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    Eyeglasses That Do the Job

    Have you been wearing the same pair of eyeglasses every day for work, sports, hobbies, driving, reading, and/or watching TV? If so, you may not be getting all the vision help glasses can offer.

    Here's where you can learn about the different types of lenses available in eyeglasses for various lifestyle activities.

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    The Basics of Eyeglasses

    Eyeglasses may be prescribed with lenses providing:

    • One vision correction for all distances (unifocal)
    • Correction for both near and distant vision (multifocal: bifocals, trifocals, progressive, or no-line lenses)
    • Ultraviolet (UV) light protection -- a lens coating to block the sun's damaging and invisible UV rays
    • Antireflective coating to lessen light reflection off your glasses, reducing daytime glare and the nighttime "starburst" effect around lights

    You may want to ask your eye doctor about other lens enhancements, such as:

    • Photochromatic lenses, which darken in situations where you'd otherwise wear sunglasses and act as "regular" eyeglasses in normal (usually indoor) light
    • Scratch protection (recommended for plastic lenses)
    • Tints -- typically cosmetic but also useful for people whose eyes are sensitive to light

    Eyeglass frame styles change with fashion. Frames may be made from:

    • Plastic
    • Plain metal
    • A combination of plastic and metal
    • "Specialty" metals such as titanium and carbon graphite, both highly damage resistant

    Eyeglass alert! Your new eyeglasses should feel -- well, almost as if you aren't wearing them! They shouldn't rub uncomfortably against your ears or nose, fall off easily, or otherwise not feel "right." Of course, allow a reasonable amount of time for getting used to them. However, if problems persist, let your eye doctor know.

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