Optometry and Optics

How do I read my visual acuity results?

The preliminary results represent the measurement of your visual acuity. Visual acuity indicates the sharpness or your vision. It refers to the ability to recognize signs on a standardized chart from a specific viewing distance. There are several ways to express the measured visual acuity; we use the decimal as well as the 20/20-system. Decimal: … Continued

Eye care professions

There are several professions in eye care. Each profession fulfills different tasks and responsibilities. What do opticians, optometrists or ophthalmologists do? Optician Opticians are trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames and to dispense contact lenses or other devices to correct eyesight. In several European countries, opticians also perform eye exams as … Continued

Snellen chart

Eye care professionals use standardized charts with letters, numbers or symbols in different sizes to test your distance vision as compared to other people. A classic example of an eye chart is the Snellen chart, developed by Dutch ophthalmologist, Dr. Hermann Snellen, in the 1860s. Nowadays, this chart is the most commonly used in ophthalmology … Continued

What to expect from your prescription

After possibly experiencing headaches and blurry street signs, you have taken an eye test and purchased new eyewear with your prescription. If you are not used to wearing glasses or contact lenses, they may  feel uncomfortable at first but the improvement in your vision is worth it. Words on a page that were only previously … Continued

Adjusting to a new frame

Initially, new frames often do not feel completely comfortable.  This is normal and even expected. You may need a couple of days to get used to the new frame. Since there are a variety of shapes available, from big and round to small and rectangular, it may take you some time to adjust to the … Continued

Adaptation to glasses with a new prescription

When wearing a new pair of glasses, always take the time for your eyes to adjust to a new prescription. You may feel mildly off-balance or dizzy when you first wear your new prescription eye wear. It is completely normal and almost everyone goes through it. We don’t recommend  that you plan a long-distance drive … Continued

Adaptation to glasses with a new prescription
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