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The decisions don't end once you select a pair of eyeglass frames. You'll also need to consider the type of lenses that will best fit your lifestyle. Fortunately, your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Drs. Lan O'Donnell and Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute can offer a little guidance that will help you choose your next pair of eyeglasses.
Single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals or progressives? Which is right for you?
Single vision lenses can improve your vision if you have myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). They also provide clear vision if you have astigmatism, which causes blurred vision at any distance due to an abnormal curvature of the cornea. (The cornea is the clear tissue that covers your iris and pupil.) Single vision lenses only have one lens power throughout the entire lens.
Bifocals and trifocals have two or three different lens powers in one lens. Each power is separated by a visible line on the lens. People of ages in Santa Rosa Beach use bifocals and trifocals, but they're most often prescribed when presbyopia becomes a problem.
Presbyopia makes it hard to see near objects and usually occurs around age 40 when the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. Bifocals or trifocals provide a separate lens power for near vision that makes it possible to read the small print on a prescription bottle or thread a needle.
Progressive lenses contain two or three lens powers in a single lens just like bifocals or trifocals. Unlike these types of lenses, progressives have no lines separating each power.
Other lens choices
After deciding whether you want single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses, you'll also need to consider the materials used to make the lenses. They include:
- Plastic: Break-resistant and good for everyday wear, plastic lenses are also the least expensive choice.
- High-Index Plastic: These lenses are thinner, making them fit your frames better if you have a high prescription.
- Polycarbonate: Shatter-proof polycarbonate lenses are lighter and thinner than plastic lenses and are also used in safety glasses and sports goggles.
- Trivex: Trivex lenses offer the sharpest vision and are lighter than either polycarbonate or plastic lenses.
Is it time to replace your eyeglasses? Whether your vision has gotten a little blurry or you want to try a new style, you'll find plenty of frame and lens styles at O'Donnell Eye Institute. Call your optometrists in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Drs. O'Donnell and Gonzalez, at (850) 622-4000 to schedule your appointment.
Having trouble seeing what’s in front of your face? It might be time to see an eye doctor.
Everyone, no matter how great their eyesight is, should still visit our Santa Rose Beach, FL eye doctor every year for a checkup. After all, you may be surprised to discover how drastically your vision can change from year-to-year! However, there are a number of telltale signs that it’s time to schedule an eye exam, regardless of when your last one was. Some of these include:
Your night vision has changed
If you suddenly notice that it isn’t as easy to see certain road signs or cars at night, then it’s time to see your eye doctor. Often time, it isn’t until someone notices increased difficulty driving at night that they realize their vision has changed.
Signs of an infection
Another reason to visit an eye doctor may have nothing to do with your vision but more to do with certain other symptoms you are experiencing. If you are noticing redness, itching, or discharge emitting from your eye, you could be dealing with an infection. Don’t wait out an eye infection to clear up on its own—see your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctor as soon as possible for treatment.
Your eyes often feel tired
When you aren’t wearing the proper corrective vision, your eyes have to strain throughout the day to be able to read and process information. If you notice that your eyes feel fatigued for more than four days straight, there could be something more going on that requires immediate attention.
Things look fuzzy
This is probably the most obvious sign that your vision isn’t what it used to be. If you find yourself having trouble suddenly reading the words on a menu or in a book, it might be time for a new prescription.
Concerned? Schedule an appointment
If you are squinting to read signs and make out objects, then it’s certainly time to schedule your eye exam in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Call O’Donnell Eye Institute today at (850) 622-4000 to book your next vision checkup.