Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Prescription Eyeglasses

Answering the eye-related questions you have before you even have to ask them. Our eyeglasses FAQ is sure to keep the right frames in front of your eyes.

How often do I need new eyeglasses?

Your vision changes naturally over time, oftentimes without your knowing. Seeing your eye doctor annually will help identify if you need to update your prescription and eyeglasses. , there’s nothing wrong with changing glasses simply to try out a new style.

Are drugstore reading glasses a suitable replacement for prescription glasses?

If you manage to find a pair of reading glasses that correct your vision effectively, then great, but more often than not, a visit to your eye doctor will guarantee your eyes see their best. 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.

I’ve had problems with glares and reflections on my glasses in the past. Is there a way to avoid this problem?

Of course! Simply ask your eye doctor about an anti-glare (anti-reflective) coating. It’s 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.

What if my child needs glasses? Are all glasses as fragile as I remember?

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

I’d like my new eyeglasses to last. What can I do?

Get  care advice for your glasses from your optician and follow it closely. Ask for a scratch-resistant coating on your lenses or even choose glasses made from the impact-resistant materials mentioned above. 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 That way, as styles change over time, you won’t have to worry about your glasses looking outdated (unless “retro” is your thing).

If I prefer a small frame size, can I still get progressive lenses?

That 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.

Use your VSP® Individual Vision Plan to schedule an eye exam with your doctor. If you don’t have vision insurance, find out how VSP can help you save on your next eye exam and pair of glasses.