What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist, and a Licensed Optician?

An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in vision care. He or she can perform vision examinations, prescribe medications, test for and treat eye diseases or eye injuries and even perform surgery if required.

An Optometrist specializes in eye examinations and contact lens fittings. He or she can also test for eye diseases, and in many states, they can also diagnose and treat certain eye conditions with medication.

Licensed Opticians fill the prescriptions written by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, and expertly fit the resulting eyewear.

In Arizona a Licensed Optician may fill prescriptions, duplicate an existing prescription, and sell contact lenses.

Should I be able to see perfectly the day I pick up my new eyeglasses?

Depending on the amount of change in your new prescription it could take a few days for your eyes to adjust to your new eyewear.

Why is it important to wear sunglasses?

Wearing sunglasses is like wearing sunscreen for your eyes.
It’s not the “darkness” of the lenses that protects your eyes from the damaging effects of UV light; it’s the actual UV filter and sometimes the lens material that absorbs the UV.
In fact, very dark sunglasses that do not have UV protection can actually damage your eyes!

My eyeglass frame is broken, however my lenses are in good condition. Can I have my lenses put into a new frame?

Contrary to what many chain optical companies may tell you, the answer is yes!
If your frame is broken beyond repair, your lenses can be accurately cut down to fit another frame.
However, it is important that after any repair, the eyeglasses are realigned to ensure accuracy and comfort.

When I use my computer my neck gets stiff, and my eyes feel tired and burn, and sometimes it’s even difficult to focus, is there any relief for these symptoms?

Computer Vision Syndrome is caused by the constant effort it takes for our eyes to stay focused on a computer screen.
Symptoms can include tired and sore eyes, headaches, blurred vision, a burning sensation and fatigue, but relief can be found through the use of specially designed computer lenses.
Computer lenses can provide eye and neck comfort to long term computer users, and are also effective for musicians, accountants, dentists, librarians, hair dressers, engineers and hobbyists

Can I make payments on my eyeglasses?

Absolutely, you can ‘see today and pay tomorrow’! Alvernon Optical offers CareCredit ® which can provide clients with a payment plan.

What is the best way to clean and care for my eyeglasses?

Improper cleaning can damage your eyeglass lenses, resulting in scratches, haziness and damaged coatings. By following these few simple tips, you can keep your eyeglasses lenses in tip-top shape!

Use a lens cleaner developed especially for eyeglasses, along with a clean lens cloth or tissue. Most good eyeglass cleaners will have an anti-static agent in them, which helps keep dust and particles from collecting on the lenses.
If you do not have any lens cleaner with you, rinse your lenses with warm water and mild soap to clean off dust and particles, and gently wipe them dry with a lens cloth or tissue.
Avoid leaving your eyeglasses in excessive heat, such as the dash and sun visors of the car.

Do Not:
Use household detergents, soaps or ammonia-based cleaners like Windex which can break down certain lens coatings
Place your eyewear face-down on the lenses
Wipe dry lenses with paper towels or clothing before rinsing. Dust or dirt particles must be rinsed away first to avoid scratching.

Can a prescription be written for specific distances such as for
my computer screen?

Yes, measure the specific distance from your eye to the object (such as the computer screen) and the doctor can write a prescription for that specific distance.

Why can’t I order contact lenses with my eyeglass prescription?

A contact lens prescription has the specific information necessary to obtain the correct fit and vision. An eyeglass prescription does not measure the curve of the cornea which is necessary for the fitting of the contact lenses.

What are the health benefits of wearing sunglasses?

A good quality pair of sunglasses which has 100% UV protection can help provide protection against macular degeneration, cataracts, skin cancer and other eye related conditions.

Can I use my contact lens prescription to order new eyeglasses?

No, because often the prescribed power is different for a contact lens and eyeglass lens. This is because the power changes due to the difference in the distance that the lens sets from the eye. The contact floats on the tear layer. The eyeglass lens is held by the frame some distance from the eye. Therefore the power is different between the contact and spectacle lens even though the effective correction is the same.

Are polarized lenses the best choice for reducing glare?

Polarized lenses are the best option for eliminating glare. Hunters, boaters, fisherman, golfers and drivers are just a few who can benefit from polarized lens’ glare blocking properties. Any surface can create glare in sunlight, especially water, snow, sand, windows, vehicles and buildings. Polarization eases eye strain in bright sunlight. Available in prescription, different colors, materials and designs.

What is an anti-reflective coating?

It is a special coating that reduces distracting reflections. The results are: more transmitted light, better quality of vision, improved night vision, and reduced eye fatigue. Great for working on a computer or for driving at night, these lenses also offer a cosmetically appealing “invisible lens look” that makes the lens “disappear” and shows your eye more clearly.