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Eye Glass Lenses Materials, Designs And Coatings

LENS MATERIALS AND DESIGN GUIDE

Single Vision Lens
Single Vision Lens Characteristics Recommended for

Plastic (CR-39)

  • Standard index 1.498
  • As clear as glass with half the weight
Sphere power: +0.75 ~ -0.75

Polycarbonate

  • UV Coated
  • Scratch Guarded
  • Impact Resistant
  • Up to 20% Lighter & Thinner than CR-39
  • Index 1.59
Sphere power: +3.00 ~ -4.00

Trivex

  • All the characteristics of Polycarbonate except slightly thicker in exchange for a clearer material
  • Index 1.53
Sphere power: +6.00 ~ -6.00

Mid-Index

  • Index 1.56
  • Scratch Guarded
  • UV Coated
Sphere power: +3.00 ~ -4.00

Premium Hi-Index 1.67
Super thin Lens

  • Very high index 1.67
  • Aspherical in design
  • Hard to break (best for drilling)
  • Premium lens treatment with anti-reflective, anti-glare, anti-scratch, water resistant, UV400 coating
Sphere power: +4.00 ~ -4.00

Extra Hi-Index 1.71
Ultra Thin Lenses

  • Ultra high index 1.71
  • Aspherical in design
  • Premium lens treatment with anti-reflective, anti-glare, anti-scratch, water resistant, UV400 coating
Sphere power: +5.00 ~ -5.00

Extremely Hi-Index 1.74
Absolute Thinnest Lenses

  • Highest index 1.74 for plastic lens!!!
  • Aspherical in design
  • Center thickness only 1 mm
  • High quality plastic lens, thin but hard to break than other brands
  • Recommended for sphere power lower than -6.00
  • Suitable for rimless eyeglasses
  • Shortsighted only
  • Premium lens treatment with anti-reflective, anti-glare, anti-scratch, water resistant, UV400 coating
Sphere power: >+6.00 ~ -6.00
Multi-focal Progressive Lens
Progressive Multi-focal Lens Characteristics Recommended for

Indoor Progressive Lens
(aka Near Variable Focus/ Computer/Occupational)

  • Eliminates problems with progressive wearers needing to tilt head back to see things at arms length (ie Computer, Dishes, Auto Repair, Plumbing, etc.)
  • These lenses provide near distortion-free mid-range variable vision when looking straight ahead and increase in power as wearers look down providing their reading prescription.
  • Their simplified progressive design reduces distortion in the periphery.
  • Little or no distance prescription so it is designed as a complement to a progressive rather than a replacement.
Sphere power: Any

"Value" Progressive Lens

  • Also called "no-line bifocal" or "no-line multi-focal" lens
  • Contains all of wearers prescriptions from distance to reading (estimated 500+ points of focus vs 2 in bifocal and 3 in trifocal)
  • Able to see clear and comfortable at any distance
  • Available in "hard" (wide field of view for distance and near but very limited intermediate zone) or "soft" (smaller field of view on distance and near but wider intermediate zone and easier to traverse corridor) design
Sphere power: Any
Add power: + 0.75 ~ +3.50

Multi-Design Progressive Lenses

  • All the advantages of "value" design with increased field of view and easier adaptation
  • Combination of "hard" and "soft" designed progressives to allow for wider distance and reading portion without loss of intermediate zone
Sphere power: Any
Add power: + 0.75 ~ +3.50

Digital Progressive Lenses

  • Digitally surfaced to decrease unwanted distortion up to 10x
  • All the advantages of multi-design with increased field of view and easier adaptation
  • Prescription modified to compensate for changes from the exam room to the real world
Sphere power: Any
Add power: + 0.75 ~ +3.50

Freeform/Individual Progressive Lenses

  • All the advantages of digital lenses with increased compensation for tilt, wrap, and distance frame sits from the face
  • Only completely customizable progressives
Sphere power: Any
Add power: + 0.75 ~ +3.50
Tint (Regular Sunglass) Alternatives
Tint Alternatives Characteristics Recommended for

Polarized

  • Filters out light to reduce glare and amount of light reaching the eye preventing squinting
  • Polarized lens lets you see better in the snow, on the water, and during driving
  • Shields UV damage to your eyes
  • Available in Brown and Grey
Sphere power: Any

Photochromic
(Sun-sensor, Transitions VI)

  • Lens changes color from clear indoor to dark outdoor
  • Can choose Brown or Grey
  • Recommended for children
Sphere power: Any

Polarized Photochromic
(DriveWear, NXT)

  • Polarized lens that changes color from light to dark based on outdoor light level
  • Only available in Brown
  • Recommended for anyone who thinks polarized is too dark on an overcast day.
Sphere power: Any

COATINGS GUIDE

Anti-reflective coating reduces the glare that you see, as well as the glare that others can see on your lenses.

Coating Characteristics Recommended for

Anti-Glare

  • Anti-reflective coating reduces the glare that you see, as well as the glare that others can see on your lenses.
  • Essential for low prescriptions due to lenses being flat and acting like mirrors especially at night.
  • Essential for high prescriptions to reduce chromatic abberation
Sphere power: Any
  • Night Driving
  • Computer Users
  • Watching TV

UV

  • Lens treatment to make any lens 100% UVA and UVB blocking.
  • Important in the prevention of many ocular problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Sphere power: Any
  • Everyone especially those with light colored eyes

Scratch Guard

  • An anti-scratch coating can lengthen the life of your lenses.
  • However although nothing is scratch proof, a scratch guard will great reduce the number of scratches produced from everyday wear
Sphere power: Any
  • Everyone

Mirror

  • A type of tint that provides the highest level of reflection and makes it extremely difficult to see the wearers eyes.
  • Provides the wearer with the "police officer look"
Sphere power: Any

Solid Tint

  • A solid coating that can be used to darken and alter the color of the lenses.
  • Almost any color can be selected or matched.
  • Does not by itself ensure 100% UV protection.
Sphere power: Any

Gradient Tint

  • Same as Solid Tint however is a mixture of light and dark tint.
Sphere power: Any

Polish

  • Removes the frosted edge of the lens for better cosmesis.
  • Provides more light from the side of the lens which can be distracting if lenses are too thick.
Sphere power: Any

Children's Eye Exams And Eyewear

The potential to see 20/20 can be achieved between the ages of one to five years of age.

Are your children seeing 20/20? Are their eyes healthy? Do they have complaints or problems in school?  Are “vision screenings” at school and/or pediatrician’s office adequate?

Eighty to ninety percent of the visual system’s development occurs by the age of six months.  Newborns see 20/1600 with approximately +2.00 prescription.  At the age of one, babies see 20/50 with mild refractive errors including mild astigmatism.  The potential to see 20/20 can be achieved between the ages of one to five years of age.  The normal pattern described above can be varied in a positive or negative direction by environment, genetics, and others.  It is crucial for eye care providers to monitor and intervene with a thorough eye exam at the appropriate time.


Even with 20/20 vision and normal eye appearance found at a “visual screening,” there are progressive and hidden eye conditions that can go undiagnosed. 

For example, latent prescriptions, intermittent tropes, color vision defects, 3-dimensional loss, visual field defects, congenital glaucoma and cataract, and retinal abnormality can go undetected and uncorrected. 

Latent prescription can only be detected when the eyes are dilated with the proper eye drops.  It manifests itself as headaches, reading problems and possible eye misalignment.

In our office, we are examining children starting at the age of one to three years.Intermittent trope is the misalignment of the eyes under certain circumstances such as eye fatigue or binocular breakage.  It reveals itself after careful cover testing.  It can lead to loss of 3-D and even to amblyopia (not correctable to 20/20).  The trope needs visual training to strengthen the muscles.  The other conditions need to be ruled out for the assurance of the normal development of the eyes.

In any case, these can all lead to learning and perceptual problems and even blindness that can have a lasting effect on life.

In our office, we are examining children starting at the age of one to three years. 

We check not only visual acuity but the accommodative and binocular status of eye, eye pressures, and the back of the eyes as well. 

Eye care providers will educate parents and children on the proper and healthy ways to read, rest their eyes, have proper lighting, wear proper glasses, etc.  For example, Pediatricians and Optometrists are recommending ultraviolet light protection is spectacles due to the rapid depletion of the ozone layer.  In the long term, exposure to UV light can accelerate and induce cataract, age related macular degeneration, pterygium, and others.  Secondly, children are advised to wear polycarbonate lenses if prescriptions are present.  Refer to the lens materials section for more information. 


Ensuring your child can see and feel perfectly, gives them
a fair start in school and in life.

A child probably does not know what perfect vision looks like or what healthy eyes feel like.  The earlier the detection of visual problems, the higher the chance of correction and prevention of the problem.