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Most adults need some vision support by the time they reach age 40. Some go to an eye doctor to get a pair of prescription glasses. Others head to the local pharmacy or retailer to pick up a pair of over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses. Which option is the best choice for your eyes?
Pros of Over the Counter Glasses
- OTC glasses don’t require an examination to buy
- You can bring OTC glasses home the same day you buy them
- OTC glasses cost less than buying prescription eyewear
- Some OTC glasses come with UVA/UVB protection
Cons of Over the Counter Glasses
- Lens quality may be low or inconsistent with bubbles or imperfections
- You won’t find a pair that’s made specifically for your vision needs
- Same prescription used in both lenses even though most people have a stronger eye
- You may have to search for a pair that offers the strength you need
- Skipping the exam means you won’t know if you have a developing eye condition
Pros of Prescription Glasses
- Lenses are made based on your exact prescription for optimum sight
- Lens quality is consistent, so you get the clearest vision possible
- A different prescription can be used in each lens
- Lets your doctor build a record of your eye health
- Exams can reveal changes or conditions you didn’t know you had
Cons of Prescription Glasses
- Prescription glasses cost more than OTC eyewear
- You may have to wait days or weeks for your glasses to arrive
- You will have to schedule an exam to get your prescription
While OTC glasses may be cheaper and easier to buy, they are not the best option in the long run. Everyone should have regular eye exams to check for conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Prescription glasses will perform better and are tailored to your vision needs.
It may not hurt to have a pair of OTC readers available to put on as a backup, but in the end, it’s best to get prescription. Contact Grosinger, Spiegelman & Grey to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Your eyesight will change as you grow older. It’s important to understand what’s normal, what isn’t, and when to see an ophthalmologist.
Common Age-Related Eye Problems
The problems listed here are common and can be treated. However, you should not delay in seeking medical advice. They could be a sign that something else is going on.
- Presbyopia – You may notice the gradual loss of your ability to see small print or close-up objects. This is a slow change that will happen as you age. You may also notice increased eye strain and headaches. Reading glasses usually correct the problem.
- Excessive Tearing – Your eyes may become sensitive to wind, light, or changes in temperature. This can lead to excessive tearing. Protecting your vision with sunglasses or eye drops can help. It could also indicate that you have a blocked tear duct, which should be addressed by a doctor.
- Floaters – Floaters look like cobwebs or specks in your field of vision. You can see them in bright light. While they are normal, they can also be a sign of a detached retina.
- Eyelid Issues – Older people sometimes experience eyelid problems. This can include redness, itching, and swelling. If you notice discomfort, you could have blepharitis, which can be treated with warm compresses.
When Should I See an Ophthalmologist?
You should schedule an ophthalmologist appointment right away if you notice sudden changes in your vision. You should also seek advice if you have:
- Eye pain
- Double vision
- Flashes of light in your vision
- Unexplained eye swelling
It is very important to have routine exams. Regular ophthalmologist visits are a big part of healthy aging. Some eye diseases can be treated if caught early. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s Bloomfield Hills office today to schedule your appointment.
Don’t suffer with dry eyes. There are non-invasive measures that relieve dry eye for many including artificial tear eye drops and warm compresses on the eyelids. There are also ophthalmic procedures such as BlephEx and Lipiflow that has made a huge difference in the quality of our patients lives when the less intrusive options did not help.
What Is BlephEx and Lipiflow?
- The BlephEx procedure is used for our patients who suffer from blepharitis; a type of eyelid inflammation. This procedure is a quick and pain free way that effectively removes the debris and bacteria that is a factor causing their dry eye syndrome.
- The Lipiflow procedure helps with oil gland dysfunction. Our office was among the first in Michigan to offer this procedure. Lipiflow applies gentle warmth and pressure to both sides of the eyelids which aids in unplugging the oil glands so that natural tears are able to flow for a longer period of time.
There are many things that you can do to help your dry eye syndrome. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s Bloomfield Hills office to schedule an appointment to see what is the best course of action for you.
Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey ophthalmic surgeons use a computer-controlled, bladeless laser that provides our surgeons the ability to perform the most exact individualized surgery possible affording the highest optimum results available. This is the most advanced, premium option for cataract patients.
There are great options for our patients to enhance their sight during cataract surgery:
- Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are a multifocal lens providing clear vision including near and far, so you do not need glasses to see close opposed to the Monofocal Lens which can only give you clear distance vision.
- Toric lenses are used to treat pre-existing astigmatism at the same time it corrects cataracts, eliminating the need for patients to undergo two separate procedures, plus it improves distance vision.
This is an exciting time for those in need of cataract surgery. Contact us to learn more and what is best for you.
People and their work make the difference. We value our employees and the hard work they do everyday. Enjoy the holiday weekend!