Are you in the market for new eye glasses?
Do you know what you what you’re buying?
When we go to buy eyeglasses most of us think a lot about the style of the frame, however the really important part is the lenses, that’s what helps us see better!
Something I just learned is that lenses are made up of three parts – material, design, and treatment. Each part plays an important role in your comfort, the way you see and your overall happiness with your glasses. Studies show that most people want “light and thin glasses” and they want the lenses to be “scratch resistant.” Let’s look at how that happens!
1. Lens Material = The material is the stuff the lens is made out of, typically some type of plastic since they don’t use glass anymore! You’ll hear the terms “high index” “poly carbonate” or “Trivex” and each has different benefits. The material used for your glasses depends on your prescription and your lifestyle as some materials aren’t appropriate for some prescriptions or ages.
2. Lens Design = The design determines how the prescription is ground on to the lens material. Depending on what you need (progressive, single vision, bi focal, etc) the doctor will recommend a particular lens design. Some designs are old, some are new. You may hear the word “digital” and they’ll say that is the best and the latest. Not all digital designs are the same. The lens laboratory may use the digital equipment, but the software is telling the machine to put an old design on the lens material, sort of like building a record player at the iPod factory! So be sure to ask about the lens design.
Certain designs are specific to a particular patient need. For instance you may remember our HOYA Twitter party when we discussed the Sync lens? Sync is a “lens design” and it is tailored to the needs of people who consume hours and hours of digital media.
If you buy an expensive digital lens and they say it will be ready in an hour, be very suspicious! A good lens takes longer to make than an hour.
3. Lens Treatment = Ten years ago they didn’t have “treatments” it was called an “anti-glare coating.” And if you remember coatings from back then they weren’t very good. As the word “coating” implies it is a cover and it can come off! Today the technology is much different and the benefits of anti-reflection, anti-glare, and scratch resistance are “baked” into the lenses, therefore the word “treatment” is used and what you’re buying is much more durable.
Different treatments have different benefits. We’ll be hosting a Twitter party on April 23, 2013 to talk about Recharge, a lens treatment from HOYA. The neat benefit with Recharge is it reflects blue light from your smart phone and tablet that can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.
You’re buying a lot of stuff when you buy eyeglass lenses! Your local independent eye care provider will generally spend the time necessary to explain everything. Especially since the lenses in your eyeglasses are really a medical device and can be expensive. No matter where you go it’s important to ask questions about the lens materials, design and treatment. After all it is your vision!
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it reflects blue light so your eyes don’t get fatigued
I learned that glass lens aren’t made out of glass. I need glasses but they’re so expensive. I’m saving up to buy a pair at walmart,since that’s the cheapest place there is to buy glasses these days.This is an awesome prize package.Thank you :)
I thought this comment was interesting… A good lens takes longer to make than an hour.
I didn’t even know they made lenses for “screen” viewing. They would be perfect for my husband who spends like 20 hours a day in front of his computer
Love the blue reflection
I really haven’t learned anything in the comments section I didn’t already know. I’ve been wearing glasses almost my entire life. ;)
I learned they help against eye fatigue
I learned about Hoya’s Recharge and the benefits of having it on my glasses.
I’ve been wearing glasses almost my entire life and I have thick lenses, too. For those who have thick lenses, I have found there aren’t much selection to chose from. I would be more delighted to win a pair of Hoya Recharge as I do get eye fatigue from being in front of computer.
I didn’t realize the blue light was what causes the damage. I thought it was the time spent in front of a screen.
glasses are considered a medical device…never even thought of that on my tax forms!
I learned that blue light from your smart phone and tablet that can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.
I had no idea about this and it was interesting! I knew that frames are essentially made in the same place and that they are very marked up. Thanks.
I had no idea that the Blue could cause so much eye damage! I need these glasses!
This is very interesting! Cant wait to inform my MIL of all the great info I learned.
looks like great technology!
I just learned about one of the causes of my eye fatigue.
I really need new lenses!
did not know the benefits of this technology and they can be slimmed down
Helps against eye fatigue
I need this giveaway! 5 family members in glasses! whew!
had no idea about blue light damaging eyes
Learned about the “Recharge” lens treatment that Hoya offers.
I didn’t know they had a solution for tired eyes…really need those. I work on teh computer all day and they would really help
I learned about eye fatigue and warning signs
heard about eye fatigue
Recharge is it reflects blue light from your smart phone and tablet that
can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches associated with
Computer Vision Syndrome.
Anti-reflection, anti-glare, and scratch resistance are “baked” into the
lenses. This makes it last so much longer.
This is very interesting! NEW GLASSES IN MY FUTURE…
I learned something very simple, that I’d never considered before. I learned getting glasses in an hour is not a good thing!
Learned about the Recharge lens treatment that Hoya offers, I could use that.
I didnt know the new treatments for lenses werent coatings anymore and actually baked in
I learned that there actually is a lot to glasses!
I learned that a good lens takes longer to make than an hour.
Something I just learned is that lenses are made up of three parts –
material, design, and treatment. Each part plays an important role in
I’ve learned it helps against eye fatigue
A/R coatings have come a long, used to be almost like a “peel & stick” thing, but now it’s basically “baked” onto your lenses.
blue light from your smart phone and tablet that can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches associated with Computer Vision Syndrome
They help fight eye fatigue
I learned Recharge lens reflects blue light from your smart phone and tablet that can cause eye fatigue :)
have a old pair and really help with fatigue and weariness –would love a new pair in better shape :)
they do not coat the ;ens but treat it
That a good lens takes longer than an hour to make!!
I didn’t know it could help eye fatigue.
I learned blue light causes the damage. First time glasses girl here.
I learned about the treatments. They sounds great.
I learned that I need the Sync because I consume hours and hours of digital media!!
they treat the lens
That old anti glare can come off
I learned they don’t really use glass anymore!
A good lens takes longer to make than an hour.
I think it’s crazy that a good lens can’t be done in an hour.. I thought I had good transition lenses, turns out, they aren’t that great. lol
I learned quite a bit and my suspicions about 1 hour shops were confirmed. Thank you.
blue light causes the damage
. Lens Design = The design determines how the prescription is ground on to the lens material
A good lens takes longer to make than an hour
This was very useful information. All 4 of us in my family have glasses so it is good to know about different treatments and their benefits.
Well, it so happens thatI need new lenses for my reading glasses. Thanks.
I remember when the ant-scratch was a coating. It’s good to learn that it is now baked in. That’s great.
The design determines how the prescription is ground on to the lens material. Awesome prizes. Thanks for the opportunity!
I learned that glasses aren’t made of glass. I probably should have known, but I didnt, lol
i learned Recharge is it reflects blue light from your smart phone and tablet that can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.
Blue light causea damage! it’s interesting that they aren’t made from glass.. honestly nevee thought about it before but now i think wow, imagine that shattering.exh
I learned about the new innovations in lens treatment.
I learned that the technology which is used now is much different than that from years ago when the treatments were just a coating.
I learned 10 years ago treatments were called anti-glare coating
I learned about Computer Vision Syndrome from the post and the fact that Hoya lenses reflect the blue light that emits from smart phones and computers.
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I learned that when they are done quick then I should worry that they are not good lenses…which I have found to be true!!
I learned I need to ask more questions about the lenses my kids and I use!
i want the amex card
I found about eye fatique
lenses are made up of three parts – material, design, and treatment
good lens takes longer to make than an hour
Recharge reflects blue light from your smart phone and tablet
Did not know that anti glare could come off!
I learned that lenses are made up of three parts: material, design, and treatment!
I learned there is a design for eyeglasses just for people who are on the computer for hours! Cool!
recharge reflects blue light
I learned about eye fatigue!
I learned lens design design is based on patient’s needs
I didn’t know coatings were baked in either.
Ddaughter wears glasses. Ii always have to replace them lol
I wear glasses! Expensive! esp with 4 kids and 1 income!
I learned that a good lens takes longer to make than an hour. :)
I had never heard or thoght about “lens design”
The neat benefit with Recharge is it reflects blue light from your smart phone and tablet that can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision and headaches associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. I love this!!!! I need this!!!!!
I have never heard of Recharge until now – excellent idea!
This is a great thing to know as I need new glasses bad. I learned alot from reading this thank you
I learned about lens design and how a good lens takes longer to make than an hour!
I could really use this, i havent been able to get new glasses for the last eight years. Theres just never extra money. I know im not the only one so please dont leave me rude comments back. Everyone is struggling and for some of us this is the only way to get what we need, the kindness and generosity of companies is amazing. I wish everyone who is struggling the best of luck and everyone who isnt the same. Its amazing how much we ALL need it. Spread a little love and let your heart grow.
i learned that quality takes more than 60 minutes of work
Wow! Never knew this much about lenses before! Thanks!