Glasses Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

Have you been struggling with eye strain or blurred vision lately? If so, it may be time for a pair of glasses. Doctors commonly prescribe glasses for people who are having trouble seeing up close or at a distance. A comprehensive eye exam can help determine if you are nearsighted or farsighted. If you are struggling to see and want to get an eye exam, call optometrists Reed Gibb, OD, and Chad Waggoner, OD, at Specs Appeal in St. George, Utah. The team can help you with all your eye care needs.

Glasses Q & A

What types of vision problems are glasses used for?

Glasses correct vision if you have trouble seeing or experiencing eye strain or blurry vision. Glasses can be used for various vision problems, including:

Nearsightedness

This is the ability to see objects up close but being unable to see objects at a distance. According to the American Optometric Association, nearsightedness affects about 30% of the US population.

Farsightedness

This is being able to see objects at a distance but not up close. Farsightedness affects approximately 5-10% of the US population.

Astigmatism

When this occurs, images appear blurry or distorted. Astigmatism can affect people of any age.

Presbyopia

This is the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects, such as a book or newspaper. Presbyopia typically presents in the early to mid-40s and can worsen with age.

What kinds of symptoms might I experience if I need glasses?

It’s normal for your vision to change as you age, and not all vision changes are abnormal. For example, needing more light to see is not necessarily a reason for glasses. However, some symptoms may warrant further concern. These include:

  • Squinting
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Eye strain
  • Hazy or fuzzy vision
  • Headaches
  • Trouble seeing or driving at night

If you’re ever unsure about vision changes or notice something that’s outside your normal, contact Dr. Gibb or Dr. Waggoner for further evaluation.

How should glasses fit?

It’s important to have a proper glasses fitting after your prescription is ready. Your optometrist can make sure the glasses are properly fitted to your face. They will take measurements to determine what frame size you will need.

The frames should line up horizontally with the center of your eyes. Your optometrist will check your pupillary distance to determine where your eyes should align with your lenses. The weight of the glasses should be evenly distributed across the bridge of your nose. The frames' temples should feel secure around your face, without pinching or feeling too tight. 

If you’re interested in seeing if you need glasses or need to get your glasses fitted, call Specs Appeal today or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Gibb and Dr. Waggoner are happy to work with you to find the perfect pair of glasses.