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Are you wearing the right type of lenses? 

You’ve just had your eye exam with your optometrist, received your new prescription and are now wondering what type of eyeglass lens is right for you!? Not to stress, in this blog, we are going to break down the different types of lenses and the purpose of each!

The most common types of lenses include; single vision, standard progressive, computer progressive, anti-fatigue, and bifocal lenses.

Single Vision Lenses

For people who require vision correction, a single vision prescription is the most common. A single vision lens has the same amount of correction throughout the entire lens and works to correct one field of vision such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatisms.

Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses offer a seamless progression of prescription from distance correction on the top of the lens to reading correction on the bottom. Comparatively to a lined-bifocal lens, which has a harsh and visible transition between prescriptions. Progressive lenses are multifocal lenses that correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and everything in between.

Anti-Fatigue Lenses

The primary goal of anti-fatigue lenses is to help reduce eye strain and relieve the muscular strain in your eyes. Anti-fatigue lenses work by aiding your distance/intermediate sight in the main upper portion of each lens. In the lower portion of the lens, the anti-fatigue lenses have a close-vision ‘boot zone’ which eases visual tasks within 40cm such as close reading.

Computer Progressive Lenses

Computer, or office progressives work to solve a specific problem regular progressive lens wearers have when attempting to find the optimal viewing in the lens for computer work. Office progressives work to find the sweet spot between reading and distance prescription that’s designed for computer use. There are many benefits to choosing a computer progressive lens including; reduced neck and back strain, they can be calculated based on your current prescription and most importantly, offers you more comfortable and clearer vision.

Everyone's vision needs are unique! Your optometrist should help guide you through the process of finding the right lenses for you and your lifestyle. Dr. Sandra Chiu works with clients one-on-one, listens to their eye care needs and helps educate clients so they better understand their vision and lens options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandra Chiu today click, here.

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