Wearing lenses is something that nearly all of us will encounter at some point in our lives, especially with the natural evolution of our eyes and onset of presbyopia. This is partly the reason why it is so important to have regular eye examinations and ensure you are receiving the latest eye care to meet your needs.
It is crucial that everyone goes for an eye examination every 2 years, unless told otherwise by your optician or doctor. For those already wearing lenses, an eye examination can continue to ensure you have the right prescription and make sure you haven’t developed any further visual or health related requirements. After all, there could be a chance that your eyesight has changed since your last examination.
What’s more, you never know what new technology could have emerged that may enhance your lens solution even further.
If you’ve had your current lenses for some time and you’re due an eye examination, there’s a chance you may need new lenses. There are some signs that you can look out for yourself, which can be very helpful in recognising whether your lenses are no longer working correctly for your needs.
Do you need new lenses?
There are a number of signs that you may notice if you need new lenses. One of the most noticeable signs is experiencing increased eye strain. If you are wearing an incorrect prescription, then your lenses simply aren’t providing the right solution for your vision. Eye strain could mean that you start to experience more frequent headaches when wearing your lenses. If this sounds familiar, it could be down to your prescription.
Eye fatigue is something many of us might encounter for a number of different reasons, and usually means that your eyes feel tired all the time. You might even suffer from dry or itchy eyes too. If this occurs you should consider making an appointment with your local optician. This can be one of the clearest indications of a change in your vision and could mean you need an updated prescription.
Squinting can often occur because it reduces the amount of light entering your eyes, which can help you to focus better. However, unless you’re in an unusually bright environment, you shouldn’t need to squint through your lenses if they are working correctly.
If you encounter blurred vision, it’s possible that you have experienced a drastic change in your vision. However, blurred vision can also be a sign of something more serious, such as cataracts, so it’s important to see your optician if you notice this.
Is there new lens technology available?
If you’ve had your lenses for a couple of years, you might not be aware of any new lens solutions that have emerged in the meantime.
At Essilor, our latest Varilux lenses, Varilux X Series, include Nanoptix technology that restores vision stability and reduces any loss of balance that you may encounter when wearing varifocal lenses. The lenses also have Xtend technology, which means they are optimised for multiple near distances for one gaze direction, reducing the unnecessary need for head movement. If you are wearing outdated lenses, you might not be aware that this technology is available for your varifocal prescription!
Crizal can help to enhance your lenses in two different ways; Crizal Prevencia will selectively filter out harmful light such as UV and Blue-Violet light (1), while Crizal Sapphire UV can help reduce reflections to provide better clarity. This advanced solution will not only enhance lens aesthetics, but can deliver superior eye health protection too. As we are becoming more aware of how to look after our eyes, new solutions are needed to help us achieve it.
So, at your next eye examination, ask about Essilor, the #1 spectacle manufacturer worldwide (2), and unleash your full vision potential.
1) Crizal Prevencia blocks 20% of the harmful Blue-Violet light, reducing retinal cell death by 25%. The Blue-Violet light cut may slightly differ depending on lens materials. In vitro experiments conducted by Essilor and Paris Vision Institute.2) Euromonitor Eyezen 2019 edition, Essilor International SA Company. Retail value sales at RSP.2) Euromonitor Eyezen 2019 edition, Essilor International SA Company. Retail value sales at RSP.