You’ve been to the “big-box” opticals. Thousands of frames. You roam around, trying on varying looks aimlessly. Then a salesperson finally comes along to sell you to the best of their ability. Your experience at Southland Eye’s Optical is quite a bit different.
One of our expert opticians will touch base with you and will either leave you to browse or assist you with finding just the right look for you.
After you’ve selected your frame, your optician will assist you by reviewing lens options. The list of options is quite long, so a few key questions regarding lifestyle, work needs, and what the doctor recommended, and you’ll have a plan. From frame styles, to lens materials, to tint options, you’ll learn what’s best for your needs.
We also have an on-site laboratory that precisely cuts, edges, tints, and configures your custom eyewear to perfection! We can often have lenses done in just days!
Eyeglasses: Understanding Your Options
If you wear eyeglasses, you may be wondering what your options are when it comes to choosing the right pair. Let’s discuss the different materials for eyeglasses, types of lenses, lens index materials, and coating options available to help you make an informed decision.
When it comes to eyeglasses, there are several material options to choose from. The most common materials are plastic and polycarbonate. Plastic is lightweight and affordable, while polycarbonate is more durable and impact-resistant, making it a good choice for sports or other high-impact activities.
Types of Lenses
There are several types of lenses available for eyeglasses, including single vision, bifocal, trifocal, and progressive lenses.
- Single vision lenses: These lenses correct for one type of vision problem, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
- Bifocal lenses: These lenses have two different areas of correction, with the upper portion for distance vision and the lower portion for reading or close-up work.
- Trifocal lenses: These lenses have three different areas of correction, with the upper portion for distance vision, the middle portion for intermediate vision, and the lower portion for reading or close-up work.
- Progressive lenses: These lenses provide a gradual transition from distance to close-up vision, with no visible line between the different areas of correction.
Lens Index Materials
The lens index is a measurement of how thick or thin your lenses will be. A higher lens index means that the lenses will be thinner, while a lower lens index means that the lenses will be thicker. The most common lens index materials are:
- Standard index: These lenses are the thickest and heaviest, making them a good choice for lower prescriptions.
- High-index: These lenses are thinner and lighter than standard index lenses and are a good choice for higher prescriptions.
- Ultra-high index: These lenses are the thinnest and lightest, making them a good choice for very high prescriptions.
There are many coating options available to enhance the durability and performance of your eyeglasses.
- Anti-scratch coating: This coating helps to prevent scratches on your lenses, making them last longer.
- Anti-reflective coating: This coating reduces glare and reflections on your lenses, making them clearer and easier to see through.
- UV protection coating: This coating helps to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Choosing the Right Eyeglasses
Choosing the right eyeglasses depends on your individual needs and preferences. You will have to consider factors such as your prescription, lifestyle, and budget when selecting your frames and lenses. Your eye doctor and one of our skilled opticians can help you choose the right options for your specific needs and ensure that your eyeglasses provide clear and comfortable vision.
In conclusion, there are many options available when it comes to eyeglasses, including different materials, types of lenses, lens index materials, and coating options. By understanding these options, you can make an informed decision and choose the right pair of eyeglasses to meet your individual needs. Talk to your eye doctor or your optician to learn more about your options and find the perfect pair of eyeglasses for you.