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To purchase prescription lenses you must get an eye exam from your eye doctor. Once you have a signed copy of your eye prescription, upload it in the "Add Prescription" area on the frame of your choice!
Caring for your
Your prescription glasses are a big investment. You may spend a lot of time choosing the frames and color to ensure that you get the perfect pair of glasses for your face shape, fashion sense, and lifestyle.
Follow these guidelines to best clean, store, and even wear your prescription glasses.
If you wear your glasses most or all of the day, the lenses can pick up dust, fingerprints, and other types of grime that may affect your vision. Properly cleaning your glasses when they become dirty protects the lenses.
For general cleaning, use the following method:
- Spray the lens with a cleaning solution before wiping them. Dry lenses are more likely to be scratched by dust and other particles. Do not use spit or your breath to wet your lenses, as spit can leave bacteria on the glass and breath does not provide enough moisture.
- Use a microfiber cloth as your primary cleaning tool. Avoid abrasive cleaning cloths like paper towels or clothing.
- Let the lenses air dry before putting your glasses back on.
For occasional deep cleaning, take these steps:
- Rinse your eyeglasses in tap water that’s approximately room temperature or a little warmer.
- Use a gentle, lotion-free cleaning solution to wash the lenses. Apply only a few drops to avoid leaving any soap residue on the lenses.
- Rinse the lenses to remove any soap and inspect for any missed spots. If the glasses are still dirty, repeat the steps above. If the glass looks clean, use a lint-free towel to remove most of the water.
- Let your glasses air dry completely in a safe place.
You may often need to clean your glasses quickly while away from home, so carry cleaning materials with you.
Certain types of eyeglasses, such as pairs with specialized lens coatings, may require specific care. Always follow the cleaning guidelines provided by your optometrist.
How you store your eyeglasses when you aren’t wearing them can determine how well the lenses and frame hold up over time. Follow these dos and don’ts for safely storing your glasses.
- Do use a hard case that’s the right size for your glasses. If possible, place your glasses in this case every time you take them off.
- Do get a backup case so you have one on hand if your primary case breaks or if you forget your primary case.
- Do place your glasses in their case with the lenses facing upward. When the lenses are downward, they’re more likely to become scratched.
- Don’t leave your glasses in a hot area, especially on the dash of a car parked in the sun. The heat can warp the frame.
- Don’t set your glasses close to sinks or vanities since your glasses are likely to get splashed or exposed to corrosive substances in these areas.
- Don’t put your glasses into a bag of any kind without first placing them in a hard case. The contents of the bag could easily scratch or crush your eyeglasses.
Use common sense as you decide the best ways to store and transport your glasses. If a choice puts your glasses in danger of being warped or scratched, look for another solution.
Establish good habits for wearing your glasses, especially if you have prescription lenses that you rely on most of the time. Correct wear habits help prevent warping.
Avoid Putting Your Glasses on Your Head
When you take your glasses off, do not simply push them up on top of your head. The top of the head is generally wider than the face and setting your glasses there can widen the frames.
Don’t Push on the Nose Piece
If your glasses slip down your nose, avoid pushing them back up by putting pressure on the nose piece. If you have wire glasses, this motion can distort the nose piece.
Use Both Hands
When you remove and put on your glasses, use both hands, one on either temple arm. This motion encourages correct alignment and minimizes changes to the fit of your frames over time.
If you frequently lose or misplace your glasses, you may also want to invest in a glasses cord. A cord is preferred to placing the glasses in a shirt pocket or hanging them from the neck of your shirt since these positions encourage warping.
Use these comprehensive guidelines to keep your prescription glasses intact and functional until you upgrade to your next pair.
Has your current pair of glasses outlived its accuracy or attractiveness? Schedule an appointment with the All About Eyes location nearest you
Eyewear Care from
A to Z
Acetate—or, more specifically, cellulose acetate—is the caviar of plastics. It’s durable, hypoallergenic, and capable of holding exceptionally rich colors, which makes it an ideal material for eyeglasses. It’s our most popular material.
All our lenses are coated with a high-quality super-hydrophobic treatment. This step is especially important for those who work with computers—and it also keeps your glasses looking so fresh ‘n so clean-clean.
Astigmatism is a common optical condition which results in blurry vision (and, if uncorrected, sometimes a headache). It results when the curve of your cornea is slightly irregular in shape, which prevents light from focusing properly on the back of the eye. This prevents you from seeing with perfect sharpness. The good news: A pair of glasses can help correct astigmatism.
As you age, so do your eyes. (Tough)Because we are responsible upstanding citizens, we can't start making your glasses without seeing your valid prescription with our own two eyes. That’s why it’s important to keep your prescription updated.
The Prescription usually expires after 1 year of examination.
If you are farsighted, you have trouble seeing near objects, but you can see distant objects clearly. ( the name is confusing.) The medical term for this is hyperopia.
Reading glasses are the solution for this.
Do your frames fit? Here’s how to tell.
- Pupils should be near the center of the lens
- Lenses shouldn’t extend past the side of your face
- Eyebrows should not be inside the glasses
- When you smile, your cheeks shouldn't push the frames up
- Frames shouldn’t slide down your nose
“High-index lens” is a fancy phrase for a type of thin plastic lens that comes in handy for some higher prescriptions. Remember the kid from The Sandlot? High-index lenses make it possible to not wear glasses like that. (Although high-index lenses are not recommended for children 16 and under.)
“Hydrophobic” describes something that does not like water. We treat our lenses with superhydrophobic coatings, which repel moisture to help prevent smudging. Other things that are hydrophobic.
If you are nearsighted, you have trouble seeing distant objects. Another word for it is “myopia.” If you’re sitting in the back row of a movie theater and the screen is blurry? Yep, that would be nearsightedness. It’s pretty common after you turn 40.
To correct it, you need distant glasses.
“Plano” refers to a lens without a prescription. Just a plain set of lenses.
Polarized lenses eliminate glare, making it easier for you to see without straining your eyes.
How do they work?
- Light waves vibrate in different directions, and most of the light waves that cause “glare”—those shiny reflections off a pool or a highway—are horizontal. Polarized sunglasses have teensy vertical filters that prevent horizontal light waves from entering. It’s so simple, yet so cool.
Polycarbonate is tough transparent plastic with exceptional impact resistance. (It won’t break if you drop it, unlike eggs, crystal vases, fine china, water balloons, etc.). All standard optical lenses are fashioned from polycarbonate.
A prescription is a formula for making the best pair of eyeglasses for you. Think of it like a recipe with different ingredients: You’ve got your sphere (to indicate the strength of the lens you need), your cylinder (which indicates the lens power needed to correct astigmatism), and your axis (which indicates where to place the lens correction for astigmatism), among other pieces of information.
This is a piece of information that may appear on your prescription. If your doctor includes a prism correction on your prescription, you’ll see a little triangle symbol next to it, like this: ∆
Progressive lenses are like a fun “three-for-one” deal, offering multiple focal corrections all in the same lens (distance correction on top, intermediate in the middle, and reading correction on bottom). This means you can see your whole field of vision without switching between multiple pairs of glasses.
Your pupillary distance is...the distance between your pupils! It’s a handy measurement that helps align your lenses to fit the frames you choose. Your pupillary distance can be measured in a number of ways—there’s even a device called a “pupillometer.” (Is used at the Eye Dr’s Office)
In an ideal world, your eye doctor will include it on your prescription every time. But not all doctors do this. If your doctor forgets, you can always use our to get your measurement.
Readers (or reading glasses) are glasses with non-prescription lenses that make it easier to read (or do anything that requires really good eyesight at close range). They’re available in various preset magnification strengths, which users can choose from to match their needs.
In science terms, refraction is the bending of any wave (but for our purposes, a light wave) as it passes from one medium into another. In eyewear terms, refraction refers to the process of determining your refractive error.
Single vision lenses correct for one field of vision (usually for distance or reading).
Titanium is a strong, durable substance that holds up well under force. (Just like you.) We use it to make glasses because it has a high strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it ideal for an item that rests on your nose. Also: Titanium never rusts.
Its symbol is Ti, like the rapper.
Titanium was discovered in 1791. Other fun things that occurred in 1791: Vermont became a state, the guy who invented Morse code was born, and the world’s first Sunday newspaper was published. Yeah, it was a good year.
Ultraviolet light is a form of electromagnetic radiation that surrounds us, but it’s not visible with the human eye. Our main source of UV light is the sun. (If you’re overexposed to UV light, you can get a sunburn. Be safe out there, guys.)
Always go for Polarized lenses in sunglasses.
Visual acuity is a schmancy way of saying “how well you can see.”
You may have heard the term “20/20 vision” tossed around. That term describes “normal” vision. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision would see at 20 feet. It’s possible to have better than average vision—some people, for example, have 20/15 vision, which means they can see at 20 feet what most people can only see at 15 feet! (#jealous).
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