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About Your Eyes

Do I need to protect my eyes from ultraviolet rays?
Yes. Ultraviolet light is harmful to eyes. Experts believe ultraviolet light is a risk factor in creating cataracts and glaucoma. You need to protect your eyes when in bright sunlight. A variety of prescription and nonprescription glasses are available at Tropical Optical around Chicago.

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How often should I have my eyes examined?
Yes. Eye examinations are based on age. For those six to 60 - an exam every one to two years is fine. Those over 60 should have annual examinations.

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Can I sleep in contact lenses?
Some contact lenses are approved for up to seven days of continuous wear, but not all people can tolerate that amount of time. It is important to speak to one of our contact lens professionals to determine if you can use lenses on an "extended wear" basis.

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How fast can I get my glasses?
Most glasses are ready in 48 hours. We have "rush service" available, guaranteeing glasses within 24 hours. If you need glasses in a hurry, let us know. We'll do everything we can to get them to you.

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How do I know if my contact lens supplier is reputable?
Find out if they have certified staff available to answer questions and see you for fitting and follow-up visits. A contact lens prescription should not be filled without a professional check annually.

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What is myopia/nearsightedness?
When you have more trouble seeing distant images clearly than close-up images, you have myopia. (You're "nearsighted.") If you have myopia, light rays from distant images focus in front of the retina. Myopia can also occur in combination with astigmatism. For more information, see your eyes. LASIK can help correct these conditions.

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What is hyperopia/farsightedness?
When you have more trouble seeing close-up images clearly, you have hyperopia. (You're "farsighted.") If you have hyperopia, light rays from distant images focus behind the retina. Hyperopia can also occur in combination with astigmatism. For more information, see your eyes.

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What is astigmatism?
When images focus on different points in front or behind your retina, images both near or far may appear blurry. This condition is astigmatism. When astigmatism is combined with hyperopia or farsightedness it is called hyperopic astigmatism. When combined with myopia or nearsightedness, it is called myopic astigmatism. Mixed astigmatism occurs when the astigmatism is both hyperopic and myopic - or when the eye has characteristics of both nearsightedness and farsightedness. For more information, see your eyes.

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What is mixed astigmatism?
When an image is focused in front of your retina and behind your retina, images both near or far may appear blurry. This condition is called mixed astigmatism. Mixed astigmatism occurs when the astigmatism is both hyperopic and myopic - or when the eye has characteristics of both nearsightedness and farsightedness combined with the astigmatism. Only certain kinds of laser surgery equipment can help correct most kinds of astigmatism.

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How do I select the right frame and lens for me?
Our highly skilled staff can help select the most flattering and durable frame and lens for you. Our staff are experts on the latest optical technology and can share that information with you during your visit. Soon you'll be able to visit our e-store to make personal selections.

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What leading-edge technology do you use?
With eyeglasses, we use the latest technology available. That means we have the lightest, thinnest, most durable frames and lenses on hand to show you. Stop by any optical department to see our selection.

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What type of eye protection do I need to play sports?
Tropical Optical stocks glasses designed for those who play sports. The styles are thicker and more durable, allowing them to be worn when participating in any sport.

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