Why Prescription Sunglasses Should be Part of Your Eyewear Collection

Do you have prescription sunglasses? For those who wear corrective lenses, prescription sunglasses can offer numerous benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should consider getting prescription sunglasses at your next visit to the optometrist. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

While transition lenses – eyewear that shifts from clear to darkened in the sunlight – are becoming increasingly popular, people don’t typically invest in prescription sunglasses for a variety of reasons, many of which might not be entirely sound. Here are a few reasons why prescription sunglasses are great additions to anyone’s eyewear collection.

  • Prescription sunglasses are largely inexpensive. Transition lenses are highly convenient, tech-forward vision correction and protection tools, but they can be quite expensive for the average consumer. Polarized prescription sunglasses with UV protection and anti-reflective coatings start at approximately $20. However, be aware that if you opt for progressive sunglasses, the average cost starts at roughly $110. (Progressive lenses are lenses that allow for near, mid-distance, and distance viewing.)

  • Prescription sunglasses are convenient. The majority of people who require vision correction have their prescription glasses and a pair of non-prescription sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses allow people to enjoy vision correction when outdoors and – most importantly – while driving.

  • Prescription sunglasses are great even for people who wear contact lenses. Contact lens wearers might wear non-prescription sunglasses with their contacts, but there are certain environments where contact lenses shouldn’t be worn, like at the beach or when swimming. Prescription sunglasses offer vision correction and proper UV protection in all outdoor conditions.

  • Prescription sunglasses come in a variety of styles. Prescription sunglasses can be acquired in nearly any glasses style except curved lens wraparound styles, which are limited in their prescription range capability. Prescription sunglasses are available in aviator styles, oversized fashion frames, wayfarer styles, or any frame design you can imagine.

  • Prescription sunglasses can be obtained in any prescription. Except for wraparound styles, sunglasses can come in a wide range of prescriptions, including progressive lenses. You can even get reader sunglasses for when you want to enjoy a good beach read!

  • Prescription sunglasses offer great UV protection. Persistent exposure to UV rays can lead to numerous eye conditions, from damaging the delicate skin of the eyelids and around the eyes, to making the eyes susceptible to macular degeneration, to cataracts and even certain cancers. When looking for prescription sunglasses, make sure the lenses offer 100 percent UV protection. Additionally, polarized sunglasses offer extra glare protection, which can help relieve the discomfort of being outdoors in the bright sunlight.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to have been named be one of Ft. Myers’s premier eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

What are Vision Ergonomics? Here’s How to Make Your Workspace Eye-Friendly

We think of ergonomics as the science of setting up a room so that it requires minimal energy expenditure to navigate comfortably and effectively. However, visual ergonomics aren’t as widely embraced. Here’s how you can make your workspace healthier for your eyes. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Your workspace has a significant effect on your visual health.

If you spend hours every day staring at a digital screen, surrounded by LED lights, and sitting in a cramped office chair, your vision could be suffering. While we often think of ergonomic design as a solution designed to preserve the health of our musculoskeletal system, ergonomic eye design can help keep our vision clear and healthy.

With many workplaces still requiring their office workforce to work remotely, it can be difficult for workers unused to working from home to create a workstation that is optimal for visual health. However, here are a few strategies for creating a visually ergonomic environment.

  • Get the right lighting. Sufficient comfortable light will help you to avoid or significantly reduce the eyestrain that can accompany working in front of a computer screen. When the surrounding light is darker than the computer screen, eyes become more vulnerable to strain.

  • Block harmful blue light. The blue light from LED lighting, smartphones, computer screens, and TV screens can trigger headaches and visual blurriness, among other symptoms. Blue-blocking glasses can help mitigate the side effects of consistent blue light exposure.

  • Make sure your computer screen is approximately 25 inches from your face. Computer screen placement is very important for visual comfort. If you’re working from a desktop monitor, the screen should be positioned roughly 25 inches you’re your face – too close and the exposure is uncomfortable; too far and your eyes may be overworked from the distance. Also, for the most comfortable gaze, the center of the computer screen should be at a 15° angle from your eyes.

  • Adjust the size of the zoom. Make sure the text on the screen is large enough to view comfortably if 25 inches from the screen makes reading difficult.

  • Subdue the glare. Glare from computer screens can strain the eyes, trigger headaches, and dry, itchy eyes. A matte computer screen can help reduce glare, as can eyewear with anti-reflective coating.

  • Take periodic breaks. Staring at computer screens for numerous uninterrupted hours isn’t natural. Approximately every 20 minutes, take a break from the screen, and get up and walk around for 30 seconds. This helps prevent symptoms of continued screen exposure and facilitates lower body circulation.

  • Keep eyedrops handy. Eye lubricating drops can help prevent the symptoms of dry eye that result from staring at a computer screen.

Visiting an optometrist periodically to check your overall eye health is the best advice for keeping your eyes in good condition. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, make an appointment with an eye doctor immediately.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been awarded the distinction of being named one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Getting the Most From Your Eyewear: How to Clean and Maintain Your Glasses

Glasses for vision correction are more than just fashion accessories – they’re medical devices that have to be stored and cleaned properly to ensure optimal functionality. The following article discusses how you should care for your eyewear to keep them in pristine condition. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

We live in a world where most of the items we use on a daily basis are either disposable or recyclable. The consumer-driven market for inexpensive goods – many of which have obsolescence built right in – has, in a sense, caused consumers to deprioritize taking care of their possessions. Why should we? We can just toss them out and buy a newer, cheaper version!

However, for most of us, prescription lenses aren’t exactly cheap. Storing them in pockets, rubbing the lenses with Kleenex, or keeping them uncovered outdoors or on counters can damage them significantly. In order to keep your prescription eyewear in excellent shape for the length of your prescription, follow these tips for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your glasses. (BTW – these are also great tips for maintaining non-prescription sunglasses!)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Glasses

Eyewear cleaning wipes are handy for keeping your glasses clean and sterile when you’re not at home, but they’re not ideal from an environmental perspective (they can generate a lot of waste). If you want to clean your glasses with products you have at home, here’s how.

  • Make a solution of water, rubbing alcohol and dish soap that is free of citric acid or moisturizers, which can damage lenses. Fill a spray container three-quarters full with rubbing alcohol, add two squirts of dish soap, and fill the bottle to the top with water.
  • Spray the solution on your glasses, and carefully wipe them dry with a microfiber cleaning cloth.

You can also wash your glasses in a sink with warm water and dish soap, but be sure to dry them very carefully, as this method allows water to get into the crevices and inside the frame.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Cleaning Glasses

  • Using clothing, paper towels, or facial tissue to clean the lenses.
  • Using window cleaner to clean lenses. Window cleaners contain ammonia and other harsh solutions that can degrade the finish.
  • Leaving glasses on the bathroom counter after they’ve been cleaned; hair spray and spray deodorants can get on the lenses and damage the coating.

Tips for Storing Eyewear

Keep your glasses protected from household dust and other particulate matter by keeping them in a case. The case also protects the lenses from being scratched and the frames from being bent. A hard case offers the most protection, but storing them in a microfiber pouch will nonetheless protect them from scratches. Never set your glasses lenses-side down.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.