07 Mar Eyeglass Lenses
With today’s stylish selections and new materials, wearing eyeglasses is a cool thing to do. In fact, they say there is no other accessory that can reinvent your look like beautifully designed eyewear. From geometrically shaped frames and colored tints to thinner, more delicate simple frames, eyeglasses can help you make a statement. But, a common mistake people often make when buying eyeglasses is not spending time to consider the choices of eyeglass lens materials and coatings. In fact, people do not realize the lens they choose for their eyeglasses will determine how happy they are with their eyewear. That’s because the eyeglass lens influences four factors: vision, safety, comfort, and appearance. With a so many choices for lenses and coatings, it is easy to get confused about what to buy. For this reason, we offer some insight on the types of lenses for eyeglasses and the coatings you can add.
You put a lot of thought into picking out your frames, but did you know the most important part of your eyeglasses is the lens?
The Importance of Choosing Eyeglass Lenses
You put a lot of thought into picking out your frames, but did you know the most important part of your eyeglasses is the lens? Whether you need single vision lenses to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, or you need progressive lenses, bifocals, or multifocal lenses to correct presbyopia choosing the frame is only half the equation. Finding the perfect pair of eyeglass lenses to match your needs and lifestyle is the other part of that equation.
Types of Lenses for Eyeglasses
In the past, most eyeglass lenses were made exclusively of glass. But as technology continues to advance, so do eyeglass lenses. Today, most eyeglass lenses are made with high-tech plastics for many reasons. For one, they don’t break as easily as glass, and two they can be treated with a filter to shield your eyes from damaging UV rays. Not only are today’s eyeglass lens options thinner and lighter than ever, they are also more scratch-resistant than glass ones.
Lens coatings can enhance the durability, performance, and appearance of your eyeglass lenses.
Eyeglasses Lens Options
Some of the lens options include aspheric lenses, polycarbonate and trivex lenses, high-index plastic lenses, wavefront technology lenses, photometric lenses, and polarized lenses. Below we define the benefits of each:
- Aspheric Lenses: this lens provides a slimmer, more attractive profile, creates a wider field of view and better peripheral vision
- Polycarbonate & Trivex Lenses: when it comes to eye safety these lenses should be the first options you consider, exceptionally lightweight and impact-resistant
- High-Index Plastic Lenses: thinner and bends light more efficiently, lighter lenses which reduces overall weight
- HD (High-Definition) Lens: sharper edge to edge clarity that’s closer to natural vision, digital precision that’s customized for your eyes, thinner, easier adjustment to progressive lenses
- Photochromic Lenses (Transition Lenses): eyeglass lenses that are clear (or nearly clear) indoors and darken automatically when exposed to sunlight
- Polarized Lenses: a virtually invisible filter built into lenses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye
There are a variety of coatings you can add to your eyeglass lenses to maintain optimal vision and comfort and to protect your lenses and eyes. Lens coatings can enhance the durability, performance, and appearance of your eyeglass lenses. With this in mind, here are the top lens coating treatments you should consider:
- Anti-Reflective Anti-glare Coating: helps reduce the reflections and glare on your lenses, improving your vision and comfort in high-glare environments
- Scratch Resistant Coating: adds an extra layer of protection on the surface of the lens to significantly reduce scratching
- Anti-fog Coating: creates a smooth transition from cold to hot environments where glasses normally would fog up completely
- UV Coating: this coating can turn standard lenses into UV blocking lenses that can block 100% of the UV light from entering your eyes
Eyeglass Options at Murata Eyecare
The most important part of the eyewear buying process is choosing the right eyeglass lenses. The quality of your lenses, their attributes, and their coatings contribute to how happy you are with your eyeglasses. So, whether you are getting your first pair of glasses or simply updating your prescription. Our eyecare team will help you decide which type of eyeglass lens is best for you and your unique lifestyle. Contact at (805) 522-7007 today to book an eye exam, or to learn more about your options.