The first time I took a tour through the VSPOne Optical Technology Center and saw firsthand how lenses are shaped to fit individual prescriptions and frames, I was surprised to see the number of materials used, but virtually no glass.
I thought for sure that lenses would be made of glass, and there was a time that was true.
Today, however, lenses are primarily made from plastics and for good reason – they’re lightweight, can provide better protection for your eyes, and help you see better. There are a variety of lens materials to choose from. Don’t forget to ask your optical professional what the best fit is for your prescription and lifestyle!
Take a closer look to see what lens materials might be best suited for your eyewear needs.
Plastic lenses are commonly used today and are best suited for mild or minimal prescriptions. The benefits include its lightweight feel and durability, without compromising the optics in your lenses.
Do you live an active lifestyle? Polycarbonate lenses are an impact-resistant option, perfect for athletes, kiddos, and those on the go. These lenses also help protect against UV rays and are slightly thinner than standard plastic lenses, and are a step up in durability.
Originally designed for military use, Trivex lenses got their name for three main performance properties, including improved visual clarity, strength and impact resistance, while maintaining lightweight comfort. These lenses are approved for both sports and safety glasses. They also provide UV protection. Trivex lenses provide better optics than plastic lenses, and are lighter than Polycarbonate, but are not as thin as High Index for those of us needing a stronger prescription.
Do you have a strong prescription but want to avoid the Coke-bottle look? High index lenses provide the thinnest lens option while still accommodating strong prescriptions so they won’t detract from your stylish frames and also provide UV protection.
Compare the features for yourself!
Your eye care provider can help you determine which lens material best suit your visual needs, as well as further customization options to fit your lifestyle. Click here to find a VSP provider near you and find out how VSP members can save on UNITY lenses and enhancements here.