Eyeglasses FAQs

In today’s world of designer eyewear and high-tech lenses, choosing a pair of glasses can be a challenge. Fortunately, you can get help from the pros at Sylvan Eye Associates. These FAQs from our Modesto eye doctor can guide you to choosing the right eyewear for you.


If I only need reading glasses, can I skip the eye exam and buy a cheap pair from my local pharmacy?

Drugstore readers may be okay for some people, but not everyone can benefit from this generic approach to eyewear. If you have problems with astigmatism or your eyes have different prescriptions, you may get eye strain or headaches from using pre-made readers. Besides testing your visual clarity, eye exams are important for detecting eye diseases that can cause vision loss. Many of these diseases have no symptoms in their early stages. If you skip your exams, you may not know you have an eye disease until you experience vision loss.

What type of eyeglasses should I choose?

If you’re wearing glasses for the first time, our eye doctor can guide you in making wise eyeglass buying decisions. We carry a large inventory of designer frames and state of the art lenses to choose from. We’ll help you choose glasses that are attractive, comfortable, and practical for your lifestyle and budget. By trying on various styles, colors, and designs, you’ll get a better idea of what looks and feels good on you.

I work on a computer often. Is there a way to stop glare on my computer screen when wearing my glasses?

This problem can easily be avoided by choosing anti-reflective coating on your lenses. Anti-reflective coating can also reduce glare at night. Many people prefer anti-reflective coating as it enables them to see through their glasses more clearly and allows others to see their eyes.

How often should I change my glasses?

Our optometrist will let you know if you need a new prescription after every eye exam. If your prescription hasn’t changed, you can still change your frames as often as you want for variety.

Should I see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?

Optometrists specialize in eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lens exams and fittings, detecting eye diseases, vision therapy and eye disease treatments. They also perform pre and post-op care for eye surgeries.

An ophthalmologist performs these tasks and goes one step further in conducting eye surgeries such as LASIK, cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery.

See Our Modesto Eye Doctor for Prescription Eyewear

Whether you need an eye exam, a new pair of glasses or eye treatments, Sylvan Eye Associates in Modesto is your one stop location for all your eye care needs. Schedule an appointment with our Modesto optometrist by calling (209) 575-2020 today. 


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  • "The staff at Sylvan Vision is always friendly and helpful. The selection of frames is also excellent. Their location is convenient and easy to find. I recommend them!"
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