Because all of our lenses are surfaced and ground in our own in-house lab, we are able to offer patients the latest in lens technology, including high-definition digital lenses, ultra-thin high index lenses, Transitions photochromic lenses, and anti-reflective coatings.
Darren & Percy, our Senior Lab Managers, have been making lenses for 15 and 20+ years, respectively. They work collaboratively with the opticians and optometrists to craft a lens that works with your prescription and your frame for optimal vision, fashion, and comfort.
Let’s start with the basics! The most common lens designs are single vision, bifocal, and progressive.
Many of us have worn single vision lenses at one point in our lives. This type of lens provides a single prescription power to see at one focal length. The lens design is available in nearly every material and coating.
Invented by Philadelphia’s own Ben Franklin, bifocal lenses have two lens powers, one for distance and one for reading. There is a visible segment on the lower portion of the lens.
Also known as no-line bifocals, progressive lenses provide a natural vision correction for distance, intermediate, and reading powers. Progressives eliminate the “jumping” of images that can occur with bifocals.
Innovation in the optical lens industry has brought about a new, revolutionary technology that incorporates high-definition optics into your lenses. Digital lenses, also known as HD or free form lenses, allow you to actually see your HD TV in it’s truest form!
How can you benefit from upgrading to digital lenses?
- Greater visual clarity and contrast
- Less peripheral distortion compared to traditional progressive lenses
- Wider, customizable reading and intermediate zones
- Easier adaptation- there’s virtually no learning curve to get used to your progressive lenses
Most of us spend over 8 hours a day in front of the computer, and more than 70% of people have reported symptoms related to Computer Vision Syndrome, including strain, headache, blurriness, and dryness. Computer Vision Glasses can help! These progressive lenses provide an enhanced intermediate zone, so that your vision correction is right where you need it.
We are one of the few vision centers in the region that offers patients completely customizable occupational lens options. Whether you are a sewer, musician, artist, or lawyer, an occupational lens can help you see more clearly and eliminate eye strain. Ask your Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs optician about occupational lenses today.
Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs offers several lens materials for our patients. Plastic or CR-39, Polycarbonate, and 1.67 or 1.74 High Index lenses are the most common options.
Most patients benefit from adding anti-reflective coating to their lenses. Anti-reflective coating, or anti-glare coating, reduces 99.5% of glare by eliminating light reflections. Anti-reflective coatings are excellent for night driving and computer usage, and they offer a cosmetic complement to eyewear because there is no visible lens reflection in person and in photos. We offer several options to fit every budget.
Not only are sunglasses a stylish accessory, they are also important to the overall health of your eyes! Our offices offer many sunglass frames and lens options.
We recommend upgrading your sunglasses with polarized lenses- they improve contrast, clarity, and color while reducing strain and eliminating glare. Once you have a pair, you’ll never go back! With options like Transitions Vantage, you get the benefit and convenience of self-darkening lenses with added polarization.
Transitions self-darkening lenses are the most popular brand of photochromic lenses. Photochromic, or self-darkening lenses, change from nearly clear indoors and at night and gradually darken with exposure to sunlight.
There are several Transitions options: