Eyeglasses FAQs

Prescription eyewear is the most common means of correcting visual problems and improving your sight. If you’re new to wearing eyeglasses, you may need help choosing the eyewear you need. These FAQs from Eyes On The Lake in Columbia, SC, provide answers to questions you may have about selecting, using, and caring for eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses FAQs

How do I know I need eyeglasses?

Routine eye exams from your Columbia optometrist will assess your eye health and visual clarity to determine if you need glasses to improve your sight. Refractive errors and other visual problems will show up during an eye exam. Our eye doctor can then prescribe the corrective lenses you need. Your eye exam will also uncover signs of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration that don’t have symptoms in their early stages. Early detection of these diseases will enable you to get treatment before you suffer vision loss.  

What kind of glasses do I need?

If you’re new to wearing glasses, our Columbia opticians can help you choose eyewear suited to your needs. We’ll help you find frames that look good on you, fit your personality and coincide with your lifestyle at a price you can afford. We’ll also explain the different types of lenses and lens coatings and how they work to maximize your prescription. The right eyeglasses can make a huge difference to your vision and appearance, giving you the confidence to wear them anywhere and anytime.    

How often should I change my eyeglasses?

Our eye doctor will inform you of changes in your vision that require an upgrade of eyeglasses to maintain quality sight. You may go several years without needing new glasses, or you may need to change more often, depending on changes to your sight.

How do I avoid reflections on my prescription eyewear?

By putting an anti-reflective (AR) coating on your lenses, you can avoid annoying reflections and glare spots when wearing your eyeglasses outside. AR coating will increase the cost of your lenses but is well worth the investment to improve the quality of your sight.

How can I prolong the life of my eyeglasses?

As prescription eyewear can be costly, it’s important to take good care of your glasses. These tips can help you maximize your investment:

  • Choose sturdy frames with spring hinges for greater strength and flexibility against breakage.
  • Put a scratch-resistant coating on your lenses to extend their lifespan.  
  • Put your glasses in a safe place when not in use to protect them from accidental damage.

See Our Columbia Optometrist for Prescription Eyeglasses

For help in choosing quality prescription eyeglasses for you and your family, contact Eyes On The Lake, Columbia, SC, at (803) 233-1774

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