Eyeglasses From H. Arnold Papernick OD

No matter what a person's vision might be, eyeglasses are a big part of our lives. The Vision Council of America estimates that three-quarters of adults wear glasses at least part of the time for the purpose of correcting or enhancing vision. Add in the role of sunglasses, and the numbers climb even more.


Most people who wear prescription eyeglasses do because they are either nearsighted or farsighted. Some nearsighted people, those who can see close up, but not distances develop close vision issues once they get older, and may need bifocals. Further vision disturbances are caused by astigmatism, which happens when corneas are irregularly shaped. When a prescription is needed for eyeglasses, it is important to get it right. At H. Arnold Papernick, OD we specialize in taking our time with comprehensive eye exams, so we are able to determine exactly what you need to see your best.

Importance of a Thorough Eye Exam

Many people have their approximate prescription even out after several years of wearing eyeglasses as a child or teen, but even when this happens it is important to update your glasses and get a new exam at least every year or two. Not only is your prescription identified, but many harmful eye conditions are screened for, such as cataracts and glaucoma. During your exam, we'll also look at lifestyle factors, such as how much you work on the computer, times spent driving, sporting activities and more in order to suggest available features for your lenses that can make life a little safer and more comfortable.

Lens Enhancements That Go Beyond Your Prescription

Lenses come in many materials, and the rarest material is actually glass because it is much too heavy. Instead, today's lenses are made from plastic, high index plastic, or polycarbonate, which is known for its durability. Lens materials vary in thickness and in price and the recommended material will depend on your vision. Popular coatings for glasses include scratch-resistant coating, anti-glare coating, and UV protection. Within the lenses themselves, progressive lenses can be made in order to see at varying distances without lines on bifocals or trifocals. Photochromic lenses are also popular because they darken gradually when exposed to the sun.

Finding Your Style

Eyeglasses frames come in many styles as well and are available with both economies in mind and from high-end designers depending on your preference. We can also help you select the right shape of frames that will best compliment your face.

To learn more about all your eyeglasses options, contact us at H. Arnold Papernick OD in Mt. Pleasant, PA at (724) 547-5711 to schedule an appointment.