Demystifying Lens Options

Oga2Let’s be honest, if you wear glasses we know this scenario has happened to you before…

You came in to get your eyes examined with the mindset of getting a great pair of brand new glasses. After trying on a dozen different pairs of frames you finally find that perfect one and with a sigh of relief you relax as the hard part is now over… or is it?

Then, as you begin working with a staff member to complete the purchase, you are suddenly being overwhelmed with jargon, lens options, and foreign sounding words. Terms like anti-reflective coating, high index, digital lenses, Transitions®, progressive addition lenses, trifocals, and segment heights flood your mind and before you know it, what should be an exciting and empowering experience has turned into confusion, uncertainty, and second guessing. In the industry we have seen this happen all too often, but at Precision Family Eye Care we want to return this process to the rewarding and exciting experience it should be by addressing and explaining all the options available to patients upfront.

This section will outline all of the eyeglass lens options currently available along with additional links and our recommendations. It is our hope, that as a more informed and savvy consumer, the next time you go to get that perfect pair of new glasses, you will have a more perfect experience as well.

Lens Options for Materials

For many, many years glass lenses where very common and popular due to a natural resistance to scratches as well as a lack of any good alternatives. Thankfully that has changed. The main downside to glass lenses is that they are, well…glass. Having glass break or shatter so near the eye from a flying rock or an unexpected tumble can lead to a truly dangerous and vision threatening situation and with better alternatives available, glass lenses are very rarely used in today’s glasses market.

Read more about Lens Materials.

Bifocal Lens Options

At Precision Family Eye Care, we know that the “Infamous B-word” is not something patients like to hear or talk about. But as our eyes naturally age and the lenses of our eyes start to falter (Presbyopia), the bifocal can be a tremendous improvement in comfort and ease over multiple pairs of glasses or always searching for those elusive reading glasses. In this section we will seek to demystify the Bifocal, how it works, what it’s like to wear one, the newest technology, and which type of bifocal will work best for you.

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Lens Coatings and Tints

Below is a review of several common lens coatings and treatments. This section will clarify these terms and explain what they do, how they work, and the benefits and drawbacks to each.

Read more about Lens Coatings and Tints,