Are Eyeglasses Right for Me?
While people often associate vision problems with aging, the fact is that eye conditions occur in folks of all ages, from young children to adults. Luckily, many common vision problems can be corrected with a pair of eyeglasses. At Wichita Optometry, we can help you choose the perfect pair of glasses for every member of your family. We promise the best eye care services and the most stylish frame selection in Wichita, KS. Never worn glasses before and don’t know where to start? No problem! We can help. Read on to learn if eyeglasses are right for you.
What conditions can eyeglasses treat?
Eyeglasses are also referred to as corrective lenses. For many people, eyeglasses solve their vision problems. Common reasons people wear eyeglasses are:
- Myopia – also known as “near-sightedness,” is when a person has difficulty seeing things that are far away. Myopia can interfere with a person’s ability to read the board in a classroom setting or to see road signs while driving.
- Hyperopia – also called “far-sightedness,” is when a person has difficulty seeing things up close. It runs in families and is often present at birth. Many children outgrow hyperopia as they age. People with severe cases of hyperopia may strain to read books or work on a computer.
- Presbyopia – this common part of aging happens when the eyes' lenses lose flexibility. Presbyopia is like far-sightedness because it makes it hard to see things up close. People with presbyopia may hold menus at arm’s length to read them, squint to see computer screens, and complain of headaches after reading for a long time.
- Esotropia – known as “crossed-eyes” is a misalignment of the eyes (strabismus). Esotropia often starts in infanthood and results from hereditary factors, neurological conditions, and traumatic injuries. It can occur in one or both eyes and presents in several forms. People with esotropia may experience double vision, reduced vision fields, or problems with 3-D vision.
- Astigmatism – this very common condition is caused by a misshapen cornea or lens. This affects the way that light enters the eye and results in blurry vision and difficulty seeing in certain lighting conditions. People who complain that they can’t see at night may have astigmatism. It can occur along with other vision conditions, like far-sightedness.
What should I consider before choosing eyeglasses?
Eyeglasses are a great option for many people, but they aren’t right for every person or every lifestyle. Some people prefer contact lenses because they do not fall off easily, are more comfortable for long-term wear, and do not fog up like glasses. People who engage in strenuous activity or wear glasses all day may prefer contact lenses. Although most people who have contacts have a pair of eyeglasses too!
Some folks love the look of eyeglasses and have a few pairs to suit different outfits and situations. A stylish pair of glasses make a fashion statement just as well as any accessory. There are even prescription sunglasses so you can look great and see clearly on summer days.
Can Wichita Optometry find the perfect pair of eyeglasses for me?
We’d love to fit you with a great pair of glasses that will look good, feel comfortable, and help you see better. Our friendly team of eyeglass experts know how to help you choose the right frames for your face and will make sure they fit perfectly. With two locations in Wichita, Kansas, no matter where you live, there is a Wichita Optometry office near you. If you think you may need eyeglasses, or just need a routine eye exam, Wichita Optometry is here for you. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.