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How To Prevent Your Lenses From Scratching

If you wear glasses, then you know what a nuisance a scratched lens can be. Scratched or chipped lenses can interfere with your vision, making glasses uncomfortable to wear. Here’s what we recommend to keep your lenses scratch-free.

How to Avoid eScratching Your Lenses

Use a Protective Case

Using a sturdy eyeglass case will prolong the life of your lenses. No matter what kind of glasses you wear — standard, sunglasses, bifocal — you’ll want to protect them.

Be sure to choose a hard case with a soft inner lining and always have one on hand, either in your purse, backpack, or car.

When placing the glasses in their case, make sure the lenses are facing downwards, as this can reduce the risk of them being scratched. Additionally, avoid putting anything else in the case along with the glasses, especially sharp or metal objects.

Choose Anti-Scratch Lenses

Although no lenses are completely scratch-proof, there are certain coatings that can be added to the front and back of your lenses to make them more scratch resistant. Many lenses already come with this option, but sometimes it’s an optional addition. Anti-scratch coatings are particularly helpful for children’s glasses.

Remove Your Glasses Carefully

Handle your glasses by the temples (arms) and not the rims. This way, your fingers avoid the frame and lens area altogether, reducing the chance of inadvertently scratching them. Additionally, holding them by the temples with both hands ensures a better grip, so you’ll be less likely to drop them.

Set Them Down Properly

Never put glasses down with the lenses facing downward, unless it’s into a lens case. If you need to put them down and don’t have a case, rest them with the temples open and upside down — glasses tend to be more stable in this position.

Avoid placing them in a place where they’ll be easily knocked over or splashed on, like near a sink. Setting them down in the same place consistently will also reduce your risk of losing them.

Use the Right Lens Cleaner

It’s all too common for people to wipe their glasses with their clothing or other abrasive material. Doing so can scratch the lenses, especially if they’re dry.

Always clean your lenses with a soft microfiber cloth and specialized lens cleaning solution, items your optometrist’s office can provide.

When to Visit Your Optometrist

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely prevent your lenses from ever becoming scratched over their lifetime. Once they are scratched, there is little that can be done to repair the lenses. Most of the time the lenses need to be replaced.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we offer a wide array of frames and lenses, so you’re sure to find a pair to suit your eyes and needs.

Call EYEcenter Optometric in to schedule your eye exam or with any further questions.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Herring

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Sacramento, California. Visit EYEcenter optometric for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

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REFERENCES

https://www.southparkoptical.com/how-to-avoid-scratches-on-your-glasses

https://www.allaboutvision.com/eyeglasses/how-to-clean-glasses.htm#:~:text=To%20avoid%20scratches%2C%20blow%20any,you%20clean%20the%20cloths%20frequently

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-remove-scratches-from-glasses

How do I get Contact Lenses?

Many people love the convenience and quality vision of contact lenses.

If you are interested in wearing lenses instead of eyeglasses, we’ll help you with all that you need

At EYEcenter Optometric, our eye doctors will examine your eyes to determine if you’re a good candidate for contacts, and we’ll fit you with the best type for your visual requirements.

We offer comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings in our offices located conveniently in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Lee, will examine your eyes thoroughly to make sure that no health or eye issues will interfere with wearing contact lenses. We will also determine your accurate vision prescription, so that your eyesight is crystal-clear.

If everything checks out well, then it’s time for your contact lens consultation and fitting.

Contact Lens Consultation in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California,Our eye doctors will begin with a discussion about your lifestyle, visual requirements and preferences for contact lenses.

We appreciate each patient as an individual, and we’ll listen to your expectations and answer your questions.

Some considerations you may have when choosing contacts:

  • Do you want lenses for every day, or just for certain occasions or activities?
  • Do you want to change your eye color?
  • How frequently do you want to replace your contacts? There are daily wear options or extended wear lenses.
  • Do you prefer soft or hard lenses? Soft lenses are most popular, but hard lenses have their advantages. They offer high oxygen permeability, provide crisp vision and are durable.

Your Contact Lens Fitting

After a comprehensive exam of your eye health and vision by Dr. Lee, we ’ll measure your eyes for contact lenses. There are many corneal variations, and one size of contacts doesn’t fit all eyes.

We will measure:

  • Corneal curvature: Using a keratometer, we’ll find the curvature of your cornea, which is needed to choose the best diameter and curve for your contacts. Corneal mapping is also sometimes used to provide a highly detailed image of your cornea. If you have an irregular corneal surface due to astigmatism, you may need toric lenses, available in hard and soft versions.
  • Iris and pupil size: Using either a basic ruler or template, or a specialized lighted tool called a slit lamp, we will measure your iris and pupils. These sizes will help us to determine the best contact lens design for you.
  • Evaluation of your tear film: Sufficient moisture is needed on your cornea in order to keep your eyes and contact lenses well lubricated. With dry eyes, contact lens wearing may not be suitable.
    We will perform this test either by placing a strip of paper on your lower eyelid to measure moisture, or by using liquid dye and a slit lamp to see your tears.
  • Trial lenses:The best way to confirm the ideal contact lenses for you is by using trial lenses.
  • Contact lenses: will be inserted and our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to check the position and movement of your contacts. You’ll be asked to blink and move your gaze in all directions and to provide feedback about how the contacts feel.
  • Trial wearing time is generally about 15 minutes, and then if the contact lenses feel good and appear to fit well, you’ll be instructed on how to care for them. We will provide you with guidelines on how long to wear them, as well as information on proper care and handling.

Your contact lens prescription

Once we find lenses for you that provide clear vision, fit properly and feel good, we’ll issue a prescription, which includes:

  • Power of each contact lens
  • Lens curvature (base curve)
  • Lens diameter
  • Manufacturer and name of the lenses

Follow-up visits, After your initial fitting, we’ll provide follow-up visits in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California.

Our optometrists will verify that your eyes are healthy, with quality vision and no damage from the lenses. If needed, we’ll change the materials or fit of your contacts, or you may be advised to change your wearing time. If everything is good, you should schedule a routine yearly exam to make sure that nothing has changed with your eyes and eyesight.

Call EYEcenter Optometric on (916) 945-9411 - Folsom in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Lee.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

What’s In a Contact Lens?

Learn How Contact Lenses are Made

Contact lenses are immensely popular, with a wide variety of types to fit almost every individual and their vision condition. New materials and modern technology have led to increased comfort, higher convenience, and sharper vision with contacts. In response, many people are now making the switch away from wearing eyeglasses for vision correction. At EYEcenter Optometric, our expert optometrist, Dr. Lee, performs eye exams and fittings for contact lenses regularly.

How & What Are Contact Lenses Made Of?

There are two main types of lenses: Soft Contacts, and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP).

Soft contact lenses are usually manufactured by a process called injection molding. The lens material is heated until melting point and then injected into a mold. Once the material dries, it takes on the contact lens shape of the mold. Sometimes, extra material must be removed before polishing this lens.

Most of the time, hydrogel is used as the material for soft lenses.
This polymer is very water-absorbent, and a high water content allows more oxygen to reach the eye. Some soft contact lenses contain as much as 70% water! One drawback is that a high quantity of water also increases the size of the lens, which some people find irritating.
Less water leads to a thinner, more comfortable lens.

Soft lenses made from silicone hydrogel are newer on the scene. This advanced materials enables increased oxygen permeability without the added size of larger lenses. Many of our patients in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California, report high comfort satisfaction with their silicone hydrogel lenses.

Rigid gas permeable lenses are sculpted into shape with the aid of specialized lathe cutting tools. Lens material is carved into a precision-cut lens and then polished. The level of accuracy and precision used to make RGP lenses is superior to soft contact lenses. In general, this process is therefore used for more complex lens prescriptions and shapes, such as progressive lenses.

Hard contact lenses are composed of hard polymers (plastics) that have a naturally high porosity.

Therefore, a large quantity of oxygen reaches the eye efficiently – without any water content in the lens. Flourine is added to RGP lenses to enhance oxygen permeability, as it acts to form microscopic pores in the solid lenses. This facilitates long-term, healthy wearing of hard lenses. After an adjustment period for your eyes to adapt to hard lenses, you’ll benefit from crisp visual clarity.

How Are Colored Contacts Made?

Colored contacts enhance or change your look with a new eye color. Typically, advanced color technology is used to tint the area of the soft contact lenses that covers the primary pigment of your eye.

While your eyes will appear different to others, your clear and transparent vision won’t be affected. Available only by prescription, our Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River optometrist will help you choose the most appropriate colored contacts for your eyes!

Where Can I Find Quality Contact Lenses Near Me?

In addition to answering your questions about how contact lenses are made, our Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River team is pleased to answer this question too!

If you’re looking for an alternative to eyeglasses, our optometrist will perform a thorough eye examination for contact lenses.

We’ll fit you with the ideal lenses – either soft contacts, rigid gas permeable, and specialty types, such as progressive lenses and colored contacts – in our hi-tech office.

Call EYEcenter Optometric on (916) 945-9411 - Folsom in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Lee.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

How do I get Contact Lenses?

Many people love the convenience and quality vision of contact lenses.

If you are interested in wearing lenses instead of eyeglasses, we’ll help you with all that you need

At EYEcenter Optometric, our eye doctors will examine your eyes to determine if you’re a good candidate for contacts, and we’ll fit you with the best type for your visual requirements.

We offer comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings in our offices located conveniently in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Lee, will examine your eyes thoroughly to make sure that no health or eye issues will interfere with wearing contact lenses. We will also determine your accurate vision prescription, so that your eyesight is crystal-clear.

If everything checks out well, then it’s time for your contact lens consultation and fitting.

Contact Lens Consultation in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California,Our eye doctors will begin with a discussion about your lifestyle, visual requirements and preferences for contact lenses.

We appreciate each patient as an individual, and we’ll listen to your expectations and answer your questions.

Some considerations you may have when choosing contacts:

  • Do you want lenses for every day, or just for certain occasions or activities?
  • Do you want to change your eye color?
  • How frequently do you want to replace your contacts? There are daily wear options or extended wear lenses.
  • Do you prefer soft or hard lenses? Soft lenses are most popular, but hard lenses have their advantages. They offer high oxygen permeability, provide crisp vision and are durable.

Your Contact Lens Fitting

After a comprehensive exam of your eye health and vision by Dr. Lee, we ’ll measure your eyes for contact lenses. There are many corneal variations, and one size of contacts doesn’t fit all eyes.

We will measure:

  • Corneal curvature: Using a keratometer, we’ll find the curvature of your cornea, which is needed to choose the best diameter and curve for your contacts. Corneal mapping is also sometimes used to provide a highly detailed image of your cornea. If you have an irregular corneal surface due to astigmatism, you may need toric lenses, available in hard and soft versions.
  • Iris and pupil size: Using either a basic ruler or template, or a specialized lighted tool called a slit lamp, we will measure your iris and pupils. These sizes will help us to determine the best contact lens design for you.
  • Evaluation of your tear film: Sufficient moisture is needed on your cornea in order to keep your eyes and contact lenses well lubricated. With dry eyes, contact lens wearing may not be suitable.
    We will perform this test either by placing a strip of paper on your lower eyelid to measure moisture, or by using liquid dye and a slit lamp to see your tears.
  • Trial lenses:The best way to confirm the ideal contact lenses for you is by using trial lenses.
  • Contact lenses: will be inserted and our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to check the position and movement of your contacts. You’ll be asked to blink and move your gaze in all directions and to provide feedback about how the contacts feel.
  • Trial wearing time is generally about 15 minutes, and then if the contact lenses feel good and appear to fit well, you’ll be instructed on how to care for them. We will provide you with guidelines on how long to wear them, as well as information on proper care and handling.

Your contact lens prescription

Once we find lenses for you that provide clear vision, fit properly and feel good, we’ll issue a prescription, which includes:

  • Power of each contact lens
  • Lens curvature (base curve)
  • Lens diameter
  • Manufacturer and name of the lenses

Follow-up visits, After your initial fitting, we’ll provide follow-up visits in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California.

Our optometrists will verify that your eyes are healthy, with quality vision and no damage from the lenses. If needed, we’ll change the materials or fit of your contacts, or you may be advised to change your wearing time. If everything is good, you should schedule a routine yearly exam to make sure that nothing has changed with your eyes and eyesight.

Call EYEcenter Optometric on (916) 945-9411 - Folsom in Folsom, Rocklin, Citrus Heights & Gold River, California to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Lee.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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