Southern Optical Ltd
Southern Optical Ltd
Southern Optical Ltd
Southern Optical Ltd

Southern Optical Ltd

If you're looking for vision care in Lethbridge, get your next eye test at Southern Optical Ltd.

Southern Optical Ltd. has been serving Lethbridge for over 40 years. This is a locally owned family business with a reputation for knowledgeable, honest staff, competitive prices and excellent customer service.

Eye tests in Lethbridge, Alberta

One major perk offered by Southern Optical is their innovative eye test technique. Gone are the days of uncomfortable "puffs" during your eye test, as this clinic uses digital methods to check your vision.

Eye Logic® technology allows the optician to do accurate digital refraction, determining your eye glass or contact lens prescription. They also have the ability to monitor intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye without puffs or drops. The staff at Southern Optical perform digital retinal photography to look at the back of the eye and biomicroscopy to check the front of the eye.

They now have the latest in digital retinal photography: the DRS™, a fully automated state of the art retinal imaging machine from Italy, with wireless cloud back-up and diagnostics.

Southern Optical is also one of the first eye care professionals in Southern Alberta to offer the EyeNetra™ mobile eye testing service for mobility-challenged residents of Lethbridge and the surrounding area. Their opticians are fully equipped with the latest mobile eye testing technology to conduct an accurate and detailed exam. Also, if requested in advance, they can fit you with a new pair of glasses on the spot.

The optician can visit you at home, in the hospital, at a seniors’ residence or anywhere else you request if visiting the clinic is a challenge.

Contact lenses and glasses in Lethbridge, Alberta

Southern Optical carries an extensive line of reasonably priced designer eyewear and a range of contact lenses.

They carry the following brands of eyewear:

  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Versace
  • Gucci
  • Diesel
  • Givenchy
  • Serengeti
  • Guess
  • Roots
  • Rudy Project
  • Ray-Ban
  • Venus
  • Wiley X
  • Bolle
  • Coach
  • Vogue
  • Armani
  • Vera Wang
  • Bertelli
  • Anne Klein
  • Converse
  • Choppers
  • Columbia
  • DKNY
  • Easyclip
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Fitovers
  • Spy
  • Calvin Klein
  • Over 800 fashion frames in stock

Spectacle lenses:

  • Zeiss
  • Rodenstock
  • Nikon
  • Essilor
  • Kodak

Digital lenses including their own exclusive digital progressive and single vision.

They carry contact lenses from the following brands:

  • Acuvue
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • CooperVision
  • Proclear
  • MSD

They also carry their own exclusive aberration-control, one-month disposables.

Southern Optical offers custom contact lens fittings for:

  • Astigmatism
  • Multifocal
  • Cosmetic
  • Pediatric
  • Keratoconus
  • Disposables

Q&A with the Southern Optical team:

Q. How often should I have my eyes checked?

A. This depends on your age and medical conditions. Generally, if you are under the age of 18 or over the age of 65, you should have your eyes checked on a yearly basis. Between the ages of 19 and 64, every two years should be enough. If you have medical conditions, such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration, more frequent checks may be necessary.

Q. What is a digital eye test and how is it different from what my optometrist does?

A. Your optometrist typically does a refraction with a manual machine, leaving room for human error. With digital eye tests, your previous glasses are scanned and input into the computer. Your eye is scanned, giving an objective reading of your eyes' refractive error, and the computer program measures your subjective responses versus your current glasses and eye scan data. The output is reviewed by an ophthalmologist, and an extremely accurate prescription is produced. There is no need to dilate your eye for this process, and you can compare your new prescription to your old prescription immediately.

Q. How do you test my eye pressure without a puff of air?

A. We use the latest digital technology called transdermal tonometry, which is done on the outside of the closed lid. The air puff is older technology which is considered inaccurate due to the blink response associated with the discomfort it produces. In clinicals, transdermal tonometry has proven to be as accurate as the Goldmann tonometer which is the industry standard.

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Business at a glance

Business Name

Southern Optical Ltd

Hours of operation:

Monday: 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 05:30PM

Thursday: 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Friday: 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Saturday: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday: Closed