Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

Lens treatments are functional enhancements that are incorporated into the lens during the manufacturing process. The treatments can improve vision, protect children’s eyes, enhance performance, and increase comfort. Multiple treatments can meet all vision needs.

The type of treatment and its benefit, below, will help you determine which are best suited for your children’s needs. 

Treatment

Benefit

Anti-Reflective

Eliminates glare, offers some UV protection

Photochromic

Clear indoors, shades and protects eyes when exposed to UV rays

Polarized

Reduces glare, improves contrast and visual clarity

Scratch-Resistant

Protective treatment prevents scratches

UV Protection

Blocks harmful UV rays

Mirror

Highly reflective treatment cuts glare

Anti-Reflective

Glare is a frequent but preventable complaint from eyeglass wearers everywhere.

An anti-reflective treatment blocks reflected light, which means less squinting while driving or working at a computer. In addition to reducing external reflections on the outside of lenses, an anti-reflective treatment applied to the inside of lenses decreases internal reflections. Internal reflections can also cause lenses to appear thicker than they are. As an additional benefit, most anti-reflective treatments have a special layer that prevents spots and makes them easier to clean.

Photochromic

Photochromic lenses are convenient because they are one pair of lenses that can perform two jobs. The lenses darken to make children’s eyes more comfortable by shielding them from bright sunlight, and if they include a treatment that blocks UV, the lenses can also protect the eyes from harmful UV light. The result is crystal-clear vision indoors and out.

A photochromic treatment is especially beneficial for light-sensitive children and for children who have refractive errors as they eliminate the need for multiple pairs of glasses, which reduces the potential for loss or damage when that extra pair of glasses is not being worn.

The treatment can be applied to nylon, polycarbonate, and other lens materials. Lenses with this treatment are the perfect choice for children because it allows them to have one pair of glasses to use when they are either indoors or outdoors.

Polarized

Polarized sunglasses virtually eliminate bright light from reflective surfaces..

Polarized sunglasses are becoming more and more popular, especially among sports lovers, because they eliminate glare, help block UV rays, and give outdoor enthusiasts an excellent value for their investment.  

Scratch-Resistant

Eyeglasses are dropped, cleaned improperly, and sometimes stored hastily. Scratch-resistant treatments and technology can prevent scuffs and extend the life of your lenses.

Protecting both sides of the lens with a scratch-resistant treatment will help your glasses withstand the rigors of everyday wear, and is especially important for children’s glasses.

UV Protection

Without proper protection, eyes are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays—a potential cause of cataracts and retinal damage. While plastic lenses block most ultraviolet light, a UV-light blocking treatment adds another layer of protection and completely shields eyes from UV rays.

For more information about UV protection click here.