What You Need to Know About Getting New Glasses

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Getting New Glasses?

At some point or another in our lives, most of us will need to wear glasses. Some prefer contacts, but many prefer frame glasses because they’re more convenient. If you’re looking for eye glasses, Los Algodones, Mexico has an amazing selection of glasses at affordable prices.

Why Do People Need Glasses?

There are four main reasons for a person to need glasses: near sightedness, far sightedness, irregular shape to the cornea and the natural aging process, all of which are classified as refractive errors.

How Do I Know if I Need Glasses?

The symptoms of all four conditions are very similar. You should make an appointment for an eye exam if you find any of the following problems with your vision:

• Squinting, either to see close-up or in the distance
• Having to hold things further away to see them properly
• Headaches caused by eye strain
• Misjudging distances
• Your eyes getting tired more quickly

Regular eye checks will determine if you have any of these conditions and the proper action to correct them:

Myopia – More commonly known as short or near-sightedness, myopia usually starts at an early age. It is a hereditary condition so, if any member of your family has myopia, you should have your eyes checked regularly. The prescription for someone who is Myopic starts with a “+”sign, for example, +2.50.

Hyperopia – Better known as long or far-sightedness, hyperopia is something most of us are born with. Many people do outgrow it but for some, it will continue into adulthood. If you find you are struggling to see things close up you need to have your eyes checked for this condition. Prescriptions for hyperopia start with a “-” sign, for example -1.25.

Astigmatism – This condition is caused by the cornea being irregular in shape. It normally goes together with myopia or hyperopia and is evidenced by blurring vision, either at close or long-range. It is a hereditary condition and can start at any time.

Presbyopia – Most people will require corrective action for presbyopia as it is a part of the natural aging process. As we age, the lenses in our eyes start to lose their elasticity and begin to harden up. It normally starts at around the age of 40 and is not a hereditary condition.

What are Glasses Made From?

At one time, the lenses in a pair of eyeglasses would only be made from glass of various thicknesses. These days, while glass is still used in some cases, some glasses are made from polymer plastics. Polycarbonate is the most common, as it is a thin lightweight plastic. It is often known as featherweight and is scratch and impact resistant.

Trivex is another plastic used in the manufacture of eyeglass lenses and, although thinner than standard plastic, it is more rigid that polycarbonate. Trivex is also highly scratch and impact resistant.

Frames are made from a number of different materials, including Zyl, or cellulose acetate plastic. Titanium is another common material and is highly corrosion-resistant and lightweight. Beryllium is a cheaper alternative to titanium but retains scratch and corrosion-resistant properties. Finally, some frames are made of monel, made from a mixture of metals. Monel is not considered suitable for anyone who has sensitive skin.

The Cost of Designer Glasses

While the lenses are made to a standard manufacturing process, you can opt to purchase designer frames instead of regular ones. The cost of designer frames will vary from area to area but as a base figure expect to pay prices of between $129 and $350 in the USA for designer frames such as Calvin Klein, Gucci or Marc Jacobs. Again, note that these prices do not include the actual lenses. They don’t include the cost of the visit to the ophthalmologist either.

Los Algodones, Mexico for Affordable Options

If you are seeking affordable eye care options for anything from eye exams to designer frames, you should definitely visit Los Algodones, Mexico. Located approximately 10 miles from Yuma, Arizona, just on the other side of the border, qualified practitioners there can fulfill all of your eye care needs for a fraction of what you’d pay in the US. This option is particularly welcome for those without insurance options, families with children, seniors on fixed incomes and those who are seeking fashion frames at down-to-earth prices.

Los Algodones has many locations where you can receive an eye exam (often for free) and purchase glasses or contact lenses. Los Algodones Medical Guide lists many of these locations for your convenience.

Monica PaxsonMonica Rix Paxson is an award-winning author writing on topics related to science and medicine including the book “The English Speaker’s Guide to Dental Care in Mexico”.
She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the BBC.

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