Q: How often should I get my eyes examined?
A: Your eyes deserve the same attention as the rest of you. Because your vision changes slowly, you may not be aware of changes. There are millions of cases of undetected eye diseases and vision problems that are best treated early. This is why it is important to schedule a regular eye exam with your eyecare professional for optimal vision, comfort and health. You and your eyecare practitioner can determine how often you should return for your eye tests. To locate your nearest eyecare practitioner 'CLICK HERE'.
Q: Why do glasses cost so much?
A: Actually, if you analyze cost-per-wear, glasses are one of the least expensive things you own! Remember, most people wear their glasses every day, all day, and rely on them to be able to get around safely and read comfortably. Much like jeans, runners and even cars, there is a wide variety of price points and quality to choose from. Stylish eyewear is available for every budget.
Q: What are the best sunglasses?
A: To give the best protection, make sure that the frames are large enough to give good coverage, and fit close to the eyes. The lenses should be ultraviolet protected, and the tint should be dark enough so that when you look at yourself you can't see your eyes through the lenses. Lens color is largely a matter of choice, but the best colors for most uses are a neutral grey, brown or dark green. Consider polarized lenses if you are looking for the ultimate in good vision and comfort. Your eyecare professional can give good advice on specific tints and frame choices for your particular sunwear needs.
Q: How many pairs of eyewear should a person have?
A: As many as you'd like!! The important thing is to understand what your visual and lifestyle needs are and that your current eyewear is meeting them. More than likely, one pair is not going to do the trick. Eyewear is an accessory. You wouldn't have one pair of shoes, so why limit yourself with one pair of glasses or sunglasses? Your choice of clothing and accessories says tons about who you are and the mood you are in. Being that the first place people look is at your face, investing in an eyewear wardrobe that complements your fashion personality, wardrobe and lifestyle is an investment you won't regret.
Q: How can I tell which shape frames look really good on me?
A: In general, a frame should contrast with your face shape. If your face shape is mostly full and round, the frame should be more angular. If your face shape is mostly angular, the frame should be more curved.
Q: What is the most neutral color for frames?
A: Don't try to find a "neutral" color for your eyewear. It will only make them look boring! Go for flattering instead. The most becoming colors will compliment your skin tones. Try and determine if your skin tones are warm or cool, and choose your frames the way you would choose a flattering shirt or sweater. Don't be afraid to choose a definite color. As long as the color you choose compliments your coloring, it will probably work with everything else you wear.
Q: Where should the frames hit my eyebrows?
A: The best idea is to find a frame that follows your natural brow line without going too far above or below. If it fits too high above your brow it will give you a "surprised" look, and if it is too far below you may be looking over the top of the frame.
Q: What is the best kind of lens to use at the computer?
A: It depends. People use the computer in different ways. If you will be gazing back and forth from the monitor to the keyboard or source documents, you may find that the new "desktop" progressive lenses are a great choice. Consult with your eyecare professional who can best advise you of the choices that will address your personal needs. There are so many wonderful products that can help with unwanted glare and reflections, as well as offer good vision at all working distances.
Q: Why do my glasses get so scratched?
A: Are you keeping them in a protective case when you aren't wearing them? Most lenses are meant to withstand normal wear and tear, but should be kept in a case when they aren't being worn. When cleaning your lenses, always wipe them gently, and rinse them first if they are dusty or really dirty to prevent scratching. (Scratch resistant coatings are available. They won't prevent all scratches, but are much better than uncoated lenses. Some are guaranteed not to scratch for the life of the prescription.)
Q: When I got my glasses six months ago they were very comfortable, but now they slip down my nose, and sometimes they hurt behind my ears. What's going on?
A: Your glasses just need to be re-adjusted. From time to time (depending on how you use them), the frames need a "tune-up." Take them back to your eyecare professional, and they will be able to make them comfortable again. There is usually no charge for this service.
Q: Help! I have glasses that I wear for driving, glasses that I wear to read the phone book, and I need sunglasses when I am outdoors. I am tired of carrying all these glasses around.
A: Ask your eyecare professional about progressive lenses with a changeable tint. These high-tech lenses gradually change power from distance to reading, so you can see comfortably at distance, up close, and in between. In addition, the changeable tint automatically changes from clear indoors or at night to a dark tint outside. This should make your life a lot easier!
Q: My eye sight is really bad, and my lenses are so thick! What can I do to make my glasses look better?
A: Great news! There is new lens technology that can reduce the thickness of your lenses and give you better vision. "High index" lens materials will reduce the thickness of the lens, and "aspheric" grinding can make the lens profile more attractive, while reducing some of the distortions caused by thick lenses and giving you better vision. Ask your eyecare professional if this new technology is right for you.
Q: I wear glasses and I am looking for something that will "disappear". Do you have any suggestions?
A: Take a look at the new rimless styles. There are lots of really thin, lightweight, minimal looking mountings for lenses that give the illusion that the lens is "floating" on your face.
Q: My son plays a lot of sports, and is always breaking his glasses. What would be durable for an active child?
A: Regardless of age, if you play sports you should consider sports eyewear. This eyewear is designed to protect the wearer from injury, as well as to be durable. Regular eyewear is NOT intended for athletic use, and in fact could contribute to serious eye injury. Ask your practitioner about the many sports eyewear styles available with or without prescription.
Q: I swim every day and I am very nearsighted. I can't wear my contacts in the pool, but I need to be able to see. What do you suggest?
A: Try a prescription swim goggle. They are available in lots of great colors, and in any prescription.