When you need new eyeglasses, your first step is to get an eye exam from a doctor of optometry who will not only let you know if there are any changes in your prescription but can also check your overall eye health, including screening for conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Before and perhaps during your exam, you will be asked questions about your lifestyle and how you work so that you can get better recommendations when it comes to the lenses that will go inside your new glasses. For example, if you are on the computer a lot, you may get a recommendation to protect your eyes from blue light, or you may need protection from glare if you spend a lot of time driving. At Jackson Eye, we do our best to be mindful of what our customers need, because we want you to be completely satisfied with your eyeglasses.
Choosing Frames for Your Eyeglasses
With your new prescription in hand and suggestions from our eye doctor, you are ready to head to Jackson Eye's optical shop. There, you will find a large selection of budget and designer frames. Whether you choose to go all out with your favorite designer frames or select something more economical, one of the things to consider when selecting frames is the shape of your face. People who have a square or round face tend to look better in frames that will help their face look longer. Those who have a narrow chin look best in glasses with a wider bottom. A diamond face with high cheekbones, with narrow eyes and jawlines, looks great with an oval or cat-eye frame. At Jackson Eye, our staff will help you select a pair of eyeglasses that satisfy both your medical needs and personal style preferences.
Putting the Right Lenses in Your Frame
Once you have your frame, you need your new lenses to go in them. Your prescription will indicate whether you need single vision or multi-focal lenses. If you do need bifocals or trifocals, you can decide between having lines visible on your lenses, or a progressive no-line lens. Several different materials are available for lenses as well. If your prescription is very strong, having lightweight lenses becomes an important factor. Common lenses used today include:
- Plastic Lenses
- Polycarbonate Lenses - Good for safety glasses and sports eyewear
- High Index Plastic Lenses - Thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses
Various coatings may also be added to your lenses to give you the best protection. Options include:
- Anti-reflective coating - Used to limit glare in your lenses
- UV-blocking treatment - This is usually included with polycarbonate lenses and will look out 100% of UV rays.
- Photochromatic treatment - Allows glasses to darken automatically when exposed to sunlight.
Optometry Professionals in Fairburn
For more information on the eyeglasses available at our optical shop or to schedule an eye exam, call Jackson Eye today at (770) 629-4351.