The next time you visit your optometrist, they might ask you whether you want to get high index lenses. What are high index lenses? Will they make that much of a difference? Do you need them, or are they a luxury?
The answers to these questions depend on your specific prescription, lifestyle and budget, but many people love their high index lenses. Read on to find out if they’re a good solution for your optical needs.
What are high index lenses?
If you’ve ever thought of your glasses as “Coke bottle glasses,” you know how thick and heavy prescription lenses can get. The higher your prescription, the more likely you’ll have thicker lenses. That’s because strong prescriptions require deep, long curves cut into the lenses, so the lens itself has to be thicker to support the structure.
High index lenses are made of glass or plastic composite. This allows opticians to use thinner, lighter lenses for strong prescriptions—so you can just say “no” to Coke bottle glasses. They’re significantly thinner and lighter than similar prescriptions in standard glass or plastic. High index lenses are also less likely to produce the distorted visual effect that thick lenses can create. Everyone will finally be able to see your beautiful eyes, instead of thick glass or plastic.
Who needs high index lenses?
First, make sure your prescription is eligible for high index lenses. Your optometrist will let you know whether it’s a suitable option for you. (If your prescription is on the lighter side, there’s no need to get high index lenses.)
Next, consider whether your lenses are too thick and heavy for your comfort. If they’re too thick, you’ll notice an immediate difference between your regular lenses and the high index version. If they’re too heavy, make sure you choose plastic high index lenses—even high index glass lenses can still weigh a similar amount. You’ll know your regular glasses are too heavy if they hurt your face and ears at the end of the day. If you can’t wait to get home and take off your eyeglasses, it’s time to look into high index options.
If you hate the way your glasses distort your eyes, high index lenses can help. Thick regular lenses can either magnify or minimize the way your eyes appear, which many people find undesirable.
There is one drawback, however: high index lenses cost more to produce than regular lenses. They also don’t add any extra vision benefits. You’ll still see through your glasses the same way. However, they’ll be a lot lighter and more comfortable to wear—and your eyes won’t look distorted like they would in regular lenses.
If it’s time to ditch the Coke bottle lenses for good, high index lenses may be right for you. Talk to your optometrist about your options—and get ready to love your glasses again.
To learn more about high index lenses, pay a visit to Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe today. We look forward to helping you find the right lenses for your needs!