Eye Matters
July 17, 2009
What are my Lens options?

Did you know that on an average day, your eye muscles will expend as much energy proportionately as your leg muscles would if you walked 50 miles? With your eyesight being so important, and your eyes working so hard, you need to take the time to select the best vision solutions for you and your lifestyle.{{more}} Today we will discuss key lens options available to you. The Optical laboratories association recommends the following.

Your eye care professional can give you further information and guidance

Single Vision Lenses

This all-purpose lens is available in all materials and provides vision correction for one viewing area.

The corrected area can be for far distance or near distance.

Multi focal Lenses will be recommended when you require correction for both distance and near viewing areas in one single pair of glasses. Available as no-line progressives, bifocals and trifocals.

No-Line Progressives

Designed to allow you to see at distance (driving a vehicle), intermediate (looking at the dashboard), and near (reading a map) with no lines or sections. The absence of bifocal lines makes this lens the most desirable cosmetically. You will also enjoy continuous vision from far to near with this lens design.


Provide both far and near correction in one lens. A visible line divides the two areas providing a visible segment for near viewing.


Are a variation of the bifocals. This double – line lens provides you with correction in three areas – distance, intermediate, and near.


Reduce the effect of your eyes looking larger or smaller behind your glasses. Plus, the image remains more clear when you look through the sides of the lenses. And, the lenses are thinner and lighter.


Lenses help reduce visual distortion and allow for a wider field of vision. A thinner, lighter more cosmetically appealing lens.

Your eyecare professional can recommend which design best suits your vision

Next week we will look at Specialty Lenses, Lens treatments and talk more on design.

Dr Kenneth Onu is a resident Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Beachmont Eye Institute/Eyes R Us. Send questions to: Beachmont@gmail.com

Tel: 784 456-1210