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Glasses Fit For Me

POSTED ON June 30, 2010

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Being new to the optical industry I have faced quite the learning curve when it comes to the vocabulary used with frames, styles, lenses-just about everything.  Coming into the field, however, I do know that glasses can make or break an outfit sometimes and can truly be worn as a fashion statement.  A pair of glasses can help define an owner’s personality as they help them see their world and while doing so the glasses give the owner a way to express themselves.  The ...

Being new to the optical industry I have faced quite the learning curve when it comes to the vocabulary used with frames, styles, lenses-just about everything.  Coming into the field, however, I do know that glasses can make or break an outfit sometimes and can truly be worn as a fashion statement.  A pair of glasses can help define an owner’s personality as they help them see their world and while doing so the glasses give the owner a way to express themselves.  The lenses technically help the owner see and the frames hold the lenses and together it makes a pair of glasses.  Voila!

Simple right?  It would seem but there is a lot more that goes into getting a pair of glasses; it goes beyond any frame style or lens prescription and it starts with each patient’s personal lifestyle.  Something each Dr. Tavel patient completes upon coming to an office is a case history form.  This form would seem to be a standard data collection form found at any medical office but upon looking further it is not.

Glasses or contacts are something you wear (usually) every day; they impact your physical appearance as others see you and they help you see clearly.  To this end, the Visual Needs Assessment found on the Dr. Tavel case history form is valuable to fill out completely as it asks questions like “what type of work do you do?” and “what are your hobbies?”  Answering these questions with as much detail as possible is key to help ensure you get appropriate eyewear fit for your lifestyle.  For instance, I love to run outside and will soon be training for a marathon.  Writing that on the case history form and telling my optician helps me learn about Dr. Tavel Purifier sunglasses that will reduce any glare I see while training.

“Do you participate in: basketball, football, watching TV, driving, etc?”  You bet I do, so by marking these down on the form I can have another conversation about my lifestyle with the optician.  Finally “Do you use a computer, power tools, welding/industrial equipment, chemicals, other?”  On this one I honestly only use a computer daily (although at times when I feel quite adventurous I attempt to use a power drill to fix something in my apartment).  Answering this question helps my optician know what kind of things I’ll need my glasses for so in my case a specific pair of computer glasses would be ideal for my extended screen time at work.

Filling out the Dr. Tavel case history form and talking about these kinds of questions with my optician is clearly imperative to make certain I choose the right type of glasses fit for my life.  It also helps Dr. Tavel provide me the Best Eyecare, Best Eyewear….and that is a promise from the doctor!

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