Eyeglasses Specialist

Stonebrook Eyecare and Eyewear

Katherine Egan, OD

Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist located in Frisco, TX

Though contact lenses and laser eye surgery are popular options for correcting refractive errors, there’s a reason plenty of people still choose good old-fashioned eyeglasses. Eyeglasses are reliable, effective, and affordable. At Stonebrook Eyecare and Eyewear in Frisco, Texas, therapeutic optometrist Katherine Egan, OD, performs eye exams and writes prescriptions for corrective lenses. Schedule an appointment over the phone.

Eyeglasses Q & A

Why do people wear eyeglasses?

Usually, people wear eyeglasses to correct refractive errors. Refractive errors mean your eye has difficulty focusing light, resulting in blurry uncorrected vision.

The most common refractive errors are:

  • Nearsightedness: blurry far vision, but clear close vision
  • Farsightedness: blurry close-up vision, but clear far vision
  • Astigmatism: blurry close-up and far vision
  • Presbyopia: an age-related drop in focusing ability that often requires reading glasses

Glasses allow you to see clearly when you have these refractive errors.

What are the advantages of eyeglasses?

Contact lenses and laser eye surgery are increasingly popular among people with refractive errors. However, that doesn’t mean they’re right for you. Many people still prefer to wear glasses. They’re a convenient, effective option for correcting refractive errors.

Eyeglasses have several distinct advantages. Almost anyone can safely, comfortably wear them, and they’re far less likely to cause side effects than contact lenses. They’re also more affordable than contacts or surgery.

You may find eyeglasses are less of a hassle than contact lenses. Taking care of your glasses requires less work and effort. Although you have to replace contacts at least every few weeks, glasses can last for years, and you may even keep the same frame, while replacing the lenses with your updated prescription. 

Why should I wear sunglasses?

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement. They’re an important tool to protect your eyesight against damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, the same way you protect your skin from the sun. Dr. Egan recommends getting a pair of prescription sunglasses in addition to your regular eyeglasses. 

Over time, UV exposure increases your risk of eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. In the short term, when you don’t protect your eyes from the sun, you can suffer from photokeratitis, similar to a sunburn on your corneas.

The best way to prevent the harmful effects of sun exposure on your eyes is to wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection whenever you go outside. They aren’t just necessary for sunny days. UV rays make their way through clouds as well.

You might also find you’re more comfortable when you wear sunglasses. Some people are highly sensitive to brightness and glare. It’s both easier (and safer) to drive, bicycle, and walk when you don’t have to squint all the time.

To schedule an eye exam and get a corrective lens prescription, call Stonebrook Eyecare and Eyewear, or use the online booking tool.

Our Services

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Macular Degeneration

Diagnosis and treatments to slow and prevent vision loss, or referrals to ophthalmologists as needed.

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Dry Eyes

If your eyes constantly feel dry, grainy, or irritated, determine the causes and relieve your symptoms.

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Contact Lenses

Great alternative for glasses, get a recommendation for the best pair that fits your eye care needs.

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Get diagnosis and prescription for glasses or contact lenses, or referral and care for laser surgery.

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Prescription medication and management of red, swollen, or burning eyelids.

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Reliable, effective, and affordable. Get your exam and prescription for corrective lenses.

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Cataract Surgery

Screening, monitoring, referral to local ophthalmologist and post-operative care.

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Protect your vision with regular exams, prescribed medication or referral to ophthalmologist.