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Many friends will not choose to wear glasses in the United States. American glasses are ugly and expensive? The choice of glasses in the United States is not as much as that in China, but in fact, the styles are more and more abundant, and the price is not too high. If there is insurance, the glasses are cheaper! Do you know How to fit eyeglasses in an optical store? how to use eye insurance? Let's have a look! Step by step to teach you to fit good glasses in the United States!

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Procedures for fit glasses in the United States

Step 1: Choose a place to check your eyesight

In the United States, glasses must have an optometry form issued by a doctor who is within the effective date. You can choose to check your eyesight at an eye exam or eye clinic. Choose the optometry agency you want to go to, call, or make an appointment online, then you can go according to the appointed time!

Common spectacle merchants

Many of the Dalian lock supermarkets in the United States have areas with glasses. if you buy sunglasses, you can also go to a mall retail kiosk or sunglasses kiosk. You can find the stores near your home or see which businesses accept your insurance. It is also convenient for some businesses to buy contact lenses online.

  • Target Optical
  • Walmart Vision Center
  • Costco Vision Center
  • Sam's Club Vision
  • Walgreens website
  • CVS website
  • an eye infirmary

Looking for a doctor in an eye clinic for optometry is similar to that in a spectacle shop. If you have ordinary optometry and vision test, look for an optometrist (OD), and if you have some serious eye problems, eye diseases, etc., look for ophthalmology (eye M.D.). Some ophthalmologists will also experience the eyeglasses shop by the way and can fit glasses directly after the light examination.

Step 2: examination / refraction

There are more items in the United States than in China. Not only do you measure your degree, but also many other items. If you want to wear contact lenses, there will be more inspection items and the inspection price will be higher. Take a look at all the things to check!

  • Measuring vision: first, measure your vision with a basic chart.
  • Refraction: the degree is measured by an automatic refractometer. Can judge whether the eye has myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and other problems.
  • Measurement of intraocular pressure: usually measured with a jet tonometer.
  • Doctor consultation: further examination of retina and lens. The biggest difference between this and domestic optometry is that the doctor will ask a lot of questions about the state of your eyes. If you have any doubts, you can ask the doctor. Then the doctor will tell you a lot about the habits of using your eyes and the precautions. When Lina went to the optometry for the first time, she really learned a lot of eye-related knowledge.
  • Take optometry: basically, the doctor will give you an optometry sheet after the above items are finished. The period of validity of the optometry form is 1-2 years. If you need to wear glasses after the expiration date, you have to refract again. If the eye needs medication, the doctor will write a prescription, and then go to the pharmacy to get the medicine.

Get the optometry sheet and you can get glasses! If you have contact lenses, you need to check some additional items, such as corneal radian, diameter, etc. Doctors will ask more questions.

Step 3: fit eyeglasses, select frame, and lens

With the optometry list, you can choose the frame and lens! If it's contact lenses, your doctor will also suggest some brands. Just choose the frame according to your own preference and comfort. All the frames are displays in optical frame racks. The lens has many function options, such as anti-blue light, color change, spherical, aspheric, polarized light, etc. you can take it out and write a single article. Here, I will give you a brief introduction to the options.

Analysis of optometry sheet

When you get the optometry sheet, the OS and OD above are the degrees of your left and right eyes. Generally speaking, the larger the number on the optometry list, the worse the vision. The sign in front of the number indicates hyperopia, and the minus sign indicates myopia. -1.00 means that there is a myopia diopter, that is, our country's myopia of 100 degrees, - 2.00 means myopia of 200 degrees, and so on.

  • Od or R: right eye power
  • OS or l: left eye power
  • Ou: binocular power
  • Sphere / spherical: myopia or hyperopia (spherical lens)
  • CYL / cylindrical: astigmatism
  • Axis: astigmatism axis
  • Add: the degree of myopia outside the sphere means that if you are presbyopia and myopic at the same time, you need two degrees
  • Prism & base: prism and base, which is required for strabismus.
  • P. D. (pupillary distance): pupillary distance

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American glasses price, eye insurance

Price of eyeglasses

If you come to the United States, you will find it very expensive to wear glasses. If you can't afford it, how much will it cost? First of all, let's take a look at the price of glasses without insurance?

  • Optometry: in general, when you go to a business that compares with the public, such as Costco, Walmart, Target, etc., the cost of frame glasses optometry is about 50 dollars, and that of contact lenses and frame glasses together is about 100 dollars.
  • Frame: depending on your choice, there are basically between $50 and $300. If you buy expensive brands in China, such as ray pen, Prada and Tory Burch, the U.S. will have a lot of advantages over the domestic price. You can also consider it.
  • Lens: the price range of the lens is very large because there are many options for upgrading, so the price is generally between $50-200.
  • Contact lenses: the price of contact lenses is not very expensive. You can buy 30 pieces of contact lenses at 30 to 50 dollars per day, and you can buy 6 lenses between 50 and 100 per month. In North America, the money-saving express often sees good discounts, which are more cost-effective.

Eye insurance

Eye insurance is generally separated from medical insurance, so it should be purchased separately. If the company has subsidies, it is basically $10 - $20 a month. Then it's cheaper to wear glasses. First of all, you should find the optometry and glasses businesses that you can buy an insurance package. Generally, you can see which businesses are covered in the insurance related websites, or call the merchants to ask whether or not to receive your insurance.

  • Optometry: general insurance will include a vision test every year. Some may have a copay, ranging from $10 to $25.
  • Frame lens: lens insurance generally covers the most basic lenses. If you want advanced lenses, you have to make up for the difference. The frame is also a certain amount of subsidy, generally about 100-200 US dollars, and the extra part will have to be paid by myself.
  • Contact lens: will also pay part of the package, the specific amount also depends on the actual situation of the insurance.

Write it at the end

Nowadays, we all use our eyes excessively. We should protect our eyes! After work and study, remember to relax your eyes from time to time, don't be too tired! I also hope that it is no longer difficult for us to fit glasses. I hope this article can help you! Welcome to like, collect and pay attention to it