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Do contacts make your vision worse?

You have just visited our eye care clinic for an eye exam in St. Charles, Missouri and you received a new vision prescription. Now it is time to purchase new eyewear – should you buy eyeglasses or contact lenses? As long as your eyes are healthy, the choice is yours.

Many differences exist between glasses and contact lenses, and people wonder whether one type of eyewear is more effective and more suitable for their lifestyle. To help you make an educated decision, Dr. Brad, your optometrist for St. Charles and the St. Charles area, has put together this outline of what you need to know about glasses and contact lenses.

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is LASIK eye and vision surgery an option for you ? Our St. Charles eye doctor is always ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.

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Features Shared by Glasses & Contacts

First of all, let’s look at the similarities between contacts and eyeglasses:

    • Both can precisely treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to give you sharp vision
  • You need to clean them properly to ensure crystal-clear vision; with glasses, this means spraying and wiping the lenses, and with contacts, there are varying degrees of care (depending upon which type you select)
  • Both glasses and contacts are affordable

All About Eyeglasses

Nowadays, glasses are made from plastic, making them much lighter than years ago. Also, plastic lenses can be coated with various treatments to protect your eyes, such as against dangerous UV light or to block blue light from digital devices. Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are ideal for children and people who play sports because they do not shatter on impact. Another option for people with very strong prescriptions is high index lenses, which are a thinner and lighter form of vision correction.

There are two primary types of glasses: single vision and multifocal. Single vision eyeglasses correct problems with seeing close or seeing far, while multifocal glasses help with seeing both distance and near-vision issues.

Multifocals come in a few versions:

  • Bifocal lenses are bisected into two zones. The upper half helps with seeing distance and the lower half of the lens helps with reading and other close tasks.
  • Trifocals have three areas in the lenses. The top is for distance, the bottom is for up close, and the region between the two is for middle vision.
  • Progressive lenses are essentially the same as bifocals and trifocals, yet with no dividing line in the lens. The visual transition between the different lens powers is gradual and smooth.

What’s Good About Glasses, and What’s Not

Pros:

  • Eyeglasses are easy to use. You just put them on your face and out you go. There are no specialized cleaning solutions and care is minimal. If you have a particular style or fashion statement you want to make with your glasses, a range of frame designs is available from our optometrist for St. Charles. Also, if you work in a job that leaves your fingers dirty all the time, you don’t need to touch your eyes when putting on glasses. So the risk of eye infection is very low.

Cons:

  • The main disadvantage of eyeglasses relates to how they look and feel. Many people simply don’t like their appearance in glasses. Also, you also may find them uncomfortable on your nose or pressing above your ears. Another con of glasses is that the lenses can fog up, get splashed in rainy weather, and fall off (or slip down your sweaty nose) during sports. The plastic lenses can also scratch.

All About Contact Lenses

Contacts are thin discs made from either glass or plastic, depending upon whether you have soft or hard (GP) lenses. These discs rest directly on your eye to correct vision. Our St. Charles contact lenses collection includes a full inventory of single vision, bifocal, and multifocal versions. Soft contact lenses, which are much more popular, come in several types:

  • Daily wear lenses: worn during the day; removed and cleaned nightly
  • Daily disposables (dailies): worn once and then thrown away
  • Extended wear lenses: can be worn overnight; taken out at least once a week for disinfecting

What’s Good About Contacts, and What’s Not

Pros:

  • Contact lenses provide more natural vision than eyeglasses, as well as a more natural appearance that doesn’t block your face. They give a wider field of view and a clear peripheral vision. Because contacts move with your eye, no frame ever gets in your way or disturbs your line of sight. Also, contacts never fog up or get splashed with water droplets when it rains. When playing sports, contact lenses can be ultra-convenient.

Cons:

  • Contacts require higher maintenance than glasses. You must clean and store them properly or you risk getting serious eye infections. If you have high astigmatism, contacts may not be able to provide sharp vision all the time – because you’ll see blurry when they rotate. Toric contacts, which are specialized for astigmatism, have less of a tendency to move around, but they are more costly. You may also need a short adjustment period to adapt to wearing contacts, and more follow-up care from our optometrist for St. Charles.

That’s the basic rundown of contact lenses versus eyeglasses! Dr. Brad provides comprehensive eye exams for St. Charles and the entire St. Charles area, and he will issue your accurate, up-to-date prescription for eyewear. Our optical staff will then be pleased to assist you with your decision whether to choose glasses, contact lenses or both!

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Our Doctors

The eye doctors at Midwest Eye Associates specialize in understanding how the human eye really works

As well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Our eye doctors proudly serve the greater St. Louis area with offices in St. Charles, Creve Coeur, St. Peter’s, & Wentzville, MO. Our eye doctors provide complete eye care and eye exams for you and your entire family.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam

Describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our Eye Doctors:

Brad Byergo, OD

dr byergo 2 Dr. Brad Byergo received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri­Columbia in 1998. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri­ St. Louis School of Optometry in 2002, where he graduated with highest honors.
As an Optometry student, he received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, and he was awarded a grant from the Heart of America Contact Lens Society for his work on daily disposable contact lenses. Dr. Byergo was an officer in Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Society, and was the recipient of the Missouri Optometric Foundation Leadership Award.
Dr. Byergo joined the Midwest Eye Associates team in 2002, and has been the medical director of the practice since 2004. He is a member of the St. Louis Optometric Society, the Missouri Optometric
Association, and the American Optometric Association. In 2012, Dr. Byergo and Midwest Eye Associates joined forces with Vision Source, the largest network of independent Optometrists in the country. Dr. Byergo currently serves as the administrator for Vision Source St. Louis. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Vision Source Outstanding Leadership Award.
dr byergo actionDr. Byergo specializes in the fitting of contact lenses and the management of ocular disease. In 2014, he worked with a team of doctors who helped to bring high oxygen transmission daily disposable contact lenses to the United States market. He is a nationally resepected educator in the management of ocular disease, specifically ocular allergies and dry eye management. Because of his front­line experience in these areas, Dr. Byergo is invited to give lectures to his peers and students at professional meetings across the country.
Personally, Dr. Byergo is married to Susie, his college sweetheart from Mizzou. She was an educator in the Parkway School District for 15 years, but she is now staying at home to raise their two daughters, Allie and Katie. Dr. Byergo is passionate about Mizzou sports, bar­b­queing with friends, and bettering his golf game. He loves coaching and cheering for his girls in all of their sporting endeavors.
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Douglas L. Huff, O.D.

huffDr. Douglas Huff is a native of St. Louis, so your first question may be, “Where did he go to high school?” Lindbergh High School is his alma mater, where he ran track and cross country and can boast of running a 4 minute and 26 second mile. He remained in St. Louis where he continued his undergraduate work at Washington University. Having several opportunities for optometry school, Dr. Huff chose to study at Southern California College of Optometry where he earned the title of Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Upon graduation he was offered a clinical position at the college. He was anxious to return to St. Louis where he began working in South St. Louis with is family Optometrist. In 1989 he opened his own practice in its current location in Central St. Louis County.

Dr. Huff has been a clinical investigator for over 70 studies for all the major contact lens and contact lens solution companies. He was elected to the Board of the St. Louis Optometric Society for a 5 year rotation, serving as President in 1991-1992. Since then he has served in an advisory position as Past President several times. He also chaired the Contact Lens Committee for many years.

From 1997-2004, Dr. Huff served as a Director for the Heart of America Contact Lens Society in the capacity of Secretary/Treasurer of this prestigious organization, which provides continuing education for 7 states and over 1200 Optometrists and their staff each year.

In 1999 he was chosen by the St. Louis Optometric Society as the Optometrist of the Year and was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award in 2012.

In addition, Dr. Huff has participated in five vision mission trips to Romania and Brazil. Being the only Optometrist in the group, he looked at a lot of eyes and helped in distributing over 3000 pair of glasses to those in need, truly elevating their quality of life.

The ultimate goal Dr. Huff  is to provide each patient with the best possible care in a friendly, personal and professional manner; while at the same time trying to find the best solution for the individual patient’s needs.

Brad Borello, O.D.

dr borello 2 Dr. Brad Borello graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and received Dean’s List honors.

dr borello action 2 He performed his disease based clinical rotation at the Kansas City VA medical center, trained at a Contact Lens specialty clinic in the St. Louis area, and completed a refractive surgery rotation at TLC laser center. Brad is currently a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS).

In his spare time, Dr. Borello enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and being outdoors. He currently resides in St. Louis with his wife and their two children.

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Trista Pabisz O.D.

Trista Pabisz O.D. Dr. Trista Pabisz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2009. She then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry in 2013, where she graduated with honors.

Dr. Pabisz is trained to diagnose and manage ocular disease including dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. She completed her training in ocular disease at the Kansas City VA Hospital. She also has training in the co-management of cataract and refractive error surgery and specialty contact lenses from Pepose Vision Institute. In addition to her ocular disease training, Dr. Pabisz also has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric eye diseases, which she completed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry Center for EyeCare. Dr. Pabisz was also trained in the diagnosis and management of binocular vision disorders and learning related vision problems at two prominent binocular vision/vision therapy clinics in Arizona and Michigan.

As a result of her pediatric training, Dr. Pabisz has developed a passion for pediatric optometry and is a proud provider for a nationwide program called InfantSee, where she provides free comprehensive eye exams for infants ages 6-12 months. She is also a part time faculty member in the pediatric department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

Dr. Pabisz is a member of the American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, and the St. Louis Optometric Association. She is also a volunteer doctor for the Eye Care Charity of Mid America, where she provides eye exams and glasses for students at local area schools. Personally, Dr. Pabisz lives in the St. Louis area with her husband, Ben, and their dog, Wesley.

Trista Pabisz and family

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Todd Hamilton O.D.

Dr. Todd Hamilton is an Indiana native and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Hamilton went on to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, graduating in 2000. He has had clinical training at the John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers in St. Louis, Missouri, and the University of Missouri Centers for Eye Care. Dr. Hamilton specializes in the fitting of multifocal contact lenses, as well as the treatment of corneal eye diseases and dry eye.

Prior to joining Midwest Eye Associates in 2020, Dr. Todd and his wife, Dr. Holly Hamilton, were the owners of Image Eye Care ― a private practice located in Weldon Spring. Dr. Todd is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS).

Dr. Todd lives in Cottleville with his wife, twin sons, Ethan and Andrew, and dog, Murphy. When not seeing patients, he can usually be found spending time with family and friends, hiking, or reading.

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Insurance

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Eye Doctor Insurance – Love Your Eyewear But Don’t Love Your Bill?

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses.

A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Because our eye doctors provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.

Insurance Plans Accepted at Midwest Eye Associates

Medical Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Davis Vision
  • Eye Med
  • March Vision Care
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • Opticare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
  • Care Improvement Plus
  • Cmr
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Definity Health
  • Essence Healthcare
  • Harrington Health
  • Health Link
  • Health Scope
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Oxford
  • United Health Care
  • UMR
  • Alwayscare
  • Mail Handlers
  • National Association Of Letter Carriers
  • Mo Sate Highway Patrol
  • Mo Department Transportation
  • Lions Club
  • Premier Benefits
  • Zenith American Solutions
  • International Brotherhood Teamsters
  • Quality Benefits
  • Humana Specialty Benefits
  • Principal Financial Group
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  • Mo Health Net
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  • Union Of Operating Engineers
  • United Food Commercial Workers
  • Carpenters Regional Council
  • Plumbers And Pipefitters
  • Local Iron Workers
  • Local Sheet Metal Workers
  • International Brotherhood Of Electricians
  • Ameriben
  • Aetna
  • Davis Vision
  • Eye Med
  • March Vision Care
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • Opticare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
  • Care Improvement Plus
  • Cmr
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Definity Health
  • Essence Healthcare
  • Harrington Health
  • Health Link
  • Health Scope
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Oxford
  • United Health Care
  • UMR
  • Alwayscare
  • Mail Handlers
  • National Association Of Letter Carriers
  • Mo Sate Highway Patrol
  • Mo Department Transportation
  • Lions Club
  • Premier Benefits
  • Zenith American Solutions
  • International Brotherhood Teamsters
  • Quality Benefits
  • Humana Specialty Benefits
  • Principal Financial Group
  • J.W. Terrill Logo
  • Mo Health Net
  • Innovative Benefits Lgo
  • Union Of Operating Engineers
  • United Food Commercial Workers
  • Carpenters Regional Council
  • Plumbers And Pipefitters
  • Local Iron Workers
  • Local Sheet Metal Workers
  • International Brotherhood Of Electricians
  • Ameriben
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
  • Care Improvement Plus
  • CMR Cigna
  • Compbenefits
  • Coventry
  • definity health
  • Essence Health Care
  • Harrington Health
  • HealthLink
  • HealthScope Benefits
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Molina Health Care
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR
  • AlwaysCare
  • National Postal Mailhandlers
  • National Association of Letter Carriers
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • MoDot
  • Lions International
  • Premier Benefits
  • Zenith American
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Quality Benefits
  • HumanaVision VCP
  • Principal
  • J.W. Terrill
  • MO Health Net
  • innovative benefits
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Union Proud UFCW655
  • Carpenters Regional Council
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562
  • Iron Workers Local 396
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
  • International Brotherhood of Electricians

Vision Insurance

  • Davis Vision
  • Eye Med
  • March Vision Care
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • Opticare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP
  • Davis Vision
  • Eye Med
  • March Vision Care
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • Opticare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP
  • Davis Vision
  • eyeMed
  • March Vision Care
  • NVA
  • OptiCare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP

We also accept additional medical insurance plans including:

  • Ameriben Solutions
  • General Motors BCBS
  • Local 50
  • Local 513 Machinists
  • Indiana State Council of Roofers
  • Local 533
  • Local 618 APAIE
  • Missouri Medicaid
  • Painters District Council Local 2 Welfare

YOU CAN SAVE While Our Eye Doctors Save Eyes

We do accept other plans as well, so if you do not see your plan listed here, please give us a call and we would be happy to assist you. Our staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.

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Hours & Locations

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Come see our new location:
12392 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Vision center

With offices in St. Charles, St. Peters, Creve Coeur, and Wentzville, Midwest Eye Associates has been serving Missouri's Greater St. Louis Area since 1969.

Eye care providers, in a comfortable and friendly environment

Call our eye care staff to make an appointment with our eye doctors to talk about your eyeglasses, contact lenses or specialty lens needs. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to browse through our large selection of designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses.

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St. Charles

Welcome to our ST. CHARLES LOCATION.

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1384 S 5th St
St. Charles, MO 63301
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  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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NOTE: Evening appointments are available upon request.

The St. Charles office is closed on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.

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St. Peters

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1325 G, Queens Court
St. Peters, MO 63376-7375
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  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • carecredit

Creve Coeur

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12392 Olive Boulevard
Creve Coeur, MO 63141-6443
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  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NOTE: Evening appointments are available upon request.

 

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We Accept:

  • visa
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  • discover
  • carecredit

Wentzville

Welcome to our WENTZVILLE LOCATION.


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1155 Wentzville Parkway, Suite 119
Wentzville, MO 63385
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After hours for all locations, please call 314-540-0231.

Hours
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed
  • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed
  • Closed

NOTE: 

  1. Evening appointments are available upon request.
  2. SATURDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Payment Information

We Accept:

  • visa
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  • discover
  • carecredit

EYE CARE SERVICES FOR YOU

Our eye care center in St. Charles offers a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages, from children to older adults. Midwest Eye Associates is confident that we can provide the eye care you need. Below you’ll find a list of some of the key eye care services that our optometric practice offers.

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Comprehensive eye exams for children and older patients, co-management of laser vision correction surgery, caring for eye emergencies and so much more. The optometrists in our eye care practice provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages including treatment for a range of conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, cataracts and macular degeneration. Visit any of our 5 locations in St. Louis!

 

 


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Eyeglasses & Contacts

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Opticians 20Pick 20Click 20HereMaking a decision about your eyewear goes beyond good vision and makes a statement about who you are. Your decision affects how you see and also how you want to be seen by others. But with so many different styles to choose from, getting the right look for your face and your lifestyle can be overwhelming.

Eyeglasses & Contact lenses

Our staff will help you find the best fit for your specific needs and explain how different lenses and frames will impact your vision. They will help you narrow down your choices so you can find the look, fit and functionality you want from your eyewear.

We offer a large selection of eyeglasses, designer frames and sunglasses. We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear collections in a variety of styles, colors and materials including titanium, stainless steel and plastic.

Our optical also carries a variety of contact lenses including toric and daily disposable lenses.

New clients and all our current patients are welcome to visit us with their current prescription – no appointment necessary.

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Eyeglass Basics

Eyeglasses

Modern eyewear serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a vision-correcting medical device used to enhance your safety and quality of life, eyeglasses have become a major fashion accessory. Therefore, when it comes to selecting eyeglasses there are many important factors to consider.

The Frame

Frames are made from a large variety of materials ranging from acetates and hard plastics to metals and metal alloys. The quality of frame materials is very high nowadays with many cutting-edge manufacturers investing heavily in developing new innovations and materials to make stronger, more flexible, lighter and more beautiful frames.

In considering the optimal material for your eyeglass frame, your lifestyle plays a big role. Children and those with active lifestyles require durable and flexible frames that are resistant to breaks from hits and falls. Those who have skin allergies need to seek out frames made from hypoallergenic materials such as acetate, titanium or stainless steel. Other characteristics of frame materials to consider are the weight or flexibility of the material as well as the price. Many designers also use wood, bone or precious metals to adorn frames and add an extra .

Hinges and nosepads also play an important role in durability and comfort of your frames. Children in particular can benefit from spring hinges and nosepads which can keep the frames from slipping off. Rimless or semi-rimless glasses are also an option for those that durability is not a primary concern.

Frame size is a very important factor in frame selection. Frames should fit well and not slip off the nose or be too tight and press against the temples or the sides of the nose.

More and more top fashion design brands are coming out with designer eyewear collections to suit every taste and style. Frames come in all colors, sizes and shapes so the choices are endless in finding a frame that suits your personal style and looks good with your face shape and coloring.

Lenses

Even though people spend much more time focusing on frame selection, as a medical device, the lenses of your eyeglasses are the most important part. It is therefore very important that you obtain your lenses (and therefore your glasses) from a reputable source. It is always best to buy eyeglasses through an eye doctor who is able to check that the lenses are made and fitted properly to ensure your best possible vision.

There are a number of variables to consider in selecting lenses.

If you have a high prescription which may require thicker lenses, you may want to ask for aspheric lenses which are thinner than normal lenses.

There are lenses that are made from materials that are more durable and shatter-resistant such as polycarbonate or trivex, which can be useful for children or sports eyewear.

Photochromic lenses can serve as eyeglasses and sunglasses as the lenses darken when exposed to the sunlight to block out the sunlight and UV rays.

Polarized lenses create greater eye comfort by reducing glare specifically from the water or snow and are great for sunglasses for those that spend time outdoors.

There are also a number of coating options that you can add onto lenses to enhance certain characteristics such as anti-reflective coatings, anti-scratch coatings or UV coatings to reduce exposure from the sun. Adding a coating may require special cleaning or treatment so ask your eye doctor or optician about special instructions.

Eyeglasses Over 40

Once you approach age 40 you are likely to begin to experience presbyopia which is the loss of the ability to focus on close objects. This happens as the eye begins to age and can easily be corrected with reading glasses. However, if you already have an eyeglass prescription for distance vision, you will need a solution that enables you to see your best both near and far.

There are a number of options available for presbyopes including bifocals, multifocals and progressive lenses with new technology improving the options all the time. You should speak to your eye doctor about the best solution for your individual needs.

Whether they are for a child’s first pair, a second pair of designer frames or a senior with a complicated prescription, you should always consult with your eye doctor for a new pair of glasses. Ultimately, your eyeglasses have a job and that it to help you to see your best to get the most out of every day.

Contact Lenses

Complete Selection & Eye Care for Contact Lenses

There are times when you may prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses for correcting your vision. Not only can eyeglasses get in the way when playing sports, but we also understand that sometimes you want to present your face as it is – with no accessories.

At Midwest Eye Associates, we offer all the eye care services that you need for comfortable contact lenses that grant crystal-clear vision. Our professional optometrists are experts at fitting patients with contacts. We’ll assess the health and shape of your eyes, as well as test your visual acuity, to determine the best lenses for you. Every person is unique, with different visual and lifestyle needs, and we’ll take the time to get to know you personally in order to prescribe the most suitable lenses. We have offices in St. Peters, St. Charles, Wentzville and Creve Coeur, MO, and we offer a wide selection of contact lenses at each convenient location.

Contact Lens Fittings

contact lenses in WentzvilleAfter your initial meeting and contact lens fitting with one of our qualified eye doctors, you’ll be able to try on some lenses. We often permit our patients to take a few samples home to try them out. Once the best pair of contact lenses is prescribed for you, you’ll receive instructions on how to handle them properly. Depending upon your vision condition, a wide variety of contact lenses are available. We have toric, bifocal/multifocal and colored lenses in our supply, all from premium brand-name manufacturers. From daily wear options to weekly or monthly, we’re sure to have a pair that matches your needs.

Book A Contact Lens Fitting

Contact lenses must be cared for correctly to prevent possible eye health complications. We encourage all of our patients to return for follow-up exams to check on the condition of your lenses and your eyes. A change in the fit or materials may be necessary. To schedule your contact lens fitting or examination, please contact us at Midwest Eye Associates, at one of our offices in St. Charles, Wentzville, St. Peters and Creve Coeur, MO.