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Types of Eyeglass Lenses

Walking into an optical shop for a new pair of eyeglasses should be a fun and exciting experience. But when you’re not sure what you’re looking for or the differences between all of the options, it can quickly become overwhelming and annoying. With a friendly team of eyeglass experts who can walk you through everything you need to know and answer any questions you have, you can get a new pair of frames that fit your needs and style, all while having fun too.

One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what type of eyeglass lens to get. If you’re new to eyeglasses, it might be surprising just how many different options there are, but in reality, this is good news! The team at EYEQuity will help you find a material that fits your lifestyle, budget, and style as well. Visit one of our optical shop locations in Michigan or Indiana today and you’ll soon have a pair of frames and lenses you truly love.

Here’s a Breakdown of Different Eyeglass Lens Materials

Hi-Index Lenses

Made with a special plastic material, hi-index lenses refract light differently than regular lenses. A significant benefit of this type of material is that the lens can be made thinner, while still offering the corrective vision you need. So even if you have a strong prescription, you don’t need to purchase lenses that are thick, bulky, and heavy. This makes it so that you can wear glasses that are still comfortable and stylish.

Polycarbonate Lenses

If you live an active lifestyle but don’t want to wear contact lenses, polycarbonate lenses may be a great choice. A type of hi-index lens, this material is more impact-resistant than standard plastic lenses, so if you drop them or they fall, there is a smaller risk of them cracking or breaking. They also have built-in ultraviolet protection, which is beneficial if you’re outside in the sun a lot. A potential downside is that some have noticed that polycarbonate lenses don’t offer the crispest vision.

Trivex Lenses

If you want the best of both worlds — impact-resistance and clear vision — then try out a pair of eyeglasses with Trivex lenses. Still a lightweight option, these lenses aren’t quite as thin but can be used in rimless glasses, so they still can provide a stylish look. The downside is that these lenses are a bit more expensive.

Aspheric Lenses

A traditional lens has a slight spherical bend to them at the edges. This can create a slight magnification of the eyes and can create issues when using peripheral vision. Aspheric lenses are made with a flatter curve and so distortions are smaller and vision isn’t impacted as much. They are also lightweight and comfortable.

Anti-Reflective Coatings

An anti-reflective coating limits the light that is reflected off the surface of the lens, making them beneficial for both the wearer and anyone looking at the glasses. There are several benefits to lenses with anti-reflective coatings, including:

  • Improved quality of vision
  • Decreased unwanted glare
  • Helps with nighttime vision issues
  • A great option for those with strong prescriptions

Scratch-Resistant Coatings

An option that is becoming more and more popular, a scratch-resistant coating is applied to the lenses during the manufacturing process and is applied to both sides of the lens. Even though the lenses can still be scratched and the eyeglasses should still be properly cared for, it does prevent significant damage when the glasses are dropped or rubbed against a surface.

Ultraviolet Treatments

If your family has a history of cataracts or macular degeneration, or if you spend a significant amount of time outside, you may want to consider getting eyeglasses with ultraviolet treatment. This treatment will block UV rays from the sun that can damage the health of the eyes over time. If UV protection is a must-have for you, then you can also look at polarized or photochromatic lenses. Polarized lenses help to decrease glare and reflections. Photochromatic lenses have a chemical coating that changes tint in the sunlight, making them helpful when you don’t want to carry both prescription glasses and sunglasses.

Before trying on different types of lenses at an optical shop, make a list of requirements to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you want in a pair of eyeglasses. When you visit EYEQuity, you can be confident that our experts will help you decide which material is right for your lifestyle and fashion choices. And if you have any questions or are unsure, we’ll gladly offer advice and insight into various benefits and negatives of each type.

Above all, the team at EYEQuity wants you to love your new eyeglasses. Whether you’re shopping for designer frames or just a look you feel great wearing, you can find exactly what you’re looking for here. Schedule an appointment at our optical shop today!

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