About Eyeglasses

Eyeglass FAQ

I think I see alright, do I still need to have an eye exam?
Regular eye exams help detect diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, and other diseases in their early stages.  The earlier these diseases are detected, the better they can be treated.

I just need help reading.  Are the over the counter readers alright to use?
One size fits all reading glass don’t always work for everyone.  Most people have a different prescription in each eye, and/or have an astigmatism, which will not be corrected in these types of glasses.  If your glasses are not measured specifically for your eyes, the results can lead to eye fatigue and headaches.

How can I stop the glare I get when driving at night or when I sit at my computer?
This problem can easily be alleviated with the use of anti-reflective lenses.  There can be some medical causes for glare problems, so having an annual eye exam to rule out any other issues is very important.  Once any medical or physical reason for having problems with glare is removed; the perfect solution for glare on computer screens or for night driving would be anti-reflective lenses.

How often should I get new glasses?
This is a personal decision that you should base on how you feel that your present glasses are working with your needs, style, and lifestyle.  A visit to your eye doctor should not only be considered when you are thinking of new glasses, but at least once a year, or sooner if instructed by your eye care provider.

Why do some metal frames cause a reaction on my skin?
Some people can be allergic to the different metal components in eyeglass frames.  There are hypoallergenic choices, such as titanium and stainless steel which may alleviate reactions.  Plastic frames are also a good choice to eliminate allergic reactions to metal.

How do I go about choosing the frame that will work best on me?
Our staff have all been in the optical field for many years.  We are fashion and optical experts, who can not only assist you in getting your desired look, but will also help you find fashionable eyewear that will function best with your needs and lifestyle.

Why is it getting hard for me to see anything close up?
Our vision changes naturally as we age.  When you reach your 40’s focusing at close range becomes difficult.  This is a natural part of aging process caused by the gradual hardening of the eye’s crystalline lens, reducing its ability to change shape and focus.  This condition is called Presbyopia.

How are progressive lenses different from bifocals?
Progressive lenses feature a continuous, clear field of vision from distance. Through the intermediate ranges, to near without the use of any annoying bifocal lines.  Bifocal lenses use very old technology. There is an abrupt change, or what is known as an image jump, from the distance vision to the near vision, without any intermediate range correction.

Who would be a good candidate to wear progressive lenses?
Anyone who has presbyopia would be a great candidate for progressive lenses.  This would include people who currently wear bifocal or trifocal lenses.

Is it hard to get used to progressive lenses?
Most people will adjust to wearing progressive lenses without any problems.  Some people have a slightly longer adjustment period.  Sometimes, a fine tuning of the adjustment of your frame can help greatly.  We always encourage new progressive wearers to come back right away if there are any adaptive problems so we can assist in making the transition smooth.

Why are my lenses so thick? Can they be made thinner?
There are three factors which determine the thickness of your lenses.  They are your prescription, your measurements, and the size of the frame you choose.  New technology in lens designs and materials have allowed us to help reduce the thickness in almost all cases  Our staff will guide you in choosing the frame and lens that will give you the best possible results.  We pride ourselves on having the most up-to-date developments in materials and technology.

Can wearing sunglasses help keep my eyes healthy?
Without a doubt, yes.  The sun’s UV rays can cause premature aging and wrinkles to your skin and cause skin cancer.  Sun exposure can damage your eyes as well.  Strong sunlight can burn the surface of the eye, just like sunburn on the skin.  There is also evidence that exposure to UV light can cause cataracts and macular degeneration.

Are the lenses that change to sunglasses OK for sunglasses?
Photocromatic lenses are a popular choice because when they are exposed to UV light, they become darker.  If you move from indoors to outdoors throughout the day, this is something that would work great.  They are fully clear indoors and darken when you go outdoors.  However, your car windshield filters the UV, so they don’t change in the car as much as they do in direct sunlight.  Polarized sunglasses offer the best protection and comfort in direct sun, which will also help with fatigue and eyestrain.

What is UV and how does it harm my eyes?
Ultraviolet light (UV) is an invisible light that is part of the sun’s radiant spectrum.  Exposure to ultraviolet light can cause the lenses of the eye to become cloudy, causing cataracts among many other conditions.  Ultraviolet light causes the eye to age faster, which can also cause macular degeneration.  You can’t see ultraviolet light.  It affects the eye without your awareness to its being there, and the effects are cumulative.  Almost everything in nature is affected by UV light, and almost everything deteriorates because of it.  Not all sunglass lenses block all of the UV light but the lens we recommend most is a polarized sunglass lens for sunglasses and polycarbonate lenses for dress wear.

Do I need an optometrist or ophthalmologist?
The main difference between the two, is that ophthalmologists perform surgery, where an optometrist would not, preferring to specialize in eye examinations, as well as eyeglass and contact lens related services.  Doctors of Optometry are primary health care professionals who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.  They prescribe glasses and contact lenses.  An ophthalmologist is more of a medical related specialist, who would need only to be involved if some kind of surgery were being considered.