Lenses Should Match Your Vision Needs and Your Lifestyle
Today's lenses and treatments allow eyeglass wearers to customize their glasses. You'll want to work with your doctor and optician/frame stylist to order lenses that work best for your prescription and your lifestyle.
Which of the following best describes you? You may find more than one profile applies, and that's okay. Lens types and options can often be combined to create an ideal lens.
Active and Outdoorsy
- I need glasses that resist wear and tear.
- I play sports or participate in other physical activities.
- I'm interested in making my lenses thinner.
- I want to protect my eyes from harmful sun rays.
You should select polycarbonate lenses, which are made from a thinner, lighter weight material than traditional lenses. They are more resistant to scratching and impact (though no lens is completely unbreakable or shatterproof). Children, athletes and those needing safety glasses frequently use this material.
Sun Protection Without an Additional Pair
- I will wear this pair of glasses both indoors and outdoors.
- I want sun protection but don't want a separate pair of prescription sunglasses.
You should select photochromic lenses, which darken when they are exposed to sunlight and lighten when the wearer returns indoors. Photochromic lenses are useful for people who want the protection and comfort of sunglasses without having to switch eyewear. If you do a lot of driving during the day, though, you might want to consider a separate pair of sunglasses, as traditional photochromic lenses do not respond to light through windshields.
Presbyotic - Need Far and Near Vision Correction
- I have multifocals (lenses for near, far and/or intermediate distances).
- I want the "lines" of my multifocals to be less noticeable.
- I want my corrected vision to be as close to natural vision as possible.
You should select progressive lenses. Often referred to as "no-line" bifocals or trifocals, they allow the wearer to have the benefits of multifocal lenses with a blended lens. The result is not only more attractive, but provides a more natural vision correction. Progressive lenses come in a variety of brands categorized into "Premium" and "Standard." If you're new to progressives, you may need some time to adjust to them. Work with your dispensary to determine the best brand for your needs.
- I frequently drive at night while wearing my glasses.
- I have a hard time with reflections, glare and halos around light.
- I might have high index lenses.
You should consider anti-reflective coating to eliminate reflection and glare. It is especially helpful in reducing halos and light brightness when driving at night. It is also ideal for high index lenses, which inherently let more light enter the eye.
- I want to protect my eyes from the sun without a tint.
- I am at risk for cataracts or retinal problems.
You should choose UV coating to protect the eyes from harmful sun rays that can cause vision problems like cataracts and retinal damage as we age. UV coating is colorless, but blocks UVA and UVB rays from entering the eye. UV protection is inherent in polycarbonate lenses.
Other lens treatments may also be useful for you:
- Tints reduce visible light or create a fashion accent.
- Polarized lenses offer the greatest glare reduction.
- Scratch-resistant coatings help lengthen the life of the lenses and are often built into standard lenses offered by dispensaries.
- Most dispensaries offer lens treatment packages that combine the most popular and beneficial lens treatments with additional elements like dirt/dust repellent and easier cleaning.