The importance of having an eyeglasses fitting
You exit the exam room following the doctor as they hand your medical chart over to their optician. With prescription printed in hand, the doctor closes with “I’ll be seeing you next year”. But is this the end of your exam? Think again. While many online and commercial retailers will have you believe that with your prescription, from there it is a one-size-fits-all model, that is absolutely wrong. While the doctor’s ocular health evaluation is irrefutably essential, clear, and comfortable vision is executed in a proper eyeglass fitting by a licensed optician. If you are looking for some information about the importance of an eyeglasses fitting, then you have come to the right place. In this blog by Mountain Eye Care, we share some information about the importance of professional eyeglasses fitting.
What is an optometrist?
Opticians are formally trained technicians in the field of optometry. Based upon your individual prescription, they provide eyeglass frames, lenses, and contact lenses following a medical fitting with your optometrist. Opticians obtain their license through a rigorous course of study consisting of optics and design to perfect fittings for vision enhancement.
What happens when you don’t get your glasses fitted properly?
The most common fit issues can actually cause physical pain. When glasses are too tight, they pinch the sides of our face and not only leave imprints but over time, cause headaches. On the other hand, if glasses are too loose, they can continue to slide down your nose and create the annoyance of continually having to physically hold them in place. Being loose also increases the risk of dropping your glasses and breaking them entirely, rendering them useless. Lastly, what is most commonly overlooked, is when lenses are improperly fit, they can actually distort your vision.
At every fitting, our opticians take the time to take accurate measurements for lens placement to avoid visual distortion. A common phenomenon caused by inaccurate measurements is called induced prism. This phenomenon is when your glasses shift images to another portion of the lens causing you to continually have to compensate by looking in different locations of the lenses for clear vision or even causing headaches, dizziness, and sensations of floating or swimming. If the lenses sit too close, or too far from your eyes, this can change the power of the lenses themselves. Even with an accurate prescription, you may feel as though your glasses are “too strong”, or “too weak” because you have effectively produced a different powered lens.
At Mountain Eye Care, our opticians will always recommend frames that will flatter your face best. But there are no limits in styles here because our opticians are knowledgeable in incorporating elements of all different shapes and designs to still meet your personal style. You are unique; we want to ensure that your glasses are a reflection of this.
For more information about the importance of having an eyeglasses fitting, we encourage you to continue browsing through our Mountain Eye Care website. Click here to find our contact information or speak with a representative.