Eyeglasses Selection in Mt. Pleasant

H. Arnold Papernick, OD is your Mt. Pleasant optometrist for all aspects of your eye care. You'll never feel rushed or hurried when visiting our office because we specialize in taking the time to do a thorough eye exam. Upon your visit to our Mt. Pleasant office, Dr. Papernick will assess your eye health and vision strength, determining if you need corrective lenses to improve your eyesight. One of the most common methods of vision correction is eyeglasses. Our entire staff is dedicated to finding just the right pair of eyeglasses for you, to fit both your face and your lifestyle. Our office is also able to add prescription lenses to any frame with removable lenses.

Eye Doctor Explains All About Eyeglasses

You may see the frame first, but eyeglasses begin with the lens. They can be made of many different materials such as plastic, polycarbonate or glass. Each one has advantages and disadvantages; our Mt. Pleasant optometrist will determine which one is right for you during your consultation. 


Lenses are made out of many different materials. Within the materials, there are also different variations. For instance a plastic lens for very strong prescription can be made into a thinner lens of a different index. Polycarbonate lenses are strongly recommended for children because they are the toughest lenses. To learn more about the different types of eyeglass lenses, visit the AOA.

Your lens prescription may help to determine what type of eyeglasses you get. Not only will stronger prescriptions call for lighter materials in lenses, certain frame shapes will not be appropriate for everyone.

Bifocal, Trifocal, Progressive & Computer Lenses

Not every pair of glasses is every function. If you need to work at a computer, you may require computer lenses. As people get older, people may need  extra correction for near vision. You'll notice it's more difficult to focus on objects up close because of presbyopia. You can correct that in different ways. For instance, you can have two pairs of glasses - one for reading and one for distance, or bifocals with a line or without the line (progressive lenses). 

The difference between the bifocal with a line and without is that in a bifocal with a line there are two area a distance and a near in the lenses, you go from one to the other - as in one step to the next. Whereas in progressive, instead of having just two or three lens powers like bifocals or trifocals, progressive lenses are true "multifocal" lenses that provide a seamless progression of many lens powers for all viewing distances.

Trifocals have three points of focus- for distance, intermediate and near vision. The intermediate segment in trifocal lenses is directly above the near segment (lens segment devoted to near-vision correction that can be different shapes like half-moon, full bottom half, rectangular) and is used to view objects at arm's length. 

These lenses are useful for those who need separate prescriptions for near and far vision, as well as for middle distance viewing such as at a computer screen. You can be assured that we will find a good fit for your lifestyle with our selection of high quality frames.

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If you have any questions about eyeglasses or types of lenses, or if you're in need of vision correction, call our Mt. Pleasant office. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have, or to make an appointment that fits in with your schedule.