Choosing the best lenses that fit your needs
Frame style isn’t the only decision you’ll need to make when selecting new eyeglasses. Once you’ve chosen a frame that complements your face, you’ll need to consider which lens type best fits your lifestyle. From lenses that reduce glare to styles that protect your eyes when you play your favourite sport, today’s lenses offer more flexibility than ever.
Do you need single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals, or progressives?
Before you choose a lens material, you’ll need to think about the type of lenses you want. Choices include:
Single vision lenses offer the same lens power throughout the lens and can be used to improve your vision if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. They can also be used for reading glasses if you have presbyopia.
Bifocals & Trifocals
These lenses contain two or three zones separated by a noticeable line. For example, bifocals might contain one lens power for far vision and one for near vision. Bifocals and trifocals eliminate the need for multiple pairs of glasses, but some people find the lines distracting.
Progressive lenses eliminate the lines, allowing a more seamless transition between lens powers than trifocals or bifocals.
Other lens choices
You can also choose coatings to add to your lenses or select specialty lenses. Coatings can be added to prevent scratches, block blue light, and reduce glare.
Although most eyeglass lenses block 100 percent of UV light, it’s still important to wear sunglasses when you’re outdoors. Standard sunglass lenses or photochromic lenses that darken outside and lighten when you’re indoors will help you reduce your risk of cataracts and cancer. Polarized sunglass lenses reduce glare, improving your comfort whether you’re driving, enjoying a day at the beach, or playing sports.