Eyewear: Lenses

In addition to providing you with the highest quality in eyeglass frames we can also offer you many options for your eyeglass lenses. Below are some of the selections from our lens menu.

Lens Materials

Glass Lenses The oldest lens material still in use to produce lenses.  Glass has superior optical qualities, such as clarity, to plastic lenses.  Glass lenses are the heaviest of all lens materials. Glass lenses, though highly resistant to scratching, are a safety concern due to them shattering into small sharp fragments when impacted.

High Index Lenses 
Advancements in technology continue to give us thinner and lighter lenses for your stronger prescriptions.  When you select a hi-index lens You will notice that the lens is lighter and thinner than other lenses of the same prescription. You may choose various levels of this material to decide how thin and light you would like your lenses to be. High index lenses help eliminate the appearance of having "coke bottle lenses".

 Plastic lenses 
(Also called CR-39) are the most commonly used lenses for prescription eyewear. The cheapest lens available, but prone to shattering upon impact.  We highly recommend using a scratch coating to help protect these lenses.

Polycarbonate Lenses 
A highly impact-resistant material available, up to ten times more resistant than plastic or glass lenses. Polycarbonate lenses also have the added benefit of being lighter and thinner than basic plastic / CR-39 lenses. Polycarbonate lenses, because they are shatter resistant, are necessary for drill mount or semi-rimless frames in order to prevent cracking where the lens has been mounted. They are also recommended for safety, sports and children's eyewear.

Lens Treatments

Anti Reflective Coating
This coating can help you see better, look better, and feel better. By reducing glare from headlights and streetlights anti reflective coatings can make night time driving safer and more comfortable. Because the coated lenses are clean, clear and glare free they are virtually invisible to those around you.  People see you instead of your glasses.  An anti reflective coating can also mean fewer headaches and less eye fatigue that is caused by reflections from computer screens and daytime lighting. 

Photochromic Lenses
These lenses are clear indoors and darken automatically in sunlight for greater comfort in different lighting conditions. Transitions Optical is, perhaps, the most well known brand, which has led some people to call all photochromic lenses "transition lenses" or Transitions lenses. The newest generations of these lenses darken and lighten faster than ever before, and are available in most every lens material. So whether you prefer polycarbonate lenses, high- index lenses, or regular plastic or glass lenses, you typically will be able to purchase a photochromic version of your preferred lenses. Because these lenses block harmful UV light, they prevent damage that could otherwise be done to your eyes. It is useful to know, however, that photochromic lenses will generally not darken in the car, as they react to UV light, and our windshields in North America have been treated with a UV filter. 

Scratch Resistant Coating
While no coating can prevent scratches, an anti-scratch coating, as the name implies, can make your lenses more scratch resistant. This treatment is recommended for any eyeglasses worn on a regular basis.

Lenses can be tinted to reduce the amount of light that reaches your eye, but various colors of tinting produce different overall effects on the way you see the world. Some shades will enhance contrast while others reduce glare, reduce eye stress or simply look chic. You can choose a dark tint to make a "sunglass" or a lite fashion tint to add to almost any lens.

Brown tinting helps to reduce glare and is best in hazy sunshine. For this reason, brown tinted glasses are popular in water sports, where glare is a performance factor. Brown is also popular for skiers of summer slopes, where glare on the snow and ice can be hazardous and blinding. Grey and black tinting does not add anything spectacular in the way of enhanced contrast, glare-reduction or eye comfort. However, these shades do tend to allow less light through the lens, and are thus somewhat more useful in terms of overall light reduction.

Purple, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow are also options for tinting.


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