What to look for in lenses
Most people believe all eyeglass lenses are the same, that it does not matter what kind of lenses you purchase, just as long as they can improve your eyesight. This is not necessarily the case. When buying new eyeglasses the quality of sight, they allow you to have is not the only factor you want to consider.
When it comes to lenses, your eye doctor should always keep your eye’s health in the best interest by providing a selection of lenses that not only help your eyesight but optimize your eye health. Some lens options that are especially important to look for include:
- UV protective lenses
- AV coated lenses
- And specialized lenses to reduce eye strain
You might be wondering why these are all crucial factors to consider when selecting your lenses, what they all mean precisely, and why standard lenses aren’t doing enough for your eyes.
Protection from the sun is not only crucial for your skin health but your eye health as well! Think of UV protection lenses like sunscreen for your eyes; they filter out harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun that can potentially cause certain types of cataracts, growths on the eye and possibly macular degeneration.
Light glare can be another issue many eyeglass wearers experience daily. Standard plastic lenses reflect around 8 percent of light hitting the surface. This means that only 92 percent of the available light is entering the eye. This is where AR coating or “anti-reflective/glare coating” comes in to solve the issue.
AR coating improves vision by allowing more of the available light pass through the lenses, reduces eye strain, and makes your eyeglasses more appealing by providing a more transparent lens to see your eyes through.
This special coating is particularly helpful for those with high index lenses since high index lenses tend to reflect roughly 12 percent of the available light. Lenses with AR coating can virtually eliminate light glare and reflection on your glasses, allowing approximately 99.5 percent of available light to pass through the lenses and enter the eyes for much clearer vision especially in low light conditions such as driving at night.
With today’s increase in usage of technology such as smartphones and computers, it is common for most people, especially those who already have trouble seeing, to experience eye fatigue and strain.
Technology does many wonderful things for us, and many of us rely on it for school and work, however just because you rely so much on technology throughout your everyday life, does not mean you have to suffer the consequences of eye fatigue.
Eye fatigue can also be an issue for many people who focus on things up close most of the day like reading and many other activities, which can cause headaches and increased blurred vision. To combat this issue, you should look for an optometrist that offers specialized lenses to fight eye strain and fatigue so you no longer have to suffer through work, school, or any other activities you may be doing for a long time.
Let’s talk frames
Eyeglasses are a great tool to use to express yourself and your own unique style. When searching for the right set of frames for you, you want to look for reliable, sturdy, and quality brands. Some well-known brands to look for could include:
- Nike Vision
- Prada Eyewear
- Lucky Vision
- Crocs Eyewear
- Ray Ban
- Maui Jim
And many more!
The credibility and quality of the brand of frames you choose matters because you want a pair of glasses that are sturdy that will last you a long time while still being able to have a vast variety of brands to choose from to be able to express yourself.
There’s more than meets the eye
Choosing a pair of glasses can mean much more to a person than just a way to improve their eyesight, especially when you wear them almost every day, which is why one should never settle when purchasing a new set of glasses.
You should feel confident in your glasses, and not only be able to see better, but feel better, by taking the necessary steps in doing research as to which eye doctor offices provide the best selection of lenses and frames so that you may see what a quality pair of glasses can really do to improve your life.