Improve Your Vision and Face Value
By Thomas P. Finley, OD
Dr. Finley's Family Eyecare
Improve Your Vision and Face Value
When health surveys ask, “What are your most worrisome health fears?”, the answer is often, “loosing my vision”. Yearly eye examinations are the best way to make certain youre seeing your best and your eyes are healthy and free of disease. Without good vision, performing many day-to-day tasks becomes near impossible.
Take proper care of your precious sense of sight. Dont take your vision for granted. Unfortunately, many people put more emphasis on having their hair cut and styled than they do in having their eyes examined. Add yearly eye examinations to your “To Do” list.
For people needing eyeglasses, new stylish eyeglass frames are available to complement your appearance. Everyone requiring eyeglasses should have at least two or three pairs; one for back up in case something happened to the first pair, and one pair of sunglasses. Most people would never think about driving without a spare tire in their car. Why would you only want one pair of eyeglasses?
The first thing a person notices about you is your face. Make a good impression. Think about your clothes dress, business, exercise and clothes for different seasons. But, many people have only one pair of eyeglasses to wear regardless of their activity. Eyeglasses are not inexpensive, but compared to other apparel, their cost per time worn is significantly less. Plus theyre functional.
Glasses worn for “dress up” should be different than glasses worn with blue jeans. It doesnt make sense to get all dressed up in your best clothes and jewelry, have your hair perfectly coifed, make-up carefully applied, and then pull out your “dime store” glasses from your dress purse negating your efforts.
Based on your activity, your eyeglasses should vary. Computer users should have glasses designed specifically to reduce eyestrain. Eyeglasses for exercise and sports should be more durable and impact resistant. Quality sunglasses with polarizing filters should be worn outside to protect from glare and harmful ultraviolet rays.
New light-weight lenses with thinner edges are now available. Anti-glare filters allow more light through your lenses so you will see better, especially at night. They will also reduce reflections in your glasses so people will be able to see your eyes more clearly.
For people suffering from TMB syndrome (too many birthdays) and presbyopia, no line invisible multifocals continue to improve and simulate more natural vision. These newer designs are more optically advanced and easier to learn to use. Make certain you ask what lens design youre paying for, especially if youre price comparing. Older, inferior designs are typically offered at significantly reduced prices.
Another change that occurs as people become more age-challenged is that their normal tears do not wet their eyes as well as they used to and their eyes become drier. This is especially true in pre, peri and post menopausal women. New treatment therapies are continually being introduced to help relieve this chronic problem.
Contact lenses are another option for correcting vision and are often preferred over eyeglasses. Disposable contact lenses are popular because of their comfort, convenience, safety, and cost. Bifocal contact lenses are also available. Tinted lenses to enhance or change the natural color of your eyes are also popular. Many people who were formerly unable to wear contact lenses are now able to because of industry advances in materials and designs.
Eyeglasses and contact lenses are great options to help you see your best as well as improve your “face value.”