If you or someone you care about is needing to get prescription glasses, especially for the first time, it can feel a bit overwhelming and saddening at the same time. Perhaps you have concerns about the loss of vision, but yet at the same time you do not know how or where to get done what you need to do. Let's start at the beginning so we do not leave anyone out along the spectrum of the eye health adventure.
First steps are to have an eye exam. This may because you've noticed a change in vision, as part of a school or company screening, or as part of annual health routine. Whichever the case, evaluating your eye health is a good thing to do so you can try to prevent it from worsening if possible.
You will need to see one of two health professionals in order to get an eyeglass prescription written.
1. Optometrist – These Doctors of Optometry are under the same legal standards as any physician and can prescribe your lens and vision requirements. Their focus is on the actual vision and visual systems of the body. They are well schooled in being able to fit and prescribe appropriate lenses for vision improvement. Optometrist can diagnose and treat certain eye diseases.
2. Ophthalmologists are specialists in the medical area of ophthalmology. These doctors deal more in-depth with the anatomy and physiology of the eye as well as with diseases. Those these doctors can prescribe vision correction, lenses, and prescription glasses that are truly more medically and even surgically specialized. They actually perform eye operations such as laser and cataract removal.
Whether the eye exam is for a child, teen, adult, or older adult the process is essentially the same. There are methods of testing the youngger and variations of test that may be necessary for the elderly to look for age-related changes, but the doctors are quite expert at adjusting through the age spectrums.
Once your evaluation is complete you will then have an eyeglass prescription that needs filled. There are many options when it comes to prescription glasses. Now to the next step.
Where do you get them filled?
There are a plethora of options available when it comes to getting your prescription filled. There are designer frames, plain frames, colored frames, jeweled frames, and more. The variations are essentially limited more by imagination than anything else.
The actual prescription will be more specific. It is written for a lens that will help to compensate for your vision refractory errors. This should alleviate any blurry vision you may have and help compensate for problems such as:
Myopia – nearsightedness (can not see as well farther away)
Hyperopia – farsightedness (can not see as well closer up)
Astigmatism – Defect which causes blurry vision due to either an irregularly shaped cornea or a lens curvature inside the eye
Presbyopia – Age progress of near proximity focusing ability
Regardless of which type of eye defect you may have, take heart in the fact that it is very likely correctable to a large degree with the right type of diagnosis and prescription glasses. Of course, not all vision is correct, but most cases of the above defects can be greatly improved through the use of prescription glasses.