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Here are some helpful tips for how to handle and care for eyeglasses.
You just spent a pretty penny to get a beautiful new set of prescription eyeglasses, and our Reading, PA, optometrists know that you want to get the most wear out of them. The last thing you want to deal with is a broken frame or cracked lenses. Here are some easy, everyday habits and tips for how to protect, clean and preserve your cool, new specs.
Just as you shower daily and brush your teeth every day you should also clean your glasses every day. Keeping them clean can cut down on wear and tear as your glasses age. In order to clean your lenses here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Whenever you are cleaning or handling your glasses always make sure it is with clean hands. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling or cleaning your glasses.
- Use lukewarm water to rinse off your glasses and remove any grim or debris.
- Apply a very small drop of dishwashing liquid to your lenses and lather the lenses with the soap and warm water.
- Dry each lens off with a soft, clean cloth (never use paper towels or your t-shirt).
You can also talk to our Reading, PA, optometrists to find out what special lens cleaners or microfiber cloths may work best for your eyeglasses. We are happy to offer recommendations and suggestions.
Yes, we work very hard to create glasses from long-lasting and resilient material, but that doesn’t mean that they are impervious to damage. Everything from lying your glasses down lens-first on a table to taking them off with one hand can misalign them or scratch the lenses. When you aren’t wearing your glasses, they don’t belong out and about (where they can easily get knocked off a countertop or table); they should be safely stored in their appropriate case.
Has your vision started to get a bit blurry? Is your prescription a year old (or more)? You should be visiting your Reading, PA, every year to make sure your eyeglasses prescription is up to date. Call Linsey EyeCare at (610) 373-2300 to schedule your next eye exam.
Do you need new eyeglasses but aren't sure which type is right for you? Drs. Darryl Greenwood, Merret Hachem and Rachel Simpson, your optometrists at Linsey Eye Care in Wyomissing, PA, can help you find the perfect pair.
Narrowing your frame choices
With so many frames to choose from, selecting new eyeglasses can be overwhelming. Luckily, it's easy to streamline the process by:
- Considering Color: Which colors complement your complexion and hair?
- Choosing a Frame Style and Material: Do you want plastic or metal frames? Would you prefer small or large styles? Do certain shapes look better than others?
- Thinking About Comfort: It doesn't matter what type of eyeglasses are popular if they're not comfortable. Choose frames that don't pinch or slip when you bend or move your head.
- Evaluating Price: Cost is an important consideration for most people. Fortunately, your optometrist's office offers attractive frames in a variety of price ranges.
You'll need to decide what type of lenses to add to your new frames. Lens types include:
- Single Vision: The lenses contain a single prescription and are used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
- Bifocals: Bifocals contain two different prescriptions separated by a visible line. The bottom half of the lens provides clear vision close up while the upper half contains the prescription you need to see objects in the distance clearly.
- Trifocals: Similar to bifocals, trifocals contain three different prescriptions separated by visible lines.
- Progressive Lenses: Progressive lenses contain two or three prescriptions but eliminate the lines.
- Photochromic Lenses: It can be a hassle to constantly switch between prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Luckily, photochromic lenses offer a simple solution. The prescription lenses darken when you're in the sunlight and become lighter when you return indoors.
Thanks to our in-office eye lab, you can have brand new glasses in just about an hour.
Are you ready for a new pair of eyeglasses? If your vision has become blurry, or it's been a year or more since you've visited Drs. Greenwood, Hachem and Simpson at Linsey Eye Care, call the Wyomissing, PA, office at (610) 373-2300 to schedule your appointment.
Everyone, no matter how great their eyesight is, should still visit our Wyomissing, PA, optometrist 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 Wyomissing, PA, 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 Wyomissing, PA. Call Linsey Eyecare today at (919) 787-0266 to book your next vision checkup.
Dealing with blurry vision? You could have astigmatism.
Astigmatism is a common problem that leads to blurry vision. Astigmatism is not serious and it does not mean that there is a disease or problem with your eye. It’s simply a condition that affects how your eye focuses light. When you visit one of our Wyomissing, PA, eye doctors, a simple eye exam is all that’s needed to determine whether you have astigmatism.
What are the symptoms of astigmatism?
Astigmatism may be congenital or it may develop gradually over time. It often occurs with other vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Along with blurry vision, you may find that you need to squint in order to see things properly, which can lead to headaches and eye strain. It’s important to see a Wyomissing, PA, eye doctor if you or your child is dealing with vision problems.
What causes astigmatism?
A misshapen cornea is often the cause of astigmatism. Instead of being round in shape it’s more oval. This is known as a corneal astigmatism. In some cases, the lens inside the eye is distorted, which can also lead to astigmatism. This is known as a lenticular astigmatism.
How is astigmatism treated?
More often than not, we can easily correct astigmatism the same way we do other vision problems, with contact lenses or glasses. While this won’t repair the problem it will correct your vision so you can see better. Surgery is less common; however, refractive laser surgery can be used to reshape the eye and fix the problem altogether.
Again, it is important to correct any vision problems as soon as possible. Once you’ve been diagnosed we can determine the proper way to correct your vision. It’s also important that you visit the eye doctor once a year to make sure your prescription hasn’t changed. It is possible for astigmatism to change over time, which will require a new prescription.
If you are dealing with blurry or changing vision it’s time to schedule your next eye appointment to figure out what’s going on. While blurry vision doesn’t necessarily mean that you have astigmatism it’s still necessary to correct the problem to prevent further issues with your vision. Enjoy clearer vision thanks to Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA.
Need contact lenses? For individuals with vision problems, contact lenses remain an effective, nearly invisible tool. The ultra-thin plastic lenses fit over the clear, front part of the eyes to correct vision problems including astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Talk to your eye doctor about the best type of contacts for you. Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA, offers a full range of eye care services to their patients. Read on to learn about the different types of contact lenses that are available.
Soft Contact Lenses. Soft contacts are the most common lens material worn. Soft contacts are made of a soft, flexible plastic material that allow oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea—the clear, domeshaped surface that covers the front of the eye. While soft contacts are commonly throwaways, there are some soft lenses that aren't. Soft contacts provide better initial comfort than hard contacts. As a bonus, many soft contacts provide UV protection.
Hard Contact Lenses. Hard contacts are rigid gas permeable lenses, which allows more oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea. They offer crisp, clear vision and can correct most astigmatism. Rigid gas permeable lenses have been known to help slow down the development of nearsightedness in young adult and adult contact lens wearers. Additionally, these contacts are extremely durable and easy to care for.
Disposable Contacts. Disposable contacts are soft lenses designed to be discarded on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. With regular replacement, long-term protein deposits, which can affect vision, the health of the eyes, and comfort, do not build up. Disposable contacts are convenient and require less maintenance than soft lenses. It's important that disposable contact lenses be replaced at their designated time to avoid infection.
Extended Wear Contacts. Extended wear contacts are soft or gas permeable lenses, which are worn for up to 30 consecutive days. While extended wear contacts offer the convenience of not having to take them out at night, sleeping in contacts increases the risk of developing corneal ulcers, infections, and abnormal blood vessel growth in the cornea. Therefore, frequent follow-up visits are necessary. Some physicians will not recommend extended wear contacts.
Don't wait. Call Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA, at 610-373-2300 today to schedule an appointment for a contact lens exam and find out which contact lenses are right for you!