Know The Three Os:
- An Optometrist performs eye examinations and writes prescriptions for corrective lenses. Most Optometrists can diagnose and treat many medical eye conditions and prescribe certain medications.
- An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor treating the full range of eye diseases and conditions. Ophthalmologists perform surgery for cataracts and other eye conditions.
- An Optician fills the prescription from the optometrist or ophthalmologist and specializes in fitting eyeglasses and providing lenses to correct vision problems.
Children should have eye exams:
- At ages six months, three years and when beginning school.
- Every 2 years (even with no vision issues) to check for early signs of eye disease.
Adults should have eye exams:
- Every two years, even with no vision issues.
- Annually starting at age 40 as your eyes start to experience natural age-related vision changes.
When selecting eyeglasses for your vision correction, you will also be choosing your eyeglass frames, the type of lens and lens coating. Be sure to let your eye care professional know about the activities you participate in when wearing glasses. Not all lenses are created equal. Zeiss Individual® is the first progressive lens to integrate how your frames, face and prescription work together for a one-of-a-kind lens that is precisely personalized for the wearer. ZEISS technology is used to create these customized progressive lenses, which are clinically proven to be preferred by consumers over conventional progressive lenses to improve their vision and quality of eyesight. Be sure to ask your eye care professional about the lenses he/she has recommended for you, and how the lenses meet your vision needs.
Know your coating options:
- Anti-reflective: Reduces reflections to a minimum for crisper, clearer vision in all lighting situations.
- Anti-scratch: Provides optimum protection against scratches which can interfere with vision.
- Anti-static: Repels dust and dirt so lenses stay cleaner longer.
- Hydrophobic: Dirt and moisture slide off the surface, so the lens is quicker and easier to clean.
- PureCoat® by ZEISS: This high-tech coating offers all-round protection including hard anti-scratch coating, anti-reflective coating, and the anti-static function all in one.
- UV coating: Some lens materials block 100% of harmful UV rays. Those that don’t require a coating or treatment that offers full UV protection.
Many options are available and they can make your life a lot easier! Self-tinting lenses are a great choice if you want to wear your eyeglasses throughout the day without switching to sunglasses. The tint reacts to changing light, darkening in the sun and clearing indoors. Self-tinting lenses like PhotoFusion® by ZEISS also offer full UV protection. Polarized lenses filter out almost all glare created by sunlight reflected off of water, snow and other surfaces.
If you want to know more, check out Zeiss educational tools. There you will find tips for finding an eyecare professional and questions you should ask at your next appointment! You can also learn more about eye problems for adults over 40! Educate yourself and keep your eyes healthy. If you haven't made your appointment in the last 12-24 months, make your appointment today!
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post as part of a promotional program with ZEISS and MomSelect.