Contacts & Glasses Specialist

In Focus Vision Center, P.A.

Optometrists located in Piscataway, NJ & Metuchen, NJ

You have a lot of choices when it comes to vision correction, including whether you want to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, as well as what style you want and the best lenses to correct your vision. At In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare in Piscataway, New Jersey, Ray Corbin-Simon, OD, Madelyne Latorre-Magsaysay, OD and the rest of the team offer comprehensive eye exams to identify your prescription as well as a vast array of contact lenses, eyeglass frames, and eyeglass lenses. If you need a new prescription or if you want to update your look, call or make an appointment online today.

Contacts & Glasses Q & A

What symptoms indicate that I need eyeglasses or contact lenses?

As an adult, signs that you need corrective lenses include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Squinting
  • Eye fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Leaning toward your computer or holding your phone close to your eyes

Signs that your child needs eyeglasses include:

  • Squinting
  • Headaches
  • A decrease in academic performance
  • Behavior problems at school

If you or your child wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, your prescription is valid for a year. You should have your eyes checked annually, both to ensure your prescription is effective and to monitor your eye health.

Which is better, contact lenses or eyeglasses?

There are benefits to both contact lenses and eyeglasses, and the best option depends on your personal preferences.

The benefits of eyeglasses include:

  • Minimal cleaning or maintenance
  • No need to touch your eye
  • Less expensive in the long run
  • Can adjust the amount of light that enters your eye and block UV rays with digital, photochromic — often referred to as progressive — lenses
  • Making a fashion statement

The advantages of contact lenses include:

  • Unobstructed vision in all directions
  • Don’t get in the way of sports or other activities
  • Unaffected by weather conditions — i.e. they won’t fog up in cold weather
  • Ortho-k lenses can reshape your cornea while you sleep

Talk to your In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare optometrist about your lifestyle and whether contact lenses or glasses are better for you. Also, remember that you don’t have to choose between contacts and glasses. For example, you may be more comfortable wearing glasses if you work in front of a computer all day but want to wear contact lenses when you exercise or go out with friends.

Are the exams for contact lenses and eyeglasses different?

The exams for eyeglasses and contact lenses are very similar. Your optometrist runs a few additional tests for accurate contact lens prescriptions. A comprehensive eye exam is the foundation for assessing eye health and diagnosing refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

During this exam, your doctor uses computerized refraction testing to identify the precise prescription needed to correct your vision with eyeglasses. Your eyeglass prescription is a starting point for your contact lens prescription.

In addition to refraction testing, your doctor needs to measure your eye surface and perform a tear film evaluation to ensure your contact lenses fit correctly.

If you need an updated prescription for corrective lenses, new contact lenses, or a new pair of glasses, call or schedule an appointment online today.