When choosing your lenses, you should consider the following:
- Lens Material
- Types of lenses
- Specialty lenses
- Lens Treatments
- Lifestyle and/or occupation
Plastic lenses are 50% lighter and resist well to impact than those made of other materials. Also, plastic lenses can be tinted to a wide variety of colours.
This high-index lens allows for a thinner lens, great for those with strong prescriptions. The lens is 10% thinner than glass and 15% thinner than plastic. As a result, they are more comfortable and cosmetically desirable.
Glass is heavier than all other lens materials. It is recommended to treat glass lenses with an impact-resistance treatment as they shatter easily.
Types of lenses
These lenses provide distance vision correction in patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. This type of lens is available in all materials.
This lens offers nearsighted and farsighted vision correction in a single lens. The upper part of the lens is for seeing from a distance and the bottom part to see things from close.
These serve the same purpose as a progressive lens but with visible lines on the lens. A large portion of the lens is used for distance vision; the centre portion for intermediate vision; and the bottom portion for near vision.
A multi-purpose lens used for near, intermediate and distance vision correction. It is esthetically designed without a visible line in the lens.
This lens allows the eye to appear its natural size through the lens. It generates a wider field of vision since the lens is thinner. The lens improves visual clarity in higher powered lenses.
Task-specific lenses provide you with the best visual solution for your specific needs. Speak to your optometrist in order to choose the perfect lens to suit your job, hobby or other recreational needs.
This type of lens is useful for those who spend more than 2 hours a day in front of a computer screen. The lens takes into consideration the short viewing distance to a computer which can cause eye strain with conventional lenses and may also include special filters, tints and anti reflective properties.
An array of designs, colours, and coatings are available depending on the type of sports you play. It is impportant for eyewear to be sage. A high impact-resistant lens is recommended.
The lenses in your sunglasses should always contain ultraviolet protection.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are associated with the development of cataracts. UV rays may also cause damage to the retina.
Polarized lenses are available in a variety of colours and shades. They help to eliminate glare, fatigue and visual stress. The sun’s rays reflect off of many surfaces such as water, sand, snow, windows, vehicles and buildings. These lenses are recommended for boaters, golfers, drivers and fishermen due to their ability to eliminate glare.
Tinted lenses range from pale to very dark and come in an assortment of colours. Sunglasses generally use medium to dark lenses and may be uniform in colour or have gradient lenses which go from dark at the top to light or clear at the bottom.
The reflective surface of a mirrored lens makes the eye almost invisible and protects it against glare and heat. Mirrored lenses are offered in a variety of colours in order to enhance visual performance.
Photochromic lenses gradually lighten or darken according to their exposure to light; darkening when exposed to bright light and lightening indoors. Photochromic lenses come in virtually all materials and styles. Ask one of our representatives for a demonstration.
Seeing as plastic lenses tend to scratch easier than glass lenses, surface treatments such as scratch-resistant coating were designed in order to reduce abrasions.
Anti-reflective treatments help reduce eye fatigue, especially from staring at a computer screen and night driving. The AR lens not only removes distracting reflections, it is cosmetically desirable since the wearer’s eyes are clearly visible behind the lenses.
High impact-resistant lenses are very lightweight and are ideal for those who require superior eye protection, including children, teens and active adults. Safety eyewear is also commonly made using high-impact lens materials to provide protection on the job.
Keeps dust and dirt from sticking to the lenses
Quicker and easier to clean
Repels smudges and fingerprints
Less-frequent need to clean the lenses, and they are quicker and easier to clean
Lifestyle and/or occupation
For each activity there are several types or combinations of lenses available. Discuss your lifestyle with your optometrist and make the choice that’s right for you.
The following is a list of lenses to choose from based on your needs.
Lifestyle or occupation
Outdoor and Indoor activities
Driving, working, everyday life, farsightedness and nearsightedness
Types of lenses
We specialize in Hoya, Nikon and Zeiss. As independent eye care professionals we can order most lenses available to the industry.