Do I need eye glasses? How do I know?

And, if so…what glasses are best for me?

“Spectacles”, “eye glasses”, or even just “glasses”. Many people will wear them in their lifetime; it is just a matter of when. You may be surprised, however; even if you have trouble seeing clearly, you may not actually need prescription glasses. Here are some of the things to consider.

Blurred vision – what it could be

Sometimes blurred vision is due to an unstable tear film. The tear film is the thin fluid layer covering the surface of the eyeball.

When we have been crying, we are not surprised that our vision is affected – but it often comes as a big surprise when we tell someone that their tear film may be the main cause of their poor vision. In fact, any lack of clarity in the path of light before it reaches our visual receptors at the back of the eye, can cause a loss of clear sight.

If you are already wearing glasses, another simple reason people experience blurred vision is a smudge on their glasses. Before getting too concerned, always you’re your glasses a good clean and check for scratches. Usually, it’s a bit more complicated, though.

Other causes may be an unclear lens inside our eye. This might be the start of a cataract. Or it might be floaters in the jelly of the eye, the vitreous. It might also be due to inflammation-causing cloudiness in the window at the front of our eye, called the cornea.

There are so many potential causes of vision problems, it is important to diagnose and treat the correct one. Optometrists are trained to work these out so a good first step is to make an appointment. Most problems can be treated successfully.

Your vision may seem fine, but you may still benefit from glasses

What if your vision seems fine?  That usually means that at least one eye is seeing well. We normally have two eyes and if vision is good out of one eye, we unconsciously suppress the other eye.

To check this out, look at something interesting and detailed and close one eye and then the other. If the object stayed perfectly clear with each eye, then both your eyes probably have good acuity.

If one is less clear, then the acuity is not the same. With both eyes open you will see everything as if viewing out of the better eye. Your brain is smart, it just suppresses the blurry eye. If in doubt, then a quick visit to the Optometrist will clear it up.

Binocular Vision – Two eyes are better than one!

Having two sharp eyes allows us to see a little better than one sharp eye. And there are other benefits. Each eye gets a slightly different angle of view, and this allows our brain to create a 3D stereoscopic view of the world. Your Optometrist can test this and explain the importance of good binocular vision.

Ask your Optometrist if you could benefit from special features built into your prescription glasses to improve your binocular vision. Furthermore, your binocular vision might benefit if you wear contact lenses. There are special contact lenses and glasses that can help stabilise the amount of correction needed in your script. Ask your optometrist if this applies to you.

My Optometrist has recommended that I wear eyeglasses.

If you have decided to have your vision corrected by wearing glasses, there are several additional issues to consider.

  • Safety Glasses. Do I want my glasses to protect my eyes against injury? Your Optometrist will discuss the activities where you will benefit for better vision in your new glasses. Your work or hobbies may expose you to special risks. It may be worthwhile considering safety glasses.
  • UV Protection. The front of our eyes can be damaged by UV exposure. Your glasses and sunglasses should provide 100% protection. For someone who is at risk of developing a pterygium, it is important that sunlight potentially entering the eye from the side is blocked or 100% filtered for UV. Your Optometrist will tell you if you are at risk of pterygium development or other UV damage and how to avoid it.
  • Blue blocking coating. If you spend a lot of time looking at screens you should discuss the possible benefits of having a blue-blocking coating.
  • Anti-scratch coating. If work or hobbies expose your glasses to the risk of damage you should discuss special anti-scratch coatings.

Discussing each of these points with your Optometrist will help determine the best options for you and your lifestyle.

Fashion frames – What sort of glasses will suit my appearance?

People often think of brands when thinking of glasses frames. There are numerous factors so much more important than brand, however, when selecting frames for your glasses.

  • Getting the right size is vital.
  • Choose a colour that best suits your skin and complexion.
  • Select a frame shape that matches your face.
  • Ensure your glasses frames are comfortable when wearing them.

At Maximeyes our helpful staff are trained to help with all these factors. We also take your prescription into account as well. A high prescription, for example, may need a smaller frame.

Choose from a large range of quality optical brands including Domani, FYSH, Wade Morgan, Titanflex, Kore, MA Hunter, Empire New York, Joules, Bellinger, Francois Pinton, and more. We are known for our extensive range of sustainable frames from Zeal Optics, Eco Eyewear Jisco, and Otis.

Traditional brands Evatik and Mark Vincent are now starting to use environmentally-friendly bio-acetates. We have found people enjoy being environmentally aware when selecting their glasses and sunglasses. Enjoy clear vision with a clear conscience.

But the choice is always yours. Our goal is for you to feel and look good in your new glasses. Visit us in-store at our Manly clinic to view and trial our range of eyewear. Get expert help in making your choice for your next (or first) set of glasses.

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