At Physicians Optical, we offer a wide variety of lens materials, designs, treatments and occupational considerations so that we can custom-craft your eyeglasses especially for your needs. The following is a link to the Varilux lens products, which are the premium progressives that we offer.
Lighter, Thinner Lenses
Modern technology has created lenses that bend light differently so that stronger corrections are thinner than when made in conventional materials. Such lenses are called “high index” and stronger corrections are more attractive because they are slimmer. High index is composed of less material so they are often lighter in weight. High index lenses absorb all harmful UV light and can be tinted to any shade or color.
Lenses That Darken in the Sun
These are lenses that darken as you go from indoors to outdoors. They are available in both polycarbonate and high index lenses. They darken to shades of grey and brown.
Polycarbonate lens are impact resistant lenses and are the lens of choice for active patients. Polycarbonate lenses are usually the lightest, most comfortable lenses. They absorb harmful UV light and can be made with ultra-thin edges because of their unique strength.
Single Vision Lenses
Single vision lenses function for people who have normal accommodation in the distance or near. People who normally wear bifocals or trifocals can use single vision for occupational types of work. Single vision lenses are available in all lens materials.
These new lenses provide special visual and cosmetic benefits for stronger corrections and increase edge to edge clarity. Flatter than conventional lenses, aspheric lenses eliminate the “bulgy” appearance of strong plus lenses (far-sighted corrections) and greatly enhance the appearance of finished eyewear. People with strong nearsighted corrections also benefit from thinner, lighter weight glasses when their lenses are aspheric. Because aspheric lenses are positioned closer to the face, there is less eye magnification with farsighted corrections and less “small eyes” look with nearsighted corrections. Aspheric lenses are often made of high index materials for the ultimate in thin lenses.
Flat Top Bifocals
This is an older style bifocal form and has limited compatibility with many of today’s newer products. The bifocal portion is made in a variety of widths to help with various close-up occupations. A flat-top bifocal has distance vision in the top and near vision in the bottom only.
Trifocal lenses have three lines in the segment with a smaller segment for arm’s length distance. The lens has the distance, than small intermediate segment and the lower segment for close up reading.
Progressives (no line bifocals)
These lenses provide all the benefits of Trifocals but add the feature of continuous clear vision at all distances, including mid-range distance (arm’s length). Progressives have the cosmetic advantage of appearing to be a single vision lenses so they never reveal the user wears a multifocal lined lens. Progressives are available in all lens materials and also made in aspheric form. Because of their many benefits, they are the lens of choice for bifocal and trifocal wearers.
Many occupations impose demanding visual requirements on those who wear bifocals or trifocals. Special occupational designs are available to solve these special needs. If the visual requirements of your job falls into this category, let us know and we’ll explain what will work best for your individual needs.
All sorts of special lens designs are available for the special needs of sports enthusiasts. Polycarbonate is the material of choice for active sports to protect your eyesight.
Computer lenses come in various styles from a single vision style lenses to a blended intermediate and near vision concept. These lenses include special filters and anti-reflection coatings to help fatigue and strain from the blue light of technology.
Polarized Sun Lenses
These are the exciting sunglasses that eliminate reflected glare. They are especially appropriate for drivers, fisherman, hunters and all types of outdoors activities. Polarized lenses eliminate the glare off of water, snow and road haze. It is the perfect lens for complete protection from the sun.
OPTIONAL LENS TREATMENTS
Scratch Protection Coating
Light weight hard resin lenses can be more easily scratched than glass lenses. Special coatings have been developed to help protect lenses from normal scratching. The modest additional cost for such scratch coating is usually a prudent investment.
It is generally accepted that the ultraviolet rays in sunlight pose potential harm to the eyes. Special treatment is available for hard resin lenses that completely blocks hazardous UV light. Lenses like polycarbonate and high index include built-in UV protection at no extra cost.
Special anti-reflective coatings are now available for spectacle lenses, much like those used for fine camera lenses. These coatings are particularly effective for reducing eye fatigue for computer operators and anyone driving at night. The anti-reflection coating eliminates distracting reflections from light sources and has the appearance of making eyewear look clear for the patient.
These are, by no means, the only lenses available. By telling us of any unusual work or leisure visual requirements, we can tailor exactly the right lenses for all your visual needs.