There used to be a stigma attached to wearing glasses. But now, glasses are a fashion statement for many people. The big question is whether to choose plastic or glass lenses in those designer frames. It is important to decide what you need from those glasses and then make a more educated choice of lens material. Some people with busy, complicated lives own several pairs of eyeglasses to cover all their needs.
Choosing Stylish Eyewear That Also Helps a Person Look Better
Choosing to go to an eyewear boutique such as EyeWearhaus makes choosing those glasses a fun thing, a fashion statement, and a visual support system all rolled into one. It is no longer necessary to hide the fact that you need glasses to see correctly. It is not necessary to try to correct vision invisibly with contact lenses and all the risks and inconveniences associated with contacts. Just choose a great pair of designer glasses and see everything clearly in a stylish way.
Why not choose several pairs to wear for different types of occasions such as work, play, parties, and computer time? Choose several colors of frames to coordinate with favorite outfits. It is possible to choose one-of-a-kind, hand-made, limited edition, unconventional, remarkable, and just plain stylish eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses at an eyewear boutique.
Choosing Lenses: Is Plastic or Glass Better?
First, understand that it is more complicated than just plastic or glass. Glass lenses make up around six percent of glasses sold today but that percent is growing again. But, what people call plastic actually is a collection of choices including:
- Composite lenses made of polycarbonate, Trivex, and other ophthalmic substances. These lenses are lightweight and are compatible with most protective coatings.
- Standard plastic is less expensive, lightweight, impact-resistant, and can be coated to be scratch resistant.
- Mid-Index Plastic is lightweight, compatible with most coatings, and can be used with stronger prescriptions.
- High-index plastic is lightweight and preferred for stronger prescriptions that would require thick lenses in the glass.
- Polycarbonate lenses offer thinner lenses and more durability than standard plastic lenses.
- High-definition or digital lenses are digitally customized for all prescriptions. This is the new technology in eyewear lenses.
It’s important to discuss your vision needs with the optometrist when selecting the lens material.
The Advantages of Glass lenses
Though most glasses are now made of one of the newer plastics, glass lenses are still a choice that offers clearness, good function, and scratch resistance because it is a harder material. Glass is also less costly for lenses. Glass lenses also have weaker color fringes than plastic lenses, which is an advantage. But, glass lenses are heavier.
Now, new technology has come to make glass lenses gain popularity, and they are regaining a place in the eyewear industry. Glass lenses are more resistant to scratches and damage from household solvents. Glass lenses don’t get damaged as easily from less-than-perfect cleaning techniques and use. And, there are people who don’t want a plastic material for their lenses. They want natural materials such as glass.
Glass and plastics all have value as glasses lenses. It is a matter of choice for the particular needs of the person ordering glasses and the material the glass eyewear designer favors.