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October 11, 2020

IMPORTANCE OF HAVING BACKUP EYEGLASSES

Last week, a gentleman furiously came to our technician, holding his broken eyeglass and requesting urgent help. He explained to us what happened. He has an important conference outside the country tomorrow. While discussing the keynote presentation at his office with his co-workers, he took his glasses off and put it on the couch to adjust his facemask. Simultaneously, one of his managers decided to relax for a minute and sat on the sofa over the same glasses. Long story short: The frame was contorted, and one arm hinge was broken. His prescription is about -4.00 spherical with-3.00 astigmatism. Without glasses, it's almost impossible for him to move around, let alone presenting a keynote. The broken hinge couldn't be repaired. But luckily, we could find a frame in which the old lenses can be fit in, and finally, the customer found himself relaxed. Well, what if there was no right sized frame for his old lenses? What if his lenses were broken or damaged in the accident? It would have spoiled a significant event in his career or life. That gentleman was lucky, but you cannot expect luck whenever things go wrong. But you could always be prepared!

Your Prescription Matters

As the prescription goes higher, the importance of backup eyeglasses raises. If your prescription is low-grade astigmatism and you are wearing your glasses to reduce the eye strain at work- although a backup pair is always recommended- it's OK to live with one glass pair. If anything happens, you could manage without glasses for a couple of days, until the new pair comes.

The situation is different if you have a high prescription, such as -3.00 or -5.00. Without glasses, it's almost impossible to manage without the glasses, even for an hour.

If your prescription is below -0.75, we think it's still fine not to have a backup pair. As we mentioned earlier, you possibly could manage for a day or two without much struggle, and the lenses may be readily available with vendors so that you could get it fast. If your prescription is somewhere between -0.75 and -3.00, we recommend having at least one spare pair ready. This could be your lifesaver if anything unfortunate happens and lose your spectacle.
If your prescription is above -3.00, we strongly recommend keeping more than one spare pairs. It's a safe practice to keep one at home and another at work, in your case. The backup pairs don't have to be as expensive or stylish as your prime glasses. You could ask your optician to go for the cheapest lenses and frames they have for your spare glasses. But trust us, even the ugliest glasses can be a lifesaver sometimes.

Travelers

People who travel frequently do need to be extra vigilant if they are using prescription glasses. It's recommended to keep two spare glasses- one in the cabin bag and another in check-in luggage depends on your travel nature and strength of the prescription. Imagine a situation where you are flying abroad for an important meeting, but you broke your glasses unexpectedly during the course of your journey!

Contact Lenses Wearers

Soft contact lenses sometimes tear and need to be replaced — either with new lenses or by substituting them with eyeglasses. Contacts can also catch dust particles or cause other irritation that requires a readjustment. Keep in mind that contacts should only be handled with the proper contact solution, which may not always be readily available.
After a long working day, it's healthy to switch to glasses at home so that your eyes can breathe adequately and relax. Also, if you are using a bi-weekly/monthly contacts, your contact lenses need to be cleaned and refreshed for the next day use, by immersing them in their solutions. Some situations, such as swimming, may require you to remove your contacts entirely. If this is the case, be sure to have a backup pair of glasses ready, or at least a storage case and solution.
Though these are some of the most common circumstances for needing an extra pair of glasses, there are many more to prepare for. In any case, having a backup plan will serve your vision well.

Office Glasses

Presbyopia is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close. It is a normal part of aging. The term "presbyopia" comes from a Greek word that means "old eye." You may start to notice presbyopia shortly after age 40. You will probably find that you hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly.
The usual solutions to overcome presbyopia are Reading glasses and Progressive( Varifocal) lenses. But in this digital era, reading glasses are impractical or insufficient for most of the users. People prefer progressive glasses because they are versatile, and they don't limit your sight as reading glasses do. But it has its own limitations- the reading area is tiny and relies a lot on the head movement ( Since the reading area comes at the bottom part of the glasses, you probably have to raise your head to read up close), and this can be tiresome if you are working in front of a computer for most of the time. While having a a pair of progressive glasses for your everyday tasks, it's wise to invest in a pair of "Office Glasses to use at work."
Office glasses are a new addition in the prescription lens line-up. These lenses are optimized for today's near vision requirements and digital life-style. They can dramatically increase visual comfort and reduce eye strain. Wearing a regular progressive lens instead of a computer lens often creates a stiff neck as you try to hold your head to clear your vision by looking through a different part of the lens.

Prescription Sunglasses

The great vision and comfort you get from your prescription eyeglasses don't routinely protect you from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, and the photochromatic lenses cannot totally replace a good pair of prescription sunglasses. This is why you might need a prescription sunglass as your backup.
Photochromatic lenses rely on UV rays. If the UV rays are less intense, they won't get as dark as we expect. This is one reason why photochromic lenses don't get dark inside a car or vehicle as the windshield blocks most of the UV rays. While prescription sunglasses can be polarized, Photochromic lenses don't offer polarization. For those who spend a significant amount of time outdoors, a good pair of prescription sunglasses can be more helpful.
For a glass user, a backup pair is like having an insurance policy. It can save you time and money. Ask yourself how reliant are you on your glasses, and what would you do if you lose them? Because in our world today, if you're incapacitated for even a couple of days, it changes everything. If you are looking for a very basic, budget range backup pair, our AED99 Frame collection is a great choice.

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