Your lenses will be customized specifically for your eyes, to give you the crispest, clearest vision possible. Based on our comprehensive eye exam, you will have a personalized eyeglass prescription. Choosing the right lenses can be confusing. This guide will help you better understand your options, and what lenses will best suit your visual needs.THE BASICS:
Single Vision Lenses
Available in all materials, single vision lenses can be used for either distance or near vision correction.
No-line Progressive Lenses
No-line progressive lenses correct for far (driving a vehicle), intermediate (viewing the dashboard), and near (reading a map) vision all in one lens. With no visible line, progressives have the appearance of single vision lenses and are therefore the most cosmetically desirable multi-focal.
Bifocal lenses provide both far (driving) and near (reading a map) correction in one lens with visible lines.MATERIALS:
We recommend polycarbonate lenses for three good reasons: they are lightweight, thinner than plastic, and the most impact-resistant lenses available. Our optical department will likely recommended polycarbonate lenses for children, teens, active adults, and anyone needing superior eye protections.
Lighter weight than glass, plastic lenses can be coated with several different lens treatments. An inexpensive option if you are on a budget.
For those with strong prescription, high-index lenses offer a thinner and lighter choice. These technologically advanced lenses are more comfortable as well as cosmetically desirable.
TREATMENTS, OTHER LENS DESIGNS AND OPTIONS:
Anti-reflective, or AR lenses, help reduce eye fatigue in all situations, particularly while viewing computer screens and driving at night. With AR coated lenses, you will be able to see up to 75% more detail than you will with uncoated lenses. In addition, AR lenses are less visible and more cosmetically appealing.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays pose potential harm to your eyes. Lenses with UV protection accomplish the same thing as sun screen lotion on your skin- they shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Plastic and glass lenses may require UV coating, while high-index and polycarbonate lenses provide UV protection inherently in the lens materials.
To protect lenses from everyday wear-and-tear, scratch resistant lenses are recommended. Some materials, such as polycarbonate and high index lenses include scratch protection. Other lenses can be treated with special coating to make them scratch resistant.
In varying light conditions, photochromic lenses darken and lighten. If the wearer is in the sun, photo chromic lenses start darkening in less than 7 seconds. If indoors, the lenses are clear. Photochromic lenses are available in virtually all lens materials and lens designs.
Available in a rainbow of colors, lenses can be tinted from light to very dark.
In addition to being thinner and lighter, aspheric lenses make your eyes look more natural. This design flattens the surface of the lens, therefore eliminating the magnification or minification of the eyes. Edge-to-edge visual clarity means that as the eyes move, vision will remain clear rather than “blur out” when the viewer looks away from the center of the lens.
Computer lenses correct vision specifically for the unique eye conditions of the computer user. These lenses can enhance your vision while reducing the eyestrain caused by glare.
Any surface can create glare in sunlight, including water, sand, snow, windows, vehicles, and buildings. Polarization eases eye stress and fatigue in the sun, and comes in several color and density options.
Mirrored coatings provide a reflective surface that makes the eye virtually invisible to viewers, while keeping the wearers eyes protected from glare and heat.