Do you know what you have in common with a private eye? Sure, you may both like a good mystery and finding clues, but there is something more important. A private eye needs to be able to see very well, and that’s a goal we all have.

Sometimes those pesky clues are hidden on the head of a pin or on the back of a jumping flea. That’s why a private detective will pull out a magnifying glass to enlarge the area and increase his chances of making a valuable discovery.

A magnifying glass is a private eye’s best friend. The first reference of someone using a magnifying glass was in 1021. Although a private eye may not have been the first to use this device, sleuths eventually rejoiced at this invention.

The basic idea is that the light rays that pass through the magnifying glass are bent to make things look bigger than they really are. And this concept came from the way our eyes ‘see’ things on a daily basis. When light enters our eyes through the cornea, (the outermost part of the eye) it then travels to the retina (which is at the back of the eye).  But what determines the clarity of the image is where the light rays are focused in relation to the retina.

If the light rays focus on the retina, your vision is perfect.  But if the light focuses behind the retina, this is called hyperopia, or farsightedness. With this condition, a person can see distant objects clearly, but close objects may not come into proper focus.

The opposite type of vision problem is called nearsightedness or myopia. This happens when the light rays that enter your eyes focus in front of the retina. People who have myopia have trouble seeing objects at a distance while things that are near to them are clearly seen.

The good news is that both of these conditions are refractive errors, which means your vision can be improved with corrective lenses.

The idea behind prescription eyeglasses is relatively simple and is also similar to the idea behind a magnifying glass. Vision is, in large part, a bending of light rays.

The first step in addressing any type of blurry vision is to have a checkup. A 5-minute Smart Vision Exam is the perfect place to start. As the name implies, it takes a grand total of 5 minutes and can let you know if your vision is blurry due to either a nearsighted or farsighted condition. Your eyes will be scanned and photographed and a licensed doctor will go over the data. You will get the results, through email, within 24 hours. If you need corrective lenses, a prescription will be given to you.

Your corrective lenses will contain the exact type of measurements needed to create glasses that will bend the light rays properly. The goal of glasses is to have the light rays focus on the retina, and with the right curvature of the lenses, that will happen.

With the right prescription glasses, you will soon be seeing things as clearly as a private detective.

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