Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How Much Do You Think About Your Eyeglass Lenses?



Do you think about your eyeglass lenses? Ever, at all? The fact is that most people just wear their glasses, and don't really think about whether or not they have the right lenses. But, perhaps we should be paying more attention. The right lenses are critical for seeing and making sure you can enjoy life the way you should! 

The fine folks at Zeiss Lenses are trying to help people understand the importance of the right eyeglass lenses, and they have created some great educational tools to help people make the right choices. You can check out more about those great educational tools here, and I am also going to tell you a little bit about them here!

The first step is to understand some important facts about vision and lenses. The first thing to know is that eye exams are extremely important for everyone. I will be completely honest, it has been years (since I was in elementary school!) since I had an eye exam. Tater has had several, but without having health insurance, it is simply a luxury that I can not afford right now. But I do know how important these are! It is recommended for children to have eye exams at six months, three years, and when beginning school. After that, kids should have eye exams every two years, even with no signs of vision problems! As for adults, they should have vision exams every two years, and then every year after age 40, when vision problems tend to develop.


Another important thing to learn is the difference between all of the "O's" that are in eye care: 

Here are the three "O's":
  1. An Optometrist performs eye examinations and writes prescriptions for corrective lenses.  Most Optometrists can diagnose and treat many medical eye conditions and prescribe certain medications.
  2. An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor treating the full range of eye diseases and conditions.  Ophthalmologists perform surgery for cataracts and other eye conditions.
  3. An Optician fills the prescription from the optometrist or ophthalmologist and specializes in fitting eyeglasses and providing lenses to correct vision problems. 

And, now you know! 


It is also important to select a good eye doctor. You should always do your research to make sure you are choosing the right doctor for you, and that they have the right technology and quality equipment to make sure to help you. 

And, don't just sit quietly at the eye doctor!! This should always be a two way street! The fine folks at Zeiss have come up with a list of questions that you should ask at your eye appointment! 

Here are a few of those questions: 
  1. Are all eyeglass lenses the same?
  2. Is there a difference in quality of lenses?
  3. What are the best lenses for my vision needs?
  4. Why are these lenses best for my vision needs?
  5. Can customized eyeglasses improve my vision quality and comfort?
  6. Will one pair of glasses meet all of my vision needs?
  7. Are there different methods to perform an eye exam?  What method do you use and why?
  8. What do you check for in an eye exam besides my prescription?
Specific Questions Around Prescription Lenses:
  1. What is a “coating” and what does it do?
  2. How do I avoid reflections on my eyeglasses?
  3. How do self-tinting (photochromic) lenses work? What brands of self-tinting lenses are available?
  4. Does my prescription limit the type of frame I can wear?
  5. What are “computer lenses”?
  6. Do I need special lenses for playing sports?
  7. What lenses are ideal to reduce sensitivity to light and reflections?
  8. If I have difficulty driving at night, what type of lens is recommended?
  9. How can I prolong the life of my eyeglasses?

And for you folks that are over forty (not me yet, getting closer!), you have a few additonal things to consider, since the eyes start to change around that age. You can check out some educational tools designed just for you here!

I am so glad that I got the chance to tell everyone a little bit more about taking care of your eyes and choosing the right lenses for you! Take care of your eyes, yall! 

I wrote this post in participation with MomSelect. I will be compensated for my time.

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