Free Form Progressive Lenses
Most patients over 40 select a progressive lens (no line bifocal) because of the improved range of vision and improved appearance when compared to standard bifocals. But some individuals can be bothered by the abberations and distortions caused by these lenses. There is now a new option: Free Form Progressive Lenses. New technology in digital production has allowed improved optics. Each lens is made customized for vision, frame size, and eye parameters. If you are currently wearing a progressive lens and want the best vision possible, this is the lens for you.
Anti-Reflective Coating (AR)
AR coating reduces glare and reflections from all light sources. A few reasons all lenses should have AR coating:
- Glare can reduce vision from 20/20 to 20/40, especially while driving at night.
- Reflections from computer screens and flourscent lighting causes squinting and eye strain.
- Lenses with AR coating look thinner and allow better viewing of a persons face and eyes.
- Since the light cannot be reflected from the lens, more light enters the eye, which gives the patient with AR better vision.
Polarized Sun Glasses
Regular sunglasses help improve vision by blocking the visible sunlight and protect eye health by filtering UV light. But they don’t block the reflected light and glare. Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare. Outdoor vision for such activities as golfing, boating, biking, and skiing can be greatly improved with polarized sunglasses. Adding AR coating can help make the ultimate sunglass lens, free of all glare and sun reflections.
Transition® lenses lighten and darken based on UV conditions (sunlight). In sunlight – they darken. Inside – they become clear. Unlike glass photochromic lenses, they are not sensitive to temperature changes and will not darken in colder temperatures or lighten in extremely hot conditions. Transition Lenses are the clearest, darkest, and fastest photochromics available, offering convenient and automatic protection from UVA and UVB radiation. These lenses enhance your quality of vision by providing the combined benefits of optimal visual acuity, visual comfort, and protection from the damaging effects of UV radiation and glare.
Hi Index Lenses
Regular glass or plastic lenses for high amounts of nearsightedness or farsightedness can be quite thick, heavy, and make the wearer’s eyes appear to be larger or smaller than they actually are. Fortunately, we have a variety of new “high-index” plastic lens materials that bend light more efficiently. Less material can be used in high-index lenses to correct the same amount of refractive error, which makes high-index plastic lenses both thinner and lighter than conventional glass or plastic lenses. These materials are also more scratch resistant. If you have a high prescription and are sick of having “coke bottle” lenses, using a hi index lens and AR coating can help thin your lens and make you new glasses more cosmetically appealing.