Lancaster | 603-788-3561
St. Johnsbury | 802-748-3536
Montpelier | 802-223-7723
Littleton | 603-444-2484

Eyeglasses FAQs

People getting glasses for the first time naturally have questions about which kind of eyewear to choose. At Shippee Family Eye Care, we have the answers that residents in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier need. These FAQs explain more about eye care and prescription eyeglasses so you can make knowledgeable decisions concerning the eyewear you need.


I have no vision problems. Should I still see an optometrist annually?

Your vision changes as you grow older. Routine eye exams enable our Lancaster optometrist to monitor your vision and keep up with any changes that occur. Eye exams also serve to catch eye diseases in their early stages when they’re easier to treat. Early treatment of diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration can help prevent permanent vision loss.

What should I look for in a pair of glasses?

Although everyone wants to look good in their new eyeglasses, appearance shouldn’t be your only priority. You should also consider comfort, quality, function, and cost. Your frames and lenses should be suited to your prescription to give you optimal sight. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose glasses that are attractive and practical in meeting your needs.

How often should I change my eyeglasses?

That depends on your prescription, personal lifestyle, and budget. You may need to change frames or lenses to match a stronger prescription. If your prescription hasn’t changed, you can always change your frames for variety. A change may be necessary when your current glasses no longer meet your visual needs. Our eye care specialist can help you make this decision.

How can I stop glare when using my computer or driving at night?

As glare could be the result of an eye ailment, your first recourse should be to get an eye checkup to rule out this possibility. Our optometry specialist will examine your eyes to verify they’re in good health. If so, reducing glare can be as simple as selecting lenses with an anti-reflective coating. Anti-reflective lenses will also give you greater visual clarity and enable others to see your eyes.

Should I see an optometrist and or an ophthalmologist for my eye care needs?

Optometrists specialize in performing eye exams, prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses, diagnosing and treating eye diseases, and managing symptoms of low vision. Ophthalmologists can also provide these services, but they go one step further in performing eye surgeries. Your choice of optometry specialist will depend on the services you need.

See Our Lancaster Optometry Specialist for Prescription Eyewear

If you’re in the market for prescription eyewear, Shippee Family Eye Care is the place for you. Contact our Lancaster center at 603-788-3561, our St. Johnsbury center at 802-748-3536, or our Montpelier center at 802-223-7723 for all your eye care needs.

Office Hours

Lancaster | 150 Main St Lancaster, NH 03584

Monday - Thursday:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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St. Johnsbury | 468 Hospital Dr. St. Johnsbury, VT

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Montpelier | 114 Main St Montpelier, VT 05602

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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