Frequently Asked Questions
- -How should I care for my lenses?
- -What are progressive lenses?
- -Do I need an eye exam to wear contacts?
- -Can I purchase eyeglasses even if I don't need a prescription?
- -My eyes are bothered by glare, especially while driving at night. What can I do?
- -Do tinted lenses offer protection from the sun?
- -What is a single-vision lens?
- -What is a bifocal lens?
- -What is titanium?
- -Can I purchase non-prescription sunglasses at Sears Optical?
- -What can I expect during a typical eye exam?
How should I care for my lenses?
Protect your investment! Proper care and cleaning will help maintain the life of your eyeglasses. Used daily, our unique Sears Optical Lens Cleaner and cloth are safe for all lens types; they make it easy to keep your lenses clean. In addition, you will prolong the life of your lenses if you wash them with warm soapy water once or twice a month. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly and use a soft lens cloth or non-lint cloth to dry. Never clean your glasses with a dry cloth or abrasive cleaning products. Store your glasses in a clean dry place, away from potential damage, and never set them aside with the lens side down!.
We recommend our pre-moistened towelettes for your convenience. Visit a Sears Optical near you for a free sample.
What are progressive lenses?
Progressive lenses, otherwise known as no-line bifocals, are multi-focal lenses offering clarity for distance, intermediate and near vision without unsightly lines. They are usually prescribed for people whose focus has declined due to presbyopia, an age-related change that affects the natural lens in the eye.
Do I need an eye exam to wear contacts?
Yes, before you purchase contacts you must be examined by a Doctor of Optometry and licensed contact lens fitter. Measurements of the eye and external eye health must be determined. Our contact lens fitters will evaluate your vision, fit, and comfort with contact lenses on and then determine which type of contacts will work best for you.
Can I purchase eyeglasses even if I don't need a prescription?
Absolutely! Not only is eyewear functional, it's a fashion accessory that can be worn to complete an outfit. You can change your look or make a dramatic fashion statement with our stylish designer frames. At Sears Optical, you can choose from hundreds of frames and many designer brands.
My eyes are bothered by glare, especially while driving at night. What can I do?
To eliminate glare while driving and in various lighting conditions, an anti-reflective coating will reduce reflection, decrease halos around light, and improve cosmetic appearance. We strongly recommend anti-reflective to all our customers. Your eyes will look and see better!
Ask one of our associates about our Clear lenses.
Do tinted lenses offer protection from the sun?
Sometimes a light or dark tint of colour on an eyeglass lens can be beneficial to aid in vision. Tinted lenses reduce visible light but they offer no UV protection from the sun. For sun protection, you need lenses that include tint and UV protection. Polarized lenses will offer you the greatest protection from the sun's harmful UV rays and reduce reflective glare.
What is titanium?
Titanium is a lightweight, durable and hypoallergenic metal. Titanium frames are the perfect solution for active lifestyles or heavy prescriptions. Check out our frames for a variety of titanium styles.
Can I purchase non-prescription sunglasses at Sears Optical?
We offer a wide array of fashionable plano (non-Rx) sunglasses for all our customers. Adults and children should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Polarized lenses work particularly well to shield your eyes from reflections off water, snow or shiny objects. For those who drive a car or work and play in the sun, there are no better lenses than polarized.
What can I expect during a typical eye exam?
Eye exams are available from licensed Independent Doctors of Optometry located next to Sears Optical. During the exam you will be tested for visual acuity and general eye health. The doctor will check for signs of cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases. An examination can also reveal other health problems, including diabetes or high blood pressure.
In children, a routine eye exam consists of tests for near and distance vision; peripheral vision; eye/hand coordination; the ability to use both eyes together; and the ability of the eyes to move smoothly across a page and shift quickly and accurately from one object to another - all critical for a child learning to read.