Licensed Opticians recommend eyeglass frames, lenses, and lens coatings after considering the power of the lenses and the customer’s occupation, habits, and facial features. Licensed Opticians measure clients’ eyes, including the distance between the centers of the pupils and the distance between the surface and the lens. Some clients want to replace existing eyewear without seeking a new prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Licensed Opticians will then use a lensometer to record existing eyeglass measurements to create a new pair of eyeglasses with the same lens power. They also may obtain a customer’s previous record or verify the power of the lenses with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist.
While the style of the eyeglass frames is very important to you, the Optician’s recommendation on the type of lenses is what will determine your satisfaction with your eyewear.
To make sure you see well and easily, all ophthalmic lenses require precise measurements to be taken from your face and eyes, and the results must be accurately transferred to the eyewear. This is not a simple task. If your Licensed Optician makes a mistake as little as 1 millimeter, you may not be able to use your new eyewear.
Ask about lens types. There are hundreds of modern lenses types for different visual needs. There are also many lens coatings that will enhance your vision.
Some lenses are specifically made for people of different ages, and even some that are made to allow for a person’s posture and even eye and head movement.
Remember that your Licensed Optician is highly trained to provide you with choices from the simplest aspect of corrective lenses to the most complicated. While style is important, don’t confuse style with expert lens advice.