Now your ophthalmologist or optometrist has tested your eyes, given you a prescription, and you have come to the optician for his expertise in filling that prescription. There are still some choices to be made:
Spectacles or contact lenses? Increasingly, consumers are choosing contact lenses for use, at least part of the time, in correcting their eyesight. Since not everyone is a good candidate for contact lens wear, however, this is a matter you will wish to discuss, first with your eye doctor (for medical clearance to wear contacts), and then with your optician, who will be able to advise you as to whether or not contact lenses would fit in well with your lifestyle. Not all opticians in New Brunswick are certified to dispense contact lenses, so if this is your choice, ensure that you speak to an optician who is a certified contact lens fitter.
If you choose contact lenses, you still may wind up with either a hard (rigid) or a soft contact lens, depending on your correction, your lifestyle, and the choices you make on the advice of your eye doctor and optician. There is a wide variety of available styles of lenses these days, including a wide selection of tinted lenses and lenses that can be worn for varying lengths of time before removal. If you’re a first-time contact lens wearer, your optician will take the time to teach you proper techniques for the insertion and removal of your lenses, and in proper care of the lenses.
If you choose spectacles instead of – or in addition to – contact lenses, there is a huge range of choices of materials, both for lenses and frames, and a number of options (tints and coatings) that you may purchase to make your eyewear more comfortable, more attractive, or more suited to your individual lifestyle.
Frames come in plastic or metal (or a combination of both) and a wide variety of prices and styles. If your choice of frame is restricted by the type of lens you require, your optician will show you the range of frames that would be suitable, so that you may make an informed selection.
Lenses are made of either glass or plastic, with a variety of types of both. Your optician will advise you on the best choice for your spectacle lenses, and will base his/her advice on the material which will be safest and provide the thinnest, best looking lenses possible with your prescription.