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8 Different Types of Lenses for Glasses

  1. Multifocal Lenses Multifocal lenses contain three different prescriptions for near, intermediate and distance vision correction. Multifocals have a seamless transition between the three prescriptions making for uninterrupted vision. Multifocal lenses, also known as progressive lenses, are typically offered in three different levels, standard, premium and elite. A multifocal standard lens will offer clear vision for all three distances but may include apparent areas of soft focus at the edges of the lens. A multifocal premium lens offers a wider range of clear vision with moderate areas of soft focus at the edges of a person's vision. Finally, a multifocal elite lens is the highest quality of multifocals and offers very minimal areas of soft focus and is the easiest to adapt to. Multifocal lenses are a great solution for people who don't want to constantly switch between near and distance glasses, they can get clear and comfortable vision all in the one pair.
  2. Photochromic Lenses Photochromic lenses are a type of transition or adaptive lens that are prescription lenses with a chemical coating, that causes the lenses to darken in response to contact with ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun. These lenses will even darken on cloudy or rainy days as the reaction is still active. Photochromic lenses are a pair of optical glasses and sunglasses in one, perfect for people who need vision correction in their sunnies. Photochromic lenses offer clear and comfortable vision as well as UV protection. Raie Eyewear offers photochromic lenses for all lens indexes and Transitions® lenses in 1.6 and 1.67 indexes. Transitions® Gen8 ™ lenses are long-lasting and durable, available in brown and true-grey lens colour options.

A pair of Raie Eyewear glasses demonstrating how photochromic lenses work.

  1. Tinted Lenses Tinted lenses are most often used in sunglasses to protect the eyes from UV rays. There are also tinted lenses in an array of colours that are used as fashion sunglasses that do not offer eye protection. Some blue light glasses can also have an amber tint added to the lens which offers an extra buffer against blue light and are often advertised for gaming and computer use. Tinted lenses are used for sunglasses which are eyewear designed to protect the eyes from the sun, by containing lenses that block ultraviolet rays. At Raie Eyewear, we offer sunglasses tints in grey, brown and green as well as mirror tints in pink, blue, silver and orange. Also, all prescription sunglasses ordered online at Raie Eyewear will come with polarised lenses as standard, unless otherwise stated, which is an additional $100 per pair.
  2. High Index Lenses High index lenses are a type of lens that is lighter and thinner than the standard lens and is ideal for those who have a high prescription. Raie Eyewear offers high index lenses in a 1.6 index, 1.67 index and 1.74 index. 1.6 index lenses are recommended for prescriptions up to +/- 3 diopters, 1.67 index lenses are recommended for prescriptions up to +/- 4 diopters and 1.74 index lenses are ideal for all prescriptions but are recommended for those with +/-4 diopters and above. High index lenses are beneficial as they are lighter and thinner than standard lenses, offer clearer and sharper vision as light has less area to travel through and are often chosen for their aesthetics as they reduce the magnification and minification of the eyes. High index lenses are available for most types of lenses including multifocals, bifocals and single vision lenses.
  3. Single Vision Lenses Single vision lenses contain one prescription over the entire lens which is used to correct a single vision issue which can include near vision and distance vision. Glasses with single vision lenses are prescribed by an optometrist to correct refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism, by ensuring that light is refracted onto the retina properly. Single vision lenses that correct near vision are also known as reading glasses and make tasks such as reading or knitting easier. The lenses used in single vision glasses are typically either convex or concave, depending on the refractive errors being corrected. Single vision lenses are ideal for people who only need one form of vision correction whether that be for near or distance vision. For those who need correction for both near and far distances, multifocal lenses are an ideal choice.
  4. Digital (Blue Light Filter) Lenses Digital lenses, also known as blue light filter lenses, are designed to block potentially harmful artificial blue light rays emitted by digital screens. Blue light filter lenses work by reducing the amount of blue light that enters the eye due to a special coating on the lens which either absorbs or reflects blue light. These types of lenses are known as digital lenses as they are ideal for people who spend much of their time working on a computer for school, work or gaming, as artificial light is emitted from digital screens. People who use screens for long periods may experience negative side effects such as dry eyes, eye strain, headaches and blurry vision. These symptoms may be improved by wearing lenses with a blue light filter. Raie Eyewear offers a Blue Light Filter for an additional $80 and a Blue Light Filter Premium for an additional $90.
  5. Polarised Lenses Polarised lenses are a type of glasses lens that reduces glare. Polarisation can either be built into the lens material or applied as a coating over the lens. Polarised lenses work by cutting out the amount of horizontal light that enters the lens and hits the eye, which can additionally reduce eye strain and improve sight in high-glare environments such as when driving or when fishing. While polarised lenses' main function is to reduce glare, they can also offer UV protection as most retailers will add UV protection to polarised sunglasses or lenses. However, this may not always be true, so it is best to check whether polarised lenses contain UV protection. At Raie Eyewear, all of our polarised glasses have UV protection.

A pair of Raie Eyewear glasses demonstrating what it looks like without polarisation and with polarisation.

  1. Prism Lenses Prism lenses are a type of glasses lens that refracts light to ensure it enters the eye properly. These types of lenses are prescribed to treat vision conditions including double vision, also known as diplopia, as well as other binocular vision issues. Prism lenses help with double vision as they can ensure that your eyes have matching light refraction which eliminates the possibility of your brain perceiving images as double. Prism lenses correct double vision by changing the direction of light towards the retina. Typically, the brain is able to transform the objects seen by each individual eye into one image. Raie Eyewear offers prism lenses at no extra cost to a standard pair of glasses, they are simply an added factor to your prescription.

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How to Choose the Types of Lenses for Glasses? To choose the types of lenses for glasses that are right for you there are key tips you can follow. Firstly, listen to the advice of the optometrist and retail staff. If you have an eye test in-store, the optometrist will pass your prescription along to the retail staff who will recommend a type of lens for your glasses. The retail staff member will also talk you through the different lens options available. Next, consider your lifestyle needs. For example, if you spend lots of time working on a computer or other screens, you may want to add a blue light filter to your glasses lenses. Or if you need vision correction and also want a pair of sunglasses, you can try photochromic lenses. Finally, understand the different types of lenses on offer. You can do your own research or ask the retail staff who will be happy to help.

What are the Best Lenses for Glasses? The best lenses for glasses depend on the person, specifically their prescription and lifestyle needs. The best lenses will also be recommended by an optometrist or optical dispenser once your eyes have been tested and they have your prescription. For example, if a patient has issues with near and distance vision, the best eyeglasses lenses for them may be multifocals. High index lenses are often the best lens option for people who have a high prescription, so that the lenses in the glasses are not too heavy.

What Lens Types Does Raie Eyewear Offer? Raie Eyewear offers a lot of different types of lenses, such as single vision lenses, photochromic lenses, multifocal lenses, tinted lenses, high index lenses, blue light filter lenses, polarised lenses, prism lenses and bifocal lenses. Single vision lenses are our standard lenses and come with scratch-resistant and UV coatings. You can also purchase non-prescription glasses which are lenses with no prescription. This may be ideal for people who want blue light filter glasses but do not require vision correction.

Does Raie Eyewear Offer Multifocal Lenses? Yes, Raie Eyewear offers three types of multifocal lenses, Multifocal Standard, Multifocal Premium and Multifocal Elite. Our Multifocal Standard lenses have some degree of soft focus at the edge of a person's vision, are good for occasional glasses use and are ideal for those on a budget. The Multifocal Premium offers a wider field of clear vision, is ideal for those who wear glasses in the office for computer work and is easier to adjust to compared to standard multifocal lenses. Multifocal Elite lenses have a very wide field of clear vision, are an all-rounder lens for modern lifestyle demands and a lot of computer work, and provide more comfortable and natural vision.

An example of multifocal glasses with a near prescription to help a person read a book and distance vision to see far away objects.

Does Raie Eyewear Offer Reading Glasses? Yes, Raie Eyewear offers reading glasses which are single vision lenses that correct a person's near vision. The lenses in reading glasses act as a magnifying glass, by enlarging objects close to your eyes when reading or doing other close-up activities such as writing or knitting. Reading glasses can be used for people who have presbyopia. Presbyopia is an age-related eye condition that commonly affects people over the age of 40 as it is caused by the natural ageing process which disrupts the lens, causing blurry close-up vision.

Does Raie Eyewear Provide High-Index (Thinner and Lighter) Lenses? Yes, Raie Eyewear provides three levels of high-index lenses, a 1.6 thin index lens (Extra Thin), a 1.67 thinner index lens (Super Thin) and the 1.74 thinnest index lens (Ultimate Thin). The 1.6 index lens is 35% lighter and thinner than our standard 1.5 index lens and is recommended for prescriptions up to +/- 3 diopters. The 1.67 index lens is 50% lighter and thinner than our standard lens and is recommended for prescriptions up to +/- 4 diopters. Our thinnest lens, 1.74 index, is 60% lighter and thinner than our standard lens and is ideal for all prescriptions but is recommended for those with +/-4 diopters and above.

What Lens Extras Does Raie Eyewear Offer? The lens extras Raie Eyewear offers include Premium Anti-Reflective, Blue Light Filter, Blue Light Filter Premium, Tinted Lenses, Adaptive Lenses and Polarisation. Also, our standard single vision lenses come with scratch-resistant and UV coatings. Our Premium Anti-Reflective coating reduces reflection for clear vision and includes scratch and smudge-resistant coatings as well as anti-static technology. The Blue Light Filter add-on reduces blue light and includes basic Anti-Reflective coating as well as scratch-resistant and anti-static coating. The Blue Light Filter Premium add-on additionally includes our Premium Anti-Reflective coating.

Do I Have to Pay Extra for Lens Coatings? Yes, typically lens coating costs extra as they are an additional protection or enhancement of the lenses of glasses. Lens coatings can include a blue light filter, an anti-reflective coating, anti-scratch coating and polarisation. However, at Raie Eyewear, all of our prescription lenses come with scratch-resistant and UV coatings at no extra cost.

Can I Add Any Lens Coatings After My Glasses Arrive? No, you cannot typically add lens coatings after your glasses have arrived. At Raie Eyewear, our lenses are treated before they're cut to fit your new glasses. As a result of this, we are unable to add coatings after production has finished. If you want to add additional lens coatings you will have to purchase another pair of glasses.

How Important is Cleaning the Lenses of Glasses? Cleaning the lenses of glasses is very important as it can ensure your vision is clear and spotless as well as prevent infectious diseases from reaching your eyes. Cleaning your lenses is easy and should be incorporated into your daily routine. The steps to properly clean your glasses include blowing on your glasses to remove dust or particles that may scratch the surface of the lenses if you rub them in. Then spray both sides of the lenses with an official lens cleaner and wipe them in a circular motion using a microfibre cloth.

A person cleaning the lenses of Raie Eyewear glasses with a microfibre cloth.

How Often Should You Clean Your Lenses? You should clean your lenses daily or whenever you feel they need to be cleaned. Cleaning your lenses is important as it may protect the eyes from infectious diseases and also give you clear and comfortable vision. Not only is cleaning your lenses important, but you should also use the right tools to ensure they are cleaned correctly. To ensure your lenses are cleaned properly and not damaged, use an official cleanser and lens spray as well as a microfibre cloth.