Finding a clear point of view: Avoiding common problems with eyeglasses

Many of us rely on traditional glasses to keep things in focus and while doing our daily activities. Read some of the most common eyeglass problems and our recommendations for how you can resolve them.

I’m constantly on the move—and so are my glasses

Oftentimes, eyewear slips out of position as a result of worn out frames, lenses too heavy for the frame they’re set in, or a frame that’s not properly fitted to yourface. Loose or worn frames can be tightened and nose pads can be added or adjusted to increase hold. If you’re sweating a lot, especially in the sun, wearing a headband can add temple support and friction for heavier glasses. And if all else fails, you can try to replace them with a new, properly fitted pair using your VSP Individual Vision Plan benefit. 

It’s a sunny day driving and my light-to-dark lenses are crystal clear

Ultraviolet light activates the tinting mechanism in transitional lenses. Since modern car windows block UV rays, many lenses won’t darken. If putting the top down isn’t an option, then having a pair of sunglasses on hand (prescription or some that fit over your lenses) is a great solution. 

Glare becomes problematic during the evening hours

As always, be sure you have the correct prescription as your eyesight can change over time. Adding an anti-reflective (A/R) coating to your lenses will help reduce surface and internal lens reflections, especially at night. 

My vision gets wavy when I’m not staring straight through the center of the lenses

The first thing to check is that your lenses are clean. But once you’ve verified that, this can also happen when the lenses are not ground properly or if the optical centers are off slightly. It’s a frustrating problem, but one that can be easily checked and corrected by your VSP doctor’s office. 

If you’re having any other type of problem with your eyeglasses, you’ll want to make an appointment with your eye doctor. If you don’t have a preferred eye doctor and you have a VSP Individual Vision Plan, you can use our Find a Doctor tool. If you don’t have vision insurance, find out how VSP can help you save on your next eye exam or pair of glasses. No matter how you choose to frame it, always work to keep your vision clear.