For those of us who wear prescription lenses, you have probably accumulated quite a few pairs of prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses over the years! So many different frame styles and colors to choose from ... and it's easier than ever to switch up your look and to accessorize your frames with your fashion.
But have you thought about your prescription lenses as specific tools in your toolbox that can help you to see better in specific situations - and more comfortably? Have you thought about building a quiver of prescription eyewear that is customized and optimized to help you achieve your peak performance when you are doing the myriad different tasks you do all day (and all night)?
We like to think about our prescription lenses in the same way a golfer might think about the clubs they carry around the golf course. Golfers know that they need to reach for the right club to make the right shot - whether they need to achieve distance off the tee, drop the ball onto the green, or sink it in the hole. Drivers, irons, wedges, putters - each club is designed for a particular distance, lie, or a specific type of shot in order to optimize the golfer's game.
We recommend thinking about your prescription lenses in the same way: Distance vision, Near vision, Multi-focal hybrid, or indoors vs outdoors. Here's what we are carrying in our eyewear quiver, when do we use them, and how they help us to see more clearly and more comfortably in all situations. And when it comes to prescription eyewear, we believe in the old maxim: Quality is more important than quantity!
1. Everyday Rx Progressive Lenses
If you wear Progressive Lenses (also known as "no-line bifocals"), then you know that Progressive lenses are an amazing hybrid design that allows you to see clearly into the distance through the top part of the lenses and progressively adds magnification to bring your near vision into focus toward the bottom part of the lenses. Like any hybrid design, progressive lenses are very convenient for driving and walking around - for doing almost anything, really. We call them "everyday" progressive lenses because we wear these progressive lenses literally every day!
2. Rx Computer Progressive Glasses
Prescription computer progressive lenses are specialty lenses that are designed to view your computer screen clearly and comfortably through the top portion of the lens and magnification is added toward the bottom to focus your near vision to read documents or your phone. Unlike "everyday" progressive lenses, Rx computer progressive eyeglasses feature a large window on top to see your computer screen clearly (everything within about 6 feet is crystal clear) and an extremely wide corridor to seamlessly transition to clear and comfortable near vision when you look down to view your phone.
If you spend several hours working on a computer (and who doesn't these days?!) you have likely experienced some difficulty trying to view your computer screen through the lower part of your lenses - and you've felt the neck and back aches that result from having to keep your head tilted up at just the right angle in order to see through the magnification toward the bottom of your glasses. With Rx computer progressive eyeglasses, your neck and shoulders remain relaxed because you don't have to struggle to find your clear vision when transitioning between the items on your desk, viewing your computer screen, or reading your phone. And this results in more productivity with less discomfort (and who doesn't want that?!).
3. Single Vision Custom Rx Reading Glasses
Do you read the news every morning on your tablet? Perhaps you keep a book or e-reader on your nightstand next to your bed? Get a pair of glasses with Single Vision custom prescription reading lenses which will focus your near vision across the entire window of your lenses - not just a small "sweet spot" of magnification at the bottom of your everyday progressive lenses. Because the entire lens is tuned to your near vision (not just a small portion at the bottom of your progressive lenses), and because these lenses are customized to your personal vision numbers (Rx Script), these Single Vision Rx reading glasses produce the clearest and most comfortable near vision. And when you're spending hours reading, these lenses help to maintain a relaxed posture which helps to keep your head, neck and shoulders relaxed while you enjoy your read!
4. Polarized Rx Sunglasses
Be sure to include a pair of polarized prescription sunglasses - either Single Vision Rx (for distance vision correction) or Progressive Rx (multi-focal lenses that focus your distance vision on top and progressively add magnification toward the bottom to help you read your phone). Prescription sunglasses - or prescription photochromic lenses that change from clear indoors to dark sun lenses outdoors - are a must in order to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. And we highly recommend upgrading to polarized prescription sunglasses to eliminate irritating glare, which significantly enhances clarity and comfort. Polarized lenses used to be considered a "must-have" for sailors and fishermen to reduce glare off the water; but glare is literally everywhere and it has been proven over and over that good polarized lenses produce a clearer and more comfortable view anywhere including: on the road when driving or cycling, on the golf course, and even on the snow!
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We hope you consider these essentials in your Rx eyewear quiver. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about how to customize and optimize your own quiver of prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses - we'd love to help in any way we can.