We know that choosing lenses for your new pair of glasses can be a confusing process. There are so many different brands, coatings, and treatments to consider, and you want to be sure that you are getting the absolute perfect pair of lenses. Our opticians are very knowledgeable and trained to help you find the perfect pair of lenses that will meet your visual needs. For a guide to some of our more popular lens options, continue reading.
Choosing the Right Material for Your New Glasses
Choosing the right material for your lenses can have a big impact on your overall satisfaction with your lenses. True glass lenses are rare these days; glass lenses are a hazard because they easily shatter, and they make the spectacles heavy and uncomfortable. Instead, most lenses today are made using plastic materials. One of the most common materials is called CR-39. This lightweight plastic is a cost-effective option that provides good optics and clear vision. Polycarbonate is another popular material option, especially for children, because it is a strong and durable plastic that is more impact-resistant than CR-39. High index lenses are an excellent choice for those individuals with strong prescriptions. High index lenses are made from a lightweight material that makes glasses lighter, sleeker, and more cosmetically appealing. When it comes to lens materials, a skilled optician can make specialized recommendations that consider your prescription, your lifestyle, and your visual needs.
Lens Coatings and Treatment Options for Glasses
Once you have selected a lens material, it is time to choose the lens coatings or treatments that will allow you to get the most out of your glasses. Anti-reflective lenses come highly recommended by doctors across the country. These lenses block reflections from the front and back surfaces of the lenses and can help reduce visual discomfort and eye fatigue associated with glare. They are especially useful for reducing reflections during computer work or nighttime driving. Anti-reflective lenses can improve cosmetic appearance and reduce the glare that other people see when they are looking at your lenses, even in photographs. Another popular option is photochromatic lenses, which are clear lenses that transition into sunglasses when they are exposed to UV light. These lenses are an excellent choice for people who wear glasses full time, but do not want the hassle of a separate pair of prescription sunglasses. While they are an efficient choice, most photochromic lenses will not become fully dark in a car, since windows and windshields block enough of the UV rays. If you instead choose to buy prescription sunglasses, you may want to consider polarized lenses. These lenses are specific to sunglasses, and help filter out glare from reflective surfaces, like pools or lakes. For people who are especially sensitive to glare, polarized lenses can significantly improve comfort in bright light situations. Blue-blocking lenses can help filter out some of the blue light associated with digital screens, and can help reduce eyestrain and fatigue.
If you are struggling to identify which lens options will help you meet your visual needs, remember that our opticians are here to help. By listening to how you use your eyes and your glasses, they can make personalized recommendations to help you get the most out of your glasses.