Common Questions & Concerns

What is a progressive lens (no line bifocal/ trifocal)?

Progressive lenses are no line trifocals. You have all three powers of distance, intermediate, and near without the visible line in the lenses. There are many wonderful progressive lenses that allow you to see clearly without the visible lines associated with a bifocal or trifocal. Many progressives are available to accommodate the newer fashionable frames so that you can wear a smaller frame and still have perfect vision with progressive lenses.


What is a high definition lens?

A high definition lens is the most advanced type of lens available. From single vision to progressive, the HD lenses offer a level of clarity never before possible. The HD lens is light years more advanced than the traditional lens. The lenses are known as HD because it allows the user to see life in high definition; a sharper, clearer image than the conventional lenses. Using digital technology, the HD lens incorporates your precise measurements along with your prescription, creating a lens that is tailored specifically for you.


What are computer glasses?

Computer glasses are glasses that have lenses specifically made for the distance that you are working at while sitting at the computer. This lens is perfect for those who work continually at their desk and at the computer. Computer glasses will reduce eye strain, and your eyes will feel less fatigued at the end of the day.


What are high index lenses?

High index lenses are made with materials that allow them to be thinner and lighter weight than traditional lens materials, such as plastic and glass. The results are glasses that are much lighter and more comfortable.


What types of frames are available?

At Wilson Eye Center, we have over 4,000 frames to choose from. We have frames that are metal, titanium, plastic, drilled rimless, grooved rimless, as well as safety frames and sports glasses and goggles. We offer frames for all budgets and styles.


Are contact lenses the right choice for my eyes?

Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses. Wearing contact lenses is a personal choice that should be discussed with your doctor. Many patients find their contact lenses much more comfortable than glasses; however, contact lenses are not right for everyone. Your doctor will help you determine if contact lenses are right for your prescription and lifestyle. Keep in mind if you chose to wear contact lenses you should have a back up pair of glasses for emergencies.


How often should I have a comprehensive eye exam?

You should have your eyes examined every year. People with special risks, such as diabetes, previous eye trauma, surgery, or a family history of glaucoma may need an eye exam more frequently.


What should I expect at an eye exam?

Be prepared to answer questions about your medications and medical history. In most cases you will be given the option of dilation or an Optomap non dilated exam. An assistant will guide you through a series of pretests, including a glaucoma screening and other vision screening tests. Your doctor will take a closer look at the back of your eye (your retina) to look for any potential problems. At Wilson Eye Center, your doctor will also do a refraction to determine your need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. We offer an onsite optical lab and carry many contact lenses in stock for quick, quality service.


How should I prepare for my eye exam?

After you schedule an appointment at Wilson Eye Center, you should visit our patient portal at the top of the page to fill out the preliminary paper work. Then make sure you bring your medical and vision insurance cards to your appointment. Also bring your glasses, contact lens boxes, and a complete list of medications with you at the time of your appointment. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to wear them to the exam. Lastly, you should prepare any questions that you may have for your doctor.

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