Lens Options

Polarized lenses are used in sunglasses to reduce glare from reflective surfaces such as the surface of a lake or the hood of a car. They accomplish this feat through a process called polarization, much like a Venetian blind controls sunlight through a window.

Polarized lenses do not always provide universal protection from glare. If you tilt your head past 45 degrees or so, some of the horizontal light can enter and cause some bright spots. Some wearers who use polarized lenses for golf or in snowy areas may find that they lose some contrast between the terrain and the shadows.

On the water or in the car is the ideal environment for polarized lenses because they deal with mostly horizontal surfaces. Fishermen wearing polarized sunglasses can see below the surface of the water to search for schools of fish or hidden obstacles. Drivers are no longer affected by a constant reflection of light from their hoods or the road ahead.

At Looking Glass Optical you’ll find Polarized sunglasses lenses in every custom lens style and from manufactures like Maui Jim, Ray Ban and Serengeti. Maui Jim’s Polarized Plus® 2 Solution absorbs 99.9% of reflected glare, maximizing the amount of usable light reaching the eyes, so you can see detail and interpret color with maximum impact.

Did you know that the human brain collects 90 percent of its information with the eyes? Since your understanding of the world depends on how you see things, perfect vision is critical. And that’s just what you’ll have with premium eyeglass lenses from Carl Zeiss, Varilux and Shamir.

Whether you need glasses for reading, driving, working or playing, we offer a range of exceptional products that will help you see better – and help others see you better!

Around the age of 40, most people start to have difficulty focusing at close range. Single vision lenses can no longer be used for the entire range of vision from near to far. Traditional bifocal lenses provide clear vision of objects in the distance and near ranges, but everything in between is blurred. And, the visible dividing line is a telltale sign to everyone that you are wearing bifocals!

Premium progressive lenses are the solution. Make sure you ask for your lenses to be digitally processed and custom made for you and your frames. New lens technology reduces the need to change your eyeglasses and, practically no time is needed to adapt to your new lenses. No matter what you use your progressives for, reading, computer work, gardening, home projects or hobbies lenses from Looking Glass Optical will give you crisper, more comfortable vision than you’ve ever thought possible.

The lenses you choose for your eyeglasses even more than frames will often will determine how happy you are with your eyewear. When buying eyeglasses, the frame you choose is important to both your appearance and your comfort when wearing glasses. But the eyeglass lenses you choose influence four factors: appearance, comfort, vision and safety.

A common mistake people often make when buying eyeglasses is not spending enough time considering their choices of eyeglass lens materials, designs and coatings.

In the early days of vision correction, all eyeglass lenses were made of glass. Although glass lenses offer exceptional optics, they are heavy and can break easily, potentially causing serious harm to the eye or even loss of an eye. For these reasons, glass lenses are no longer widely used for eyeglasses. Look for glass lenses in premium sunglasses styles from Ray Ban, Maui Jim and Serengeti.

Eyeglass lens thickness is determined in part by the size and style of the frame you choose. For thinner lenses, choose smaller, round or oval frames; plastic frames hide edge thickness better.

 

Plastic Lenses

Because of its light weight (about half the weight of glass), low cost and excellent optical qualities CR-39 plastic remains a popular material for eyeglass lenses even today. Standard plastic lenses offer value and found in most eyewear today.

 

Polycarbonate lenses

In the early 1970s, the first polycarbonate lenses for safety glasses were offered. Later that decade and in the 1980s, polycarbonate lenses became increasing popular and remain so today. Originally developed for helmet visors for the Air Force, for “bulletproof glass” for banks and other safety applications, polycarbonate is lighter and significantly more impact-resistant than CR-39 plastic, making it a preferred material for children’s eyewear, safety glasses and sports eyewear.

A newer lightweight eyeglass lens material with similar impact-resistant properties as polycarbonate is called Trivex. Trivex was introduced for eyewear in 2001. A potential visual advantage of Trivex is its clarity value.

 

High-index plastic

In the past 20 years, in response to the demand for thinner, lighter eyeglasses, a number of lens manufacture high-index plastic lensesers have introduced . These lenses are thinner and lighter than CR-39 plastic, polycarbonate and Trivex lenses at higher powers.

Transitions lenses are the most convenient way to enjoy better vision, indoors and out, today and tomorrow.

Does the glare of the sun cause you to squint and strain your eyes? Do your eyes sometimes get tired when you’re outside? Do you sometimes have trouble seeing objects when the bright sun is shining?

Transitions lenses are clear indoors and at night but automatically adjust their level of tint to changing light conditions outdoors. They provide visual comfort and quality at any and every moment, helping you to see well. And just like sunblock protects your skin, Transitions lenses help preserve the health and wellness of your eyes for the future by blocking 100% of harmful UV rays, so you can see better tomorrow too. Transitions lenses, because you only have one pair of eyes.

Unlike when Transitions lenses were introduced they now offer a wide variety of lens colors and materials. Transitions Signature, Vantage, Drivewear and Extractive are the four styles available at Looking Glass Optical.

Coatings

No eyeglass lenses — not even glass lenses — are scratch-proof.

However, lenses that are treated front and back with a clear, scratch-resistant coating have a much harder surface that is more resistant to scratching, whether from dropping your glasses on the floor or occasionally cleaning them with a paper towel. Kids’ lenses, especially, benefit from a scratch-resistant hard coat for greater durability.

Today, most eyeglass lenses, including high-index lenses and lenses made of polycarbonate and Trivex, have a built-in scratch-resistant coating. Since scratch-resistant coatings are sometimes optional, make sure to ask that you want your eyeglass lenses to include hard coating for extra durability. Also, ask about the warranty on eyeglass lenses that are treated with scratch-resistant coating versus those without the coating.

Keep in mind that even the best scratch-resistant coating can’t completely protect your lenses from wear and tear.

In a cold climate, nothing is more frustrating than having your eyeglasses fog up when you come in from the cold. This also can be a safety issue, since it limits your ability to see until the fog clears. Lens fogging can be especially dangerous for police officers and other first responders to emergency situations.

This factory-applied coating called Fog Free eliminates the condensation of moisture on lenses that causes fogging. So your lenses and vision stay clear when you make the transition from a cold environment to a warm one. It may also keep your lenses from fogging up during sports and other times you are hot and perspiring. Fog Free can be applied to plastic, polycarbonate and other eyeglass lenses, including high-index lenses and Transitions photochromic lenses.

Anti-reflective coating (also called AR coating or anti-glare coating) is a microscopically thin multilayer coating that eliminates reflections from the front and back surface of eyeglass lenses.

By doing so, AR coating makes your lenses nearly invisible so people can focus on your eyes, not distracting reflections from your eyeglasses.

Anti-reflective coating also eliminates glare caused by light reflecting from your lenses. With reflections eliminated, lenses with AR coating provide better vision for night driving and more comfortable vision for reading and computer use.

AR coating is highly recommended for all eyeglass lenses, but particularly for polycarbonate and high-index lenses, which reflect more light than regular glass or plastic lenses if anti-reflective coating is not applied.

Also, aspheric lenses, which have flatter curves than regular lenses, often cause more noticeable reflections, so AR coating is highly recommended for these lenses, too. And AR coating is beneficial when applied to the back surface of sunglasses to eliminate “bounce-back” reflections when you are facing away from the sun.

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8028 Ritchie Hwy., Suite 124
Pasadena, MD 21122

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