Many more people wear glasses these days, thanks to technological advancements that have made mobile phones and computer monitors a vital part of our lives. Changes to our eyes may require correction with glasses. Since this is now so widespread, it is important that we understand what glasses can do for us. We’re going to talk about it, but we’ll make it short!

Why Do People Wear Glasses?

People wear glasses to correct refractive errors. Refractive errors are the most common type of vision problem. This is what makes it difficult to see things clearly. Changes in your eyes affect the way your eyes process light and prevent light from focusing correctly on your retina, which causes problems with the way you see the world.
The symptoms of refractive errors may be double vision, squinting, headaches, or eye strain.

You might hear an optician mention these refractive errors:

  • Myopia or nearsightedness, in which distant objects look blurry and unclear. Only close objects are clear.
  • Hyperopia or farsightedness, in which near and intermediate objects look blurry. Only distant objects are clear.
  • Astigmatism, in which every object, both distant and near, looks blurry and unclear.
  • Presbyopia, which happens in middle-aged adults and makes it difficult to see things up close.
    At Dr Specs Optical, we offer eye exams to identify any of the above, and a prescription provided by an optometrist.

    Lenses We Love

    Glasses may contain lenses that are single vision or graduated/progressive. Single vision glasses are designed to correct either near or distance refractive errors. Only one problem is corrected by single vision glasses.
    Graduated lenses are designed to correct near, intermediate, and far distance focus issues – all in one pair. The lenses are seamlessly manufactured and there are no visible lines.

    Why Should I Wear Glasses?

    If lenses have been prescribed for you, it is important you wear them because they have many advantages.
    • They enable better, safer vision. Avoid spills or injuries!
    • They reduce eye strain. Your eyes will not be overworked trying to focus on objects. This may reduce headaches and other side effects that come with impaired vision.
    • They can be adapted to protect us from harmful light. Our eyes are exposed to different strains of light, including UV radiation from the sun and digital screens, which may cause eye strain or eye-related diseases.
    Glasses are good for your eyes! Most health plans cover an annual eye exam. At Dr. Specs Optical, we care about your health. We carry an extensive line of elegant eyewear, and can provide eye exams on site. Give us a call or drop by our Kelowna store.