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Getting the perfect lenses for your prescription

Steps to finding the best glasses for your prescription

A one size fits all approach, doesn't work when choosing or prescribing glasses… the perfect glasses vary on personal preferences, face shape, and most importantly the prescription! It's important to not rush any decisions when it comes to choosing the best specs for you, especially as in today’s world… you're more than spoilt for choice! Here are the most important factors to consider when getting the perfect lenses for your eyes!

Understand Your Prescription

It's essential to understand your prescription fully. Your prescription contains important information about your eye condition, such as the sphere (SPH), cylinder (CYL), axis, and any additional measurements for near or far vision (e.g., ADD). If you familiarise yourself with these terms you will have a better grasp of your visual needs and what kind of lenses would be suitable.

Lens Material Matters

Prescription lenses are available in various materials, each with its own set of advantages and considerations. Common options include plastic (CR-39), polycarbonate, high-index, and Trivex lenses. 

  • Plastic lenses are lighter and more durable than glass, and they are resistant to cracks and breaks making them ideal for children and active adults
  • Polycarbonate lenses are impact-resistant and ideal for active individuals
  • High-index lenses are thinner and lighter, making them a great choice for stronger prescriptions. 
  • Trivex lenses are extremely durable, thin, lightweight, and shatterproof. they also offer UV protection

Consider your lifestyle and preferences when selecting a lens material that suits your needs.

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Lens Coatings for Enhanced Clarity

Lens coatings are not just for aesthetic appeal; they can significantly enhance your visual experience. Anti-reflective coatings reduce glare and reflections, especially during night-time driving or computer use. Additionally, coatings like scratch-resistant and UV protection coatings can extend the lifespan of your lenses while safeguarding your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Embrace Digital Lenses

Many of us now spend hours staring at screens, be it computers, tablets, or smartphones. Digital lenses are specifically designed to alleviate digital eye strain by providing a wider field of view for close-up tasks and reducing the need to strain your eyes to focus. If your lifestyle involves a significant amount of screen time, investing in digital lenses could greatly improve your comfort and visual well-being.

Progressive and Bifocal Lenses for Multifocal Needs

If your prescription requires correction for both distance and near vision, progressive or bifocal lenses might be the best for you! Progressive lenses offer a smooth transition between distance, intermediate, and near vision without the visible line found in traditional bifocals. Bifocal lenses, on the other hand, have a visible segment for near vision. Consult with your optometrist to determine which multifocal option best suits your prescription and lifestyle.

Consider Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses, commonly known as transition lenses, adapt to changing light conditions. They darken when exposed to sunlight and revert to clear when indoors. These lenses are convenient for individuals who frequently move between indoor and outdoor environments, eliminating the need for switching between regular eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Frame Compatibility

While it's easy to get caught up in selecting the right lenses, don't forget about the frame. Your chosen lenses must fit seamlessly into your selected frame, ensuring optimal vision and comfort. Thicker lenses might not be suitable for all frame styles, so consult with your optician to ensure a perfect match.

It can be quite daunting and overwhelming when trying to decide on what glasses to get, but it can be made easier by either narrowing down your options to the specifics you need or downright removing the glasses that won't be able to cater to all your needs… this way, you don’t have a wall of 200 pairs of glasses starring at you and you can only focus on the ones that have the potential to fully serve their purpose! Despite it being inconvenient to spend the kind of money you need for the perfect pair of glasses… consider it a great investment that can aid in bettering your daily life and even improve your sight overall! 

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 28 Sep 2023, Last modified: 20 May 2024