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  • What to expect from your routine visit to the eye doctor

    #eyedoctor #visioncare #optometrist #vision #health #glasses #lenses #eyes #seebetter Eye Doctor Visit: What To Expect You might be going to a regularly scheduled eye exam. You may be following a recommendation to see an eye doctor after a vision screening at a local clinic or wellness center. But remember, vision screenings offered by health clinics, pediatricians, public schools or local charitable organizations are not a substitute for comprehensive eye exams. For regularly scheduled eye exams, expect to talk about any changes in your medical history since the last time you saw your eye doctor. And if this is your first time in a new practice, you'll be asked to provide a more complete medical history, including a list of medications you're currently taking, and any vision problems your parents may have experienced. Also be sure to bring in all eyewear that you are currently wearing so it can be evaluated by your eyecare professional. In addition, you'll undergo a series of vision screenings and other types of vision testing that help determine your general eye health and quality of your vision. These tests also help to check that your current prescription glasses or contacts (if you have one) is still meeting your vision needs. Your eye doctor will also check your eyes for signs of any potential vision problems or eye diseases. You'll then have an honest discussion about the current state of your eye health and vision, and your eye doctor may "prescribe" vision correction for you in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Any health concerns or possibly serious vision complications will also be discussed, including the next steps you must take to preserve and protect your sight. In general, a routine eye exam will last less than an hour depending upon the number of tests you have, and may be partially or completely covered by many vision insurance plans . For eye doctor visits that result from eye pain, eye discomfort or a condition or injury you can actually see, expect to take many of the steps involved in a routine eye exam along with others specific to the symptoms you're having. There may be a number of additional tests required as well, so it's important – especially when suffering pain or discomfort – to allow for as much time as possible for a complete, comprehensive eye exam. And if you feel you are in an emergency situation with your eyes or your vision – don't wait. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment. Eye Doctor Visit: What To Remember Many vision problems and eye diseases often present minimal, if any, symptoms. That's why it's so important to make regular appointments to see your eye doctor. And since vision can change gradually over time, it's important to know that you're seeing your best, year after year. Remember the following for your next eye doctor visit: Know your medical history and list of current medications Know your current symptoms and be able to describe them – write them down if necessary Know your family history – some eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts are hereditary Ask in advance about your particular vision insurance plan, and if a co-pay will be due Bring your insurance card, identification and method of payment, if necessary Bring your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses Bring every pair of corrective eyewear that you currently use to the exam If undergoing a test using dilation eye drops, bring proper eye protection, like sunglasses, for after your appointment. Most importantly, remember that eye doctors – and everyone within the eyecare practice – are there to help you see and feel your best.

  • How to tell if my Blue Light Lenses are genuine and not a gimmick

    #bluelightglasses #bluelightblockingglasses #bluelight #glasses #eyewear #computerglasses #bluelightblockers #bluelightfilter #sunglasses #prescriptionglasses #protectyoureyes #fashion #blueblockers #eyecare #antibluelight #eyeglasses #health #antibluelightglasses #gaming #opticalframes #sleep #optician #contactlenses #eyehealth #sunnies Firstly let me say that we are not writing this post to sound like we are the experts or the founders of knowledge in the optical field, we are just writing from observation and experience dealing with blue light blocking lenses and the people that need them in our region. WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT? Blue light is found in sunlight and is necessary for keeping us energized and awake, while also helping to regulate our circadian rhythm. Blue light on the visible light spectrum is shorter in wavelength (between 380-500 nanometers) and has the highest energy of all visible light (about 3.1 electron volts per photon). But that’s not the type of blue light we’re talking about. The issue arises when blue light comes from artificial sources in large, unwanted quantities. Both UV light and blue light can be harmful depending on how much exposure one has to them; and the damage the cause accrues over time. You may have noticed that most sunglasses have a UV rating, which describes their ability to block UVA and UVB rays, and also works to limit the negative impact of blue light. This isn’t new science; we’ve known about the problems of blue light for decades, and we’ve been working to mitigate the effects. Source: https://www.jins.com/us/blog/do-blue-light-glasses-really-work Do blue light glasses really work? HOW DO BLUE BLOCK LENSES WORK? One might wonder if we even need a new light-filtering pair of lenses on the market — after all, many of us own a pair of sunglasses, and they do an extremely effective job of protecting our eyes already. Sunglasses that block 100% of UV light are essential to protecting the parts of the eye that could lead to cataracts, snow blindness, pinguecula (non-cancerous bumps on the eyeball), and pterygium (also known as Surfer’s Eye). All of these things are prevented through the constant use of UV sunglasses, but you can’t exactly go around wearing sunglasses at work and home all day. More importantly, there are key differences between the two when it comes to design and functionality. Most neutral sunglasses will filter all light equally rather than blue light specifically by using an antireflective coating. By contrast, blue light glasses use special materials in the lens, which absorbs most of the blue light that would otherwise pass through almost entirely unimpeded to your retina. In doing so, blue light lenses provide the benefit of filtering the damaging spectrum you’re actually exposed to at home and at work, but without dimming the rest of the world around you. BLUE LIGHT GLASSES: EFFECTIVE SOLUTION OR TOTAL GIMMICK? We cannot answer that question with a straight answer. First lets discuss the wording - blue block lenses. the wording is deceptive because literally it sounds like glasses that block all blue light and give the world warmer tones. Blue filter lenses come in all types of brands and naming. Some of the words used are Blue-cut, blue-block, blu-bloc, blu-block, blue guard, blue select, blue shield and total blue. These are intended primarily for filtering a specific wavelength of high energy violet (HEV) light that is harmful. Some do the whole job while others basically look like they are. First let us break down the different products that fall into the 'blue light lenses' category. 'Blue Block' Antiglare Coating: Anti-glare coatings that advertise that they block bluelight can be usually easily identified by a bluish or purplish hue. They only block up to a maximum of 30% of harmful blue rays.* Blue light is not harmful to humans, but prolonged exposure to sources of blue light that emit invisible light in the blue spectrum are harmful. Digital devices LED Screens, lights and fluorescent lighting are among the most common sources. Blue Light coatings only appear Blue Filter Lens Materials: There are lens materials that have the capability to filter out up to 90% the harmful high energy violet light rays. These materials come in a variety of lens indexes. The lenses can have a very faint gray blue cast to them. When testing the lenses using a UV light they appear to block it entirely. Most UV lenses block that form of light very effectively but it is mostly invisible. Which one is right for me? Lenses that can filter the right type of blue light and will be available in every material and style combination are not available yet. But they will soon be available. Because of this sometimes you cannot get complete protection in your lenses. Here are some ways to determine which types of lenses are better. The quick yet less effective substitute - A blue block Anti-glare coating will be used on lens materials, colors or multi-focal lenses that are not available with the filtering built in to the material. These coatings usually have a blue or violet or in some cases a orange hue and can be more noticeable than other types of anti-glare coating. As outlined earlier, you won't be getting full protection from the light exposure received while using devices with electronic screens. Even though there is less protection, some people find the appearance of these lenses attractive and will choose this option because of this. This type of Anti-glare coating can actually be less effective in reducing glare in bright overhead lighting and can be more prone to directing bothersome blue reflections into the eye. The complete package - In most other cases a lens with the built in protection can be sourced. Because these lenses are relatively new they are available in less diverse range of colors and materials. They can also cost more because of the added feature built in. The lens you need should be able to filter blue light in the 400 - 420nm spectrum. I just got blue blocking lenses - so how do I know? Make sure you ask your lens provider to prove to you that the lenses you are receiving will block this type of light and ask for a demonstration. A Demonstration usually can be performed using a laser with a blue beam. Lenses that perform as advertised will cut the transmission of the light used in the demonstration. A lens that doesn't stop this may appear to reduce the intensity of the light but not stop it completely. This is ok, only if your optician or eye doctor has explained this to you already. To Wrap up, While wearing proper blue filter lenses and using devices which emit Intense levels of light you should experience more comfort for longer periods than without the lenses. This does not mean you should spend long hours staring at a screen. It may still have a negative impact on your health. You should still take regular breaks and give your eyes a rest frequently. Thanks for reading this post. Be free to leave comments and ask questions.

  • How To Keep Eyeglasses From Slipping Down Your Nose

    Ah, the ups and downs of eyewear. We can think of plenty of positives to wearing specs (pretty much everything!) but if you pushed us, one of our biggest pet peeves is when frames fall down your face. If you’ve ever had the problem or just can’t put your finger on how to keep eyeglasses from slipping down your nose now and then, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve all been there – you’re trying to eat a meal, read a book, or do anything else that comes with slightly tilting your head and your eyewear just won’t stay put. Before you know it, your specs start slipping down and you’re forced to push them up every five seconds. But don’t fret, it’s a common problem and understandable considering all frames and face shapes are different. But what’s the solution? We’ve seen plenty of tips and tricks out there offering advice and while some work, most are just temporary fixes. The hair tie hack is probably the most popular and easy to try as, you know, who doesn’t have a hair scrunchy at home in 2021? Simply take two ties and wrap ‘em around the temple tips of your glasses until they’re tight. Then try your pair on and voila – more grip, right? How to Adjust Glasses to Keep from Slipping Down Next on the agenda are nose pads. Your nose is what holds your eyewear up at the bridge so either choosing frames with nose pads already part of the design or adding them yourself can be effective. If you do pick a pair without pads, though, another handy hack is to add wax or makeup where your glasses touch your skin to create extra traction. As you’ve probably guessed, there are many things you can try to stop eyeglasses from slipping down your nose and we could go on. But a more reliable approach to solving the problem is to simply pick a pair that fits! It might sound obvious, but measuring frame width is a good place to start when assessing the size you need but, as we mentioned, all frames, face shapes, and physical features are different. Thinking about how to adjust glasses to keep them from slipping down your nose can also help — such as tightening the screws and hinges on your frame. At your optician, they’ve even got styles with adjustable nose pads, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing your next pair. Once you’ve found your fit, the only way is (keeping your glasses) up!

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  • Dispensing Tips | Classic Visions

    Ask a question or recommend a video. Submit Thanks for submitting! Glasses often need to be adjusted to make sure the lenses are working as well as possible for the patient. In this video we go through common fitting issues and how you can adjust the frame, or lenses, to ensure your patient has the best vision possible. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Troubleshooting Common Fitting Issues Dispensing Information 1 In this video, we go through tips on how to work with your patient to get comfortable with the different viewing areas in their new progressive lenses. Use these in your next appointment! Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Use a Reading Card to Demonstrate Viewing Areas Dispensing Information 2 Once you’ve confirmed the measurements and prescription are correct, you’re ready to fit the lenses to the patient’s face. This video will show you how to make sure the lenses are positioned correctly in the frame when fitting them on the patient. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Fit The Glasses To The Patient's Face Dispensing Information 3 When fitting your patient in his or her new glasses, you may need to recreate the fitting cross to ensure the lenses properly align. Watch these step-by-step instructions to correctly recreate the fitting cross using a cut-out chart. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Recreate The Fitting Cross Dispensing Information 4 ​ Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Confirm Measurement And Prescription Dispensing Information 5 Everyone wears their glasses differently, so taking personalized measurements can help ensure your patient’s lenses are best fit to their unique facial features. In this video, we share how to measure one of these personalized measurements: vertex distance. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Measure Vertex Distance Dispensing Information 7 In this video, we discuss how to measure your patient’s frame’s wrap angle, a custom measurement incorporated into many progressive lens designs to help improve fit. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Measure Wrap Angle Dispensing Information 8 In this video, you’ll learn how to measure pantoscopic tilt, a custom measurement that helps ensure your patient’s progressive lenses best fit their unique facial features. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Measure Pantoscopic Tilt Dispensing Information 9 Follow these step-by-step instructions to help you correctly measure the fitting height of your patient’s progressive lenses. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Measure Fitting Height Dispensing Information 10 A key step in fitting and dispensing progressive lenses is measuring your patient’s monocular pupillary distance. Watch this video for tips on how-to measure your patient’s monocular pupillary distance or PD. Accurate measurements ensure your patient will receive the right prescription for their progressive lenses. Fitting and Dispensing Progressive Lenses: Measure Pupillary Distance Dispensing Information