Though your frames  may be quite fashionable, your glasses are more than just an accessory. 

If you are like many, you may only purchase glasses when your insurance benefits cover them.  The lens options you choose today will have to keep you happy for a year (or two), so do your homework and choose wisely.  Our experienced opticians are ready to help!

Lens Materials
Plastic – standard lens option, more impact resistant than glass lenses
Polycarbonate – thinner and lighter than plastic lenses, and more impact-resistant
Hi Index – thinner and lighter than polycarbonate, recommended for higher lens prescriptions
Trivex –thinner and lighter than plastic, and more impact resistant than high-index, with crisper optics

Lens Options
Today’s innovations in lens technology offer many premium lens options, designed to meet the special needs of the office workspace, the golf course, the hobbyist, and even special fatigue relief lenses.  At Galper Eye Center, we recommend as a standard guideline for all basic lens needs,
 
#1 – Crizal Anti-Glare and UV protection lenses for safety
#2 – Transitions Photochromic lenses for comfort
#3 – Digital lenses for the very best clarity
#4 – Progressive lenses


Benefits of Crizal Anti-glare Protection
In addition to protecting your investment from dust, scratches, and fingerprints, glare is a hazard to most people because of bright headlights from oncoming traffic when driving at night.  Continuous sources of glare such as sitting in front of a computer screen can cause eye discomfort, eyestrain, and mental fatigue. Patients that are constantly working on a computer will benefit from AR treatment by reducing the glare from the florescent lighting that is common in the workplace...a must if you wear glasses for more than 6 hours a day, or at least 3 hours in front of a computer.   Crizal products provide E-SPF 25 UV protection (front and back), which is important for protecting eyes from premature aging, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and other causes of vision loss and blindness.  

Crizal Prevencia is the newest product we offer.  This new technology protects eyes from harmful visible blue-violet light, which not only makes up 25-30% of sunlight, but is more prevalent in the fluorescent, CFL (26%) and LED (35%) lighting (TVs, computers, phones, tablets, etc.) we use today.  See Protecting Your Eyes From The Sun.

Benefits of Transitions  
Transitions are the most popular photochromic lenses that darken or lighten depending on their exposure to ultraviolet light, providing comfort from bright light with either a gray or brown tint.  Gray is the most popular as it offers crisper color vision, while brown offers softer color vision.  
Although polycarbonate lenses and Crizal also provide UV protection, Transitions offer the comfort of “sunglasses” without having to have a second pair and switch your glasses whenever going from indoors to outdoors.  
Transitions’ newest Chromea7 technology provides truer colors, with a 40-50% darker transition, and now with a 30-second switchback!


Over 40?  Time for Progressive Lenses!
If you are over 40 and having difficulty with your vision, chances are you are experiencing Presbyopia, the common gradual loss of near vision. But there is good news: you have more choices today than ever before. You don't have to carry a separate pair of glasses for reading or wear lined bifocal lenses like your parents did.

Progressive lenses offer a smooth transition from distance vision through intermediate vision to near vision, and they supply all the in-between corrections as well. This means that instead of having just two different viewing zones (near and distant), like with bifocals, progressive lenses have progressive powers of correction (from bottom to top), easing eye strain and providing the most natural vision correction.

Benefits of Digital Lenses   

The world's very first progressive lens, invented in 1959, has come a long way.  Digital lenses are now available, which offer much more comfort and clarity, with less distortion, and a wider field of vision, especially beneficial for progressive lens wearers.  Digital lenses are the digitally measured “position of wear” measurements that put the prescription in the optimal place for the best vision which is up to 6 times more precise.