Different Types of Lenses

Choosing lenses for your eyes can appear straightforward, though getting the right ones can be quite daunting. Of course, choosing the type and design of frames is just a small part of the selection process. Choosing one among the numerous types of lenses out there is a challenge, though the eye doctor should offer you all the necessary guidance. The main aim of getting the correct lens prescription is to protect your eyes from eye health issues like macular degeneration, cataracts, and more.


Here are the different types of lenses:


Single Vision


For people who have eye problems such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, single vision glasses are essential. Not only do they distribute focus evenly over the entire surface of the lens, but they also have a single optical correction. This is a common prescription for many patients. Yet, if you have multiple prescriptions, you would probably have a recommendation for multifocal or bifocal eyeglasses.


Progressive Lenses


Also known as Varifocal lenses, progressive lenses give off a smooth transition from eliminating segment lines and correcting distance perception. In doing so, you can get a clearer vision of objects at all distances including near, intermediate, and far off too. This lens differs from the others because it has a gradual shift in the prescription.

Others have a blunt line in the lens. Additionally, this lens allows you to see only your eyes as you view all ranges. There are various options to choose from, such as light-responsive or blue-light filtering lenses.


Bifocal Vision Lenses


As the name suggests, bifocal lenses offer an optimal balance between far and near vision. They are suitable for any nearsighted or farsighted person. Additionally, they are available with reading segments in an assortment of sizes, widths, and shapes.


Polarized Lenses


Another thing to look for when considering lenses is if it is polarized. If the lenses can protect against ultraviolet rays, it works as a protective shield for your eyes. Polarized lenses alleviate the blocking and filtering of reflected light.

This helps in everyday activities such as driving, going down the stairs, or just getting the garbage out. More advanced versions can block out light on a wet surface to ensure a better navigation. Unlike tinted lenses, they are also known to cut more glare.


Prism Lenses


Another type of eye lens is the prism lens. It is essential in correcting heterophoria. According to the American International Medical University (AIMU), this is a condition also known as latent squint. It results in eye fixation if you are under stress. Prism lenses can remedy this condition.


Toric Lenses


As a type of single vision lenses, Toric lenses correct astigmatism. This is achieved by cylinder correction, which is an additional prescription power. Eyecare is most important for everyone. Ensuring that you have the best care is equally important. Getting the best advice from experts if you experience eye problems should be a priority.

To know more about the different types of lenses, visit Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care at our offices in Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, Missouri. You can also call (573) 471-1080 or (573) 785-2020 to book an appointment today.

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