Frequently Asked Questions: Glasses

Why should I go to the eye doctor instead of buying my own?

Eye doctor appointments seem expensive. With so many cheap store options and even online stores, you might ask yourself, “Why do I need to go to the doctor?” Some people do have good results with finding a simple pair of reading glasses at the drugstore. However, regular eye exams should be a part of your health planning, as eye doctors can help to catch “silent” diseases in their early stages, when treatment is more effective. Also, generic reading glasses don’t work well for more complicated vision issues, and also fall short for those with differing prescriptions in each eye.

How can I avoid the annoying glare and reflections that happen with glasses?

Anti-reflective coating helps reduce glare and reflections from various light sources, giving you clearer vision – and a lot less of that white glare effect that happens in flash photos.

My prescription is quite high, and I have really thick lenses. Are there any alternatives?

High-index lenses can offer a much thinner lens with a flatter curve than regular lenses.

I like to wear sunglasses, but don’t want the hassle of having two pairs of glasses all the time.

You could consider photochromic lenses, or transitions. These lenses change color when exposed to UV light, becoming darker outdoors and reverting to clear when indoors or at night. They also remain fairly light while driving, due to your windshield blocking most of the incoming UV rays.

How often should I get new glasses?

The short answer: when your prescription changes. The longer answer: your prescription can change year to year, so regular visits to your eye doctor will help catch any changes and need for new glasses. While the recommended frequency of eye exams changes based on several variables, it is generally recommended that you should go once every one to two years.

Of course, if your prescription doesn’t change, you can still get new glasses if you’re tired of your old ones or wish to change styles.

I have a big head. Like, literally. Most glasses are too small on me. Are there any brands that carry larger frames?

Most brands actually carry a few frames that are larger-than-average. However, if you find yourself needing a larger style for a wider face, or needing a longer temple piece, you can also speak with our in-house representatives about specific brands that are custom tailored to your needs.

How can I tell if my child might need glasses?

Often times children may not articulate or even notice their vision needs help, or they may be shy or apprehensive about getting glasses. If you notice these signs, it may be worthwhile to schedule an appointment:

  • Sitting close or moving closer to the TV, or holding a book too close
  • Frequent rubbing of eyes
  • Trouble keeping his/her place when reading
  • Head tilting / trying to see better
  • Squinting, or closing one eye to see better when reading or watching TV
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Struggle in school
  • Avoiding activities that require near or far vision (such as reading/homework or sports)

What sort of glasses should I get for my child? How do I get my kids to wear the glasses I got for them?

As with many things, a child will be more eager to participate if they feel like they’re given a choice or agency in the matter. Work with your child to pick out his or her own frames, and also consider features that help improve the durability of the frame and lenses, including scratch-resistant coatings. Polycarbonate lenses are also often recommended for kids as it’s very impact resistant.

My prescription is perfect while I’m doing some tasks but not others.

You should always check in with your eye care provider if there are problems with your vision. However, there may be some simple reasons behind this happening.

A common problem for computer users who wear bifocals or reading glasses happens because computer monitors tend to be in your intermediate vision. Bifocals correct for your near vision and far vision, leaving the intermediate field blurry. Because of this, you may find that your glasses serve you well while driving or reading, but not at work. There are glasses that correct intermediate vision, such as computer glasses, progressive lenses or trifocals.

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