Guide to Choosing Prescription Lenses

Choosing the right lens can ensure you are getting the appropriate material and protection level necessary. Lens costs range greatly so knowing the benefits can be helpful in your lens selection. Please contact us if you need assistance with lens selection. Please note, prescription lens orders may take one to two weeks to process.

Lens Packages:

We offer the following lens packages for those wanting to order prescription lenses:

Standard Package: includes polycarbonate lenses, basic anti-reflective coating, scratch resistant-coating and UV400 protection.

Deluxe Package: includes 1.74 high index lenses, the highest quality anti-reflective coating (Crizal Avance or Prevencia), scratch resistant-coating and UV400 protection.

Lens Materials:

Selecting a lens material mainly depends on the strength of the prescription. For mild prescriptions (less than +/-2.00), plastic or polycarbonate works well. For moderate prescriptions (less than +3.00 or -6.00) and high prescriptions (above +3.00 or -6.00), 1.74 high-index lenses are recommended to decrease lens thickness (with 1.74 high-index being the thinnest lens available).

We STRONGLY recommend polycarbonate lenses for the following: active people (i.e. athletes), those under age 18, those with only one functioning eye or with serious eye disease, and those working in law enforcement or with machinery. However, these glasses are not intended to be a substitute for sports safety eyewear or occupational safety glasses.

Lens Coatings:

All lenses include a scratch-resistant coating (NOT scratch-PROOF) with a one-year warranty. All lenses (except basic plastic) also include UV400 protection.

Another beneficial coating is the anti-reflective/no-glare coating (basic and premium options available), which is a clear coating placed on lenses to help reduce glare and reflections, resist smudges and dust, and improves the appearance of lenses especially in moderate to high prescriptions.

The brand of anti-reflective coating applied depends on the prescription and lens material selected. Premium coatings are more superior in quality, and in their ability to reduce glare and smudges. Blur-light blocking coatings are recommended for everybody, but especially those working in front of computer screens and/or with a family history of macular degeneration.

Lens Tints and Transitions:

All of our eyeglass frames can be made into prescription (or non-prescription) sunglasses with the addition of tint or Transition lenses. Tints are available in dark gray or dark brown, and is made by placing a solid coat of color over a lens. Tints help reduce sunlight glare, and are not recommended for use at nighttime.

As an alternative to tint, ultimate glare protection can be achieved with polarized lenses, which are available in dark brown or dark gray color.

Transition lenses change from clear indoors to a dark gray or brown color when exposed to ultraviolet rays outdoors. They are recommended as an all-in-one pair of glasses. The extent to which they darken outdoors depends on temperature and UV levels. Transitions VII are the latest version and are available in brown and gray colors. Go to Transitions' site to view a demo.