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.
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 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 Unlike the outdated design of bifocal and trifocal lenses, progressive lenses have no lines, helping wearers to have a better cosmetic appearance while wearing their eyeglasses.
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.
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.
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 of 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.
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.
UV Exposure: Cataracts and Macular Degeneration
Who is at risk from UV rays? Everyone.
Unfortunately, no one is immune to sunlight-related eye disorders. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation comprises of invisible high energy rays from the sun. UV radiation is known to be a contributing cause of cataracts and macular degeneration. The good news is there are steps you can take to help protect yourself.
Know Your Lenses
Sunglasses don’t necessarily mean UV protection. It is a myth that tinted glasses or all sunglasses protect you from UV exposure. UV protection is not a function of the color of the lens but of the material used. Therefore some clear lenses can protect you from harmful UV exposure. Polycarbonate lenses are clear lenses that provide 100% UV protection with or without tint or colour.
Photochromic lenses change to be as dark as necessary in proportion to the intensity of UV rays. They also provide protection, comfort and optimized vision.
Polarized lenses have a special filter that blocks glare. Glare occurs when natural light waves hit reflective surfaces such as pavement, windshields or snow. Glare can be very harsh to unprotected eyes and can alter perceptions of shapes, colors and contrast. Polarized lenses significantly reduce this glare and allow wearers to be in the sun without squinting. This reduces eyestrain and facial tension. High-quality polarized lenses also offer 100% UV protection.
The lenses we carry include: