Vision is vital to everyday life. We all see differently and unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to have 20/20 vision without aid. While glasses and contact lenses can help anyone reach 20/20 vision that does not mean that every lens is treated the same. Here at Eye to Eye we know that everyone sees differently and we offer a variety of visual aid options for every type of eye sight at our Towson optical store.
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If you have trouble focusing your vision, you may be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. Being nearsighted means you can see things up close, but object become blurrier the farther away they are. Farsightedness means you can see things at a distance without trouble but may have problems reading or inspected something up close. An astigmatism means that your eye is not perfectly spherical, which most people have to some degree, but can sometimes affect your vision. All of these conditions can be fixed with visual correction, whether it is in the form of a glasses lens or a contact lens, but it doesn’t end there. Here at our Towson optical store, we can fit you with bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses if necessary. Here at Eye to Eye, one of our optometrists can give you a comprehensive eye exam and prescribe the corrective lens that’s right for you.
Have you always had trouble seeing things at a distance but suddenly find yourself having difficulties reading as well? Or perhaps it’s the other way around? This condition is known as presbyopia and affects most adults as they age. When this occurs, a multifocal lens is the way to go. A multifocal lens can offer multiple magnifications within a single pair of glasses or contact lenses so you don’t have to switch between pairs or anything cumbersome. A bifocal lens offers magnification for nearby objects in the lower field and magnification for farther objects in the upper field of the lens. A trifocal lens works much in the same way, but offers a third distance, what is roughly at arm’s length, in the middle plane. Progressives mix all of these in one, providing a more seamless transition between magnifications. After a thorough examination at our Towson optical store, one of our optometrists here at Eye to Eye can accurately measure your visual acuity and prescribe a lens that will help you most. Everyone’s eyes are different and here at Eye to Eye we are dedicated to providing each patient individually to find the perfect solution to their everyday vision needs.
If you’ve gotten glasses from our Towson opticians here at the office of Eye to Eye, then you know what a difference they can make to your quality of life. It’s like a little miracle: One moment your squinting and straining to read the magazine in front of you, and then all of a sudden, all the words are crystal clear! What you may not know, however, are the scientific underpinnings of eyeglass lens prescriptions and fittings. Because we believe educating our patients is both fun and important to the maintenance one’s eye health and function, we’d like to tell you a little bit about the optics of visual impairment and vision correction.
Though there are obviously important differences between them, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism all stem from the same basic problem: eyes that are misshapen in such a way that incoming light is not properly focused on the backs of your eyes (a.k.a. your “retinas”). Nearsightedness, for example, occurs when images focus in front of the retina, instead of directly on it. The reason all of the conditions are referred to as “refraction errors” by our Towson opticians at Eye to Eye is due to the fact that all three share this common cause. What eyeglasses do, then, is bend light in a way that counteracts the “mis-bending” of light by your naked eye. Because eye geometry can be warped in so many ways, figuring out just what lens a person needs is very tricky business. This is why you eye doctor spends so much time asking you, “Is this better, or is this better?” This is also why making sure you have well-fitting frames is so important. If your eyeglass lenses aren’t positioned in front of your eyes in just the right way, light won’t enter your eyes how it’s supposed to.
Our Towson opticians here at Eye to Eye are eager to help you get any refractive errors you may suffer from corrected as soon as possible. We accept most vision plans, and are only too happy to help you wade through our extensive inventory of designer frames and state-of-the-art lenses. Call us or use our online scheduler to set up an eye exam today!