High-End Lenses • Progressive • Polycarbonate & Bifocal Lenses
Lenses in Plano, Texas
With so many lens options available, it’s normal to be confused as to the ideal type of lenses for your vision needs.
Our eye care staff is friendly, well-informed, and happy to assist you in making the right choice.
What are Progressive Lenses?
If you're 40 or older and struggle to focus on close-up objects, it's likely due to presbyopia, a normal age-related vision condition. While reading glasses used to be the go-to solution, progressive lenses have become a popular choice. Our Plano, Texas optical store recommends these multifocal lenses to many of our patients.
Progressive lenses combine three prescriptions in one pair of glasses, allowing you to perform various tasks without switching eyewear. You can read up close, use a computer at a moderate distance, and see distant road signs while driving.
Unlike bifocal or trifocal lenses, progressive lenses don't have visible lines on the lenses, making them more aesthetically pleasing. This eliminates the stigma of "looking old" when wearing reading glasses.
Progressive lenses offer the convenience of having all-in-one glasses, eliminating the need for carrying multiple pairs around with you.
While there is a short adjustment period to get used to progressive lenses, most people find that their vision feels natural after a brief amount of time. There's no noticeable "jump" as experienced with conventional bifocals.
While progressive lenses are typically more expensive than traditional bifocals, the improved visual clarity, appealing appearance, and convenience they provide are well worth it, according to most of our patients.
What are Polycarbonate Lenses?
Polycarbonate – a robust plastic used in various applications like eyeglasses, car headlights, DVDs, and industrial settings – offers unique advantages. It is a thermoplastic that undergoes a rapid process of melting, molding, compressing, and cooling.
One major benefit of using polycarbonate lenses in eyeglasses is their remarkable durability. They are nearly indestructible – being 10 times stronger than regular plastic – ensuring long-lasting and safe eye protection.
Polycarbonate lenses also provide built-in UV protection, shielding your eyes from harmful sun rays without the need for additional coatings. Moreover, they are often thinner than lenses made from other materials, offering visual correction without added thickness. This makes them ideal for individuals with high prescriptions, providing lighter, more comfortable eyewear.
Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses are particularly beneficial for children and athletes, as they can withstand the demands of an active lifestyle. Many sports sunglasses and safety goggles utilize this lens material.
Although polycarbonate lenses are softer and more prone to scratches, modern versions are typically coated with a scratch-resistant layer, making them more resilient.
What are Bifocals?
Bifocals are commonly associated with older individuals and the inconvenience of carrying multiple pairs of glasses. However, bifocals, credited to Benjamin Franklin, revolutionized eyewear by combining two lens powers into one.
With bifocals, you no longer need separate reading glasses. These lenses offer clear vision at different distances, with a small section at the bottom for near vision and the rest for distance vision.
However, the line separating the lens powers is typically positioned at the lower eyelid, which some find unappealing. So, while bifocals provide functional vision, the transition between lens powers can feel abrupt and distracting compared to progressive or single-vision lenses.