Your Lenses Should Fit Your Lifestyle

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No one sees the world quite like you, and it may take a new pair of lenses to help you see your best.  Being a bit of a camera bug myself, it’s easy to recognize that many of life’s moments are worth capturing, whether it is seeing your favorite band in concert or the smiling faces of family and friends at a get-together. Even more important than capturing those moments on camera, is the ability to enjoy them fully in the moment, which may require a little help from a trusty pair of specs. Luckily there are plenty of lens options to choose from, so you can see the world with clarity and comfort.  Here’s a quick guide to help you find lenses that suit your lifestyle.

Understanding The Basics of Lenses

Single Vision

Single vision lenses can help if you have trouble seeing up close or far away, and can correct astigmatisms. Today’s lenses are also digitally surfaced and your eye doctor can take specific measurements to optimize your lenses for your unique visual needs. Think of it as the difference between buying a suit off the rack, or having one perfectly tailored according to your measurements.


You can say goodbye to bifocals thanks to progressive lenses which can help you see clearly both near and far, and at distances in between with a seamless transition. Unlike bifocals, these lenses don’t have a line separating near and distance prescriptions providing a sleek and youthful look.

Computer Vision

If you spend the majority of your work day on the computer, you could benefit from task-specific lenses like computer vision lenses which provide you with an optimal prescription when working on the computer.

Lens Enhancements

After selecting your lens type, you can customize your lenses further with lens enhancements. Lens enhancements perform a variety of functions such as protecting your lenses from scratches, reducing reflection and smudges, protecting your eyes against UV rays, and reducing blue light exposure.

Anti-reflective (AR) coating

Nix glare with this clear lens coating which can also help reduce smudging and scratches.

Light-reactive lenses

Also known as photochromic lenses, these lenses quickly darken in sunlight and turn clear again indoors, providing comfort, clarity, UV protection, and blue-light reduction in any environment.

Blue Light Reduction

Blue light enhancements help reduce exposure to high-energy blue light emitted by many of today’s digital devices. This helps to alleviate eye strain due to exposure. A blue light coating on your lens can offer relief from sore, irritated, tired eyes while working, cramming, e-reading, or binge-watching. Learn more about the effects of blue light on your eyes.

Find out how VSP members can save on UNITY lenses and enhancements here.

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  • jana says:

    Do you offer eye enhacmets, the kind to make olet eyes look brighter?

  • Danny Jackson says:

    When I recently had new progressive lens put in my day glasses and sunglasses I was told you pay nothing to help, so I paid around $630.oo …. Is this true ?

  • Jorge says:

    Very good information that I will like to use, all of them, however I read it a week after I ordered new lenses and frame. Also I do not know if this enhancements are included on benefits and how expensive they are or they are offered as standard or special features

  • Vanessa Wharton says:

    Can you get blue light reduction and light reactive both on lenses?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Vanessa,

      Good news – you can have it all! You can get a blue light coating like Sharper Image TechShield with light-reactive lenses.

      -Angelina F., VSP

  • Alvin Albert says:

    Thanks. I’m an IT Shift Lead, so I spend a lot of my day looking at a monitor. I will ask about an optimal prescription when I buy my next pair of glasses.

  • Lenny biscailuz says:

    Are Contact Lenses Covered By vsp. Insurance

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Lenny,
      Coverage varies by plan. You can check your coverage options by logging into in the Claims and Benefits section or call Customer Care at (800) 877-7195 to review your benefits over the phone.
      -Angelina F.,VsP

  • Norm Welch says:

    Wish to learn pricing…. Would like to go to Pearl Vision….have used them in rhe past…& am very satisfied with their products & service…..They have a shop in nearby Crystal Lake…..THANKYOU

  • Greg Rumage says:

    Hi, I am a recent member. I am interested in RIMLESS frames. Can you help me?

  • Vicky says:

    Good morning, All of the new things you can do to lenses are great, but it is so expensive. I can’t get out of the Dr office with out spending 400.00. I have 3 family members that were glasses. The cost needs to be adjusted so my family can enjoy some of your new products.

  • Sandra Ellis says:

    I ware progressive lens I would like to try a pair, with blue light.

  • john says:

    What about safety glasses. You don’t seem to have any safety glasses avalible.

  • Rosie says:

    That person, Vicky, is so right! As for my personal preferences for a nice pair of glasses, I am 62 and like looking youthful for as long as I can, but how can you have that right or luxury when every frame, no-line,etc is so expensive! It would be nice to make things affordable being we already pay so much for insurance that ends up not covering that much!

  • Robin Qualey says:

    I am interested in getting contacts please forward me info on what my benefits cover… I have my prescription already. Thank you

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Robin,
      To see what your plan covers you can check your coverage options by logging into in the Claims and Benefits section or call Customer Care at (800) 877-7195 to review your benefits over the phone.
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • Letty says:

    Are there swim goggles available for purchase?

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