Eyeglasses at Your Greer Optometrist
If you or your child is not seeing things the way you should, it's time to go see the eye doctor in Greer, SC. Many times, schools or doctor's offices do a basic vision check with a standard Snellen eye chart that will give a rough estimate of your vision. But in order to get a full sense of your eye health, and what types of features and provisions might be necessary for your glasses, you'll need to start with a complete check with an optometrist in Greer, SC. At Blue Ridge Vision in Greer, SC our optometrist, Dr. Gordon Johnson, makes sure to check every patient's eyes thoroughly in order to get an accurate prescription, including identifying any astigmatisms or other eye health issues, so you can get the glasses that are the best fit for you.
Considering Lenses for Your Eyeglasses
There are two main parts to any pair of glasses; the lenses and the frames. Sometimes the kind of lenses needed may influence the type of frames you ultimately get. Whereas frame selection is largely driven by fashion, lens selection looks at the limits of your individual prescription and lifestyle. Your Greer optometrist will help you understand your options once your exam is complete.
Materials for Glasses
High index plastic lenses are for strong prescriptions, they are lighter and thinner than standard lenses.
Aspheric lenses have varying degrees of curvature, so your eye connects with more of the surface.
Photochromic lenses have lenses that change tint level. Tint level changes are affected by the level of sunlight, from clear to tinted, they are meant to replace sunglasses.
Polarized lenses reduce glare from surfaces, such as water or solid surfaces and help reduce the amount of UV light coming into your eyes.
Vision and Lens Shape
Nearsighted people need a lens that curves inward and farsighted need one that curves outward. Those with astigmatism have a misshapen cornea and need a lens that is more of a cylinder shape.
Bi-focal or trifocal lenses are for those who deal with both nearsighted and farsighted vision issues. Each issue is addressed in a different section of the lenses so the wearer can see properly in various situations.
There are coating options for lenses designed to make life a little easier while giving their own nod to fashion. The most popular are scratch resistant and ultraviolet protection, which is often standard. Anti-reflective lenses help prevent the wearer from having to deal with glare. Mirror coatings come in different colors and can hide your eyes from view. A tinted lens can add a slight color to lenses without hiding your eyes and can help with vision as well by affecting contrast.
Many people consider choosing frames to be the fun part of getting glasses. Frames are selected based on your personal style, along with the shape of your face in order to get the right look. Faces tend to be one of the following shapes; square, oval, oblong, round, heart, base-down triangle, or diamond. At Blue Ridge Vision, our staff can help you identify your face shape and guide you as you look through our frame collection to pick the frames that are right for you.