Getting the Most Out of Your Glasses
- Posted on: Mar 8 2021
Seeing clearly is important to everyone, and a new pair of glasses is an investment into your overall quality of life. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to get the most out of your eyewear purchase, and provide troubleshooting tips for new eyeglasses.
Get an eye exam
The first step to getting a new pair of glasses is getting an eye exam. Your eye doctor will evaluate the overall health of your eyes, and perform a test called a refraction. During this test, your eye doctor uses your verbal feedback to select the correct power for your lenses. Most eyeglasses prescriptions are valid for 1 year, so if it has been over a year since your last exam, you will need to update your prescription.
Choose the right frames
Choosing the right glasses is one of the most important steps in this process. Working with a qualified optician is the best way to get the perfect pair. Your optician will evaluate the doctor’s written prescription and help you pick the best frames for your needs. The fit and feel of your frames is very important. Glasses that fit well will not only feel better, they will actually help you to see better. The opticians at Mountain View Eye Center give personalized recommendations to every patient they work with in order to find the best possible glasses. For more information about choosing the right glasses, read our blog The Eyewear Guide.
Choose the best lens features for your needs
Your optician will make recommendations about the best lens options for your prescription and unique needs, however it is ultimately up to you to decide what is best. You may want to research options such as progressive addition lenses, photochromic lenses and blue light filtering coatings before you make your appointment, so you have some ideas about what you would like. An optician is your best resource for lens options because they will have up to date information about all products on the market, and will be able to give you recommendations based on years of experience and education.
Get the Anti-Reflective Coating!
One of the best features you can purchase for your glasses is a premium anti-reflective coating. This coating will help you to see better out of your lenses, as it increases light transmission by almost 10%. The more light that passes through your lenses and enters your eyes, the clearer your vision becomes. This also helps to minimize glare from lights, such as vehicle headlights. Additionally, these coatings feature an extra durable anti-scratch layer. While nothing is completely scratch proof, this coating will significantly reduce the chance of scratching your lenses. These coatings also resist dust, water, and smudges, making your lenses easier to clean.
Care for your glasses properly
Always clean glasses with appropriate cleaning products. These include approved lens cleaning spray, such as the alcohol-free lens cleaner sold at Mountain View Optical, microfiber cleaning cloths, or mild dish soap and water. Never use paper towels, t-shirts, or pre-moistened wipes to clean your lenses as these can cause scratches and damage lens coatings. When not wearing your glasses, keep them in a protective case. Avoid exposure to extreme heat, such as leaving them on a vehicle dashboard. If adjustments or repairs are necessary, bring them to a qualified optician. Attempting to fix them yourself may result in further damage and void any manufacturer warranty.
Wear your glasses properly
Avoid wearing glasses on top of your head, as this creates stress on the frame and may damage them. Wearing glasses too low or too high on your nose will affect the clarity of the lenses. Glasses should be worn as they were fit by your optician when purchased. If you find yourself moving your glasses a lot, or tilting your head to see more clearly, you may need to have your frames adjusted by your optician.
Put your new glasses on first thing in the morning
Getting used to a new pair may take some time, especially if you have been wearing the same pair of glasses for a while. If you put your new glasses on and something feels a little “off”, your optician will triple check the prescription and fit to make sure there aren’t any mistakes. If no issues are found, you will likely be asked to take the glasses home and wait until tomorrow morning to put them on. This is because our brains like what they are used to. Even a slight change in prescription or fit can make you aware that something is different. A pair of glasses that are bigger or smaller than you had previously will have an affect on your vision, as will changing from a lined bifocal to a progressive lens. We can often “reset” our brains by putting new glasses on right away and sticking with the new pair. It can be challenging to switch back and forth between an old pair and a new pair, particularly if the prescription has changed. If you have tried this method and still find that you are having trouble, call your optician. They will troubleshoot based on your feedback and work with you to find a solution.
When in doubt, call an optician!
If you are struggling with your glasses, always let your optician know. Many problems can be fixed with a simple solution that can be completed in office while you wait. All too often people suffer with discomfort from eyewear that can be easily alleviated by a qualified professional. Sometimes glasses are covered under a warranty or remake plan, but these plans are time sensitive, so it is essential to let your optician know as soon as you can if there is a problem.
The opticians at Mountain View Optical are your best resource for information about eyewear. They have over 30 years of combined experience. They are certified through the American Board of Opticianry and attend regular continuing education courses to stay on top of new technology and trends in the eye wear field. To speak with an optician, call (907) 328-2920. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, and stay tuned for more!
Written By: Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC
Photo by: Susan Duran on Unsplash