Left: Simulated image of lens without anti-glare coating. Right: Simulated image of lens with anti-glare coating.
The benefits of a good anti-reflective, or anti-glare, coating are numerous, and our doctors and opticians universally recommend these coatings on our ophthalmic lenses. An anti-reflective coating allows more light to pass through the lens, preventing glare and allowing your eyes to be seen rather than a reflecting off the front of the lens. Anti-reflective coatings also reduce glare when viewing bright objects such as computer screens or headlights. For those patients with lower prescriptions, their lenses tend to be more susceptible to issues with night-time driving glare. Patients with lots of power in their glasses also benefit because the anti-reflective coating not only helps maintain optimal clarity, but also makes their lenses appear thinner. High quality anti-reflective coatings such as Crizal® are guaranteed to be scratch-free for 2 years, and thus act as an extra layer of protection for your lenses. To see your best, be sure you ask our opticians to use a good anti-reflective coating on your lenses!
Left: Simulated image of lens without polarized lens. Right: Simulated image of lens with polarized lens.
The classic example of the benefits of a polarized lens is the fisherman who can see the fish through the hazy reflection of the water’s surface. While that is certainly a benefit to polarized lenses, a more common benefit is being able to see clearly when driving. Polarized lenses make grime and snow on a windshield less visible, allowing the driver to concentrate on the details of the road. For outdoor enthusiasts, polarization enhances colors of the foliage and sky.
A lens tint is a great way to add some color to your lenses. Contrast can be enhanced in some sports by tinting your lenses a specific color. For patients who need sunglasses, but have jobs that prevent them from wearing polarized lenses, having the lenses tinted is a great way to assure that they can be comforted in bright light environments.
Eye disease prevention is a priority at Vista Eye Care. We recommend UV protection especially given Denver’s higher altitude and our tendency to play outdoors. Preventing early-onset cataracts and macular degeneration should be priorities for all our patients. Some lens materials inherently block UV light and require no coating. Standard plastic lenses do not, and require either a clear UV coating or adding another UV-blocking feature such as Transitions®.
For the patient on the go, Transitions® Signature™ is a great choice for having sunglasses and regular glasses all rolled into a single convenient pair of glasses. Step outside, and Transitions® Signature™ technology makes the lens darker. Return indoors, and the lens quickly grows clear again. Transitions® Signature™ is available in its standard form as well as Transitions® XTRActive® which gets especially dark outdoors, and even darkens behind your windshield. Transitions®’ latest technology is Transitions® Vantage™ which acts similar to Transitions® XTRActive®, though it also incorporates polarization.
Shamir Autograph II™ Single Vision Digital Lenses
For patients not needing progressive lenses, bifocals, or trifocals, digitally-surfaced lenses offer a completely customized glasses-wearing experience. Unlike non-digital lenses, Autograph II™ Single Vision Digital lenses take into account not just the eye doctor’s glasses prescription, but also how you wear your frame. Our opticians utilized a state-of-the-art iPad-based measurement tool which personalizes your lenses to how you wear your frames. The result is incredible vision, even through large prescriptions or high astigmatism.
Do you spend all day working at a computer? We all know that can be difficult on the eyes. But great lenses exist to help ease your focusing! Shamir Computer™ and Shamir WorkSpace™ offer a similar arrangement seen in progressive lenses, but they allow extra room for computer use. The Shamir Computer™ lens gives great vision out to 5 feet, while the Shamir WorkSpace™ keeps things in focus up to 10 feet away. You’ll be amazed what it feels like to work in a lens that’s designed for what you do!
Bifocals and Trifocals
The need for reading glasses is brought about by an eye condition called presbyopia. With presbyopia, patients quickly find that they have two different glasses prescriptions: a distance prescription and a near prescription. Bifocals allow both of those distances to be viewed out of the same lens and prevents the wearer from having to switch glasses throughout the day. While our opticians try to get most new bifocal wearers into progressive lenses, bifocals still have their place.
If instantaneous tinting is required, a clip-on lens may be a good option. The clip-on itself has no glasses power, and is individually-sized by our opticians to fit your glasses. When you step outside or sit behind the wheel, you simply apply the clip-on onto the outside of your glasses and you’re up and running!