Eyeglasses FAQs

If you are new to eyeglasses, finding the right pair can be challenging. In addition to looking nice, you want glasses that are functional and comfortable, especially if you will be wearing them full-time. We provide quality eye care for West Hartford, Wethersfield, and the surrounding communities. These frequently asked questions from our team at Optometric Specialty Group provide valuable tips on selecting eyeglasses to suit your needs.


How do I know I need prescription eyeglasses?

Our eye care specialists will let you know if you need eyeglasses after an eye exam. An eye exam will reveal the quality of your sight. If you have refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, we’ll recommend prescription eyewear to improve your vision.

If I only need readers, can I just forgo the exam and buy a cheap pair at a drugstore?

Even if cheap drugstore readers suffice for reading, you shouldn’t forgo an eye exam. In addition to testing for visual clarity, eye exams serve to detect early warning signs of eye diseases that can cause vision loss. Many of these diseases show no symptoms until the damage is done. Through routine eye checkups, our eye care specialists can monitor your eye health and vision to ensure you have optimal sight.

How can I select eyeglasses that look great on me?

Fashionable eyewear is a matter of personal taste and preference. For a great look, match your frames to the shape of your face and the color of your eyes, hair, and skin. Try on different shapes, sizes, and colors to see what appeals to you most. In addition to looks, make sure your frames are comfortable, functional, and within your budget.

How often should I change my glasses?

That depends on how often your prescription changes. If you need new glasses, we’ll let you know after your annual eye exam. If you are tired of your old glasses, you can always retain your lenses, if your vision hasn’t changed, and upgrade your frames for variety.

How can I extend the lifespan of my eyeglasses?

Extending the lifespan of your glasses can save you money over the long haul. Here are a few tips to do just that:

  • If you are only buying one pair of eyeglasses, choose quality, practical frames that can be used year after year.
  • Choose durable frames that suit your lifestyle. Frames with spring hinges, for example, offer greater flexibility to avoid breakage.
  • Add a scratch-resistant coating to your lenses to prevent unsightly scratches.
  • When not in use, store your glasses safely in their case to avoid accidental damage.

See Our Eyecare Specialists for Quality Eyewear

For name-brand eyewear that stands the test of time, call or visit Optometric Specialty Group at your earliest convenience. Call our West Hartford office today at (860) 236-1218 or our Wethersfield office at (860) 296-1700.

West Hartford Office Hours


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-6:30 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


7:00 am-2:00 pm





Wethersfield Office Hours


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm





Optometric Specialty Group

612-B South Quaker Lane
West Hartford CT 06110
(860) 236-1218

Optometric Specialty Group of Wethersfield

185 Silas Deane Highway, Suite #1
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 296-1700