Eyeglass Lenses

In the last few years there has been an explosion of new products introduced
to the optical industry. All of this new technology enables us to satisfy many
needs and wants that we were unable to satisfy just a few years ago. So if you were told
that you could not wear contact lenses, or that you could not get a progressive
lens in the frame you really liked, odds are now you can.

A Lens for Every Lifestyle and Need

How many facets in your life are there? When it comes to choosing a lens, one style no longer fits all.

Athlete - Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses

Computer Specialist - Variable focus lenses

Fisherman - Polarized sun lenses

Actress - Progressive lenses

Soccer Mom - Photochromic lenses

These are just some of the choices, and today there is a lens choice for each of your activities. Be sure to discuss your unique lifestyle with your optician.

Looking Good With AR Coated Lenses

Lenses with an anti-reflective coating not only improve your vision but they improve your appearance by reducing unwanted light reflections. Ask your optician to discuss the benefits of AR coated lenses, along with the best way to keep them like new.

Lens Menu:

this page and the links below contain information that will help you select the best lenses to meet your lifestyle needs. Ask your optician to explain the lens materials, designs, and treatments that are most appropriate for your needs.

Lens Designs

Single Vision - this all-purpose lens is available in all materials, and can be used for either distance on near vision correction.

Multifocals - will be suggested when both distance and near correction are needed together in a single lens. corrects far (driving a vehicle), intermediate (viewing the dashboard), and near (reading a map) vision all in one lens. Because there is no visible line, Progressive Lenses have the appearance of Single-Vision lenses and are, therefore, the most cosmetically desirable multifocals. Progressives are available in all lens materials. 

Bifocals - provide both far (driving) and near (reading a map) correctioni n one lens.

Trifocals - are similar to Progressive Lenses, but with visible lines. The majority of the lens is for distance viewing, while the center portion is divided into intermediate and near viewing segments.

Thinner, flatter lenses - are recommended when a prescription is either “high minus,” meaning lenses are thicker at the outer edges, or “high plus,” when lenses are thicker in the middle. Flatter lenses enhance lens appearance by reducing edge or center thickness. They are lighter weight and can provide edge-to-edge visual clarity by utilizing an aspheric or atoric design.

Aspheric - offers less magnification or minification of the eyes, and of images viewed. Edge-to-edge visual clarity means that as the eyes move vision will remain clear, rather than “blur out” when the viewer looks away from the center of the lens.

Atoric - also helps reduce visual aberrations, allowing for a wider field of view as well as a cosmetically pleasing slim and lightweight lens. Ask you optician which flatter lens option - aspheric or atoric - is better for you your particular vision correction.

Specialty lenses - are recommended when certain work-related and hobby or other recreational uses require task-specific viewing for the best visual protection and / or performance.

Industrial / occupational lenses - special occupational designs allowd ispensers to customize lenses for virtually any occupational or hobby visual, and/or safety requirement. Be sure to discuss with your optician the tasks you do at work, and also what you do in your spare time.

Computer lenses - if you’re viewing a computer video display terminal (VDT) for more than two hours a day, you may need variable focus lenses. These lenses help correct vision for the specified distance from your eye to the computer screen and its immediate vicinity. A variety of computer-specific lenses include special filters, tints, and anti-reflective properties.

Sports lenses - come in many designs, colors, and treatments for every sport. Safety is key with sports eyewear, so tough polycarbonate, or Trivex lenses are most commonly recommended. 

Photochromic Lenses

Sometimes called “comfort” lenses, photochromic lenses darken and lighten according to light exposure. If the wearer is in the sun, photochromics darken; if indoors, the lenses are light. Photochromic lenses are available in virtually all lens materials and designs. Ask your optician for a demonstration.

Lens Treatments

UV protection - the sun’s ultra-violet rays pose potential harm to youre yes. UV protection on lenses accomplishes the same thing as sunscreen lotion does for your skin - it shields your eyes from harmful ultra-violet rays. Plastic and glass lenses may require UV coating, while high index and polycarbonate
lenses provide UV protection inherently in the lens material.

Scratch-resistance coatings - recommended to protect lenses from everyday wear-and-tear. Some materials, such as polycarbonate, high-index lenses, and several new plastic lens designs include scratch protection. 

Anti-reflection - your optician may suggest anti-reflective, or A-R lenses, to help reduce eye fatigue in all situations, particularly while viewing computer screens and driving at night. In addition to enhancing vision by removing distracting reflections, A-R lenses are cosmetically desirable because the wearer’s eyes are clearly visible behind the lenses.

Sun Lenses

Polarized lenses - are the top pick for eliminating glare. Hunters, boaters and fisherman, golfers, and drivers are a few who benefit from polarized lens’ glare-cutting properties. Any surface can create glare in sunlight, including water, sand, snow, windows, vehicles, and buildings. Polarization eases eye stress and fatigue in the sun, and comes in several color and density options.

Tinted lenses - the majority of lenses can be tinted from light to veryd ark. Tints for sun lenses are usually medium to dark shades, and can be solid throughout the whole lens, or gradient, darker on top fading to lighter, or clear at the bottom of the lens. Tints also come in a rainbow of color options.

Mirrored lenses - not only look cool, they are cool. Mirrored coatings provide a reflective surface that makes the eye virtually invisible to others, while keeping the wearer’s eyes protected form glare and heat. Mirrors come in a variety of colors to enhance tints and visual performance.

Lens Materials

Plastic - plastic lenses are lighter and safer than glass lenses, and can be tinted to almost any color and shade.

Thinner, lighter high index - technologically advanced high-index lenses create a thinner profile for those with strong prescriptions. These lenses are more comfortable as well as cosmetically desirable since high-index glass or plastic usually is lighter in weight than standard glass or plastic.

Just Like the Pros

When your Little Leaguers suit up to play ball, make sure that protective eyewear is part of the uniform.

Polycarbonate and Trivex - dispensers recommend polycarbonate, or Trivex lenses for two good reasons: they are lightweight, yet are the most impact-resistant available. Your optician will likely suggest polycarbonate or Trivex lenses for children, teens, active adults, occupational safety , and anyone needing superior eye protection.

Talk to your optician about polycarbonate or Trivex shatter resistant goggles. Many of the styles for children are fashioned after those worn by professional athletes, so your kids can look just like the pros.

Glass - Glass offers excellent optics and the best scratch resistance. However, glass lenses must be specially treated for impact resistance and are heavier to wear than other lens materials.

Your Eye care Professional Team

M.D. - An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in vision care. He or she can perform vision examinations and recommend lens options, fit contact lenses, prescribe medications, test for and treat eye diseases, treat eye injuries, and perform eye surgery.

O.D. - A doctor of optometry - or optometrist - specializes in vision examinations and can recommend lens options. He or she can also test for eye diseases; fit contact lenses; and in many states; diagnose and treat certain eye conditions with medication. 

Optician - An optician is an expert in the art and science of making and fitting glasses. He or she can fill a doctor’s prescription; recommend lens options; expertly fit eyewear, and in some states, including Maryland, fit and fill an Rx for contact lenses as well.