What type of lens is right for me?

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Whether you are just ready to make a change, are in need of a different prescription, or have just received your first prescription, you may be in the position of trying to figure out which lens type is right for you. Lens types ranging from contact lenses to the lens in your glasses, there are a lot of options to choose from. And amongst the different choices, there is one that will be just right for you and your lifestyle.

Contacts, glasses, or both?

The first choice you will need to make, is whether or not you want to wear contact lenses or glasses, or go the route that many take, and have both. Either way, you will likely need to have your eyes/face fitted for your contact lenses or eyeglasses. Depending on the level of your vision, prescription will take part in which route you decide to go with. If you have a higher-level prescription, it is likely that you will need to constantly have your prescription, whether it be contacts or glasses. You need to make the choice based on what feels comfortable to you, and your North Arlington optometrist should be happy to help. Also, it is important to keep in mind, that for many people, contact lenses may take a short amount of time to get used to in terms of being comfortable. If you find yourself out and about and busy with your job or with school, then contacts might be a good choice for you. If you find yourself only needing the prescription in order to read the white board from the back of your school classroom, then glasses might be all that you need. Keep in mind, we encourage you to wear your corrective lenses at all times in order to ensure your safety as well as your health (avoiding headaches, etc.)

Let’s talk about glasses

Let’s go into a bit more detail to help you figure out which eyeglasses are best for you. First, the frame is important for the reasons of comfort and appearance. And the actual eyeglass lenses are obviously quite important because of several reasons, including… appearance, comfort, vision, and of course, safety. You will likely need the assistance of an expert to help you pick out the right frame and lenses for your face and eyes. It’s actually a common mistake that people make in concentrating too much on the frame and not giving enough thought to the actual lenses.

From the lens material, to the coating of the lens, there’s a lot of decisions to make when it comes to selecting the right lens for you. Thankfully, at the right eye care office, they will have experts there to assist you in your choice. Here are some of the options to choose from when it comes to your lenses…

  • Lens Material…
    • Glass lenses
    • Plastic lenses
    • Polycarbonate lenses
    • High-index plastic lenses
  • Levels of refraction
  • Thickness
  • Anti-scratch coating
  • Anti-reflective coating
  • UV-Blocking treatment
  • Photochromic treatment

If it is time for you to get an eye exam in Arlington, here at First Eye Care, we’d love to help. Let our caring team of vision experts help asses your vision, as well as choose the proper lenses for you. Contact us today, so we can help you start to see things a bit more clearly.

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