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Here are some things you can do to extend the life of your glasses.Here are some things you can do to extend the life of your glasses:

  1. Never place your glasses with the lenses down.
  2. Use a mini-screwdriver to keep the screws tight.
  3. Keep them in a case when you are not using them.
  4. Avoid leaving glasses on the car dashboard in hot weather as they may distort.
  5. Clean the lenses with a lint-free cloth -micro fiber cloths are ideal and available from us. Avoid cleaning with t-shirt or any other cloth, these materials include fibers that will scratch lenses.
  6. Always use a specially formulated lens cleaner to clean your lenses. Many coated lenses will smear with unsuitable cleaning solutions.
  7. Should the fit become loose – return them to your optician who will be able to make simple adjustments to make them fit properly again.
  8. Always use both hands when removing your frames. It will keep your frames in adjustment longer.
  9. Wearing your sunglasses on the top of your head may look chic, but it stretches them and they won’t fit as a result.
  10. Come see us once a year for your annual frame adjustment and ultrasonic cleaning

You’re driving down the road and you find it hard to read the street signs up ahead. You’re reading a book and the print seems kind of fuzzy… but it’s not. If this sounds like you (or a family member) you may very well need glasses.

Not everyone has perfect vision and it’s perfectly natural to need a little visual assistance. The need for glasses is the result of what is called a “refractive error.” Simply put, a refractive error is the inability on the part of the eye to properly transmit and refract light onto the retina clearly. Thus, blurry vision.

So if you find yourself straining to read the fine print, suffering from headaches midway through the workday, having trouble seeing while driving at night, or if you feel like you can’t focus upon what is in front of you, we recommend that you make an appointment to see an optometrist.

Optometrists are licensed to practice optometry, which involves giving eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye problems, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology, an optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college.

Whenever you suspect vision problems, you should seek care from a qualified eye professional that can examine and diagnose the problem. Regular eye exams are recommended for everyone, even when you are symptom free. The American Optometric Association recommends that children get their first vision exam at age 6 months, at 3 years of age, before first grade, and then every two years thereafter to age 18. As adults 18 to 16, the AOA recommends exams every two years, and then every year after age 61.

If a lens is made by a lab in the United States (and even most of the ones made outside the USA), we can get it. Among others, we offer Varilux, Zeiss, Hoya, AO/Sola, Definity, Shamir, PixelOptics, Rodenstock, Optima, Seiko, Pentax, Signet Armorlite, Vision-Ease, Nikon, Kodak, and Essilor. Sunglass & Optical Warehouse is also proud to carry complete frames and prescription lenses from Maui Jim, Nike, Kaenon, and Rudy Project.

MYOPIA — Those who suffer from myopia are said to be nearsighted, meaning that objects in the distance appear blurry causing them to squint as they force their eyes to focus. This can result in eyestrain and headaches, not to mention wrinkles and crows-feet caused by squinting. People who are myopic tend to wear glasses a great portion of the time for activities such as television viewing or driving, unlike those who suffer from hyperopia who may only need glasses for seeing close-up.

HYPEROPIA — Hyperopia is often referred to as farsightedness meaning that, while objects in the distance remain clear, reading, small detail work, and even reading a computer screen can be anywhere from difficult to impossible because of the inability of the eyes to focus on close objects. You will often see people suffering with hyperopia taking their glasses on and off (or looking over the top of the frames) as they go from reading to looking and speaking to someone.

ASTIGMIA — Most commonly known as astigmatism, astigmia is a condition in which the cornea of the eye is aspherical or football-shaped instead of round like a basketball. Such curvature changes make it difficult for the eye to define fine details. Astigmia can be present in both farsighted and nearsighted people and, in fact, a minor degree of astigmatism is fairly common in all people. However, as the degree increases, a lens design known as a “cylinder lens” is used for corrective purposes for proper vision.

There are four types of lenses used to correct vision: single vision, bifocal, trifocal, and progressive lenses.

SINGLE VISION — A single vision lens has the same focal power (or magnification) from top to bottom and can be used for nearsightedness, farsightedness, as well as for correcting astigmatism. Single vision lenses are the most common lenses used and, for most first-time eyeglass wearers, the first lenses prescribed. While you can purchase inexpensive ready-made single vision readers in most drugstores, they will not correct for astigmatism or in the case where your eyes have different corrective needs, i.e. one eye is a +1.50 and the other is a +2.00. Using readers, in this case, can cause additional eyestrain problems.