Problems with your near or distance vision can often be corrected with prescription eyewear. A comprehensive eye exam from our Gulfport, MS, ophthalmologist from Benefield Eye Care will give you an accurate prescription for the eyeglasses you need. Once you have a prescription, the next step is choosing eyeglasses that suit your personality, lifestyle, and budget. The following information from your ophthalmology specialist can be helpful in finding the perfect pair of glasses for you.


Types of Eyeglasses

When shopping for prescription eyewear, consider the type of frames and lenses you want or need. At Benefield Eye Care, we carry a wide selection of eyeglass frames in all kinds of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials. By trying on different styles and designs, you can get a better idea of what looks and feels right for you.   

In like manner, there are multiple types of lenses you can choose from to match your prescription. These include:

  • High index lenses – These lenses are made from thin, lightweight, plastic material which makes your glasses more comfortable to wear.
  • Polycarbonate lenses – This lens is more suited for people who live an active lifestyle as they’re highly resilient, making them less resistant to breakage.
  • Bifocal and trifocal lenses – These lenses are used to correct two or more visual problems at the same time.
  • Progressive lenses – Like bifocals and trifocals, progressive lenses also correct two or more visual problems. However, these lenses provide visual clarity without distinguishable visible lines.
  • Transitions – Transition lenses turn dark in sunlight and provide protection against UV rays from the sun. Therefore, they can double as sunglasses when outdoors.

You can also personalize your lenses by choosing from a variety of coatings to enhance their function and appearance. Anti-reflective coating, for example, reduces glare. Scratch-resistant coating protects your lenses from getting scratched. If you work on computers, you may be interested in a blue light reduction coating to minimize digital eye strain. A UV protection coating protects your eyes from UV rays from the sun.

Tips for Selecting Eyeglasses

Your prescription, personal preference, lifestyle and budget all come into play when selecting prescription eyewear. For eyewear that looks good on you, choose a frame that matches the shape of your face, color of your hair and skin tone. Your frames should also suit your lifestyle, depending on how your glasses will be used. Then match your frames with a lens type that meets your visual needs. Equally as important is pricing your new eyewear to ensure it falls within your budget.

See Our Ophthalmology Specialist for Prescription Eyewear

To schedule an appointment for an eye exam or for help selecting prescription eyeglasses, contact your Benefield Eye Care ophthalmologist in Gulfport, MS, at (228) 328-0972.


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