There are many different styles and features to choose from when picking prescription eyewear. While you may choose to stick with a no-frills set of glasses, some of the added features of prescription eyewear can actually be quite useful. Here are some eyewear add-ons to consider.
Polarized lenses have a special construction that helps them to reflect light and reduce glare. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this type of lens can be a great addition to protect from UV light and add more visibility in different sun conditions.
Polycarbonate Lens Material
There are a few different kinds of affordable lens material, but it may be a good idea to opt for the polycarbonate upgrade. This extremely sturdy material resists shattering and scratches, which means that your lenses may last longer in good condition. Polycarbonate material is also resistant to UV rays, so you can avoid paying out twice to get a UV filter added to your glasses.
Another helpful feature is a hydrophobic coating on the surface of the lens. This is a great option for those who live in wet climates or participate in activities where their glasses often get wet or steamy. The hydrophobic coating will increase visibility under these surfaces by preventing a water coating.
Your prescription eyewear provider might also recommend that you get transition lenses. These glasses have lenses that respond to bright light by darkening the lens. Essentially, these are a hybrid of sunglasses and regular eyeglasses, which makes it convenient for your to not have to switch between the two. You also won't need to buy separate prescription sunglasses or go without vision correction in the sun. These transition lenses can have eye benefits by helping you to avoid UV light, but they may also be a fashion choice if you like the look of tinted sunglasses in sunny weather.
Many of these optimizations have to do with blocking the sun entering in front of you, but there are also solutions for the annoying problem of sunlight that enters behind the lens and reflects back into your eyes. A good anti-reflective coating on the back surface of the glasses should prevent this type of glare.
Each of these additions can add something useful to your prescription eyewear. If you are in doubt about which features to choose, consult an optician like Bergh-White Opticians, Inc. for recommendations.