What To Know When Selecting Lenses For Glasses?

published at 10 Sep 2022
reading time 3 min read

I believe that many people have many questions. When it’s time to get a new pair of glasses, for example. What brand of lenses do you use? Choose a normal lens or extra thin lens? What lenses do you use for frames like this that won’t break easily? Must be multi-coated? UV coating? Are anti-blue light lenses necessary?

We have to admit that choosing eyeglass lenses is quite difficult. Probably it is because the product itself is difficult to distinguish just by its look, all lenses look the same. However, the features are even more difficult to prove.

Let’s look at what’s included in one paid lens.

  1. Correct vision prescription ​​on lenses with good optical properties and low distortion
  2. Materials with refractive index such as 1.50, 1.56, 1.60, 1.67, 1.74 for the thinness and durability of the lens that is suitable for your eyes
  3. Your lenses may have varied characteristics due to coating, which will change how they respond to their surroundings. Others provide protection from scratch or the sun, while others change color depending on the light exposure. Most commonly used coatings are including anti-scratch coating, anti-reflective coating, UV protective coating, anti-Blue Light coating light-adjusting coating (aka photochromic), color tint coating, polarized coating, mirrored tint coating.


How to choose the right lens?

When choosing glasses, everyone has different needs. Style? Fashion? Function? Aesthetic? Therefore, before choosing eyeglasses, you may need to consider some different factors. To make your decision easier and make sure you make the best choice, here are some tips to help you choose the right lens.


Are you having trouble seeing close-up or distant objects?

myopia or farsightedness? It is very common eye condition which can be easily corrected with a single vision lens, tailor-made according to the prescription. However, if you seem to have trouble seeing both near and far objects at the same time, you may need progressive lenses.


Are you having trouble reading?

If you are over 40, this is a common symptom of presbyopia. This may require progressive lenses.


Do you spend time in front of a computer screen and watching television?

Computer glasses with anti-blue light can prevent eye strain and excessive exposure to blue light. These lenses are best if you spend a lot of time in digital screens.


Do you like being outdoors?

UV protection lenses are helpful in protecting your eyes from harmful UV light exposure. In addition, the photochromic lens (the lens changes color according to the light conditions) also ensures clear vision both indoors and outdoors.


Do you play sports?

Scratch resistant, anti-smudge, anti-dust and anti-fog or even waterproof coating will allow you to enjoy an active lifestyle to the fullest.


Do you drive at night?

Accidents can be prevented by providing sharp vision throughout your driving and anti-glare lens is highly recommended.


There are many more questions you should ask yourself. And these questions are a good starting point for choosing the lens that best suits you. Our optician is more than happy to assist you with the selection of lenses.


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