Once you have found an eye care professional, it is quite normal for you to want to browse the store in search of nice-looking frames. However, not all eyeglass lenses are suitable for every type of frame, so it is usually better to start with the lenses. If you are looking for relaxed and better vision, it goes without saying that the lenses represent the most important component of your new glasses. You will only be able to rely fully on visual support from your glasses if you select the correct lens.
In the past, glass was the predominantly used material. Now, plastic lenses are becoming more and more widespread. This development brings with it some key advantages: the increased shatter-resistance of these lenses ensures a lower risk of injury. High-quality special plastics and a good coating offer protection against painful pressure marks and scratches. But there are other aspects which play an important role when choosing the perfect eyeglass lenses: In addition to the commonplace aspect of diopter strength, other important factors include the refractive index of the material (which is important for the lens thickness), the so-called aspherical geometries (which reduce distortion at the edges of the lens), anti-reflective and curing qualities and shatter-resistance. Additional lens coatings or finishes can help to make life with your glasses even easier. Why not try a hydrophobic or anti-static coating, for example?
Our tip: If nothing else, the eyeglass lenses should have a good and efficient anti-reflective coating. This is because reflections caused by glasses are very distracting when out in the sunshine, driving at night or working at the computer. Furthermore, anti-reflective lenses make the wearer almost oblivious to the fact that he or she is wearing glasses.
Perhaps you are thinking about buying tinted or self-tinting spectacle lenses. But be careful: there is a huge difference in quality as far as self-tinting lenses are concerned. The decisive factor to consider when making a purchase is that the so-called phototropic lenses should react as quickly as possible to changing light conditions, fading back to the clear state indoors and darkening to a tone similar to that of sunglasses in the sun or other bright light. It is also vital for the lenses to provide 100% protection against UVA and UVB radiation.