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Eyewear Hilo provides glasses and sunglasses to residents of Hilo, Keaau, Papaikou, Kurtistown and Waimea.

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At Eyewear Hilo, our optician and 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 also repair glasses! Bring in your broken eyeglasses or frames and our staff will try their best to fix them and make them wearable!

New clients and all our current patients are welcome to visit us with their current prescription – no appointment necessary. Conveniently located in Hilo, we’re just minutes from Keaau, Papaikou, Kurtistown, and Waimea.

Eyewear Questions and Answers

What type of vision correction is available?

There are two forms of lenses for correcting or remedying eyesight: eyeglasses and contact lenses. Read about prescription glasses and contacts below.

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Despite advances in vision correction such as contacts and lasik, glasses remain popular

Eyeglasses, also called spectacles, are the most commonplace sort of eyewear used to correct or improve many different kinds of sight difficulties, is a structure that holds two sections of glass or plastic, which have been ground into optical lenses to correct refractive errors. Refractive errors may consist of nearsightedness or myopia (difficulty seeing into the distance), farsightedness or hyperopia (having a hard time seeing near by), and astigmatism (blurring as a result of an irregularly shaped cornea). Eyeglasses execute this function by bringing in or removing focusing strength to the eye’s cornea and lens.

Contact Lenses are worn directly on the cornea of the eyes. Just like glasses, contact lenses assist to repair refractive errors and perform this function by bringing in or deducting focusing power to the eye’s cornea and lens.

What type of vision problems do you treat?

The most common types of vision issues are myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Learn more about these conditions in the video below.

What are the various kinds of eyeglass lenses?

The sort of lenses utilized in glasses is based on the sort of vision concern, and might include concave lenses, convex lenses, and cylindrical lenses.

Concave Lenses are thinnest in the middle. Utilized to rectify nearsightedness (myopia), the numerical prescription in diopters is always noted with a minus (-) symbol.

Convex Lenses are thickest in the center, like a magnifying glass. Utilized to fix farsightedness (hyperopia), the numerical prescription in diopters is consistently marked with a plus (+) symbol.

Cylindrical Lenses curve more in one direction than in the other and are commonly used to rectify astigmatism.

How can you review an eyeglass prescription?

The lens intensity of glasses is gauged in diopters. This calculation demonstrates the quantity of strength necessary to focus pictures directly onto the retina.

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After your eye exam, bring your prescription to get the best glasses for your needs

When you are reviewing an eyeglass prescription, you should find the following abbreviations and measurements:

O.D.: Oculus dextrous merely refers to the right eye (at times the abbreviation RE is utilized).

O.S.: Oculus sinister pertains to the left eye (occasionally the abbreviation LE is made use of).

Sphere: This numerical calculation demonstrates the level of the nearsightedness or hyperopia.

Cylinder: This number calculation refers to the magnitude of astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea which leads to blurring) in the eyeball.

Axis: This numerical measurement describes the orientation of the astigmatism in degrees.

Bifocal: This is another power in the lens and has an extra measurement noted on the prescription as “add” to identify the power of the lens.

What types of glasses are available for children?

Prescription eyeglasses for children are similar to adult glasses but are usually made to be more durable to accommodate active kids.

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Check out our children’s eyewear selection in Hilo

If old enough, you can help your children have a participatory role in choosing their personal eyeglasses. The following are aspects to think about when acquiring eyeglasses for kids:

Shatterproof and impact resistant lenses are specifically for kids who compete in intense sporting activities.

Scratch-resistant coating gives glasses as harder surfaces which protects glasses from accidents.

Spring-loaded frames allows a greater range of movement and is much less likely to become twisted or warped.

Silicone nose pads hinder eyeglasses from falling and slipping off the nose.

Cable temples twist around the ear and are advised in youngsters under four years old. Straps might also be strongly recommended to keep the glasses in place.

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