Walking into a display room of eyeglass frames and being given the rundown of all of the different lens options available to you can be an overwhelming experience. Choosing the best eyeglass lenses from our Belmont, MA optometrist is important, which is why we’re providing you with some advantages of each of the options that we have to offer. That way, you don’t feel like you have to make an on-the-spot decision when you come in for your comprehensive exam.
We offer a variety of eyeglass lenses that can benefit people with different needs and visual impairments. It’s important to consider what you do every day, and whether you have any eye conditions, such as nearsightedness, also known as myopia, or astigmatism. Based on these factors and what appeals to you, you can choose the best lenses for your needs.
Depending on the strength of your prescription, it may be beneficial to choose a specific lens material. Here are three different lens options that we offer at EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont that provide some unique sets of advantages.
Plastic lenses are made from a polymer called CR-39. This is our most cost-effective, lightweight, and comfortable lens option that is popular among patients. They’re highly break-resistant and provide great protection for your eyes in everyday situations.
Polycarbonate lenses are a relatively modern option that originated in the 1970s and were used for safety glasses. Today, they’re used for regular glasses because they’re made from a lightweight material called Trivex. They’re effective, durable, and have impact-resistant properties.
If you have a higher prescription that causes your lenses to look thicker, high-index plastic lenses are a great choice because they’re thinner and lighter than CR-39 lenses. They’re a more appealing and versatile lens that looks sleek and won’t affect the types of frames you choose.
Once you decide on the type of material you’ll have your lenses made from, you can also choose lens treatments to suit your everyday needs. To make the best choice, it’s important to consider what you do in your daily life, such as how much time you’re spending at the computer and if you’re working on small, intricate objects that require a sharp close-up view.
This is a basic lens treatment that is great for everybody. Lightweight eyeglass lenses are softer and more prone to scratching. The anti-scratch coating can help you avoid annoying defects on your lenses if you accidentally drop them.
Whether you’re working on the computer for most of the day or night, or you regularly drive in the evening, getting anti-reflective treatment on your lenses is a great way to reduce contrast and provide you with clear vision. They’re also less likely to have glare spots in photos!
Over your lifetime, excessive exposure to UV light can lead to age-related ocular issues, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. UV-blocking lenses have absorptive properties that protect your eyes.
These lenses are commonly referred to as “transition lenses” because they automatically darken when exposed to UV and high-energy visible light rays. When you go back indoors, they transition back into regular, clear lenses.
The price tag of your lenses and frames depends on the materials and treatment you choose, as well as any insurance coverage that can be applied to the purchase. Throughout the shopping process, don’t hesitate to check-in with one of our friendly staff members to learn more about the cost of your frames and compare lens prices.
The best place to start while choosing eyeglasses that look great on you is to figure out what style looks best on your facial shape. It’s also a good idea to consider whether you need nose pads on your glasses to keep them from sliding off the bridge of your nose and what size frame best fits you.
Did you know that reading glasses can be customized just for you? This is a great option for patients who don’t have the exact same prescription in both eyes, who have astigmatism, or experience headaches and eye strain due to choosing a ready-made prescription pair of reading glasses from the pharmacy.
Once we’ve determined the prescription for your eyeglasses, you can start thinking about the cost. There are many different kinds of glasses to choose from, and the price can vary quite a bit depending on the brand you get as well as your specific needs. We can help you figure out the overall cost of your eyeglasses and answer any questions you might have about how the number was arrived at. And of course, we’re more than happy to help you figure out ways to make your glasses more affordable.
There is a very wide range of possible prices for eyeglasses – so wide, in fact, that it’s difficult to give a useful estimate without details about your specific situation. Factors that affect the overall cost of eyeglasses include:
Optometrists charge different amounts for eyeglasses as well as their other services. The amount they charge depends on many different factors; for example, the price of living where the practice happens to be located tends to have an influence on prices. At EyeSmile, we aim to provide all services at reasonable prices, and we’ll always take the time to explain the costs involved. Feel free to ask us any questions concerning the final cost as well as the options you have for payment.
Insurance companies handle eyecare differently. Most of the time, vision needs (including eyeglasses) are not included under the regular medical insurance plan, but coverage may still be available in the form of a separate vision plan. Generally speaking, you’ll use vision insurance to help pay for your glasses; the exact level of coverage depends on the plan you have, so make sure you call your carrier to confirm your benefits before you come to our office. We know that insurance can sometimes be confusing, so if you call us with your information, we can clarify the details for you. Also, we’ll be happy to file the necessary claims on your behalf.
We accept a number of vision insurance plans, but for those who don’t have insurance, CareCredit financing is a good alternative. You can split up the cost of your eyeglasses into a number of monthly installments, and the payment schedule can be customized to accommodate your current budget. Our office accepts CareCredit, a well-known health financing company that helps people pay for a variety of treatments and services (including those related to vision) with plans that involve little to no interest. We can answer any questions you might have about financing before you apply for CareCredit.
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