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By O’Donnell Eye Institute
August 13, 2021
Category: Vision Problems
Tags: Eyeglasses  

When it comes to getting prescription eyeglasses, our needs are different. Your optometrist, Dr. Lan O'Donnell, and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute can get you the correct eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, for your eye condition.

Eyeglasses That Correct Your Vision

Do you have trouble seeing near or far objects? Single vision eyeglass lenses can correct eye defects such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Eye defects such as presbyopia might require bifocal or progressive lenses.

Getting the correct lenses for your eye defects is essential if you want to see better. Your optometrist can help you diagnose your eye condition during your next appointment and get you the proper lenses to correct your vision.

Eyeglasses That Protect Your Eyes

Your doctor can customize your eyeglasses to give them special protective features. By adding a special coating to your eyeglass lens, your doctor can make them better suited for your lifestyle. For instance, you could get photochromic lenses that filter UV light and adapts to varying brightness levels. UV lenses filter UV light too and are great if you spend lots of time outdoors.

Blue light protection lenses help filter blue light from the sun and screens. It is a great feature to have if you spend lots of time in front of your computer screen. You could also get anti-glare lenses that protect your eyes from bright light.

Eyeglasses With Special Features

When it comes to choosing your eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you'll have to consider your lifestyle too. For instance, if you spend lots of time outdoors your optometrist can add special features to your eyeglasses that are compatible with your lifestyle.

Some special features can also help your eyeglasses last longer by preventing scratches and dust. Examples of special lenses include:

  • Water repellent lens
  • Anti-dust lens
  • Anti-scratch lens
  • Anti-smudge lens
  • Anti-fog lens
  • High index lens

Eyeglass Frames

Getting the right frames is just as important as getting the right lens. Your eyeglass frames should be sturdy so that they last long. They should also suit your taste. Your optometrist offers you hundreds of designer eyeglass frames to choose from so that you get the eyeglasses that you love.

The right eyeglasses for your condition should be one that you like, correct your vision, and fit your lifestyle. Call (850) 622-4000 to schedule a consultation with your optometrist, Dr. O'Donnell, and Dr. Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute for your eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
April 09, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Eyeglasses  

Here are some helpful tips for finding the right pair of eyeglasses.

While the main purpose of getting eyeglasses is for you to see better, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style for sight. These days, your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors, Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, offer such a wide range of eyeglasses to fit patient’s ever-changing needs, personalities, and styles. If you’re thinking about coming into our office to shop for some new eyeglasses, here is a helpful guide to make choosing the perfect pair of glasses easier.

Know Your Face Shape

The shape of your face will often dictate which eyeglass shapes and styles will work best. The different face shapes include:

  • Round: rectangular frames are often best for round face shapes
  • Square: round or oval frames can help to balance out a defined or sharp jaw and forehead
  • Oval: most eyeglass shapes will look great on you 
  • Heart: square, rectangular and aviator-style glasses work best for those with a heart-shaped face
  • Diamond: cat-eye or decorative frames that pull focus to the eyes will work best
  • Rectangular: round, rectangular, and square frames help to balance the longer length of the face

If you’re not sure what your face shape is, this guide may help you find out. There is even a FaceShape App that can determine your face shape from a photo. Or, you can simply ask our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors during your next consultation.

How Do They Fit Your Nose?

You’ll be wearing your glasses most, if not all, of the day so you want your glasses to fit perfectly and feel comfortable. If the glasses you’re trying on tend to slide down your nose or leave marks, this isn’t going to be something that you’ll want to deal with all day long. Shake your head from side to side. Do the glasses move? If so, they are probably just a little too big. While we can make some slight adjustments to the glasses it’s important to know how they will fit and keep that in mind when shopping.

Choose a Color That Compliments You

Those with cooler tones in their skin can get away with most frame colors including black, silver, and blue. Those with warmer tones will want to look for lighter frame colors but will want to avoid pastels, which could wash them out.

Are you ready to go shopping for a new pair of eyeglasses? It might be time to visit our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez of O’Donnell Eye Institute at (850) 622-4000.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
July 23, 2020
Category: Eye Exam
Tags: Eyeglasses   Lenses  

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.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
September 16, 2019
Category: Eye Exam

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FLHaving 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.