Glasses or Contacts? Choose Which is Right for You

Glasses or Contacts? Choose Which is Right for YouAt some point, approximately 90% of Americans wear corrective lenses of some type. People who need to correct their vision often choose contact lenses or eyeglasses. Many wear a combination of both, either at the same time or at different times. Only you and your vision care specialist can determine whether glasses or contacts are right for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when making that decision.

People choose to wear glasses because they are convenient. It is possible to open your eyes in the morning, put your glasses on, and enjoy immediate perfect vision. Reading glasses can be put on and taken off in a matter of seconds. There is no sterilization to worry about and no chance of infection from normal use. They come in many different styles, colors, and shapes, and can complement your appearance. Glasses can be very affordable. They can be tinted and made into prescription sunglasses, or you can purchase special lenses that get darker when exposed to sunlight or bright light. Eyeglasses will not cause the eyes to suffer from dryness or redness.

Despite the advantages of wearing eyeglasses, there are disadvantages as well. When you wear glasses, there is a loss of clear peripheral vision. Glasses can fog up when switching from cold to warm temperature or from dry to humid air. Some people do not like the way that glasses look, while others find it hard to get used to the weight of eyeglasses on the face. Sometimes people experience a glare on their glasses, especially when the glasses are used for driving at night. There are special coatings available your eye care specialist will recommend that will reduce glare and reflection.

Unlike glasses, contact lenses do not alter your appearance. They do not get blurry or fog up in temperature extremes. There is no extra weight on your face, and contacts are usually affordable. Most people find contacts comfortable to wear.

There is a risk of infection when using contact lenses if proper sterilization techniques are not practiced. Contacts must be sterilized after each use and left to soak for a certain number of hours. Some people, especially those prone to dry eyes, find contact lenses irritating. There are many types of contact lenses; if you find that one kind bothers your eyes, your eye doctor may prescribe a different type.

Many people use glasses and contacts together or separately. Some use contacts to correct their nearsightedness and wear them most of the day, while also using glasses to read. Others wear glasses on some days and contact lenses on alternate days. Still others may wear glasses for one part of the day and switch to contacts for the rest of the day.

Your vision care specialist may recommend one type of vision correction over the other if you have certain eye diseases or are prone to eye problems. People with severe astigmatism, for example, may have a hard time wearing certain kinds of contact lenses. Speak to your eye doctor or optician to help you to decide which kind of vision correction is right for you. He or she will be able to help you evaluate your lifestyle to see whether glasses, contacts, or a combination of both is best for your particular eyes.

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The human eye is an amazing organ that most of us rely on every waking moment of the day.  From morning till night, our vision allows us to see beautiful Florida sunsets, our beloved family and much more.  Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, our main goal is to keep you up-to-date on everything related to eye care and eye health.

Cost Of Vision Problem In United States

Cost Of Vision Problem In United StatesHere is some important eye health information takeaway from the SugarlandEyes infographic:

  • 22 million people in the United States age 40 and older have cataracts
  • By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts
  • Medical costs associated with cataracts are estimated to be $6.8 billion annually
  • 2.3 million Americans aged 40 and older have glaucoma (another 2 million don’t know they have the disease)
  • Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness with cataracts being first
  • 3.6 million people in the U.S. are visually impaired among people aged 40 and older
  • 1 million people in the U.S. are color blind

If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, please feel free to drop in to any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location or schedule an exam online. We have over 4000 thousand frames to choose from and we’re known for having a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have in-house optometrists that are available for full eye examinations. Check out our coupons page for current offerings as well.

20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is a family owned company that has been serving the Orange City, Melbourne and Winter Park areas for many years.  We look forward to becoming your number one source for all your eye care and eye fashion needs.  You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on eye trends and eye health.

Eye Safety – Protect Your Eyes

If you’re experiencing changes in your vision or visible changes to your eyes, these can be early warning signs of serious eye conditions.  No matter how busy you are, you must put aside some time for yourself to get your eyes looked at by a certified optometrist.

Eye Safety20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is a family owned company that has been serving the Orange City, Melbourne and Winter Park areas for many years.  We look forward to becoming your number one source for all your eye care and eye fashion needs.  You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on eye trends and eye health.

The most important thing you can do to keep your eyes healthy is to get an annual eye examination. You may need to go more often if you have an eye disease such as Glaucoma. Many degenerative eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Cataracts and Retinal Disorders need to be caught early as it’s often too late once you get symptoms. If you notice symptoms such as pain, changes in vision or flashes of light, visit your local Optometrist right away. Early treatment from an Optometrist can prevent vision loss.  Each 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore has an Independent Optometrist. Walk-ins are welcome. All we ask is that you come 20 minutes early so we can complete all of the required paperwork. Contact us for more information.

Blepharitis and Eye Health

BlepharitiBlepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, usually caused by an excess growth of bacteria that is ordinarily found on the skin, blockage of the eyelid’s oil glands, and occasionally allergies.

Blepharitis is a common eye condition, causing the eyelids to be reddened, itchy, and somewhat swollen and scaly-appearing at the base of the eyelashes. It is the most common cause of dry eyes. A dysfunction of the eyelid’s oil glands that leads to blepharitis occurs because of a hormone imbalance.

What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

The symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • Burning of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red and swollen eyes or eyelids
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Crusting of the eyelashes

How Is Blepharitis Treated?

Blepharitis cannot be cured. However, it can be treated and controlled through proper eyelid hygiene. Left untreated, blepharitis can cause more serious conditions such as scarring or injury to the eye’s tissue. If you have blepharitis, take the steps listed below to help treat and cleanse your eye:

  • Take a clean washcloth and wet it in very warm water. Wring the washcloth and place it over the closed eyelids for five minutes. Re-wet as necessary to maintain desired temperature. This will help to soften crusts and loosen oily debris.
  • Place the warm, wet washcloth over the index finger and apply a diluted solution of 50% baby shampoo or mild soap.
  • Cleanse one eye at a time, closing the eye you are cleansing, and rubbing the washcloth or your finger over the eyelashes and lid margins several times using horizontal strokes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with a clean, warm, wet washcloth. Pat dry.

If the blepharitis is related to a problem with the oil glands, treatment may involve applying testosterone eye cream to the eyelids. Your doctor may also suggest a procedure known as LipiFlow, a 12-minute procedure that gently heats the clogged glands and applies mild pressure to “milk out” the unhealthy gland oils.

How Do I Prevent Blepharitis?

There are many everyday steps that you can take to prevent blepharitis. This includes removing all eye makeup before bedtime and not applying eyeliner on the back edges of the eyelids behind the eyelashes.

If you are in the early stages of treating blepharitis, avoid the use of eye makeup to prevent further irritation. Once you begin using makeup again, replace your products used in or near the eyelids because they may be contaminated.

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Choose The Perfect Pair To Suit Your Face

Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, we help thousands of Orlando, Melbourne City and Orange City residents purchase eyeglasses, contact lenses and sunglasses every day. We know purchasing new eyeglasses can be a challenge.

Choose a  perfect pair to suit your faceYou need to take is to determine your face shape (one of our 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore associates can help you with this too). Afterwards, bring a friend down to the shop and try on as many pairs as you can.  You can also research eyeglasses and sunglasses online to see which frames you like. We carry over 4000 frames here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore and our tagline is, “A Frame for Every Face and a Price for Any Budget.”

Stop Your Vision from Getting Worse

Stop Your Vision from Getting WorseSome people are born with poor eyesight, while others develop poor eyesight when they are young. Almost everyone experiences some deterioration in their eyesight as they age. How can you stop your vision from getting worse?

Nutrition

In today’s health-conscious society, the prevalent theory is that proper nutrition will slow down, and perhaps even improve, deteriorating vision. While studies have not proved this to be 100 percent effective, it certainly does no harm to one’s vision and definitely improves health.

Foods important to good vision are high in fiber and in vitamins such as C, D, and beta carotene or Vitamin A. Examples of such foods are carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, raw cabbage, cauliflower, grapes, blueberries, bilberries, and cranberries. Sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and almonds are also good sources.

Egg yolks are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are thought to be beneficial in protecting vision and slowing macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of poor vision and blindness in elderly people

Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential to eye health. They’re found in supplements and fatty fish like Atlantic mackerel, herring, salmon, rainbow trout, tuna, and sardines. Omega-3s have many health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, to reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

Lenses

For most people correcting vision is as simple as seeing a qualified optometrist and getting a prescription for contact lenses or glasses.

Contact lenses have become popular for many reasons. Some people don’t like the way they look in glasses, or find them cumbersome depending on their lifestyle. Contact lenses are also available in many different colors that allow the wearer to change their eye color or even the appearance of their eyes if they choose cosmetic lenses. Contact lenses should be fitted properly to avoid injuring the eye, and care must be taken to avoid infection.

Eyeglasses are the most common option for improving vision and, in some cases, stopping it from deteriorating. Eyeglasses come in two parts, the lens, which is where the prescription from the eye doctor comes in, and the frame, which the wearer usually gets to choose. Lenses may be made of glass or plastic. Thickness is determined by the strength of the prescription. Most people with very poor vision choose plastic lenses because they are lighter than glass. Frames also come in several different styles, colors and may be plastic or metal, and costs vary greatly according to the options chosen.

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The most important thing you can do to keep your eyes healthy is to get an annual eye examination. You may need to go more often if you have an eye disease such as Glaucoma. Many degenerative eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Cataracts and Retinal Disorders need to be caught early as it’s often too late once you get symptoms. If you notice symptoms such as pain, changes in vision or flashes of light, visit your local Optometrist right away. Early treatment from an Optometrist can prevent vision loss.  Each 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore has an Independent Optometrist. Walk-ins are welcome. All we ask is that you come 20 minutes early so we can complete all of the required paperwork. Contact us for more information.

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If you’re experiencing changes in your vision or visible changes to your eyes, these can be early warning signs of serious eye conditions.  No matter how busy you are, you must put aside some time for yourself to get your eyes looked at by a certified optometrist.

20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is a family owned company that has been serving the Orange City, Melbourne and Winter Park areas for many years.  We look forward to becoming your number one source for all your eye care and eye fashion needs.  You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on eye trends and eye health.

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