Discount Prescription Eyeglasses

Millions of people look to providers of discount prescription eyeglasses to beat the costs of expensive fashion glasses that can often cost hundreds of dollars. Almost one hundred million people in the United States wear vision correction lenses in the form of frames that sit nicely on the face. And there can easily be five hundred or more dollars invested in designer frames by the French designer whose name you can't even pronounce but does anyone ever ask you whose name is on the frame? And unless a person has the riches of Midas, there are usually more important things that money can be spent on than wearing someone else's name on the inside of one's glasses. This is where discount eyeglasses come in. They provide an excellent way for a person to save a lot of money without necessarily sacrificing quality.

Getting discount prescription eyeglasses begin with getting a good eye exam and here there should be no corners cut. There are a number of diseases that can be identified through a proper eye exam including high blood pressure and diabetes, so a good examination is key to insuring a good lens prescription and catching any eye problems early before serious issues develop. The best suggestion is to employ an ophthalmologist to conduct the eye examination because of his or her extensive training in the anatomy of the eye. An ophthalmologist is a doctor (MD) who has been through medical school and an internship and can prescribe medications for irregularities of the eye. An optometrist is also a very well trained professional with four years of training beyond college who can examine the eye and provide lens prescriptions but cannot prescribe medicines for eye irregularities.

In many cases, the examination may cost more than the frames and lenses, especially if one goes to an ophthalmologist for the ocular exam. Some odd looking devices are used to test various aspects of the eye's function and each one will give the doctor an idea of what is happening regarding the physiology of the eye. The doctor will check the eye muscle, how well you see from a distance, one's peripheral vision, color vision, glaucoma possibilities and one or two other tests all to ensure that you, the patient, will not only the best prescriptive lenses but also that there aren't other issues going on. They say the eye is the window on the soul, but it is also a window on many illnesses that we might have but of which we are not aware. Getting discount prescription eyeglasses can save us some money, but the examination really is the most important part of the process.

Once the examination is complete, there is a choice to be made: buy the frames and lenses from the doctor, or take the prescription and go to a vendor that sells discount eyeglasses. The comparison shopping that is often part of all our buying experiences may be difficult in this situation. The fact is, the doctor will have his or her line of eyewear at the office and there no doubt will be a different line at the discount optician. An optician is the maker and dispenser of corrective lenses. Attempting to compare exact frames will be highly difficult if not impossible in most cases. When someone looks at fashion frames and then holds up a similar type frame from the discount prescription eyeglasses vendor, there of course will be some differences, but one will have to decide whether those are worth the extra money. And at the vendor of discount prescription eyeglasses there are usually at least two tiers of frame prices, the least expensive being generic frames and more expensive frames rivaling fashion frames at more upscale opticians and doctor's offices.

We all take vision for granted and most of us cannot imagine what life would be like without our sight. But Christians are taught not to live in the world of what can be seen, but rather in the world of following God when things may seem odd by sight standards. "For we walk by faith and not by sight." (II Corinthians 5:7) This kind of living leads to an exciting pilgrimage with God. When choosing discount prescription eyeglasses, there is usually a choice of the type of lens that will be put in the frames. If one chooses actual glass lenses, they will be heavier on the face but this is not necessarily a problem unless the prescription calls for a very thick lens, and then the weight could be a real issue. But choosing actual glass lenses can keep the scratches down to a minimum.

Choosing plastic lenses can include a scratch resistant coating, but this option costs more. Getting them tinted will also add to the cost as well as wanting bifocals and more if the bifocal lines are invisible. Various vendors of discount prescription eyeglasses will offer deals such as "Two pair for $79.00" but that is for a very simple prescription and generic frames with glass lenses and no options. If this sounds just like buying a car, it is a pretty good analogy! Going to a vendor for discount prescription eyeglasses can be a good financial move, but whether or not the same can be said for getting one's eye exam there is up for debate. While every optical vendor that offers exams as well as discounted frames and lenses must have licensed examiners on their staff, these vendors may not be able to offer the extensive or thorough exams that an ophthalmologist can give.

Prescription Eye Glasses

Prescription eye glasses are worn by one hundred twenty six million people in the United States and provide corrective eye sight for those with a wide array of vision anomalies. Many people wear glasses that don't need them, just for the fashion appeal that many styles offer. Drew Carrey, the well known comedian continues to wear them even when he could wear contacts or have Lasik corrective surgery. This is all due to having the desire for his fans to recognize him easily in a pair of rather unflattering black thick frames sitting on his face. The process of getting prescription eye glasses is a quick and painless process and often can be accomplished in one afternoon with a provider who makes the lenses in house.

The initial step in getting eyeglasses is to choose whether you will go to a doctor's office or to a vendor in a mall or other business location. Choosing a doctor's office to get the eye exam and frames will be a choice between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist. The ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) that has specialized in problems in the ocular system and even some neurological issues. He or she may be a surgeon who does has the training and ability to operate on the eyes. An optometrist has had four years of college plus four more years of training in eye issues and is also a doctor but does not do surgery. Many optometrists have opened their own vision stores offering both prescription eye glasses exams and a selection of frames and contact lenses. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)

The general rule of thumb has been in the past that the cost of an exam and frames in a doctor's office will be more than at a store in a mall or in a downtown location. Attempting to compare prices, other than the exam cost, may be difficult because doctors may often carry different styles or frame designs than mall vendors. It is difficult to generalize, but a doctor's office may have more equipment to do what might be a more thorough eyesight exam than a store examination could produce. Many times, in the process of getting a prescription eye glasses examination, doctors have spotted other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes or even tumors. Some people prefer using an ophthalmologist who has more training and expertise, believing that he or she may provide a more comprehensive examination even if that exam may be more expensive. Perhaps asking for a list of tests that will used will enable a person make a better comparison of prices and services.

The most familiar of all prescription eye glasses tests is known as the refraction test which is the famous eyesight chart viewed from about twenty feet away. In the examiner's office, the chart will most likely be viewed from a machine that looks like part of the missile firing station on board a Star Wars spaceship. The patient looks at the eyesight chart through this machine, called a phoroptor and the very familiar words, "Is this better, or this one better" can be heard over and over again as the examiner moves through a number of lenses for the best clarity. There will be a test for glaucoma, which is generated by a puff of air directed at the eye to test pressure against the eye wall. The examiner will watch the movement of the eye to understand how strong the muscles are around the eye that gives it movement. These optical tests are routine and will probably be given no matter where one goes to have an eye examination, but perhaps some doctors may add more tests for a comprehensive analysis of the ocular system. The person getting the prescription eye glasses exam will need to decide just how extensive the testing ought to be and that decision may clearly decide to which kind of examiner he will go and the good news is that one can take the prescription and go elsewhere for frames and lenses.

The options that people have when ordering their frames and lenses are myriad. For the person looking just to save money, there are countless discount prescription eye glasses vendors offering two pairs of glasses for fewer than one hundred dollars. Granted, they will not be Givenchy designer frames, but how many people go around demanding to look at your glasses to see what designer's name is on them? On the other hand, one can order the very same frames that Miss Hollywood wore last week while out window shopping on Rodeo Drive. These frames will not be two for hundred, but might be two for seven hundred in some places. And of course, the lenses are very important, and they can be made of glass (much heavier) or plastic (more scratch prone). If tinting is added, if scratch resistant coatings are added and if blended bifocals are ordered, the price certainly begins to rise.

A person makes the best decisions when he or she has all the information. The best advice would be to read up as much as possible on the type of vision problem you have and explore all the options. Perhaps contacts are a better solution than prescription eye glasses, especially if you are in certain sports or work activities where glasses would be a detriment. Maybe LASIK surgery would be the best option, where vision is permanently repaired so that that there is no need for glasses or contacts. You are the best advocate when it comes to issues about your health and vision.

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