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Prescription Reading Glasses vs. Over-the-Counter Readers

Can cheap reading glasses harm your eyes?

Picking up a pair of reading glasses from the drugstore rack is common practice. It’s a quick, effortless solution for buying readers. However, over-the-counter readers may not be precisely what your eyes need. Our eye doctors in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom and Sacramento explain the differences between these readers and prescription reading glasses from our optical stores.

The power of prescription lenses

Drugstore reading glasses are available in various strengths, also known as powers, and both lenses in the frames come in the same power. Typically, you’ll find them in ranges from +0.75 to +4.00. However, if you have astigmatism or any vision condition, these readers won’t address it. Prescription reading glasses from our optical are crafted to satisfy your complete visual requirements.

PD – Pupillary distance

PD is the distance measured from the center of one pupil to the other, and it determines the optical center of each lens. Over-the-counter readers are made with an average PD of 60-63mm, but not everyone’s measurement falls within these parameters. Reading from glasses with an incorrect PD can affect vision quality, leading to headaches, double vision and eyestrain.

Prescription glasses offer more value

Prescription glasses can come with anti-reflective coatings to reduce the amount of light that reflects off your lenses, improving vision and decreasing eyestrain – especially in artificial light. We also provide coatings that prevent dirt, oil and water from adhering to the lenses, so they’re easier to clean.

Nowadays, many people do the bulk of their reading from a computer, tablet or phone. Consequently, our eyes are constantly bombarded with unnatural blue light that can cause eye fatigue, dry eye, disrupted sleep and fuzzy vision. That’s why our prescription reading glasses can be purchased with built-in blue light protection.

Like all things in life, you get what you pay for. OTC reading glasses may be cheaper, but they don’t come with the precision and lens coatings that we provide at our Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom and Sacramento eye care centers.

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.

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What Sunglasses Tint is Right for You?

Hints about tints to boost your sports vision

People tend to view sunglasses as a fashion accessory for the summer, along with being a way to safeguard eyes against UV rays. Yet, your designer frames can add much more to your life. Depending on the tint of the lenses, sunglasses can also enhance or distort colors. This gives them the ability to sharpen your sight in certain situations, which is particularly valuable for sports vision.

How do you know which sunglasses tint will work best for your lifestyle? When you choose a pair of designer frames from one of our optical stores in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom and Sacramento, our eye care staff will discuss your daily needs – such as the type of activities you do that require crisp sports vision, and how do you spend your summer – in order to select the right tinted lenses for your sunglasses.

Each tint filters light differently

Here’s our eye doctor’s helpful guide for choosing sunglasses:

  • Gray – A popular neutral tint that enables you to perceive pure colors. Gray tints diminish glare and brightness on a sunny summer day. They’re good for running, golf and biking, and they provide clear vision for driving.
  • Yellow/Orange – These colors are great at increasing contrast in low-light or hazy conditions, however, they can also distort colors. Yellow shades can be ideal for snow activities and indoor ball sports.
  • Green – Green tints reduce glare, filter blue light, and provide visual sharpness with high contrast. When playing precision sports, such as baseball, tennis or golf, green tints can upgrade your sports vision.
  • Amber/Brown – Both of these tints block blue light and lower glare, so they can brighten your vision on cloudy days. Because they block blue light, they also sharpen contrast and visual acuity, especially against green and blue backgrounds – such as grass and sky. They’re a good match for fishing, golf, hunting, baseball, water sports, and cycling.
  • Rose/Red – A red-tinted lens can enhance contrast for partly cloudy conditions. It also allows you to see well while riding or jogging under shady trees in dim light.
  • Purple – Purple provides contrast against green backgrounds, which is especially useful for tennis or golf.

Tints for prescription lenses

If you require prescription lenses to see clearly, tinted lenses are not a problem. At our eye care centers in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom and Sacramento, we craft sunglasses with a wide range of tints and protection against UV rays for all vision prescriptions.

To discuss which tint is best for your sports vision needs, stop in to consult with our experienced staff at EYEcenter Optometric – your expert eye care center near me. In addition to tinted lenses, we also offer photochromic Transitions lenses and a variety of optional lens coatings.

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.

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Old Frames with New Lenses, or New Designer Frames? What to Buy?

See the pros and cons of both optical options

When your vision prescription changes, you’ll need new eyeglasses lenses. Most patients are excited to choose a new pair of designer frames from our trending optical collections in Citrus Heights and Gold River, California . However, some customers question whether they can just fit new lenses into their old frames. What’s the bottom line?

In general, it’s best to buy new frames, because using old frames can lead to a range of problems. Here’s a rundown of the reasons we don’t usually recommend fitting new lenses into old frames:

Pros of buying new designer frames

  • Old frames must be heated to take out the old lenses, and then they are reheated to insert the new lenses. This process ages the frames and increases their risk of cracking, splitting, or breaking.
  • You won’t ever be without a pair of glasses while you send your old frames for refitting
  • Most optical stores offer a deal when you buy a new frame at the same time as your new lenses
  • You can leave your old frames as a spare pair
  • Buying new designer frames reduces the chances of frame breakage after a few months
  • It’s much easier to adjust new frames when they bend out of shape or feel uncomfortable on your face
  • If any eyeglass parts break, it’s much easier to find replacement parts for new designer frames
  • You get to update your style

Cons of buying new frames

  • It can be more costly
  • If you’re attached to the look of your old frames, you’ll need to adjust to your new appearance

Still not sure what to do? Let us look at your old frames!

If you feel very strongly about using your old frames and reglazing them with a new pair of lenses, please let us look at them to help you make the final decision. Our optical staff will assess the old frames for any corrosion, dry or brittle parts, or loose hinges or screws. We’ll also check to see if your old frames are still in production, so we can order replacement parts if something breaks while putting in the new lenses. Bring your old frames to our optical stores in Gold River and Citrus Heights, California , and we’ll be happy to take a look, as well as show you new options from our high quality selection of designer frames!


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.

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