According to the American Optometric Association, you should get your eyes examined every year after the age of three, unless you have a condition that warrants more frequent visits.
During your exam, an optometrist will ask you questions about your overall eye health. Then they’ll check your visual acuity with a standard eye chart. Each eye will receive a numeric score, such as 20/20 for perfection vision, or 20/40 for vision requiring correction. The larger the bottom number of the fraction, the stronger your eye prescription will be.
Next, the optometrist will use eye drops to dilate the pupils. They will examine each eye with an ophthalmoscope, an instrument that allows them to check the inner health of the eyes. Finally, they’ll examine the outer surface of the eyes and perform any additional tests as needed, such as color blindness, depth perception or glaucoma tests.
A normal test result means that your eye doctor found no problems with your vision, your vision is 20/20 or that your vision can be corrected to 20/20 with glasses or contacts. It also means you can see colors and that there’s no evidence of glaucoma or any other eye disease. Beyond the Rx, your doctor may evaluate you for any of the following conditions:
- Astigmatism: A condition in which one or both eyes are shaped unevenly, resulting in blurry vision from multiple focal points.
- Blocked Tear Duct: A blockage in the tube that carries tears away from the eye.
- Cataracts: Clouding of the clear lens of the eye, causing dim or blurry vision.
- Color Blindness: The inability to see certain colors.
- Eye Trauma: Damage or injury to the eye
- Glaucoma: An eye disease that causes increased pressure inside the eye that damages the optic disk. When left untreated, glaucoma can result in gradual vision loss.
- Hyperopia: Also known as farsightedness; the ability to see objects far away better than up close.
- Lazy Eye/Strabismus: A condition that causes one eye to drift away from the focal point due to an eye muscle weakness.
- Myopia: Also known as nearsightedness; the ability to see objects up close better than far away.
- Presbyopia: A condition that causes worsened vision when reading or viewing things up close. It typically requires the use of bifocals for clear near vision.
Yes! You’re welcome to bring your prescription to your next appointment.
One way is to study the shape of your face. The right frames will contrast your facial shape, repeat your best feature and be proportionate to the size of your face.
We carry all the latest and most advanced lenses. The best way to choose a lens type and treatment is to speak with an optician about which lenses are best for you.
When you purchase eyewear at Boscov’s Optical, it is automatically covered against manufacturer defects for 30 days from pick up in store. For a small fee, we also offer a one-year Eyewear Protection Plan (EPP). The EPP provides an additional layer of protection against unexpected loss or damage. Associated co-pays apply. Some of the benefits include one-time replacement for lost or stolen eyewear, as well as protection against Rx changes in the first 6 months. Ask an optician for more details.
Yes, we will refit and adjust your glasses for free for as long as you own them!
Each pair of glasses is a custom order requiring precise measurement. That’s why it’s best to get fitted for new eyewear in person, so we can make sure your glasses will fit and be comfortable to wear.
You should also try on your frames before you buy them to make sure you like how they look and feel on you. After all, your glasses are a part of your everyday look, and we want you to feel confident that you’ve made the right choice!
Unfortunately, not all our styles are featured online. At Boscov’s Optical, we carry hundreds of frames, and new styles are constantly arriving. For the most up-to-date information on which styles will work best with your current prescription and budget in mind, we recommend that you visit your local Boscov’s Optical and speak with one of our opticians.
We accept cash, check, and most major credit cards. You can use your Boscov’s credit card on any purchase in the optical department. We also accept many vision insurance plans, as well as Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).
FAQs About Contact Lenses
Here are some of the common types of lenses. We recommend talking to your eye doctor about which contacts are best for you and your lifestyle:
- Disposable Contacts: Can be worn for a single use or for a period of up to two weeks. Disposable contacts don’t need to be cleaned or maintained, making them ideal for those with busy lifestyles.
- Extended Wear Contacts: For long term use. Can be worn for up to a month, even while you’re asleep.
- Colored Contacts: These lenses will change or enhance your eye color and can be worn with or without vision correction.
- Toric Contacts: Designed specifically for people with astigmatism.
- Bifocal Contacts: Just like bifocal glasses, these contact lenses have separate areas that correct near and long-distance vision.
- Monovision Contacts: An alternative to bifocal contacts. One lens corrects near vision, and the other corrects long-distance vision.
- Gas Permeable Contacts: These lenses are made from a combination of hard plastic and silicone, an oxygen permeable material.
Even if you wear contacts regularly, it’s a good idea to have a pair of backup glasses in case you lose your contacts or in case of an injury or infection. You may also want a pair of prescription sunglasses or computer glasses. For more information, talk with your eye doctor.
Everyone’s eyes are unique, so even if you’re just ordering contacts for cosmetic purposes, you still need a current prescription. An eye doctor will measure the curvature of your eyes and prescribe the right brand, type and power for your eyes. This will ensure that you get the safest and most comfortable fit.
Maybe, but only an eye doctor can tell for sure.
Always ask your eye doctor before changing your lens care regimen. Even mixing approved contact solutions can occasionally cause issues with your contacts.
Yes, but you should use eyedrops specifically recommended for contact lenses. For more information, check with your eye doctor.
You should never wear contact lenses past the expiration date on the package.
Yes! Unlike glasses, you don’t have to worry about contacts breaking, falling off or fogging up during physical activity. Plus, it’s easier to wear sports goggles with contacts.
No. You should only use the lens care products your eye doctor recommends. Always clean, restore and rewet your contact lenses in a sterile environment.
Yes, some contacts can be worn overnight. Ask your doctor for more information about overnight lenses.
No, it’s not possible to lose contact lenses inside the eye.
No; your contacts fit the shape and size of your eyes and will not necessarily fit anyone else’s eyes.
Yes! You can use colored contacts for cosmetic purposes, even if you have 20/20 vision. To do this, you’ll need to schedule a regular contact lens exam with your eye doctor so they can measure the shape and size of your eyes.