Different lens types for glasses: which is right for you?
When it comes to glasses, there’s a whole range of choices out there. The style, shape and colour is often up to personal preference. But there’s one consideration that should be left to the medical professionals: the lens type. There’s a lot of different lens types for glasses, so which is right for you?
Step one: your eye exam
The first step to finding the most appropriate lens type, is to have an eye exam. Our consultations are extensive and look at every aspect of your eye health. From here, your optometrist will determine your prescription. This could be your first time wearing eyeglasses, or you might just need an updated prescription – either way, an up-to-date analysis of your eye health is important.
Understanding the different lens types for glasses
We take pride in offering the very best advice, in a way that makes sense to our customers. But, if you don’t understand any of the information your optometrist offers, be sure to ask for clarification! To ensure you’ve got a little background on the different lens types for glasses, we’ve put together this brief list:
- Single vision lens: these can help people struggling with one vision area. They are for near-sighted OR long-sighted individuals but won’t work for those struggling with both.
- Computer lens: we’ve talked about these before, and while they’re not a prescription, they are growing in popularity (especially during COVID-19 when many people are working from home). These lenses filter out harmful blue light, which comes from your digital screens, including your television, computer, and phone.
- Bi-focal lens: the special glass in this lens has two abilities. That means it can help those struggling with both near and long-sightedness.
- Tri-focal lens: similarly, these glasses offer three different abilities. These may be jarring to get used to given the distinct lines within the lens that indicates field changes, but can help those struggling with near, intermediate, and far away vision.
- Multi-focal lens: also known as progressive lenses, these take a different approach to solving multiple vision problems. While these can help troubles with near, intermediate, and far away, the different fields aren’t marked by obvious lines in the glass, making transitions smoother.
What is right for me?
With so many different lens types for glasses, it can seem overwhelming to know which is right for you. For example, with tri-focal seeming so similar to multi-focal, how can you pick the most appropriate lens?
That’s where we come in! Our friendly team is experienced in eyecare, and our optometrist Adam is here to help. We can offer advice based on your specific eye exam results and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch today to learn more.