Though contact lenses and laser eye surgery are popular options for correcting refractive errors, there’s a reason plenty of people still choose good old-fashioned eyeglasses. Eyeglasses are reliable, effective, and affordable. At Egan Eye Associates in Frisco, Texas, therapeutic optometrist Katherine Egan, OD, performs eye exams and writes prescriptions for corrective lenses. Schedule an appointment over the phone.
Usually, people wear eyeglasses to correct refractive errors. Refractive errors mean your eye has difficulty focusing light, resulting in blurry uncorrected vision.
The most common refractive errors are:
Glasses allow you to see clearly when you have these refractive errors.
Contact lenses and laser eye surgery are increasingly popular among people with refractive errors. However, that doesn’t mean they’re right for you. Many people still prefer to wear glasses. They’re a convenient, effective option for correcting refractive errors.
Eyeglasses have several distinct advantages. Almost anyone can safely, comfortably wear them, and they’re far less likely to cause side effects than contact lenses. They’re also more affordable than contacts or surgery.
You may find eyeglasses are less of a hassle than contact lenses. Taking care of your glasses requires less work and effort. Although you have to replace contacts at least every few weeks, glasses can last for years, and you may even keep the same frame, while replacing the lenses with your updated prescription.
Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement. They’re an important tool to protect your eyesight against damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, the same way you protect your skin from the sun. Dr. Egan recommends getting a pair of prescription sunglasses in addition to your regular eyeglasses.
Over time, UV exposure increases your risk of eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. In the short term, when you don’t protect your eyes from the sun, you can suffer from photokeratitis, similar to a sunburn on your corneas.
The best way to prevent the harmful effects of sun exposure on your eyes is to wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection whenever you go outside. They aren’t just necessary for sunny days. UV rays make their way through clouds as well.
You might also find you’re more comfortable when you wear sunglasses. Some people are highly sensitive to brightness and glare. It’s both easier (and safer) to drive, bicycle, and walk when you don’t have to squint all the time.
To schedule an eye exam and get a corrective lens prescription, call Egan Eye Associates, or use the online booking tool.