High Definition Progressive Lenses: What Are They, and Why Do I Need Them?

While there is a wide variety of corrective lens options on the market, high definition progressive lenses may offer the best features of any external vision correction solution. Here is an overview of high definition progressive lenses, and why they might be able to deliver superior corrective power. OptiExpress offers a broad selection of corrective eyewear – from contact lenses to designer frames – from its Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida eye care centers.

High definition progressive lenses – how can a pair of eyeglasses be high definition?

High definition lenses, also called digital lenses or HD lenses, are corrective eyeglass lenses that are fabricated specifically for your eyes using a digital scan. Each pair is unique and tailored to the wearer’s needs at the time of evaluation. This maximizes the corrective power of the lenses and can help the wearer’s vision even surpass the 20/20 vision mark!

High Definition Progressive Lenses – What Are the Benefits?

High definition lenses differ significantly from traditional lenses in that they offer vision correction without the lens distortion typical of standard eyeglasses. When you put on a pair of traditional eyeglasses, the lens shape causes warping along the perimeter of the frame. High definition lenses use technology that allows the frame to be cut with superior precision so that there is almost no distortion and a clear and sharp field of vision.

High definition lenses are particularly good for people who require vision correction for multiple distance zones. High definition progressive lenses deliver a dramatically increased field of vision – more than 40 percent wider than traditional glasses. This contributes to the ease with which wearers can transition from close to distance viewing.

Personalized Corrective Lenses, Designed for You and Only You

With a crisp and clear field of vision throughout the frame, precise customization to your visual needs, ease of transitioning from reading to distance viewing, and a thin, sleek and stylish lens design, high definition progressive lenses offer superior vision correction in a beautifully designed package.

OptiExpress: Providing the Fort Myers and Cape Coral Communities with Exceptional Eye Care Services

OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, a wide selection of designer frames, and high definition progressive lens fabrication on-site at our one-hour digital lab. If you want fast, friendly, and affordable eye care service in the Cape Coral or Fort Myers community, please don’t hesitate to visit our eye care center today!

Astigmatism 101: What is it, and How is it Treated?

Despite its somewhat intimidating name, astigmatism is quite a common condition, and it can be successfully treated using corrective lenses or surgical intervention.

Astigmatism is an ocular condition involving the malformation of either the cornea or the lens. In moderate-to-severe cases, this condition inhibits light from entering the retina efficiently, causing vision to become blurred at any distance, and sometimes triggering headaches, poor night vision, and eye irritation. Most people are either born with, or will develop, a very mild degree of astigmatism; many cases do not result in any noticeable vision abnormalities.

What causes astigmatism?

The precise cause of astigmatism isn’t known, but it does correlate with other conditions. Many people are born with an inherited astigmatism. It has been known to develop as one ages, and is often seen before the onset of cataracts. Astigmatism may also be a reaction to eye surgery or an eye injury. A rare condition called keratoconus causes a type of astigmatism where the cornea begins to deteriorate slowly and becomes increasingly misshapen. Severe keratoconus-related astigmatism can be treated with a surgical replacement of the cornea once the condition has become advanced.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

If you have blurred vision at any distance – meaning you can’t see objects clearly no matter how near or far they are – you may have astigmatism. However, it very often appears with either myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), so the degree of severity may not be apparent without a comprehensive evaluation. Here is what your eye care specialists will check when evaluating for astigmatism:

  • Visual acuity. Visual acuity is your ability to see symbols clearly at a specified distance. 20/20 vision is the ability to clearly read a letter or number from 20 feet that has been designated as being readable at a 20-foot distance.
  • The curve of the cornea. The keratometer is a tool that uses light to measure corneal curvature and assess the degree of astigmatism severity. Your eye care specialist may also use a corneal topographer, which is a more sophisticated instrument that offers greater detail of the cornea, providing a three-dimensional map of the corneal surface.
  • Refraction. This exam tests the focusing power of the eye using a device called the phoropter. It measures refractive error by placing a series of lenses before the patient, with the patient telling the optometrist which lenses produce the best correction.

What are astigmatism treatment options?

Depending upon the results of the examination, your optometrist may offer you the following correction solutions:

  • Eyeglasses. Eyeglasses remain the most common corrective measure for people with astigmatism. These may be single focus, or in the case with people with presbyopia, progressive lenses that address multiple distance issues.
  • Contact lenses. Contact lenses have an advantage over glasses because they can physically correct the shape of the cornea, provided they are gas permeable or rigid lenses. Soft contacts are not effective for astigmatism, because they adjust to the shape of the corneas instead of reshaping them.
  • Orthokeratology/Ortho-k. This procedure is the fitting of retainer contact lenses for corrective wear. The lenses reshape the corneas over time, improving the wearer’s vision even when corrective lenses or eyeglasses are not worn. While ortho-k does provide prolonged correction, the technique does not permanently alter the corneas; the retainer lenses must be worn periodically to ensure long-term results.
  • Surgical intervention/LASIK. LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) surgery is a process that reshapes the cornea by removing the inner tissue. This is a permanent solution, and it can fully correct moderate to severe astigmatism.

If you think you have any type of vision problem, including astigmatism, don’t hesitate to have a comprehensive eye evaluation performed.

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How Do I Read an Eyeglasses Prescription? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’ve just received your first eyeglasses prescription you’re probably unfamiliar with the ciphers and terminology. In fact – you don’t understand a thing! Never fear – here’s a primer on vision prescriptions, which will help you better understand your eye health.

What do the notations mean?

The standard notations for visual acuity seem confusing, but they’re pretty straightforward once they’re translated. Here’s what you need to know.

Eyeglass prescriptions are generally transcribed on a graph. The abbreviations on the right-hand side are:

  • O.D. This abbreviation stands for oculus dexter, which is Latin for right eye.
  • O.S. This abbreviation stands for oculus sinister, which is Latin for left eye.
  • O.U. This abbreviation stands for oculus uterque, which is Latin for both eyes.

While these are the standard notations, many optometrists are now using the more accessible R.E., L.E., and O.E. (right eye, left eye, both eyes).

Along the top of the graph are terms relating to the condition of your vision. These terms are:

  • Sphere: This term relates to the prescribed strength of the corrective lenses needed to address either myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).
  • Cylinder: This term is designated for the correction of astigmatism. If this section is blank, it means that patient either does not have astigmatism, or that it is so minor that it does not affect the patient’s vision.
  • Axis: For patients with astigmatism, this category notes the angle and direction of the corneal or lens curvature.
  • ADD: This space indicates that a bifocal or multifocal prescription is recommended.

What do the numbers mean?

Under the terms at the top of the chart are numbers which describe the strength of the required vision correction. The higher the number, the more intensive the necessary correction.

There will also be plus or minus signs alongside the numbers. A plus sign indicates farsightedness; a minus sign indicates nearsightedness.

What about the other stuff?

Your optometrist will often provide special instructions for the fabrication of your corrective lenses. These instructions are meant to provide the most comfortable correction and suit your lifestyle. For example, your eye care specialist may specify variable tint lenses or anti-glare coating.

Can my eyeglasses prescription be used for contact lenses?

Eyeglass prescriptions cannot be used interchangeably with contact lens prescriptions because eyeglass prescriptions lack details that can only be gathered from a contact lens fitting. The lens has to fit the unique curve of the eye, and the corrective power is different, since contact lenses sit directly upon the eye, while eyeglasses sit approximately 12 millimeters away from the eye.

Your eyeglass prescription is your property. It must be given to you whether you specifically request it or not, or whether or not you choose to have your prescription filled by the eye care center where you had your exam. You have the right to use your prescription at any eyewear retailer you wish.

It is advisable to have an eye exam every year to ensure your lenses are always providing the appropriate level of correction.

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Contact Lens Maintenance 101

Maintaining your contact lenses properly is crucial not only for ensuring your lenses perform correctly and comfortably, but also for preserving your eye health and hygiene – wearing improperly maintained contact lenses can lead to severe eye infections that may compromise your vision. Here are a few things to remember when caring for your contact lenses.

  • Do: Always adhere to the prescribed wearing schedule and timetable. Your contact lenses will have been designed to function properly for a set period of time. Contact lenses will begin to degrade if they are worn past the manufacturer’s recommended timeframe.
  • Don’t: Attempt to wear your contact lenses for longer than prescribed. Wearing contact lenses for days on end can be extremely dangerous to your vision. You risk trapping microbes under the lenses. These can flourish in the eyes, causing ulcers and corneal perforation that can lead to blindness.
  • Do: Keep your lenses sterile. Always meticulously clean your lenses after and before each wearing. Make sure your case is always scrupulously cleaned.
  • Don’t: Use any cleaning agent other than the prescribed contact lens solution. Moistening your lenses with anything other than the proper lens solution risks introducing bacteria and irritants into your lenses and eyes.
  • Do: Remove your contacts if you feel any discomfort. If you feel any redness, swelling, itching, or irritation, remove your contacts immediately. Visit your eye care professional if you experience any changes in your vision or prolonged discomfort.
  • Don’t: Allow the contact lens solution bottle tip to become contaminated. Merely touching the tip to your finger, eye, or any surface could expose it to potentially dangerous microbes.
  • Do: Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before handling your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your nails short to minimize the chance of exposing your lenses to hidden bacteria.
  • Don’t: Attempt to reuse contact lens solution. Change the solution in your case – don’t top off existing solution.
  • Do: Remove your contact lenses before sleep. While there are extended wear contact lenses, it’s still a good idea to remove them before bed to facilitate oxygen flow to the eyes and reduce chances of eye infection.
  • Don’t: Expose your contact lenses to water. Tap water – even filtered water – can damage contact lenses and introduce bacteria into the eye. Take out your lenses before swimming or showering or participating in any activity where your face may get wet.

These tips are basic guidelines for contact lens use and storage; always follow your optometrist’s or physician’s instructions for wearing and caring for your contact lenses.

Although contact lenses are a great vision correction solution that offer a wider field of vision than glasses, they might not be right for everyone. Here are a few conditions that may make wearing contact lenses challenging or ill-advised.

  • You are prone to eye infections or have highly sensitive eyes.
  • You either live or work in highly dusty conditions.
  • You experience significant allergies – watery, itchy eyes – with symptoms that persist even when they are being treated.
  • Your lifestyle or living situation makes it difficult for you to maintain your contact lenses properly.

Discuss your vision correction options with your optometrist before deciding on a solution.

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Digital Lens Announcement

Optiexpress is pleased to announce that We are now licensed to manufacture digital lenses. These lenses deliver a far Higher quality of vision than even the finest non-digital lenses could ever possibly achieve. The result is sharp vision, Not only when looking straight ahead, but Even on the lens edges peripherally! Many Patients have complained about and endured poor peripheral vision through their eyeglasses in the past. Now, with this excellent optical technology, that problem has been solved. These lenses are available in clear, transitions, and polarized. Come by soon, and let us help you look and see your best!

What is the Correct Age for Contact Lenses?

What is the Correct Age for Contact Lenses?

Many children who wear glasses look forward to a time when they can switch to contact lenses, but it can be a challenge for parents to determine the right age. While there is no definitive age when a person is ready to bear the responsibility of contact lenses, there are a few things parents should keep in mind before allowing their child to make the leap from glasses to contacts.

Some mild vision impairments may be corrected, or improved, by wearing contact lenses.

There have been numerous studies indicating that certain types of contact lenses – known as Rigid Gas Permeable or RGPs – may help slow the growth of the eye, which may inhibit further development of nearsightedness (myopia). These lenses are designed specifically to facilitate a temporary reshaping of the cornea, and to address mild but progressive nearsightedness. They may be used on patients as young as 8-years-old.

Contact lenses require scrupulous sanitizing to be worn safely.

If your child isn’t fastidiously clean, then wearing contact lenses responsibly may be a challenge. Contacts must be kept sterile, and if your child can’t be relied upon to wash her hands thoroughly or keep a tidy room, then she might not be ready for contact lenses. If your child routinely loses, breaks, or scratches her glasses, then she likely won’t properly care for contacts.

Contact lenses are good for athletic children.

If your child is a part of a sports team, then you should consider contact lenses. Contact lenses are safer than eyeglasses, as they allow children a greater range of visibility, eliminate the risk of broken glasses, and allow for the wearing of protective eye gear.

If you are in the Cape Coral or Fort Meyers community and your child wants to transition from glasses to contacts, visit the eyecare professionals at OptiExpress. We are a comprehensive eyecare center, specializing in eye exams and contact lens fittings for the whole family.


People are often surprised when they discover in their forties that the can no longer see clearly up close without reading glasses. Are there people that can avoid this problem? No. That’s because the human lens that focuses for close vision loses its elasticity with time, and there are no exceptions to this problem. If someone can see up close without glasses in their mid forties, it’s because they are nearsighted, and don’t need to focus up close. The price they pay, is that they can’t see far away without glasses. Multi -focal glasses and contact lenses are used for presbyopia, which is the loss of focusing power to compensate for this problem. At Optiexpress we offer many interesting solutions to help people see clearly up close again. We look forward to helping you too.

5 Ways You Can Protect Your Eyesight

5 Ways You Can Protect Your Eyesight

It’s easy to take ocular health for granted. However, more than 15 percent of all adults will experience a severe vision problem as they age. Conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts are age-related, but they can be forestalled and even prevented with the right strategies and lifestyle choices. Here are a few.

Get routine eye exams.

Catching eye diseases and vision-threatening conditions early is crucial to successful treatment. If you don’t get regular eye checks, schedule one immediately.

Get routine physical exams.

Medical disorders like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to vision deterioration and eye health issues – not to mention other serious complications. Getting these conditions diagnosed and treated may save your vision, and your life.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle.


Plenty of regular exercise and a nutritious, high-fiber diet will help preserve your eye health as well as your overall health.

Wear sunglasses.

UV rays can damage your eyes severely; failing to protect your eyes from the sun can make you high-risk for abnormal eye growths and cataracts. Always wear sunglasses with a 100 percent UV protection factor.

Don’t smoke.

This goes hand-in-hand with adopting a healthy lifestyle, but important enough to deserve its own category. Smoking doubles your chances of retinal deterioration.

If you’re part of the Cape Coral or Fort Meyers Florida community, come by OptiExpress for a comprehensive eye exam. We not only offer compassionate eye care for the whole family, we also have an extensive selection of designer glasses and fantastic deals!

4 Eye-Damaging Habits You May Not Know You Have

4 Eye-Damaging Habits You May Not Know You Have

Even if you have excellent eye health, you may be treating your eyes poorly without realizing it! Here are a few eye habits you should definitely break if you want to keep your eyes merry and bright.

Failing to wear sun glasses.

We wear sunglasses for fashion and comfort, but they’re more than just an accessory. UV saturation can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts later in life, so it’s important to wear UV ray-blocking sunglasses. And don’t think that cloud cover can protect you from exposure – if clouds are patchy, the rays can become more intense.

Failing to wear protective eyewear

If you’re handling caustic chemicals or performing maintenance work that may expose your eyes to particulate matter, wear protective glasses or goggles.

Most of us have used drain opening fluid at one time or another, but it doesn’t occur to us to wear protective glasses. However, many commercial drain openers contain lye, which can severely damage your eyes if it’s splashed in. Doing yard work or small home repairs can also expose our eyes to particles that can scratch our eyes or cause an infection.

Rubbing your eyes.

Eye-rubbing seems harmless enough, but rubbing the eyes, particularly with bare hands, can lead to eye infections. The pressure can also be damaging to vision in the long-term.

Staring at a computer or smartphone screen for extended periods.

Digital eye strain from staring at the blue light from a computer screen can cause significant discomfort, including headaches, dry eyes, blurry vision, and neck pain. Taking periodic breaks – every 20 minutes or so – may help alleviate the symptoms. There has also been promising research on the efficacy of blue light blocking glasses.

OptiExpress helps patients in the Florida communities of Cape Coral and Fort Meyers preserve their eye health and protect their vision. For a comprehensive eye exam, or to take advantage of our great deals on glasses and contacts, visit one of our locations today!

Caring for Your Lenses – Tips for Contacts and Glasses

Caring for Your Lenses – Tips for Contacts and Glasses

Neither glasses nor contact lenses will perform at their peak without proper care. Here are a few things to remember if you want to preserve your lenses.

Care for Glasses – Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t use tissues on lenses. Tissues and napkins may feel soft, but they contain wood particles that leave scratches on lenses.
  • Don’t use ammonia glass cleaner. Cleaners – window cleaners or counter cleaners – will erode protective lens coatings over time.
  • Do purchase a microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses. Lint-free microfiber cloths are your best bet for cleaning glasses. Their fiber surfaces are far smaller than other types of cloth, making them softer and less prone to scratching. Moreover, their porous surfaces allow them to pick up a lot of smudges and dirt — even without the use of a liquid cleaner.
  • Do use eyeglasses cleaner. Eyeglass cleaners are formulated for soft eyeglass lenses, and can be safely used for the lifetime of your glasses. There are also pre-moistened towelettes specifically for glasses.

Care for Contact Lenses – Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t use tap water on your lenses. Tap water isn’t sterile, and will contaminate your lenses. You might also drop a lens down the drain.
  • Don’t store your lenses reused storage solution. Always empty and refill your storage case with fresh storage solution
  • Do use the specific lens care system supplied by your optometrist. Do not use different lens care solutions for previous sets of contact lenses. Solutions should not be mixed.
  • Do wash and dry hands before handling contact lenses. Use a mild hand soap free of fragrances, and always use lint-free towels to dry them.

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