Getting the proper fit in eyeglasses isn’t like trying on a pair of shoes until one feels good. Eyeglasses actually require a very precise and technical fitting to work properly and keep your vision crystal clear without headaches or strain. An improper fit is wasted money.
What’s the big deal? For your eyeglasses to accurately correct your vision, a specific point in the lens itself has to fit right over your pupil. “Otherwise, you end up with eye strain, fatigue and headaches rather than clear vision,” says Irwin Fingerman, OD, the optometrist at Dr. Optical in Pinson, Alabama.
Crucial measurements. “It’s not just an accurate prescription that makes for good eyeglasses, it’s the making and fitting of the lenses to the frames and to your eyes,” says Dr. Fingerman. That’s why you need to see a professional, like an optometrist, who can take accurate measurements, such as the distance between your pupils and how far the lens will rest from your pupil in the particular frames you choose.
Why an optometrist? Optometrists specialize in vision correction with lenses of all kinds, including contacts. They spend four years in post-graduate training studying the human eye. They learn to examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the entire visual system.
Want some extra punch in your lenses? Then consider an anti-reflective coating. They allow about 12% more light to reach your eye. “The greatest advantage to anti-reflective coatings is headlights at night don’t look so much like starbursts, and you can see your computer screen more clearly,” says Dr. Fingerman.
Try some color. Tinted eyeglass lenses can aid in all sorts of activities or help with light sensitivity. “If you’re light-sensitive, grey tinted lenses darken but don’t distort color,” explains Dr. Fingerman. “Yellow tints work well for hunters, because it allows them to differentiate the target from the surrounding area. I use a yellowish-brown tinted lens. If you put them on while driving, you can really differentiate the hues, and better see things, like if a grey squirrel runs onto the grey road.”
No matter what eyeglasses you choose, remember to have an eye professional do the fitting for you. “This is important,” says Dr. Fingerman. “Because of all your purchases, your eyeglasses are the one thing you use every single day.”
by Jane Ehrhardt