Lenses are the most important part of any pair of eyeglasses. While it might be the frame that you notice first, it’s what you don’t see that matters most when considering ophthalmic lenses. For instance, you don’t want to see reflections, distortions, or excessive edge thickness. Choosing the appropriate lens options will not only improve your vision but it will also enhance the appearance of your eyewear, especially in higher prescriptions. We prescribe the world’s finest ophthalmic lenses and coatings by Essilor.
Thin, lightweight, clear
Hi-index is a special type of plastic lens that is thinner and lighter than conventional plastic lenses. Hi-index material bends light more efficiently than regular plastic, allowing for a decrease in the amount of lens material needed to achieve the same prescription strength. The effect can be quite dramatic, with a 30-40% thickness reduction in high prescriptions, and excellent low distortion vision. Try hi-index for the thinnest lenses available and the best look cosmetically.
Thin, lightweight, safe
Polycarbonate lenses, made of a type of plastic, are thin and lightweight and offer superior impact resistance. They have built-in UV protection. Optical quality, while good, is not quite the equal of hi-index, standard plastic, or Trivex. They are a popular choice for safety glasses and sports glasses.
lightweight, safe, durable, superb clarity
Trivex lenses (PPG Industries) are thin and lightweight, and like polycarbonate, have the added benefit of maximum impact resistance. They are made of an extremely rigid and durable material known for its outstanding optical quality. It is good choice for children and anyone who desires lightweight comfort, crisp optics, and unsurpassed protection. Trivex is also the lens of choice for rimless and drill-mount frames.
Changing from clear to dark, automatically
Transitions (PPG Industries) are photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses darken when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light and lighten once UV light is no longer present. Transitions are made from lightweight plastic and utilize a special molecular technology on the lens surface to achieve rapid darkening outside while becoming nearly clear inside and at night. They constantly adjust to the natural light of the day. Transitions lenses protect your eyes from UV light, and reduce glare and eyestrain, while improving contrast. They do not darken as much in a car because the windshield blocks UV light. Consider Transitions lenses when a separate pair of sunglasses is not feasible, or if you simply like the flexibility and optical advantages of a photochromic lens.
“Say no” to glare
Anti-reflective (AR) coating is a multilayer coating applied to the front and back lens surfaces, which reduces glare and reflections. It improves both the vision through your glasses and the appearance of your glasses. AR coating is particularly useful for night driving, eliminating halos around lights and annoying glare. Cosmetically, AR coating makes the lenses in your glasses appear invisible, allowing others to see your eyes clearly. We believe AR coating is one of the most valuable options you can add to your eyewear and we recommend it to virtually all eyeglass wearers. Ask for Crizal, the ultimate solution to no glare.
Relax your eyes outdoors
Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks light reflected from flat or smooth surfaces such as water, snow, or a road surface. These reflections cause intense, annoying glare. Polarized sunglasses improve visual comfort, especially for activities such as fishing, boating, golfing, biking, or jogging. They are great choice for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
Two technologies combined
No. You don’t have to go to the racetrack to wear Drivewear. It’s for everyday driving and it can benefit just about anyone. Drivewear combines photochromic automatic darkening lenses with the added benefit of polarization. They not only darken outdoors, they also darken behind the windshield of a car. So, depending on the conditions, whether it’s low light or daylight, Drivewear provides optimum visual comfort and glare reduction. Just don’t wear them at night.