Answers to frequently asked questions

When it comes to choosing eyewear, Meijer Optical has the answers. Read below for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Meijer Optical, eye exams, choosing the right frames and lenses, and more!

General FAQs

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It is recommended by the American Optometric Association that you have your eyes examined once a year.

Your eye doctor will check your vision in a variety of ways. Your Visual Acuity is checking by reading an eye chart. Each eye will be assigned a value. Perfect vision is considered 20/20. A poor vision number would be 20/40.

Eye drops will be administered into each eye to dilate your pupils. An instrument known as the ophthalmoscope will be used to check the internal health of your eyes.

A Glaucoma test is then given to measure the pressure of the inside of your eyeball. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that causes loss of vision.

After these tests are given, your doctor may choose to continue with more tests depending on what they find.

Normal results mean that no problems were discovered, that your vision is 20/20, or can be corrected to 20/20 with glasses and/or contacts, you can see colors, and there is no evidence of glaucoma or cataracts. Results vary and can include the following:

  • Astigmatism: the visual condition resulting from two unequal opposite meridians of the eye which produce two separate focal lengths and blurred vision.
  • Blocked Tear Duct: blockage in the tube that carries tears away from the eye.
  • Cataracts: clouding of the crystalline lens in the eye that can decrease visual clarity.
  • Color Blindness: the inability to see certain colors
  • Damage to the optic nerve, blood vessels, or fundus
  • Eye Trauma: injury to the eye.
  • Glaucoma: a disease of the eye where increased pressure inside the eyeball causes damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision.
  • Hyperopia: or farsightedness, which is the ability to see far objects better than near objects.
  • Lazy Eye/Strabismus: the condition where one eye achieves fixation, but the other eye drifts in another direction resulting from an eye muscle weakness.
  • Myopia: nearsightedness, which is the ability to see near objects better than far objects.
  • Presbyopia: condition of vision due to aging and a diminished power of accommodation which requires the use of bifocals for clear near vision (reading).

There are so many choices of frame styles today; different shapes, different materials, different colors. To find the shape that’s right for you, look at the structure of your face. The right eyeglass frame will contrast the shape of your face, repeat your best feature and be in scale with the size of your face.

Face Shapes

After you’ve chosen a shape that’s right for you there are so many more options. Frame materials such as titanium, stainless steel and plastic, as well as special features such as drilled rimless, flexible hinges and silicone nose pads are just a few of the many choices.

There are a variety of lenses to choose from, we suggest checking all the options out by clicking here.

A 1 Year warranty is available for purchase and covers breakages and scratches (with associated copays). The 1 Year warranty also includes Prescription changes up to 6 months. Warranty does not cover lost or stolen. See optician for details.

Yes, we will refit and readjust your eyeglasses at no charge for as long as you own them.

Our goal is to make our customers happy. If you are not happy with your purchase, we would be happy to change that.

We do not offer online purchases because it is important that you try on your glasses to make sure they fit and if you like them. This way you can touch and feel the glasses before making a purchase by going to a store. This cuts down on return costs for you if you are not satisfied.

There are so many different products and prices change daily. This is why we encourage you to go to one of Meijer Optical stores see all of the glasses that are offered.

Each location can vary with the hours of operation. We suggest you call us before you visit one of our stores. You can find the nearest Meijer Optical location by clicking here.

Meijer Optical accepts cash, check, or credit card. The following credit cards can be used at any of our locations: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Care Credit. All payments must be made in full.

FAQs about contact lenses

Today, contact lenses can be worn by almost everyone – even if you have astigmatism. Your healthcare provider can recommend the right type and brand for your eyes and lifestyle. Here is a list of some of your options:

  • Disposable Contact Lenses: Depending on the type, these can be worn and thrown away after a single use or a period of one or two weeks. Since they do not have to be cleaned and maintained, they are ideal for those with busy lifestyles.
  • Extended Wear Contact Lenses: Can be worn when you are asleep, either overnight or for up to one month. They make it easy to see the world clearly from the moment you wake up.
  • Colored Contact Lenses: Change or enhance your eye color. Available in many different colors and shades and can be worn every day or just on special occasions. You may use contact lenses to change your eye color even if you don’t need vision correction. To do this, you will need a regular contact lens exam with the eye doctor as well as care and cleaning instructions, just as you would if you needed them to correct your eyesight.
  • Toric Contact Lenses: Designed for people with astigmatism.
  • Bifocal Contact Lenses: Designed for people with presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). They have specific areas for distance and near viewing.
  • Monovision Contact Lenses: Used for people with presbyopia. One eye is fit with a lens for distance, the other eye with a lens for close-up.
  • Gas Permeable Contact Lenses: A rigid contact lens composed of a combination of hard plastic and silicone (an oxygen permeable material). Ask your health care provider if they are right for you.

Even if you wear contact lenses every day, it’s a very good idea to buy at least one pair of eyeglasses to use as a back-up, in case of infection or injury that would temporarily prevent contact lens wear, or when you want to rest your eyes. You may lose your contact lenses or run out of them. Also, you may want a pair of prescription sunglasses or computer eyeglasses. Discuss all of the eyewear options with your healthcare provider.

Even if you are just ordering contact lenses for cosmetic purposes and do not need vision correction, you still need a current prescription. Why? Everyone’s eyes come in different shapes and sizes. An Eye Doctor will measure the curvature of your eye and prescribe the right power, curve, type and brand of contact lenses best for you and your lifestyle. This will ensure you are getting a product that will provide the best safety and comfort.

You may be able to, but only your Eye Care Professional can tell for sure.

You should always check with your Eye Care Professional when changing, as mixing even approved solutions can occasionally cause problems.

Yes, but you should use eye drops specifically recommended for use with contact lenses. Check with your Eye Care Professional, or the eye drop manufacturer, for additional information.

It is not recommended that the lenses be used past the expiration date printed on the package.

No, the mouth is not a sterile environment. Use the lens care products recommended by your doctor.

Yes, contact lenses provide exceptionally sharp, clear vision and your don’t have to worry about them falling off, breaking or fogging up. It also is easier to wear sports goggles with contact lenses.

Many contact lenses can be worn overnight or while you sleep. Your doctor can determine if any of these lenses would be right for you.

No, it is not possible for a contact lens to become lost in your eye.

No, contact lenses are a medical device, and were fit for the shapes and sizes of your eyes.

Yes, you may use contact lenses to change your eye color even if you don’t need vision correction. To do this, you will need a regular contact lens exam with the eye doctor as well as care and cleaning instructions, just as you would if you needed them to correct your eyesight.