Jul 1, 2024 | Eyeglass Lenses

Choosing the Right Lenses for Your Glasses

Jul 1, 2024 | Eyeglass Lenses

Choosing the Right Lenses for Your Glasses

Choosing the right lenses for your glasses is just as important as finding a stylish frame. At Ascension Optical, we understand how crucial the correct lenses are for your vision and comfort. We offer a wide range of eyewear in Gonzales as well as the latest lens technology for all your vision needs. Whether you need glasses for reading, driving, or everyday wear, our experienced and friendly team is here to help you make the best choice. Let’s explore the different types of lenses available and what factors to consider when picking the perfect pair.  

Single vision lenses 

These lenses have a single prescription throughout the entire lens and are ideal for correcting either nearsightedness or farsightedness. Single vision lenses are commonly used for everyday wear. 

Bifocal lenses 

Bifocal lenses are divided into two sections, each with a different prescription. The upper part of the lens corrects distance vision, while the lower part is for near vision. These lenses are beneficial for people who need help with seeing both up close and at a distance. 

Trifocal lenses 

Similar to bifocals, trifocal lenses include an additional third section for intermediate vision, which is useful for activities such as computer work. These lenses provide a smooth transition between near, intermediate, and distance vision. 

Progressive lenses 

Also known as no-line bifocals, progressive lenses offer a seamless transition between multiple prescriptions without the visible lines found in bifocal and trifocal lenses. They provide a natural look and are ideal for individuals needing correction for near, intermediate, and distance vision. 

High-index lenses 

Thicker lenses may be necessary for higher prescriptions but can feel bulky in certain frame styles. High-index lenses are made from a thinner and lighter material, making them more comfortable for people with strong prescriptions. High-index lenses reduce the thickness and weight of the glasses, enhancing both appearance and comfort. 

Polycarbonate lenses 

Known for their durability and impact resistance, polycarbonate lenses are an excellent choice for active individuals and children. They are also lighter than standard plastic lenses and offer UV protection

Photochromic lenses 

Also called transition lenses, photochromic lenses darken when exposed to sunlight and return to clear indoors. With them, you don’t have to carry around separate prescription sunglasses. 

Blue light blocking lenses 

These lenses help reduce or prevent eye strain from prolonged exposure to digital screens. They block harmful blue light emitted by computers, tablets, and smartphones, making them a great option for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of screens. 

Factors to consider when choosing your lenses 

  1. Lifestyle and activities: It’s important to consider your daily activities and lifestyle. If you play sports or have an active job, durable polycarbonate lenses might be the best choice. For those who work on computers frequently, blue light blocking lenses can help reduce eye strain. 
  1. Prescription strength: The strength of your prescription can influence the type of lenses that are best for you. High-index lenses are a good option for those with stronger prescriptions as they offer the necessary correction without the bulk. 
  1. Visual needs: Your specific visual needs will determine the type of lenses you’ll need. If you need correction for both near and distance vision, bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses will work well.  
  1. Comfort and weight: Comfort is key when it comes to wearing glasses for long periods. Lightweight materials such as high-index or polycarbonate can make a significant difference in comfort. 
  1. Aesthetics: If you’re concerned about the appearance of your glasses, high-index lenses can provide the necessary correction while keeping your eyewear lightweight and stylish. 

Choosing the right lenses for your glasses doesn’t have to be overwhelming, especially with our friendly team at Ascension Optical here to assist you every step of the way! Whether you need single vision, bifocal, progressive, or specialized lenses, our team is here to provide expert guidance and personalized service. Schedule an appointment with us today to explore our extensive range of lens options tailored to meet your unique vision needs. Let us help you see the world more clearly with the right lenses for your lifestyle and vision needs!