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Lenses & Coatings

Non-Glare - Whenever light is transmitted through a lens, there is a portion of light that is reflected off the front and back side of the lens. These reflections are not only annoying but often they can interfere with your vision. With the application of a multi-layer non-reflective coating, virtually all the light can pass through the lens. This translates to clearer vision, less glare, fewer reflections, and increased esthetics as your eyes will now be easily visible through the lenses. In addition to these benefits, the majority of our non-glare coatings also contain scratch resistant properties. Non-glare treatment is highly recommended for computer users, night driving, and lenses of higher index. If you consider that these coatings are applied to virtually all camera lenses, your choice for non-glare lenses will be automatic.

Photochromic - Photochromic lenses adapt when lighting conditions change, making them an excellent alternative to carrying two separate pairs of glasses with you. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of photochromic lenses, they also provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. Photochromic lenses are available in gray and brown but will remain clear indoors and at night. Furthermore, they have less of a tendency to fade after years of use unlike earlier photochromic lenses.

Polarized Lenses - Once thought to be helpful only for water activities and skiing; polarized lenses are now the lenses of choice for all who enjoy the outdoors. Polarized lenses offer the best glare protection with unsurpassed visual clarity. By vertically orienting polarized filters, the annoying glare from horizontal surfaces like water, streets, or snow can be eliminated. Polarized lenses are available for both single vision lenses and multi-focal lenses.

Tinting - The addition of a grey or brown tint to your prescription glasses can be applied for protection from brightness. These tints may also serve to enhance contrast sensitivity during overcast days. There are also wide array of colored fashion tints that can give your lenses just a hint of individuality.

High index lenses - High index lenses are plastic lenses that have been molded from a denser plastic resin allowing it to bend light more. This provides the best optics, as well as the thinnest, lightest lens for your prescription. In fact, the higher the prescription, the thicker (and heavier) the lenses will be. Generally, with all other factors being equal, the higher the index the thinner and lighter the lenses will be. High index lenses are recommended for moderate to high prescriptions and for larger sized frames. It is recommended with higher index materials that anti-glare treatment be applied as higher index lenses inherently reflect more light at the surfaces than lower index lenses.

Aspheric Design - Lenses with aspheric design tend to be thinner and lighter, since the curvature of the lens flattens as it reaches the edge. With most spherical lenses, the further you look away from the optical center, the more distortions you notice. Aspheric lenses minimize this edge distortion. Aspheric lens design also helps to provide a more natural appearance to your eye size. A non-glare treatment is highly recommended for aspheric lenses, as the lenses will now be flatter and more likely to reflect light directly into your eyes.

Progressive Lenses - Progressive lenses offer separate prescriptions for reading, computer, and distance by gradually blending your prescription throughout the lens. These lenses provide points of focus that are not available from traditional lined bifocals. Progressive lenses provide a seamless gradation of power that allows distant objects all the way into near objects into focus, much like how your vision was before you lost your near focusing ability. Until recently, frames for progressive lenses needed to be large enough to accommodate a sufficient reading zone for the lens. Currently there are a variety of lens designs that incorporate a shorter corridor so that shallower frames can be chosen for progressive lens usage.

Free Form Progressive Lenses - The debut of digital processing and the ability to create "free form" lenses has enabled optometrists to craft lenses that better suit the needs of the user while minimizing the distortion inherent in progressive lens designs. These free-form lenses are made using a three-axis, computer numerically controlled (CNC) generator to carve a complex surface that looks something like a 3-D topographical map. In addition, lenses made this way have a resolution up to six times greater than traditional progressive lenses. Other benefits of the free form progressive lenses are a quicker adaptation compared to conventional progressive lenses and wider field of vision through the reading portion of the glasses. This last point is becoming increasingly important as a growing share of the population is spending a sizable amount of time looking at objects in the near-to-intermediate visual zone, such as tablets, smartphones, computers, and the like. We encourage you to ask the optician or your eye care practitioner for suggestions on the best lens design for your needs.

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