Life Through Your Lenses
It’s a well known fact that people think about spectacle frames more than their lenses (OK, I made that up but I believe it to be a little bit true).
We agonise over frames. We choose them according to our face shape:
Oval face shape = walnut shaped frames
Heart face shape = thin, light coloured or rimless frames
Oblong face shape = frames with more depth than width & decorative temples
Square face shape = narrow frame styles
Diamond face shape = rimless glasses & oval shaped frames
Round face shape = rectangular frames
And the designs to drool over! You could spend all day trying on multiple frames and have a lot of fun doing it. There’s a frame for every face shape, personality and function, and at Your Eyes we think we’re pretty good at offering something for everyone.
But what do you know about lenses, other than ensuring you have the correct prescription? Lenses are incredibly important and will influence not only your vision but your safety, comfort and appearance.
When shopping for glasses do you stop to consider lens materials, coatings and designs?
I’m fairly certain you give them a passing thought but what do you really know about what’s on offer? Having a little bit of information could make all the difference. After all, ‘knowledge is power’.
I thought it would be useful to give you a run down on lenses: a bluffer’s guide if you will.
Single vision lenses
Single vision lenses are perfect for people with a single vision correction requirement (near-sightedness or far-sightedness). With the correct single vision lens you’ll find a massive improvement to your vision. Everything will appear much sharper and clearer, making everyday tasks and hobbies a joy.
They are ideal for a specific distance and (at the risk of sounding patronising) it’s worth pointing out that they’ll only work for that distance.
At a distance – you’ll use this lens for driving, going to the cinema or a show etc
Intermediate – great for computer screen work, painting and other mid-range hobbies.
Near – specifically for close work, reading, sewing, measuring for DIY and other close-range hobbies.
If you work at a computer or your job/hobby requires close-up work then enhanced readers, (or specialised reading glasses) are for you. These are specialised reading lenses. They are useful for close work with the top part of the lens having a more distant focus so that it is not so blurred when you look up and away. Enhanced readers can be especially useful in an office situation. Clever, eh?
We’re in more familiar territory now.
Bifocals are commonly used by people who experience difficulty focusing on close-up items due to an age-related condition called presbyopia. Historically, people would have relied on a pair of glasses for long distance and a pair for short distance which was a bit of a faff. With bifocals, distance and near are combined which offers the wearer flexibility, negating the practice of wearing one pair while having the other dangling around their necks.
However, bifocal lenses don’t cover mid range vision and the line on the lens can be a bit annoying for some. It does offer a wide reading area with no edge distortion, though.
Varifocals are pretty magical.
They send variable power down the lens, covering middle distance, middle and near vision AND they don’t have a line on the lens. They transition between prescription seamlessly and generally are little miracles.
You can’t see them but they work darn hard for you by keeping your glasses clean, scratch-free and longer-lasting. In addition to the standard uncoated lens, you can choose from:
Scratch-resistant coating – great at protecting your lenses from everyday perils however, be warned, they’re not scratch-proof!
Anti-reflection coating – helps reduce scatter and glare from bright light sources, e.g car headlights, and also comes with a useful scratch-resistant coating. They’re perfect for nervous night-time drivers.
Just like spectacles, customers are sometimes more concerned about the look of their sunglasses than they are about the efficacy of the lens (not you, though!).
Tinted lenses – Dark tinted lenses effectively protect the eyes from bright light and generally come in green, grey or brown for greater, more natural colour definition.
Photochromic – These clever lenses change with the sun! Clear whilst the wearer is indoors they darken automatically as they are subjected to bright light.
Polarised – available for prescription and non-prescription sunglasses these useful dark lenses offer UV protection and reduce that pesky glare from reflective surfaces, giving the wearer a more comfortable driving experience.
I hope this was a useful, interesting read for you! Please pass on to a friend or family-member if you feel they would benefit. And, as always, we at ‘Your Eyes’ are here to offer more specific advice as and when you need it.
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