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    Learn More About Your Vision Correction Options For Common Eye Conditions With These Great Resources

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Vision problems are common, but with glasses and contacts, you can see the world clearly again. Browse the information in these links to learn about eye health conditions and your options for improving your vision. When you need prescription glasses or contacts, call Hakim Optical. Our great prices and unmatched service keep our customers coming back again and again.

    Find out how we can help you achieve better vision by calling (888) 431-4133.

    When to Visit the Eye Doctor for an Eye Emergency

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Any time you have a problem with your vision, visiting an eye doctor makes good sense. However, there are some eye problems that require emergency medical care. Don’t wait for your next prescription glasses or contacts exam to be evaluated if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

    Sudden Vision Loss

    If your vision is suddenly impaired or lost completely, you need immediate care. Sudden, complete vision loss can be caused by anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, complete retinal detachment, and central retinal artery occlusion. Acute glaucoma and macular degeneration can also cause sudden vision problems. Fast treatment will give you the best chances of restoring your sight.

    Eye Scratches

    If your eye is scratched, get emergency medical care from an eye doctor. Though your eye may bleed and blood may pool around your eye, resist the temptation to apply pressure to control the bleeding. Instead, gently cover the eye with a sterile bandage or cloth until you can be seen by a doctor. Quick treatment is important to reduce the risk of introducing bacteria into your eye.

    Painful, Red Eyes after Sleeping with Contact Lenses

    If you slept in your contacts and woke up with painful, red eyes that are sensitive to light, call your eye doctor. These symptoms are usually associated with corneal ulcers, which commonly appear after sleeping with contacts. Corneal ulcers can cause permanent scarring that can impair your vision. They can become severe quickly and can be extremely painful. These ulcers are a risk even if you’ve been given the all-clear to sleep in your contacts, so don’t dismiss these symptoms simply because of previous advice about how to wear your contacts.

    At Hakim Optical, we value your eye health as much as you do. That’s why we’re committed to providing the best prescription glasses and contacts to our clients. Call (888) 431-4133 today to make an appointment and let us help you get the best fit for your glasses or contacts.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a New Pair of Prescription Eyeglasses

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     These days, prescription glasses are more than just functional. The right pair of glasses can enhance your appearance while they help improve your vision. At Hakim Optical, we have fashion consultants on staff to ensure you get the best frames for your prescription glasses every time. As you shop for new frames, here are some things to keep in mind:

    Face Shape

    The shape of your face is one of the biggest factors in choosing prescription glasses. There are two schools of thought on the best approach. Conventional wisdom dictates that you select a frame shape that contrasts with your face. For instance, if you have a round face, angular frames are a good choice. The other approach suggests just the opposite. Some people recommend that you match your face shape to your frame shape for an understated look. The best way to decide is to try on several different types of frames until you find one that works with your face.

    Frame Colour

    How colourful your frames are determines how bold your glasses look. Opting for frames in bright colours like red and purple will draw instant attention to your glasses. Going for muted brown, gray, or wire rims will make your glasses less noticeable. You should also consider skin tone when choosing a frame colour. Try on various frame colours to see which enhance your skin tone.

    Lenses

    There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to lenses. For instance, you will need to decide if you want anti-reflective coating, scratch-resistant coating, sun protection, or thin lenses. Considerations like how much you drive at night and how prone you are to storing your glasses out of the case will impact these choices. The Hakim Optical team will help you weigh the pros and cons of each lens type.

    Are you ready to update your look with a new pair of prescription glasses? Visit Hakim Optical to get fitted for your perfect look. Call (888) 431-4133 to schedule your appointment.

    Signs That You Can Benefit From Prescription Contact Lenses

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    Are you tired of seeing your world through blurry eyes? Prescription contact lenses can sharpen the edges of your vision again, but they aren’t right for everyone. Here are some indications that contact lenses are a good fit for you:

    You Have Refractive Errors

    Some eye problems that cause blurry vision, such as cataracts and glaucoma, can’t be corrected by contact lenses. However, if your vision problems are caused by refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, then contacts can be an ideal fix. Tweaks in the prescription allow contacts to be effective at correcting all types of refractive problems.

    Your Eyes Are Generally Healthy

    Aside from compromised vision, are your eyes in good general health? Contacts are best suited for people who don’t have other issues, like pressure problems, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Contacts can also be a nuisance if you suffer from allergies, since watering eyes can cause contacts to slip. Contacts can also exacerbate itchiness when allergies are flaring.

    You’re Committed to Safe Handling

    Contacts require much more care than prescription glasses. It’s crucial that you follow the instructions for changing and cleaning your contacts to the letter. Not following the proper maintenance routine for your contacts could lead to tearing. The even bigger concern with poor contact handling is infection. If you handle your contacts with dirty hands or don’t clean them at regular intervals, you run the risk of introducing dangerous bacteria and fungus into your eyes. These could cause painful infections that impact your vision and even impair your future ability to wear contacts.

    Prescription contacts are a great alternative to glasses for many people, especially those with active lifestyles. There are many different styles of contacts available, so let Hakim Optical fit you with the best ones for you. Call us today at (888) 431-4133 to learn more about our prescription glasses and contacts services.

    What Is Astigmatism?

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    Astigmatism is one of the most common reasons people need prescription glasses and contacts. In fact, nearly everyone has some kind of astigmatism, but mild cases usually are non-symptomatic. It causes blurry vision and often appears alongside nearsightedness and farsightedness. In most cases, astigmatism is present at birth and may wax and wane throughout life. Here is what you need to know about this condition:

    Causes of Astigmatism

    Astigmatism is caused by an irregular curve in some part of the eye. In the vast majority of cases, this irregular curve affects the cornea, which covers your eye. However, sometimes the problem exists inside your eye, on the lens. In both instances, the curvature problem interferes with the reflection of light onto your retina. Nearsightedness and farsightedness often compound the reflection problems.

    Symptoms of Astigmatism

    Blurry vision is the main symptom of astigmatism. With astigmatism, both close and distant sight is impacted, and general vision is impaired. If you have nearsightedness or farsightedness along with astigmatism, you may notice that either your distance or close vision is blurrier than the other. If an astigmatism is severe, you may also get headaches and experience eye pain.

    Treatment of Astigmatism

    Glasses and contacts are usually the first-line treatment for astigmatism. Eyeglasses crafted with cylindrical lenses help correct the curvature of the cornea or lens, making vision clearer. Most glasses for astigmatism are single lens, unless you also have presbyopia, in which case bifocals may be used. At one time, contacts could not be used to treat astigmatism, but now, special lenses are available to correct this vision problem. In some cases, laser surgery is used to address astigmatism.

    At Hakim Optical, we have a huge selection of prescription glasses and contacts to help you overcome astigmatism. You can feel confident about our high-quality products and the support you receive as you make the right choice for your eyes. Call us today at (888) 431-4133 to learn more.

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