We offer great optical products at GEC, but it’s really all about customer service. We have patient-friendly policies and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Come in and experience optical service as it should be.
You’ll love selecting new glasses in our beautiful, spacious optical department! We have over 2,000 frames on display, in all the latest designs, including over 500 pairs of name brand sunglasses. We carry the hottest brand names and fashion designers, including some that are exclusive for Northwest Indiana. We will answer all your questions and make sure you have a perfect fit. We even feature a high-tech, virtual try-on video system, so you can see what you’ll look like in your new glasses!
We are seeing rapid advancements in ophthalmic lens technology, which means better vision, comfort, convenience and protection for you. Here is a simple way to understand your eyeglass lenses:
- Lens design. Your lenses will either be single vision (one prescription only) or multifocal (bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses). Progressive (no line) lenses offer a gradually changing prescription so vision is clear at all distances.
- Lens material. Eyeglass lenses used to be made of glass and while that is still available, new age plastics have much more to offer. New plastic lens materials today are extremely scratch resistant and they are thinner, safer and lighter weight than glass. Lens materials include CR-39 plastic, high index plastic, polycarbonate and new hybrid materials like Trivex. The best lens material for you is based in part on your prescription.
- Lens treatment. There are many surface treatments available that can make your glasses the best ever. Antireflective lenses are a very popular choice because they make you see better and look better by reducing glare, and AR is now better than ever! Many other options are available such as UV protection, anti-scratch coatings and polished lens edges
- Lens tinting. We offer many different tint options in lenses from no tint at all to dark gray or brown sunglass shades. One of the most exciting tint options is Transitions®, which is the lens that darkens and lightens based on available sunlight. This product is now in its seventh generation of technology and it is truly remarkable because it offers visual comfort, convenience of not having to switch glasses and protection of your eyes against UV rays. See the Transitions® demonstration below.
We have been making eyeglasses right in our Munster office for over 30 years and we have it down to a science! We merge excellent human skill and workmanship with advanced technology machinery and add in outstanding customer service to come up with our winning formula.
Our onsite optical laboratory allows us to make the most advanced lens designs (such as Essilor brand progressive lenses) in the newest thin and light lens materials (like polycarbonate or high index plastics). Many in-office labs do the finishing step, which is cutting and edging a lens to fit into the frame, but our lab also performs lens surfacing. Surfacing is the step which places the prescription into the lens by grinding and polishing the lens curvatures onto the surface. Doing our own lab work allows us to maintain top quality control and provide fast service.
EyeGlass Guide will help you better understand the many lens choices available to you. This on-line tool will guide you through a series of questions about you, your lifestyle and your specific eyewear needs. At the end, you’ll receive eyewear suggestions specifically tailored to meet your needs.
EyeGlass Guide – English
EyeGlass Guide – Spanish
View an instant demonstration of Transitions® photochromic technology. See how lenses darken and fade back to clear to provide continual visual comfort and protection. Demonstrations brought to you by Transitions®
Interactive demonstration of Transitions® lenses
Visit Gailmard Eye Center in Munster, Indiana for quality eyewear, lenses and designer frames.