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Finding The Perfect Lens Options For Your Eyeglasses

There’s a wide variety of prescription lenses on the market today – truly something for everyone and every lifestyle. Five of the top lens types currently being sought out are:

  1. Transition lenses,
  2. High-index lenses,
  3. AR-coated lenses,
  4. Bifocals and
  5. Progressives.

But which one will work for your prescription and lifestyle needs?

Taking a more in-depth look at each of these may help you find the perfect lens.

If you wear glasses all the time and don’t want to be carrying around a pair of prescription sunglasses in addition to your regular pair or eyeglasses, then transition lenses may be right for you. They darken outdoors and lighten up indoors – quickly adapting to their current environment, therefore enhancing the wearer’s vision.

High-index lenses work well for those with a strong prescription (think old-fashion Coke bottle glasses). These thin, lightweight lenses allow people with a stronger prescription, such as severe myopia (or nearsightedness), to receive optimal sight from a thinner lens. They’re an attractive option, and provide the wearer with lighter and more fashionable lenses.

AR (Anti-reflective) coating helps prevent eyestrain and glare. This high-tech coating can benefit you during the day and at night, by providing better sight while sitting in front of a computer screen as well as during nighttime driving. AR coating is also very beneficial in conjunction with high-index lenses, helping to eliminate the higher frequency of light reflection.

Bifocal lenses are essentially two lenses in one, combining vision correction for both, nearsightedness and farsightedness. They are perfect for the more mature eyeglass-wearer who may have been myopic their entire lives and now find they’re also hyperopic or farsighted – one of the many benefits of growing older. Bifocals may take some getting used to, but provide fantastic support in maintaining healthy vision on both ends.

An alternative option to the bifocal are progressive lenses. These type of lenses also provide correction for both nearsightedness and farsightedness, but instead of a visible line across the lenses, the progressives gradually change in power over the entire surface area of the lens. More and more frames are able to fit progressive lenses these days – allowing you a greater variety of style and comfort choices.

Whatever your prescription, there are a multitude of lens and frame options on the market today. Eyeglasses have become more of a fashion statement, as opposed to just a vision correction utility, so make sure you find the perfect pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses to fit your unique style and budget.

Jaime Baxter is a consultant on eyeglasses and sunglasses for Eyeglasses4All.com, a leading online retailer of brand name designer eyewear.

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