Contacts & Glasses Specialist

Diana Zabarko, OD -  - Optometrist

Avant Garde Vision Center

Diana Zabarko, OD

Optometrist located in Wayne, NJ

Glasses or contacts: which are best for you? Dr. Diana Zabarko, optometrist with Avant Garde Vision Center in Wayne, New Jersey, has advanced training in new lens technology. She can help you decide exactly which type of glasses or contacts would be best for your lifestyle. Call the office or go online to book an appointment today.

Contacts & Glasses Q & A

What are the advantages and disadvantages of contact lenses versus eyeglasses?

Contact lenses go right on your cornea to give you the most accurate vision possible. With contact lenses, you don’t have to worry about glare, and there’s no distortion around the edges, as is common with glasses. You also no longer have to take glasses off and on throughout the day. There are a variety of contact lenses available as well, including contact lenses for reading, corrective contact lenses for specific vision conditions, and colored contact lenses which change your eye color.

Glasses appeal to those who don’t like the feel of putting lenses in their eyes. They’ve become a fashion accessory, and there are many good-looking options from which to choose, including options from well-known designers like Ray Ban, Prada, and Tory Burch. While cleaning your glasses is quick and easy, contact lenses require special a cleaning solution. Proper care of contact lenses is essential to avoid infection and other complications.

What Types of Eyeglass Lenses are Available?  

Along with the frames of your eyeglasses, which have become a fashion statement, the quality of lenses has advanced by leaps and bounds. Most lenses today are high-grade plastic. They don’t break or scratch easily, and they’re lighter and can be adapted to shade your eyes from sunlight. Dr. Zabarko specializes in lens technology and advises you about which lens will serve you best.

There are numerous types of lenses:

  • Photochromic: These lenses darken when exposed to sunlight, so you may no longer need a pair of sunglasses.
  • Trivex: These lenses are very thin, light, and resist impact well. They’re great if you work with moving parts or construction.
  • Polycarbonate: A good choice for those who play sports, these lenses are tough and offer UV protection.
  • High-index plastic: Those who need a strong prescription will love these lenses because they’re thin and light. You can toss out your old thick glasses.
  • Aspheric: These lenses allow your eyes to use a larger portion of the surface of the lens than others.

Can Contact Lenses Correct Both Nearsightedness and Farsightedness?

Nearsightedness, called myopia, is difficulty seeing objects far away. Farsightedness, called presbyopia, is difficulty seeing objects that are close by. Thanks to new technology, now Dr. Zabarko can correct both conditions with one set of multifocal contact lenses. These lenses correct your vision for most daily living activities, but it’s possible you might need glasses for reading or driving.

For those who can’t wear multifocal lenses, Dr. Zabarko can fit you with monovision contact lenses. You’ll have a different prescription for each eye: One lens to correct your nearsightedness and the other to correct farsightedness. You may prefer to have both glasses and contacts, and if so, Dr. Zabarko gives you a prescription for each.

What is myopia and how is it treated?

Myopia, better known as nearsightedness, is a condition wherein you have difficulty seeing objects far away but can see objects up close with no difficulty. It happens when the eye grows too long and there is too much of a distance from the front to the back of the eye. This makes it difficult for the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye, to focus on images. The cause of myopia is unknown, but it’s a common problem for many.

Myopia is treated by the use of contacts and glasses. There are also surgeries to correct your sight, such as Lasik and PRK, where a thin layer of the cornea is removed. Dr. Zabarko can help diagnose your myopia by giving you a comprehensive eye exam and help you find the best treatment plan that fits your needs.

Call Avant Garde Vision Center or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about contacts and eyeglasses, and how Dr. Zabarko can help you with your myopia.