When purchasing a pair of eye glasses, many people spend the majority of their time focusing on what frames they want. There are many different colors, styles and brands to select from and it’s easy to focus all your attention on this important decision.
But what about the lenses? While frames provide an aesthetic appeal and hold your glasses on your face, the lenses are what you actually use to see. Without quality lenses, your vision could suffer. Therefore, it is important to understand what lens options are available and which types are the best for your specific prescription.
We understand the pros and cons of each lens type can be overwhelming. So we’ve provided you with a simple breakdown of various lens options available and some general information about each one. That way, the next time you visit Mather Vision in the greater Lafayette area for a new pair of eye glasses, you should be more than qualified to make an informed decision about the type of lenses available to you.
Lens options widely available
These are the most basic option for lenses. They are relativity low in cost and provide a great visual for people with small prescriptions. However they tend to be thicker than other lens options, so people who have high prescriptions are usually recommended to choose another, more efficient option. Overall, they are a great choice for someone who is looking for a value option and only needs slight lense corrections.
High index lenses
If you have a prescription that is over +1.00 or lower than -2.00, high index lenses are probably a best fit for you. These are a lighter and thinner lens that can be more comfortable to wear. Most people prefer this style to the basic lenses. However, high-index lenses tend to be slightly more expensive than basic lenses, so be sure to take this into consideration.
This is a good options for people with active lifestyles. Polycarbonate lenses are more durable than most, and are impact and shatter resistant. Many doctors recommend polycarbonate lenses for children who may be careless with their eye glasses, those who play sports, or for safety glasses. Some other benefits of polycarbonate lenses are that they are lighter and more durable, making them a good choice for rimless frames. They also have built in UV filters which help protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
Polarized lenses work to stop glares reflecting off the surface of lens. People who frequently wear glasses understand that even small rays of light can create a large glare that may block a portion of your vision. Polarized lenses work to minimize this glare to give you a clear view of your surroundings.
For those of you who need corrections for near and far-sightedness, bifocals may be a good option for you. These lenses correct for both types of vision, which can save you from having to buy an extra pair of glasses to see in different situations. Bifocal eye glasses are usually recommended for those who have experienced vision decline as they age. Bifocals also come with lined or no-line options. Lined bifocals have a half-circle shape at the bottom of the lens used for seeing nearby objects. Most doctors today recommend no-line bifocals, which creates an even flow between nearsighted and farsighted prescriptions.
These lenses are easily spotted because they darken when exposed to sunlight. This helps protect against harmful UV rays and can ward off many eye problems that come from too much sun exposure. Many people like photochromic lenses because they eliminate the need to buy a pair of prescription sunglasses.
If you are located in the greater Lafayette area, feel free to stop by our eye shop and learn more about the great lens options available to you!
What to ask your doctor about lenses
Now that you’re an expert on different lens types, here are some things you should consider asking your eye doctor next time you plan a visit:
What do you recommend for my prescription?
Everyone’s eyes are different. And while you think you might be best suited for a specific type of lens, ultimately your eye doctor will know best. So be sure to ask for their opinion and explain to them what your vision needs are, and they will be able to point you in the right direction.
What is the cost?
Each different type of lens has a different price range. This will also vary depending on where you purchase your glasses, your prescription, and what lenses you choose. If cost is an issue, make sure you are aware of any added fees before requesting a specific type of lens. But ultimately most fees aren’t too expensive, and it’s important you don’t sacrifice the quality of your lens for a cheaper price tag.
Should I add any coatings?
Most eye doctors offer coating options to protect against a variety of different elements. Some choices include scratch resistant, anti-reflective or UV-blocking. These can be paired with any lens type, making each lens customizable to your specific needs.
Still confused about what eye glass lenses are best for you? Stop by Mather Vision, located in Lafayette Indiana and speak with one of our experienced physicians about you vision needs. Our top-of-the-line technology and experienced eye doctors will make sure you don’t leave without the best lenses for your frames.
Mather Vision Group is a local eye practice located in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact our office to schedule an appointment or stop in to see our large variety of eye glass frames at our Lafayette Indiana vision center.
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