A Spare Pair

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A Spare Pair

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If you are one of the 75% of American adults who require vision correction, you know how important your glasses or contact lenses are. Many people would not be able to work, read or operate a vehicle without some kind of correction. But do you have a backup pair of glasses? Would you be able to function wearing that pair from four years ago that you keep in the closet? In this blog we’ll discuss the importance of a spare pair of glasses and why you should take advantage of multi-pair discounts at Mountain View Optical.

If you have ever misplaced your glasses, you know how hard it is to find them without wearing them! The simple fact is that glasses go missing, sometimes for good. And no matter how carefully you handle them, no glasses are unbreakable. If you wear the same pair of glasses everyday for a year they will spend about 5,824 hours in front of your eyes! That’s a lot of wear, and even the best pair of glasses can be broken or damaged. Would you be able to go without glasses for a few hours while yours are being repaired or replaced? What about a few days? We all know it takes longer than usual for items to ship to Alaska, and going days without clear vision while waiting for a new pair of glasses is unrealistic for most. When purchasing your next pair of glasses, consider getting a second pair. You may find that you like having multiple pairs to wear with different outfits, or you may opt for a simple pair of backup glasses from our value line. Whatever you decide, you will be glad you thought ahead if the situation arises.

While anyone who wears glasses will benefit from a backup pair, special consideration should be given for some groups:

Contact Lens Wearers: If you primarily wear contacts, you may prefer not to wear glasses at all. If you have gone years without updating your glasses prescription in favor of purchasing contacts, we strongly recommend investing in a pair of glasses to use as a backup. If you develop an eye infection or injury, you will not be able to wear contact lenses until the doctor clears you to do so. Wearing an old pair of glasses may work if you are just walking around your house, but consider whether or not you could function at work or behind the wheel of a car. Having a pair of glasses is truly essential for anyone who wears contact lenses.

Outdoor Enthusiasts: Anyone who spends time outdoors will know the value of a good pair of sunglasses. Having a pair of prescription sunglasses is essential for anyone who spends time outside and requires vision correction. On top of protecting our eyes from UV, they also help to prevent eye injury and make driving safer. The opticians at Mountain View Optical recommend polarized sunglasses for driving and all outdoor activities. For more information about UV protection, read our blog UV and Your Eyes.

Computer Users: If you spend time working on a computer, you may be familiar with the symptoms of digital eye strain. These include dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches, and eye fatigue. Anyone who uses a digital device for extended periods of time will benefit from a pair of computer or intermediate glasses. These glasses work by magnifying the image you are looking at, minimizing the work that your eye has to do. They are often coated with a blue light blocking coating to minimize the amount of blue light absorbed by the eye, enhancing visual comfort and blocking potentially harmful blue light rays. For more information on blue light and computer eyewear, read our blog Blue Light and Your Eyes.

Children: Kids tend to be rough on things. While children’s glasses are designed to be as tough as possible, there is no way to make them completely kid-proof. Accidents happen, and lost or broken glasses will take time to replace. Going without glasses will likely mean missing out on activities and struggling to keep up in school. Studies indicate that up to 80% of a child’s learning occurs through their vision. Additionally, if your child requires vision correction for a condition like amblyopia, it may be detrimental to their treatment to go without glasses. Investing in a spare pair of glasses for your child can make a huge difference.

It’s easy to see why a second pair of glasses is a smart purchase, and Mountain View Optical offers multiple pair discounts anytime you purchase two or more pairs of glasses from our office. Thank you for reading our blog, and stay tuned for new entries every week!

Written by:

Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC

Posted in: Glasses, Patient Education

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