There are so many things to learn about lenses and glasses! Discover how the right optical services can greatly enhance your style and quality of life.
Now’s the time for optical services. Are you ready for new glasses and lenses? We offer the best so you can look great and see even better. If it’s time for an upgrade, don’t fret. Choosing the right lenses can be confusing, but we’ve got all of the information you need to pick the right combination for your prescription and your vision needs. Take a look.
Having a Better Lens Experience
With all of the new options in lenses, it can be tricky to know which one will give you the best vision correction and best comfort for your lifestyle. Here are some options you can choose from:
Anti-Reflective: with glare reduction, these lenses will let you see clearly with less glare to affect the clarity of the lenses
Trivex/High Index: a thinner, lighter lens, the Trivex/High Index lenses fall in between plastic and polycarbonate lenses in thickness. They are slightly thicker than polycarbonate, though they are lighter and offer better visual acuity with the same level of safety. They also tint better than polycarbonate and are an excellent choice for prescription sunglasses.
Free-Form: these lenses are digitally cut which means they are entirely customizable to your eyes. This quality means less swimming effect and less distortion in higher prescriptions and astigmatism prescriptions.
Progressive: progressive lenses have come a long way! Our state-of-the-art progressives are the latest to hit the market with technology that allows us to effectively use each part of the lens to provide the best optics for your prescription.
The Trick with Progressives
Progressive lenses are getting better and better. Even so, some people love them, and some feel very challenged by them. They can be hard to get used to and can turn some people off to them permanently. Instead of giving up, take a look at some of the tips and tricks we find work well to help adjust to this type of vision correction:
- Give them time! It takes more than a few minutes to adapt to new things, and the same holds true for progressive lenses. Instead of taking them off after 10 minutes and throwing up your hands in surrender, give them at least two to three weeks, wearing them full-time. Not only will your eyes need this adjustment period, but you’ll need to learn how to use them. This means understanding your head and eye movement and how they impact how you see through the lenses.
- Get the best, from the best. At Eyes of NM, we have the latest progressive lens technology. Don’t compare your experience from years ago with what’s available now. It’s night and day. The latest lenses give more natural viewing conditions, a wider range of view for computer screens, and less distortion peripherally.
- Get measured correctly. Incorrect measurements can change everything about how this type of lens will work for you. If taken too high, you could be looking through the reading portion while driving. If taken too low, you won’t be able to read a menu without looking through the very bottom of the lens. We use the Optikam system to make sure you’re measured right. It will digitally measure you for optimal accuracy to ensure correctly made lenses.
- Pick the right frame. If you have your heart set on a small frame, progressive lenses might not be the best fit. Small frames make it more difficult to utilize the needed space for the different parts of the lens including reading, mid-distance, and distance correction. A slightly larger frame will better accommodate every part of the progressive lens.
The Secret to Great Frames
The secret to great frames isn’t spending a lot of money or going with a name brand. Companies other than the big names offer greater quality at lower prices. You’ll get more for your money with independent lines of frames that offer stylish, comfortable, durable options. Some of our favorites include:
- Etnia Barcelona
- NW 77th
If it’s time for new glasses and you’re dragging your feet because you dread the thought of choosing lenses, you can rest easy. At Eyes of NM Family Optometry, our experts can help guide you to the right lens choice that will fit your vision needs as well as your lifestyle. We can also help you pick just the right frames to make you look and feel great.