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Which Glasses Should People With Astigmatism Wear?

Eyeglasses come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made from several different materials. For patients with astigmatism, the lens material and frame shape all play a role in providing clear and comfortable vision.

Below, we’ll explain what astigmatism is and which glasses are best suited for astigmatic eyes.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common eye condition caused by an irregularly curved cornea or lens. It affects about 30% of North Americans.

When the cornea or lens is misshapen, it changes how incoming light is refracted onto the retina.

Symptoms of astigmatism include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Frequent squinting when trying to focus on an object

Very often, astigmatism accompanies either nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).

Best Glasses For Astigmatism

Frame Shape and Size

Flatter frames are better for astigmatism. Wraparound or curved frames can bend the light in a way that distorts your vision. Also, be sure to choose a frame that sits securely on the bridge of your nose to keep your vision clear and in focus.

Lens Material

Higher levels of astigmatism often require a thinner type of lens than standard lenses. High index or Trivex lenses are often used for high prescriptions.

Standard plastic lenses are less expensive and can be helpful for low levels of astigmatism.

Specialized Lens Coatings

Every time you order glasses, you have the option of adding on custom coatings to suit your optical needs. Some available options are anti-scratch, UV-blocking, and blue-light blocking.

People with astigmatism may want to opt for anti-glare or anti-reflective coatings to increase the amount of light that enters the eye. Keeping your lenses clean is also important for accessing the most amount of light for a clearer image.

Local Optical vs. Online

When it comes to astigmatism, it’s best to purchase your eyewear from your local optometrist rather than from online sources. Although it may be more affordable to shop online, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to have your glasses adjusted if necessary, and personalized to fit your face.

Purchasing eyewear online also increases the risk of manufacturing errors and ill-fitting features.

Need Glasses? We Can Help!

At EYEcenter Optometric in Citrus Heights, we offer a wide range of eyewear to choose from, whether you have myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or a combination.

Our experienced and skilled optical team will help you find the best glasses for your eyes and personal style.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about what we offer, contact EYEcenter Optometric in Citrus Heights today!

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 Are Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings?

When ordering a new pair of glasses your optometrist will ask whether you want to customize your lenses. One of the most popular options: anti-reflective (AR) lens coatings that reduce glare.

Below, we’ll explain how AR coatings work and why they’re so favored.

What Are Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings?

AR coatings are lens enhancements that reduce glare from the front and back surfaces of each lens. They help to improve how light is transmitted through the lens, and into your eye. Most anti-reflective coatings allow 99.5% of light to pass through the lens, compared to 92% with regular lenses.

This specialized coating is a microscopic layer of metal oxides that neutralize reflections.

What Are Some Benefits of AR Coatings?

Lenses without AR coatings have visible glare, which means that light is being reflected off of their surfaces, reducing the amount of light passing through the lens. This can impair the clarity and contrast of your vision, especially at night.

Driving at night becomes much easier when you have AR coatings on your glasses. The halos around vehicle lights are greatly diminished.

AR coatings can also reduce eye fatigue and certain symptoms of digital eye strain. Because your eyes receive more light, they don’t have to work as hard to capture a clear image.

Another benefit of AR coatings: they improve the appearance of your glasses and your eyes. Whoever is looking at you won’t be distracted by reflections and glare bouncing off your glasses. Instead, they’ll have a clear view of your eyes, allowing for better eye contact.

Anti-reflective coatings can be applied to regular eyeglasses as well as sunglasses, for optimal clarity throughout your day.

If you think AR coatings are right for you, we can help! To schedule an appointment, call Palmer N. Lee, O.D. in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, and Sacramento today.

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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Why Are Blue Eyes More Sensitive To Light?

Did you know that blue eyes don’t contain any blue pigment? They appear blue due to how the light reacts with the structures of the iris.

In fact, the top layer of a blue iris doesn’t contain any pigment at all. This lack of pigment is the reason that blue-eyed people may be more sensitive to bright light and have a greater need to wear sunglasses than their brown-eyed counterparts.

Why Do Your Eyes Need Sun Protection?

Eyes of all colors need shielding from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to UV light can contribute to the formation of short-term and long-term eye conditions such as corneal sunburn and macular degeneration.

That’s why it’s so important to choose high-quality sunwear with 100% UV blocking lenses, and to throw on a sun hat for an added layer of protection.

UV protection is important for individuals of all ages—especially children—who are more susceptible than adults to the sun’s harmful rays, and tend to spend more time outdoors. It is estimated that up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV rays happens before the age of 18.

Why are Blue Eyes More Sensitive to Light?

Lighter colored eyes like blue, hazel and green have less of a pigment called ‘melanin’ than brown eyes do.

Melanin helps protect the retina from UV damage and blue light, putting those with blue eyes at a higher risk of developing UV-related eye damage.

If you have blue eyes, you may have experienced this first-hand. Bright light may be uncomfortable or you may want to reach for your shades as soon as you leave the house on a sunny day.

That’s why optometrists urge blue-eyed patients to be particularly vigilant about UV protection, so as to mitigate their chances of developing eye disease and other complications.

How We Can Help

Whether you have blue eyes or not, sunglasses are an important part of keeping your eyes healthy for a lifetime.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we’ll be happy to advise on the perfect high-quality and protective pair of sunglasses to suit your needs and personal style.

To learn more about the eye care services we offer or to schedule an eye exam, contact EYEcenter Optometric in Citrus Heights today!

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Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Randy Fuerst F.A.A.O., O.D.

Q 1: Should I wear sunglasses even when it’s not sunny outside?

  • A: Yes! You should wear your sunglasses whenever outdoors during the day, even on an overcast, winter day. UV light can pass through clouds and reflect off surfaces like car windows and pavement.

Q 2: What type of sunglasses are the most suitable for blue eyes?

  • A: The most protective sunglasses are wraparound sunglasses that protect the eyes from every angle. You can also opt for photochromic lenses, which offer total UV protection but only become tinted when exposed to outdoor sunlight, and turn clear when you come indoors again. Your optometrist can help you choose the best lens and frame options for your needs and lifestyle.

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

Understanding Eye Refraction

Our eyes need light in order to see. While we do not understand every aspect of light, we do know how it travels. A ray of light can be reflected, deflected, absorbed, or bent. When light travels through a lens or water, its path is refracted or bent. When the light that enters the eye does not focus directly on the retina, it causes a refractive error.

What Are Refractive Errors?

Refractive errors are a type of vision problem that makes it difficult for a person to see clearly. Checking for refractive errors is the primary part of the standard eye exam. They can be treated with the help of prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. There are four main types of refractive errors:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Presbyopia (inability of the lens to focus)
  • Astigmatism (a refractive issue based on the shape of the eyes’ cornea)

How Do The Eyes See?

The eye contains certain structures that contain refractive properties similar to lenses or water, and can bend light rays into a specific point of focus. This is essential for sharp vision.

Most eye refraction occurs when rays of light travel through the curved, clear front surface of the eye (cornea). The eye’s lens then further bends light rays..

The process of vision begins when rays of light reflect off objects and pass through the eye’s optical system. The rays of light are then refracted and focused into a point of sharp focus. For clear vision, the focus point should be on the retina, the back part of the eye. The retina has nerves to capture the light rays The retinal nerves transmit signals through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain, where they are interpreted.

What Is Eye Refraction?

Eye refraction is how the power for a person’s eyeglasses or contact lenses is calculated. This measurement is based on the curve of the cornea, the lens, and the length of the eye. The optical prescription is determined by the refraction test, also known as a vision test, which is part of your standard eye examination. This refraction allows your eye doctor to provide the eyeglass or contact lens prescription to achieve clear vision.

Eyes change as we age and regular testing helps your eye doctor learn if you need a new prescription. Schedule a refraction test at EYEcenter Optometric in , Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, Sacramento.

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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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.

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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.

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Things to Know Before Purchasing Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays is critical to good eye health. The intense ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun damage sensitive cells in the eyes. Studies have shown that sun exposure may increase your chances of developing eye conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, later in life.

Here are some facts about sun exposure and sunglasses you should know before purchasing your next pair.

  • Even on cloudy days the UV index can be dangerously high, so wear sunglasses year-round!
  • Overexposure to the sun can cause damage to the cornea, tissue growth on the surface of the eyes, as well as skin cancer on the eyelids.
  • Sun damage may contribute to the development of cataracts.
  • People with light-colored eyes are at higher risk for sun damage to the eyes.
  • The FDA recommends choosing sunglasses with a UVA/UVB rating of 100% to get the most UV protection.
  • Even if your contact lenses offer UV protection, you should still wear sunglasses.
  • You don’t need to have extremely dark sunglasses for them to offer protection. Neutral gray, amber, brown, and green lenses can be as effective as dark lenses, if they have a UVA/UVB rating of 100%.
  • Children need UV protection even more than adults as their eyes naturally block out less UV rays than those of adults’.
  • Small infants should always be shaded from direct exposure to the sun.

Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses, year-round. For more prevention tips contact EYEcenter Optometric today!

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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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.

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How to Choose the Right Lenses for Your Glasses

Buying glasses is no easy task because there are so many elements to consider. Not everyone has the time to research eyeglass lens materials, designs and coatings.

To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of different lenses and coatings that offer the best features for your needs.

Types of Lenses and Coatings

Glass lenses

All eyeglass lenses used to be made from glass. Although they offer excellent optics, they’re heavy and can easily crack and break, which can cause harm to the eye. This is why it is very rare to come across such lenses nowadays.

Plastic lenses

Lenses for eyeglasses moved from glass to plastic in the early 1980s as lightweight plastic eyeglass lenses (CR-39) weigh half of what glass lenses weighs, cost less, and possess exceptional optics.

Polycarbonate lenses

Originally these types of lenses were used for safety glasses. Later on, they were used for regular glasses. Polycarbonate is lighter and significantly more impact-resistant than CR-39 plastic, making it a preferred material for children’s eyewear, safety glasses and sports eyewear.

Trivex lenses

Trivex is a urethane-based pre-polymer. It is a newer lightweight eyeglass lens material that is a stronger, more resistant, clearer alternative to standard polycarbonate.

High-index plastic lenses

In response to the demand for thinner, lighter eyeglasses, a number of lens manufacturers have introduced high-index plastic lenses. These lenses are thinner and lighter than other plastic lenses (CR-39) because they have a higher index of refraction and may also have a lower specific gravity.

Anti-scratch coating

Most of today’s modern anti-scratch coatings (also called permagard or hard coats) can make your eyeglass lenses nearly as scratch-resistant as glass.

Anti-reflective coating

Anti-reflective (AR) coating eliminates reflections in lenses that reduce contrast and clarity, especially at night. AR-coated lenses are also much less likely to have glare spots in photographs.

UV-blocking treatment

Cumulative exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation over a person’s lifetime has been associated with age-related eye problems including cataracts and macular degeneration.

Thankfully, polycarbonate and nearly all high-index plastic lenses have 100 percent UV protection built-in, due to the absorptive characteristics of the lens material.

But if you choose CR-39 plastic lenses, be aware that these lenses need an added coating applied to provide equal UV protection afforded by other lens materials.

Photochromic treatment

This lens treatment enables eyeglass lenses to darken automatically in response to the sun’s UV and high-energy visible (HEV) light rays, and then quickly return to clear (or nearly clear) when indoors. Photochromic lenses are available in virtually all lens materials and designs.

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Why You Should Trust Your Optical Over Online Stores

We won’t argue with you – online shopping can be very easy and convenient. Without budging from the sofa, you can browse a variety of eyeglasses and click to buy. But plenty of risks lurk in every purchase you make from an online optical! Let’s compare the dangers and disadvantages of choosing new frames from a website versus the benefits of buying eyeglasses from our reliable optical in Citrus Heights and Folsom.

Cons of Buying Eyeglasses Online

  • The whole shopping experience is impersonal. No caring optician or eye care staff will listen to your visual requirements and lifestyle preferences to recommend the best, most reliable eyeglasses options.
  • You can’t ask an optician for a first-hand opinion of how you look
  • There’s no eye doctor to check that the fit of your frames is optimal; you’re on your own, left guessing about the right bridge span or pupillary distance.
  • Many optical stores have special deals with eyeglasses manufacturers, which enables you to receive rebates and discounts that are only available locally. Often, this makes your final cost less expensive.
  • Not all optical websites accept vision insurance.
  • Many studies show that over 50% of eyeglasses bought online were crafted with the wrong prescription or fit.

Pros of Purchasing Eyeglasses from Our Optical in Citrus Heights and Folsom

In our friendly local office, we strive to fulfill each customer’s vision needs, eye health requirements and sense of style. Even if your frames become your most favorite fashion accessory, they still need to give you sharp and comfortable vision. Our optical staff will assess your vision in your new eyeglasses, as well as how they fit on your face. Our goal is not simply to make a sale – it is to ensure that your new eyewear flatters your appearance and maximizes your clear and healthy eyesight.

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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Fit & Fog: A Guide for Glasses and Mask Wear

As we all don masks amidst the pandemic, more than just your nose and mouth can be obstructed. Fog caused by your breath escaping your mask causes unwanted fog on your eyewear too. The AARP offers these tips to avoid this annoying side effect.

As more Americans don face masks to venture outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those who wear glasses are finding that their lenses fog up. It’s a problem that bespectacled surgeons, as well as goggle-wearing skiers, have long experienced.

Why does it happen? In a 1996 article in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, Tom Margrain, a professor at Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, explained that in general “when a spectacle wearer enters a warm environment after having been in a cooler one, his/her spectacles may ‘mist up’ due to the formation of condensation on the lens surface.” He went on to say that polycarbonate lenses demisted more rapidly than those made of glass.

With that in mind, if your eyeglasses are fogging when you put on a face mask, it’s because warm, moist air you exhale is being directed up to your glasses. To stop the fogging, you need to block your breath from reaching the surfaces of your lenses.

The Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England published an article in 2011 that offered a simple method to prevent fogging, suggesting that, just before wearing a face mask, people wash their spectacles with soapy water, shake off the excess and then allow the lenses to air-dry.

“Washing the spectacles with soapy water leaves behind a thin surfactant film that reduces this surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly into a transparent layer,” the article reveals. “This ‘surfactant effect’ is widely utilised to prevent misting of surfaces in many everyday situations.” Antifogging solutions used for scuba masks or ski goggles also accomplish this.

Another tactic is to consider the fit of your face mask, to prevent your exhaled breath from reaching your glasses. An easy hack is to place a folded tissue between your mouth and the mask. The tissue will absorb the warm, moist air, preventing it from reaching your glasses. Also, make sure the top of your mask is tight and the bottom looser, to help direct your exhaled breath away from your eyes.

If you are using a surgical mask with ties, a 2014 article in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England advises going against your instincts. Tie the mask crisscross so that the top ties come below your ears and the bottom ties go above. It will make for a tighter fit.

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Don’t touch your face! Wiping fog from glasses with your fingers could lead to more dirt, germs, and smudges on your lenses. Read the tips below to keep fog away.

Click here for more information or you can read the full article at https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/eyewear-face-masks.html?cmp=SNO-ICM-FB-HLTH&socialid=3674304838.

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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