Are you in need of a new pair of prescription lenses? Perhaps your old ones have seen better days and you're looking for an upgrade. In either case, it's important to do your research before making a purchase. There are so many different types of prescription lenses available at Main Street Optometry in Northport, NY, from traditional eyeglasses to contact lenses, that it can be hard to know which type is right for you. Here's a breakdown of the most popular types of prescription lenses to help make your decision easier.
Types of Prescription Lenses
There are various types of prescription lenses for eye care available on the market, each with its own set of pros and cons.
High Index Lenses
High index lenses are made from a material that has a higher refractive index than regular glass or plastic. This means that they're thinner and lighter than other types of lenses, making them a good choice for people with strong prescriptions. They're also more expensive than regular lenses.
Polycarbonate lenses are made from a type of plastic that's extremely durable. They're much less likely to shatter than regular glass or plastic lenses, making them a good choice for people who are active or have a history of breaking their glasses. They're also lighter than regular glass or plastic lenses.
Photochromic lenses are clear indoors but darken automatically when exposed to sunlight. They're a good choice for people who don't want to have to switch between sunglasses and regular glasses.
Polarized lenses reduce glare from surfaces like water, snow, and glass. They're a good choice for people who spend a lot of time outdoors or driving.
Bifocal lenses have two different prescriptions in one lens, one for distance and one for near vision. They're a good choice for people who need help with both far and close objects.
Trifocal lenses have three different prescriptions in one lens, one for distance, one for intermediate vision, and one for near vision. They're a good choice for people who need help with all three distances.
Progressive lenses are like bifocal lenses, but the transition between the two prescriptions is more gradual. They're a good choice for people who want a more natural-looking lens.
Contact lenses are a popular alternative to eyeglasses. They sit directly on your eye and can be used for both near and distance vision. There are many different types of contact lenses available, including daily wear, extended-wear, disposable, and colored.
Visit Our Optometrist Today to Book an Appointment
You can visit Main Street Optometry in Northport, NY, if you're interested in a new pair of prescription lenses. We can help you find the perfect pair and answer any questions about eye care. Call us at (631) 757-6190 to book an appointment today!