People love convenience. When you think about it, there’s nothing more convenient than having access to one retail space where you can get your eyes examined and try on all of the latest styles of glasses.

Retail optometrists and optical centers offer you the opportunity to see what you really look like in different eyeglass frames. It’s fun and exciting to discover new eyewear that changes your look and fits better than your old glasses do.

Smart people schedule routine eye examinations by trained optometrists to check for any changes or problems with vision. An amazing number of health problems can be detected through subtle changes in the eyes. A yearly in-person eye exam should be considered a vital part of your health plan and is easier than ever when you schedule your eye appointment and prescription glasses order at one location.

Always try on frames in person to save yourself disappointment and hassles down the road. There are three times when you definitely want to try on glasses before ordering them.

You’re Going on a Trip

Whether you’re traveling for a week or a year, make sure your eyeglasses prescription is up to date. Have existing glasses checked out for any loose lenses, stripped screws, or cracked frame sections. At your travel destination, there may be nowhere convenient to have your glasses fixed. You may have to wait until you’re back home to see properly again, especially if you have glasses problems that are long overdue for repair.

When it’s time for a new prescription, have your new glasses in hand in advance of your trip. Schedule your yearly eye exam a month or so before you depart. This gives you time to try on your glasses and have any fit or vision adjustments made. You’ll enjoy your trip so much more when you can navigate maps and see the world with a clear, clean pair of shades.

If you’ll be at the beach or another sunny location, order a pair of UV-blocking prescription eyeglasses. You’ll see clearly when sightseeing, driving, or boating on bright days. You’ll have eye protection when swimming or sunbathing next to the lake or ocean.

You Hike or Do Other Outdoor Activities

People have all sorts of options when it comes to protecting their vision while engaging in sports and other outdoor pursuits. A trip in person to the optical goods store lets you feel and examine the different types of new sports-enhancing prescription eyewear available.

Prescription sunglasses protect your eyes from both the obnoxious and the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Sun damage can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and other vision problems. To keep your eyes working their best, order prescription sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB sunlight.

Remember that winter UV rays are nearly twice as potent as the same rays in the summer. High winds and extremely cold temperatures on ski slopes and near fishing huts can dry out eyes, too. Indoor heat may reduce humidity in the air and makes eye feel drier. Order a good pair of wraparound sunglasses for winter sports to use in the sun for UV protection and to keep debris and wind out of your eyes while you play.

Order sports glasses if you engage in more active adventures like biking, climbing, or horseback riding. Sports glasses with flexible frames and a comfortable head strap stay put.

Your Job Puts Your Eyes at Risk

Around 90 percent of workplace eye injuries are preventable with proper eye protection. The message is clear: if you work in an area that requires personal protective equipment (PPE) for your eyes, always wear it.

People have many excuses for not using eye protection in dangerous places. One excuse is, “I’m only going in that room for a minute to drop off this item.” Even if you’re only going to be in an unsafe space for an instant, that’s all the time it takes for a flying speck of wood, metal, or glass to pierce your eye. That quick trip into an unsafe room without eye protection can lead to a lot of pain and possible vision or eye loss down the road.

According to some studies, people also don’t like wearing ugly PPE-style eyewear.  If protective eyewear looks stylish, 73 percent of workers said they would be more likely to wear it. Proper fit is another concern. Up to one quarter of workers remove their protective eyewear because it doesn’t fit properly. The eyeglasses may impede their view or cause discomfort.

Whether your workplace lives up to its responsibility to provide you with properly fitted eye protection or not, you have to care more about your eyes than anyone else does. Order your own personal set of prescription safety glasses for your own peace of mind. There are several styles to choose depending on your work environment. See your optometrist in person to learn about the various types of prescription safety glasses available.

Contact All About Eyes to schedule a thorough exam of your eyes. Then, take your time exploring the different looks you create with our wide selection of frames. Whether you need sports, safety, bifocal, or progressive lenses, our lab pairs them with designer, everyday, and safety frames to help you look your best. We adjust and fit your glasses until they’re just right.

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