Prescription eyeglasses is a necessity for many individuals. With the increase of digital device usage no-line bifocals are becoming a necessity for people of all ages. All of our progressive lens designs (no-line bifocals) are digitally manufactured. What sets us a part? Most optical boutiques use a lesser quality lens design (traditional designs) or older technology that may not be the best for your visual needs. What's the difference? The image to the left gives a visual example of how you can see better! Traditional designs are in the past and digital lenses are now available to enhance your visual acuity providing a wider area in all three focal points in your lenses. Ever have trouble with distance or reading in your progressive designs?
Digital lenses offer the solution. Digitally surfaced lenses are lens blanks (circular plastic of desired material) that our labs surface using a diamond cut generator. Traditional lenses have a preset corridor for distance, intermediate (computer), and reading areas. Digital progressives are surfaced and cut to custom design the corridor to your prescription, frame, and measurements taken by the optician resulting in a 60% (depending on prescription) greater viewing area overall.
Maybe you are already in a digital design and don't know it.
As an optician for over ten years, I know that many offices do not present the patient with all of the options. However, maybe digital lenses are not for you. Through a series of lifestyle questions such as: how often you wear glasses, what you do as a profession, natural head positioning, hobbies, problems with certain areas in your lenses, what are your visual expectations, etc.we can determine what lens designs work best for you!
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Prescription eyeglasses for the computer. Wear a progressive (no-line) bifocal and still having trouble at your computer? Computer lenses are not as widely known as progressive lenses but I have found them to be extremely beneficial for any person working for 4 or more hours a day at the computer. Accountants, engineers, graphics designers, architects, and students are just some of the examples of professions that spend much of their day switching from an intermediate distance (computer) to a reading distance (documents, books, etc.).
Computer lenses are also digitally surface to provide the best visual acuity for your optical needs. Computer lenses offer an additional 30% viewing area in the intermediate. These lenses are not to be worn full time as they only offer, on average, 7 to 10 feet of distance correction.
Computer lenses can be beneficial to people who need a second pair of glasses for their office, patients who don't have a direct need to wear glasses full-time and require a pair solely for an intermediate correction and reading correction. For example, I have a very minimal prescription for distance and a slight correction for reading. However, my computer lenses enhance my vision significantly at the computer and help even better than my progressive lenses when doing research or writing a paper. Switching from the computer to reading can be a hassle but not anymore with digitally surfaced computer lenses.
Are computer lenses right for you?
Anti-Fatigue lenses are a bit newer in design than some of the computer lenses. These are single vision lenses that offer an ease of reading by providing a slight correction for up-close reading at the bottom of the lens as demonstrated above. Ant-Fatigue lenses offer a little boost in the reading area for people who need to wear lenses full time but aren't ready to jump into a progressive lens. These lenses are designed to have a small reading correction at the bottom. What's even better? We can test that here.
Prescription eyeglasses provide varying benefits. With technological advances gaining mass traction over the past ten years, society has become reliant on their digital devices. Whether you're in front of the computer, IPad, E Reader, or cell phone, Anti-Fatigue lenses help your accommodative system when trying to read the small font on your phone or other digital device. We can even personalize your correction. Our experience licensed optician can form this anti-fatigue lens to correct for intermediate and reading. Computer lenses may be a little out of the budget but patients still may be in the need of an intermediate correction as well as reading.
75% of Americans are on a digital deice for more than 3 hours a day. Whether you know it or not you might benefit from having a small correction for up close. Anti-Fatigue lenses can be re-routed to make the desired correction for distance into your intermediate correction. This offers an optimal viewing area for an intermediate correction. Downside? There is no distance correction for office use if the optician alters the correction for intermediate. Therefore, you would have to take off your glasses to see ANY distance. Just about anyone can benefit from a correction for distance and boost for their reading.
Anti-Reflective/No-Glare coating is essential for just about anyone who wears glasses. What is it? No-Glare coating is a coating that allows more light to pass through the lens giving allowing for clearer vision. Anti-Reflective and No-Glare is synonymous. There are always new innovations and I like to be on the front end of available products that could help any patient coming through the door. Anti-Reflective Coatings give the best optimization of visual quality. Do you notice the difference between a standard definition TV and an HD or UHD TV? That is the difference between having lenses without a no-glare coating and having the no-glare coating.
Night, driving, computer use, glares on lenses in photographs, all of these are examples of how anti-reflective coatings may help you. Are you tired at the end of the day after working on your computer, gaming, etc? This could be caused by unnoticed glare being directly experienced from these devices. Your eyes are constantly trying to see the best they can even with your prescription, take some of the strain off of your eyes by getting an anti-reflective coating.
Our coatings go through a twelve hour vacuum sealed process to ensure no defects are presented in the lens. This twelve hour process gives the lenses a better scratch resistant quality and cleanability. Ever have trouble with your lenses smearing when trying to clean them? Lens smearing could be due to a few different factors but what I have found to be the number culprit is poor anti-reflective coatings. Different optical shops, doctors offices, and labs offer a variety of anti-reflective coatings. Bee Seen Optical offers the highest quality anti-reflective coatings without the price of any other doctors office. See better, clean easier, and enjoy your lenses.
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Blue light has been a growing topic in the optical industry. Effects of blue light can have a number of different effects on every person. Before, I had mentioned tiredness when working at a computer or phone for cumulative hours throughout the day. Blue light can be an attributing factor. Almost all digital devices are emitting blue light which is then inherently absorbed into the eye. Excess blue light exposure can lead to difficulty sleeping as it disrupts circadian rhythms, tiredness, and even early development of macular degeneration over the years. Blue light filters are made to block out 33% to 84% of blue light.
Who benefits? Just about everybody can benefit from having lenses with a blue light filter. People who just need reading glasses, have trouble with night driving, sleeping, experience tiredness when working at the computer for longer durations, patients that don't even have a need for glasses can benefit from having a pair of non-prescription blue light filtering lenses.
If you still have trouble with night driving with your anti-reflective coating, labs have manufactured anti-reflective coatings that are made to filter blue light. The inherent yellow hue to the lens gives an additive benefit to night driving troubles. Don't want an anti-reflective coating and just want the blue-blocking aspect of your lenses?
Upon request Bee Seen Optical can provide blue light filtered lenses that are made to have the blue light blocking technology built into the monomer of the lens. You can get blue-light blocking lenses with the blue-light blocking anti-reflective coating, blue-light blocking anti-reflective coatings, or both to provide with the most blue light filtration on the market. Above is an example of a blue light blocking ant-reflective coating.
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Mirror coatings are useful for both clear and sunglass lenses. These coatings can be applied to polarized lenses, tinted lenses, or just a clear pair of prescription lenses. Mirror coatings provide the most dense sunglass protection while aesthetically giving each patient a statement piece for their eyewear. Clear mirror lenses give a personal touch to your prescription eyewear.
Available color options for mirror coatings: Gold (my favorite), fire red, blue, metallic silver, black, rainbow, purple, emerald ,green, and orange. Mirrors are also available in gradient colors. Customize your mirror lenses with a desired color. Mirror lenses automatically come with a back side anti-reflective coating to reach the best visual needs of every patient. Mirror coatings go through a similar process to anti-reflective coatings but do not have the same scratch resistant qualities due to its application.
The image above provides examples of mirrored sunglasses lenses: pink, purple, gold, blue, and fire red. Most mirror coatings are done in house at our Dayton lab. We like to keep everything as local as possible and we hope that you do too.
Mirror coatings for different styles and uses.
Transitions are the staple company for your photochromic lenses. Traditionally transitions give a 15% quicker transition from sunglasses to clear lenses indoors. Transitions benefit anyone that is consistently in and outdoors whether it be yard work, door to door salesman, or anyone looking for additional sunglass coverage. Clear lenses that change to sunglasses when outside. These lenses are not meant to be an alternative to sunglasses as they do not turn into sunglasses while driving due to the UV filter in windshields. However, transitions get darker than they ever have before.
Transition lenses have been available in grey and brown for years. Both have their own benefits. Typically, I tell patients that grey transitions provide for a darker density of sunglasses while brown lenses give the wearer a wider contrast of color. Now, Transitions have released a wide compilation of colors that benefit anyone that likes to wear their glasses as an accessory alongside of visual need. New available colors are: Amethyst (purple), Sapphire (blue) G-15 (mixture of grey and green, Emerald (green, Bronze (darker brown), Amber (lighter Brown).
Most people are familiar with the grey and brown options Transitions have to offer. Pictured above from left to right are the Emerald, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Bronze Transitions.
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Transitions are inherently known to give a sufficient sunglass protection for people who consistently are in and out the door. However, some people still have light sensitivity with their transition lenses. Now introducing Transitions XTRActive.
Transitions XTRActive provide a darker density to the wearer. XTRActive lenses will always have a slight "hue" to the lens as it does not transition all the way back to clear. These lenses are still functional for indoor use but provide a slight grey or brown density for people who have a sensitivity to indoor lighting. XTRActive transitions are also not meant to be a replacement for regular sunglasses. Though they change to a much darker density in the car than the Signature series Transitions, they still do not give desired sunglass effect that most people desire.
XTRActive Transitions are available in grey, brown, and G-15(green). As mentioned, grey will provide with a more effective sunglass coverage, brown provides the wearer with a brighter contrast in color, and G-15 is a green hybrid lens that gives both a contrast of color and contrast in color.
XTRActive transitions are available at any of our lab locations and can be used in conjunction with anti-reflective coatings, blue-light filter technology, mirror coatings, and most lens materials available on the market.
Transitions XTRActive lenses
As mentioned, transitions are available with mirror coatings. This option is for the patient who wants to have the most unique set of lenses. You can mix and match any coating with whichever transition you choose. For example, my favorite is a gold mirror on top of a grey XTRActive lens. This gives a darker density for sunglasses while providing the aesthetic appeal of mirrored lenses. Pictured above is an example of XTRActive grey transition lenses with a gold mirror. There's no reason why new glasses can't be fun. See what kinds of designs you can come up with and we can make it work for you!
Though some may argue, this is a mirror coating on top of a transition. New promotional material and misinformation may come across for this to be a new technology that has a mirror coating built into the lens as it gets darker when you go outside. This is purely a mirror coating that goes on top of a transition lens. The density of the transition (which is built into the lens) gives the mirror coating on top of the lens a denser appearance. However, the mirror does not get denser when entering sunlight. It simply appears darker due to the transitions behind it.
Transitions Vantage is the perfect solution for the patient who wants to wear their glasses full time but wants the very best in sunglass coverage. Transition Vantage lenses not only are manufactured with the technology of UV absorption to turn the lenses from clear to grey or brown but they also have the additional benefit of being polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses will be described in greater detail in the "Polarized Sunglasses" section.
Transition Vantage lenses, like Transitions XTRActive lenses, do not turn completely clear when indoors. Though not visible to the naked eye, there is always a slight grey or brown "hue" to the lens. This helps with light sensitivity and creates a more comfortable wear for people who have trouble with the brightness of indoor lighting. It is the polarized technology that sets Transitions Vantage apart from its predecessors.
Biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, etc. are all activities that Transitions Vantage would benefit. Offering a no-glare solution (not coating) to your clear lenses that transition into sunglasses. Transition Vantage lenses are currently only available in grey and brown but may have a wider availability in the near future. Ask us if Transition Vantage lenses are right for you.
The picture above gives an example of seeing without any sunglass coverage, tinted lenses (will address in next sections), and polarized Transitions Vantage Lenses.
SEE the difference in Transitions with variable polarization
Polarized sunglasses give the wearer a no-glare type of experience that they would otherwise seen with ant-reflective coatings. Polarized lenses filter out light at 180 degrees creating a clearer perception. Polarized lenses are ideal for any outdoor events such as: biking, skiing, fishing, boating/sailing, driving, etc.
Polarized lenses allow the patient to see into the water, see the hills while skiing/snowboarding, have less glare while driving, and more! Polarized lenses are a must have fun anybody looking for the best sunglass coverage. As mentioned before you can apply a mirror coating of your choice to any polarized sunglass lens. Mirror coatings will give a darker density to the wearer while providing an appealing appearance.
Polarized lenses are available in grey, brown, and G-15 (green). As previously mentioned, grey lenses will give the best overall sunglass coverage. Brown lenses provide a better contrast of color for people who enjoy the "pop" effect in their sunglasses. G-15 is a grey green hybrid polarized lens material that is a good option for any patient that wants the pop with the overall density of glasses.
Please note that polarized lenses are not meant for digital device use. If you are the type of person that likes to read on an IPad while outside, work on the laptop by the pool, polarized lenses will give a rainbow effect on your digital device. This is because of the digital technology used to display images on electronic devices. Amazon makes a black and white digital reader which is similar to the Kindle that polarized lenses would not negatively impact. While polarized lenses help most people, ask your eye care professional whether this option would benefit you.
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For those interested in sunglasses but don't have a need for polarized lenses. Patients interested in having a varying density of sunglasses. Pick your color, choose how dark you want them, and there ya go! Differing tints filter out different wavelengths of light and can be used under specific circumstances.
For example, a yellow tint is best used for shooting glasses as it eliminated much of the blue light experienced that might cause glare. Blue tinted glasses help with the "haze" effect after it rains or in foggy areas. Tint colors can be customized into gradient lenses which provide a different color density throughout the lens. Want a darker lens at the top and a lighter lens at the bottom? We can do it! Gradient lenses help with people with patients who like the ease of reading out of the bottom of their glasses (progressive lens wearers) but don't want the problematic density of their sunglasses to get in the way. Another example that might be helpful is for those people who read electronic devices while wearing sunglasses.
Tints will not effect reading on electronic devices in the sun like polarized lenses. However, they also do not provide the best vision clarity while outside. However, tint lenses have a much wider available and customization of options that polarized lenses will not provide. In most situations I personally recommend polarized lenses but tinted lenses provide for a more economic option for your sunglassses. This option is available on any eyeglasses purchased.
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