Frequently Asked Eye Care Questions | VisionPoint

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do some frames cause a reaction on my skin?

When metal frames cause a reaction, nickel is likely the culprit. Most metal frames are made of a nickel alloy. Stainless steel, titanium, gold and silver are usually hypoallergenic and can be a good alternative to try.

Some people can also be allergic to the nose pads on metal frames. Most nose pads are made of silicone or acetate, but they can also be made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nickel, titanium or rubber. Silicone is tricky. Certain silicones are hypoallergenic (such as medical silicone), but others can trigger allergic reactions. Both PVC and titanium are usually hypoallergenic.

I see fine, why do I need to see an Eye Doctor?

Regular eye exams are the only way to catch “silent” diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions in their early stages, when they’re more easily managed or treated. Many conditions can be discovered in a carefully planned eye exam.

Can’t I just use reading glasses from the drug store?

One size does not fit all when it comes to prescription glasses. By choosing mass-produced, over-the-counter reading glasses, you are actually worsening your eyesight and may suffer from symptoms like headache and eye fatigue. Furthermore, you miss the opportunity to have an eye exam, which could catch diseases or conditions.  

How often should I get a new pair of glasses?

You should change your eyeglasses when you feel that your existing eyeglasses no longer are supporting your needs, lifestyle, or taste. However, you should visit your eye doctor at least once every year for an annual eye exam to keep tabs on your overall optical health.