To help your eye care provider help you choose the right eyeglasses for your vision and lifestyle needs, it is important that you share with them as much information as possible about your work, recreational activities, and any other factors that might influence the glasses they recommend for you. Think of it this way – you need to “tell your story” to your eye care provider, and that story includes your daily viewing habits and any problems or symptoms you are experiencing.
- Tell your story – tell your eye care provider as much as you can about your vision and viewing habits. Talk about your smart phone, tablet and computer usage, how often you watch TV, whether you read books on a device, if you are reading paperwork all day, and how much time you spend outdoors. Supplying your eye care provider with as much information as possible, and asking them questions, will help them generate questions for you and arrive at recommendations that best suit your needs.
- Remember why you made the appointment in the first place – Do you work on a computer 7-8 hours each day and then come home and read the news on a tablet? Do you have headaches at the end of the day? Is your vision blurry? Do you need prescription sunglasses? Tell the provider exactly why you are there if it is for any other reason than just a checkup.
- Be honest – Receiving the correct prescription is up to you. When your eye care provider asks you to rate the lens strength as “better one” or “better two,” take your time and assess which one truly is better. Sometimes there is no difference and that is what the eye care provider needs to know too.
- Be open to more than one pair of glasses – These are your eyes and they are the only pair you have. Revisit your “story” and lifestyle – if you are having difficulty focusing when you read, you may need lenses for near vision and also lenses for distance. Similarly, you made need lenses that you wear specifically when using the computer at work, and then different lenses when you are working out on a cross country run in the bright sunlight. You have more than one pair of shoes for different activities, and you may need more than one pair of glasses.
- Remember, it is about the frames and the lenses – The lenses and frames work together, as a package, complementing one another to ensure you have the fashion, fit, and function you need from your eyeglasses.