Not only can you find the best in brand name and designer frames at Handel Vision Clinic, but you can also find a huge selection of extra features and the latest in lens technology. The eyeglasses of today are more than just mere tools to correct your vision; they can be fashion accessories, fitted to you and your lifestyle.
Like the technology of our modern society, advances in eyeglass lenses have progressed immensely. From the coke bottle like glass lenses of decades past to the ultra-thin, scratch resistant plastic lenses of today, it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way. The lenses of today are much lighter and do not break as easily as glass lenses, plus they can be adorned with a number of features and options to make your glasses as unique as you are.
There are a number of different special features and options available for your lenses, such as:
High Index Plastic Lenses
These lenses are designed for patients who require a strong prescription lens. In years past, these patients would have had no choice but to sport thick, heavy glasses. But now, with the advancement in technology, these patients can use high index plastic lenses. These lenses are much lighter, thinner, and more scratch resistant than the lenses offered previously, which means that there are more stylish frame options available to the user as well.
A great choice for adults and children alike, polycarbonate lenses are impact and scratch resistant, making them ideal for sports and rough work environments. Polycarbonate lenses also provide ultraviolet protection. Because they were initially designed for use in astronaut visors and space shuttle windshields, this lens is extremely lightweight and impact resistant.
Gradient lenses are permanently shaded lenses. Single gradient lenses are traditionally dark on top and lighter on the bottom. These lenses can cut glare from the sky but allow you to see clearly below. Double gradient lenses on the other hand are normally dark on top and bottom and lighter in the middle. The double gradient lenses can be better for activities where light reflects up, for example off of water or snow while boating or skiing.
Photochromic & Transition Lenses
Like a pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses all in one, photochromic lenses, or transition lenses as they are also called, are lenses that adjust the darkness of the lens according to the brightness of the light in the surrounding area. These sun sensitive lenses darken when the user goes outdoors and lighten to a clear lens when the wearer is indoors. They can be made from plastic or glass. The tint of the lenses can range in color from a gray to a brown. The lenses need ultraviolet or UV light to activate the tint. These lenses are beneficial for those who do not want to switch back and forth between regular lenses and sunglasses or those who have a light sensitivity.
For those who often find themselves in messy conditions or activities like boating, hiking, or camping a hydrophobic coating can be a necessity. The hydrophobic surface layer helps to keep the lenses clean and clear by creating a barrier to protect your lens from dust, water and dirt.
Anti-Reflective Coating & Lenses
A coating can be added to the back of your prescription lenses to help prevent or reduce reflections and glare that might be distracting to the wearer. This coating is referred to as anti-reflective or anti-glare coating. This feature may not be needed by all who wear glasses, but it does help those who look at lights from computers, work in fluorescent lighting, or have trouble with the glare from car headlights. Anti-reflective lenses help to improve vision while driving at night, working on the computer, and reading during the day.
Scratch & Impact Resistance
While no lens is 100% shatterproof, lenses with scratch and impact resistance help to limit scratches, dings, and dents, making for a more durable, longer lasting lens.
One of the biggest complaints eyeglass wearers have is that there’s too much glare. Polarized lenses help to reduce glare and enhance the contrast of the wearer’s vision. Many customers find them useful for sports and driving, among other daily activities. Customers who tend to benefit most from polarized lenses are outdoor enthusiasts.
Progressive Addition Lenses
When a person reaches over the age of 40, they often suffer from presbyopic or the loss of near vision due to changes in the aging eye. This is where progressive lenses come in handy. Progressive lenses are similar to bifocals because they contain a distance and near prescription in the same lens. Compared to bifocals, progressive lenses provide a more natural range of vision and do not have the noticeable lines of a normal bifocal lens.The extra features we offer provide real benefits to many wearers. The big question that we can help our patients answer is whether or not they need these extra features for their lenses. The answer depends on the following:• How will you use the glasses? Are they for driving, reading, work, etc.?• Are they your primary pair or a spare/backup pair?• Will you wear the glasses all day or only sometimes (ex: after taking out your contacts)?
Above all, comfort is key and at Handel Vision Clinic we want you to be comfortable with all aspects of your eyewear, so feel free to ask one of our knowledgeable staff members about any options or features for your eyeglasses. Contact Handel Vision today and we’ll get you on your way to owning a pair of glasses to suit you and your lifestyle.