Glasses Frequently Asked Question and Answers

We are here to answer the frequently asked questions about glasses before you even have to ask them and make sure that you have accurate information to help make the right decisions for your vision. Learn about and get answers regarding glasses care, glasses glare, and more.

How often do I need new glasses?

Your vision changes naturally over time, oftentimes without your knowing. Seeing your eye doctor annually will help identify any vision issues and help determine if you need to update your prescription and eyeglasses. Even if you don’t need to update your eye prescription, there’s nothing wrong with changing frames simply to try out a new style.

Are over-the-counter reading glasses as good as prescription glasses?

If you manage to find a pair of reading glasses at a drugstore that correct your vision effectively, then great, but more often than not, a visit to your eye doctor will guarantee you get the correct prescription for your eyeglasses. Some vision problems are simply not fixable with the average drugstore reading frames. For example, if you have an astigmatism, your eyes will require two separate prescriptions and a pair of glasses from a drugstore won’t do anything for your astigmatism. 

How can I avoid glare and reflection on my glasses?

Of course, there is a way to avoid glare and reflections on your eyeglasses! Simply ask your eye doctor about an anti-glare (anti-reflective) coating for your glasses. Anti-glare is a special layer added to the front of the lenses of your glasses that helps reduce glare and makes it easier for you to see through them. The coating will even prevent glares in photographs.

How can I keep my child from breaking their glasses?

Don’t worry, your child will have a hard time breaking a pair of glasses made from polycarbonate or Trivex. Both polycarbonate and Trivex are lightweight, impact-resistant plastics that are perfect for active children and accident-prone adults alike.

What can I do to make my new glasses last?

Follow the glasses care advice that your eye doctor gives you. You can also ask for a scratch-resistant coating on your lenses or even choose glasses made from the impact-resistant materials like polycarbonate lenses or titanium frames. From a style perspective, go for something neutral and/or classic. That way, as styles change over time, you won’t have to worry about your glasses looking outdated (unless “retro” is your thing).

Can I get progressive lenses on small glasses?

Getting progressive lenses on smaller glasses truly depends on your specific prescription and how small you’d like to go. Generally, progressive lenses require a little more space, but newer lenses allow for more options. Simply work with your optician to find the best frame that suits your prescription and your preferred style.

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