Indianapolis eye doctors answer your eyeglass lens questions
Opticians today can provide a wide range of eyeglass lens options, depending on a patient’s lifestyle and vision prescription, says Wendy Roper, optical center manager at highly rated 20/20 Eye Physicians of Indiana, with two Indianapolis locations. “We ask them what they’ll be using their glasses for, and what they like least and most about their current glasses,” she says, noting patients who work on a computer benefit from anti-glare coatings, while those who frequently go from indoors to outdoors benefit from photochromatic lenses that darken when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Recent advances include polarized photochromatic lenses that both darken and block harmful sun rays.
Beyond coatings and sun protection, Dr. Marjorie Knotts of highly rated Knotts Optometry in Indianapolis, notes that few eyeglass lenses today contain glass, but instead are made of plastic. She says manufacturers now offer stronger and thinner options, such as impact-resistant polycarbonate. Knotts says a pair of glasses with basic plastic lenses starts around $100, but with coatings, top-of-the-line lenses or designer-brand frames, the cost can increase to $600 or more. Knotts says consumers with specific needs should consult their doctor. “The doctor is the best person to help them make a decision on the right material and types of lenses,” she says.