5 Things I’ve Learned About Glasses From Working at an Optical Store

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I’ve been working at a local optical store for a while now. After getting offered an awesome new opportunity, I have made the decision to leave. My last couple of weeks have been spent reflecting on my time at the store. I have come to realize that I have gained some life-changing facts about glasses that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I am here to share with you those facts:

Always Get The Coatings

While working at the shop, many customers would come in determined not to pay more than they need to. They would say “I don’t want any of those coatings on my lenses, they are just a money grab” and I would have to order the lenses just as such. Those people would always come back very upset about their quality of lenses.

Lens coatings are very important in order to get the best experience out of your glasses. The basic anti-reflective coatings will eliminate the reflections on your lenses, making it easier for light to pass through to your eyes. This results in sharper vision. Most premium AR coatings will also have hydrophobic and oleophobic technology. This means your lenses will repel water and oil, making them easier to clean and keep clean. Anti-scratch coatings will help prevent small scratches and scuffs, but it’s impossible to get lenses that are completely scratch proof.

There Will Always be an Adjusting Period

I’ve seen people frustrated right off the bat when they try on their glasses because they think their prescription is wrong. 9 out of 10 times this goes away once they go home and wear them for at least a week. It will take a longer time to adjust if it’s your first pair of glasses, you have a high prescription, or it’s a progressive prescription. I have seen people take almost a month to adjust to a progressive prescription. The worst thing you can do during this adjustment period is put on a previous pair of glasses with an older prescription for the day. This will just reset the process and unfortunately prolong it.

Cheap Sunglasses Actually Harm Your Eyes

It’s not just for sales purposes when someone recommends that you invest in a high-quality pair of sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses will protect you from the most harmful UV light – UVB and UVA. Exposure to these rays can result in cataracts, cancer and macular degeneration (vision loss). A lot of cheap sunglasses won’t have this protection. They will also fool you into thinking that the darker the tint, the better the pair of glasses. When you have a dark tinted lens with no UV protection, your pupils will dilate more. This results in more harmful rays let into your eyes. A better option of protection is lightly tinted lenses with UV protection.

Don’t Be Shy About the Warranty

There is usually a warranty on most lenses, even if you didn’t pay extra for it. Optical stores will most likely help you out if:

  • You can’t get used to the glasses even after a few weeks of trying
  • The coatings have started to peel off or craze
  • Your prescription has changed within a couple months of getting the glasses

Since they want to keep you as a happy, returning customer, your optical store does have the option to push through the warranty depending on their lens company. Just try to be level-headed and polite about your issues, and remember that you are dealing with people who are just trying to earn a living.

Get Your Frames Adjusted to Your Face

Everyone is different, so it would be silly to assume that glasses will fit the same on every face. There are many adjustments that can be done to loosen or tighten your glasses, raise them or lower them on your face, and make them more comfortable for everyday wear. When you get your glasses, make sure to get an expert to see how it fits on your face and let them know about any immediate changes that need to be made. Most people won’t notice anything until they wear the new glasses for a few days, but they can always be brought back for adjustments.

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