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By reducing glare, an anti-reflective coating benefits virtually everyone who wears eyeglasses. It can free you from bothersome reflections and halos, like those around car headlights while driving at night. It also increases comfort during prolonged computer use. Today’s anti-reflective coatings also provide a “hydrophobic” surface layer repelling both water and dust making them easier to clean.
Although we can’t ensure that you’ll never scratch your lens, a scratch-resistant coating will help the lens stand up to active lifestyles. Many lenses have these coatings built right in, however, it’s best to discuss with our optician to make sure.
Progressive lenses may give you a more youthful appearance by eliminating the visible lines found in bifocal lenses, but the main advantage they offer is the ability to see at all distances. Lined bifocal lenses have only two powers: One for seeing across the room and the other for seeing up close. Objects in between, like a computer screen or items on a grocery store shelf, often remain indistinct with bifocals. Instead of providing just two lens powers like bifocals, progressive lenses are true “multi-focal” lenses that provide a smooth, seamless progression of many lens powers for clear vision across the room, up close and all distances in between.
With early progressive lens designs, first-time wearers frequently noticed soft blur and other peripheral aberrations that could give the sensation of movement or “swim” and cause visual discomfort, headaches, and even nausea. However, at Midland Eye Associates, PLC we use only the most up-to-date progressive lenses with the lowest amount of peripheral aberrations and best visual quality available. Today’s progressive lenses have better optics and fewer peripheral aberrations, making them very comfortable for active wear. Some of the newest high-definition lens designs found in modern progressive lenses are created with the same wavefront-guided technology used in LASIK surgery for crystal-clear optical performance over a wide field of view.
These lenses provide the thinnest choice when it comes to lens materials. They are available up to 40% thinner than your standard plastic lens and are best suited for high prescriptions.
Because ultraviolet rays can cause eye damage like early onset cataracts, we recommend that you protect your eyes with a UV-blocking lens. The first option would be to get prescription polarized sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses are great for those people that fish, boat, or play golf. Vision insurance benefits can also be used for prescription sunglasses, not just traditional clear lenses. However, if you aren’t getting prescription sunglasses, photochromic lenses are the next best option. Photochromic lenses block the sun’s UV rays and automatically change from light to dark, depending on your environment.
Polycarbonate has been the gold standard for impact resistance and safety glasses for many years. However, Trivex has taken over that claim. Trivex provides the same impact resistance but offers much better optics, visual quality, and scratch resistance. Trivex is recommended for all children, rimless or drill-mounted frames and safety glasses.