Selecting Lenses for your Eyewear

If you thought the trickiest part of choosing a new pair of glasses was finding the perfect frame, think again.  There are almost as many choices of lenses and lens options!

Fashionable woman in testing eyewear lenses in optical store

First things first.

Your prescription will help determine the overall lens type that is right for you.

Single Vision

Single Vision lenses have one power. They can only be used to correct either distance or near vision. They can be made for reading or seeing far distances but are not recommended for those who frequently alternate between the two.

Bifocals & Trifocals

Bifocal lenses correct two viewing areas, most commonly reading and distance. The change in power for the reading segment is visible on the lens.

Trifocal lenses are like bifocals, except that they correct three viewing areas: reading, intermediate, and distance.


Progressive lenses are the best lens for complete vision correction at all distances – near, intermediate, and far. They are more cosmetically appealing than bifocals and trifocals because there are no visible lines between the different powers.

Progressive lenses gradually change your prescription from distance at the top to reading at the bottom, which allows you to adjust your focus more easily from one viewing distance to another. Best of all, they are discreet! With no visible lines, no one will even know you are wearing multi-focal lenses.

High Definition

High Definition (or HD) lenses are the ultimate vision experience. Available in both single vision and progressive, they offer the widest fields of view for all distances, making the transition from one to another even more seamless as you move your eyes.

Next, choose your options.

Once you have your Rx in hand, there are many other lens options you can add, depending on your lifestyle and other preferences.  Some of the most popular needs are addressed below:


Higher prescriptions often require thicker lenses, so opting for an aspheric or high index lens (which is thinner) helps to minimize the weight and thickness of your eyeglasses.


Are you tough on your glasses? Some materials, like polycarbonate, are more durable and shatter-resistant than basic plastic, which can be useful for children or more active adults.


Want one pair for both indoors and out?  Photochromic lenses can serve as eyeglasses and sunglasses.  The lenses darken when exposed to sunlight, then return to  normal when inside.

Sun Lover

Spend a lot of time outdoors or in the car? Polarized lenses are a popular choice for Rx sunglasses.  They provide greater eye comfort by reducing glare from water, snow and other reflective surfaces.

Other Popular Features to Consider

Anti-reflective coating


UV protection, including options to filter harmful blue light from electronic devices

Eyewear as unique as you are.

girl choosing different eyewear glasses

Each pair of eyeglasses is truly customized for you!  Overwhelmed by it all?  Our doctors and opticians are experts in their field.  They can recommend the best options for your eyewear based on individual Rx, style preferences, and budget – so that you leave with your perfect pair!