausea. Some people don't like the way it limits their depth perception. So while it works for most people, it's not for everyone.

Can I get progressive or bifocal contacts?

Bifocal and progressive contacts are available. Bifocal contacts have two prescription strengths in each lens, one for far vision and one for near vision. Progressive lenses have several strengths to make it easier for your eye to find the right one for the distance you're looking.  Because these types of contacts have many quirks, they're probably best used in a modified monovision technique.  

Can I wear contact lenses if my eyes are dry?

There are a lot of things we can do so you can wear contact lenses if you have dry eyes. First, there are medicated lubricating drops that are quite remarkable. Eating a diet with adequate Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids helps make sure your eyes have the proper tear film so they don't dry out. There are special lenses that are designed to be more comfortable for dry eyes. If necessary we can use 'punctal plugs' to dam up the tears, so they nourish and moisten your eyes. Finally, we also will prescribe Restasis after testing shows inadequate aqueous tears.

If I have contacts, do I need glasses?

Yes. If you don't have glasses, you'll eventually over-wear your contacts, which is very dangerous. Most patients benefit from wearing their glasses a little every day, in the morning and in the evening. Even people with extended wear contacts will have better ocular health if they can use their glasses in between contact use. 

What is Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)?

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis, or GPC, is an allergy people develop to contacts. Although it can develop in non-contact wearers, GPC mostly comes from debris and deposits that form on your contact lenses. If you get GPC, you may become unable to wear contact lenses, so it pays to keep your lenses clean and discard disposable ones when it's time.