About Lenses

When purchasing a new pair of eyeglasses, many people only spend time selecting their favorite frame, but the lenses are just as important. The lens choice you and your eye care professional select together will impact the quality of your vision as well as your comfort, appearance and safety.

Youth Lenses

Children's eyes are precious. It is essential that they have no-glare lenses that are durable and protective, so they can see and feel their best. Your eye care professional may recommend a lens material for your child called polycarbonate. Polycarbonate lenses provide UV protection in a clear lens material, and are shatterproof and impact resistant.

Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses are the ideal solution for people age 40 and older needing help viewing multiple distances. They are also a better solution for youth needing bifocals. Unlike the outdated design of bifocal and trifocal lenses, progressive lenses have no lines, helping wearers to have a better cosmetic appearance while wearing their eyeglasses.

Lens Materials

There are several different lens material options to choose from. The best way to select a lens material is to ask your eye care professional for a recommendation, and make your selection based on the features and level of quality you prefer.

Standard plastic is a thick material that is not shatterproof or impact resistant. Standard plastic is an older technology and is usually the cheapest material available for eyeglass lenses.

Polycarbonate is a material that is thinner and lighter than plastic, and also has several other benefits such as UV protection - even in clear lenses. Polycarbonate is shatterproof and impact resistant, providing eye safety and durability benefits. For this reason, polycarbonate should be the lens material of choice for anyone under 18 or concerned about eye safety.

High-index plastic lenses are even thinner and lighter than polycarbonate. All high-index lenses provide UV protection - even when the lenses are clear. There are several levels of high-index lenses and the optimal one is based on your prescription and individual preference. Individuals with higher prescriptions usually prefer high-index lenses because they are thin and attractive. Your eye care professional can help you make the best selection based on your prescription and needs. Also, no-glare lens treatment is highly recommended for all high-index lenses.

Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized lenses are a safe and comfortable solution when it comes to outdoor protection for your eyes. They not only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, they also significantly reduce glare. By reducing road and vehicle glare, drivers are able to react faster to hazards on the road.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses automatically adjust from clear to dark when you go outdoors. These versatile lenses provide protection and glare reduction for better vision without squinting or straining of the eyes.

No-Glare Lenses

If you are an eyeglasses wearer, regardless of the type of glasses you wear, you can benefit from having a no-glare lens treatment. No-glare lenses help provide the best vision possible, and also enable you to look cosmetically attractive in your eyeglasses. Additional benefits include a reduction nighttime halos and overall eyestrain.

Digitally Surfaced Lenses

The latest technology in eyeglass lenses is digital surfacing. Digitally surfaced lenses are customized for your visual needs and are especially beneficial for progressive lens wearers. Similar to the difference between standard and HD television, digitally surfaced lenses help provide more crisp and sharp vision. These lenses should always have no-glare treatment to help protect your investment.

For more information about lens options, ask your eye doctor. Don't have one? Click here to locate one near you.

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