What are My Lens Options?
The multiple lens options available or your Ophthalmic lenses can be overwhelming. A good optician can help explain the options and make recommendations based on your occupation, hobbies and lifestyle. It is important that those making recommendations truly understand the products.
At Optique Professional Eye Care in Tulsa and BA Eye Site in Broken Arrow, our opticians are experienced and receive ongoing training about the latest technology and options available. They know how the strain from a computer screen and night driving can be helped as well as the increased contrast sensitivity demands that hunters can benefit from. Our patients find their expertise to be invaluable when considering their lens options.
Below there is a brief explanation of some of the more popular options available:
- High Index Lenses – These materials are dense which means that for higher prescriptions these lenses are thinner and lighter.
- Polycarbonate – Think safety! these lenses are more impact and shatter resistant, and this material has natural UV protection built-in.
- Trivex – This is also an impact-resistant material and is dense often recommended for patients with drill mount frames or rimless frames because they resist cracking.
- Photochromic Lenses – Like transitions, photosensors and others use ultraviolet to adjust from clear indoors to dark in daylight. As a benefit of these lenses they offer 100% UV protection and make the wearer’s eyes more comfortable in variable lighting situations.
- Polarized Lens – Help filter out and eliminate glare from road and water surfaces. These are a huge plus for sports, driving and fishing. These lenses particularly help patients who are light sensitive or need that competitive advantage.
- Anti-reflective lenses – This class of lenses are by far the most helpful to the vast majority of patients by eliminating reflections from the front and rear surfaces of your lenses there is less glare and sharpens images. These lenses are great for computer use and driving at night. Most of these lenses have built-in anti-scratch and UV protection.
- Progressive addition lenses – Are the no-line multifocal lenses which are taking the place of the traditional line bifocal and lined trifocal. There are literal books of various no-line progressive designs and lenses all with their own benefits and disadvantages. The opticians knowledge and experience is critical at recommending the right lens design to fit your lifestyle and needs.