Optical

Halpern Eye Care offers a variety of lens designs, materials and coatings to meet your vision and eye wear needs. Please review the list of options below and be sure to discuss your personal needs during your visit to one of our offices. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Lens Designs

    • Digital Lenses

Single Vision LensesDo you have 20/20 vision when you wear your glasses but still feel dissatisfied with how you see? You might benefit from high-definition lenses. Sometimes, higher-order aberrations can affect your vision, even if your prescription eyeglasses fully correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. These aberrations may be due to the optical characteristics of your eyes or can be caused by the optical limitations of conventional eyeglass lenses. Recent advances in lens manufacturing have made possible new high-definition eyeglass lenses that correct these aberrations, potentially giving you sharper vision than you’ve ever had before with eyeglasses. These lenses are designed to provide sharper vision in all lighting conditions and reduce glare for nighttime driving and other night vision tasks.

    • Single Vision Lenses

Single Vision LensesSingle vision lenses function as all-purpose glasses for persons who have normal accommodation. Persons who normally wear bifocals or trifocals can use single vision for distance or near lenses. Single vision lenses can also function as occupational glasses for certain types if work. Single vision lenses are available in all lens materials.

    • Flat Top Bifocal

Flat Top BifocalThis lens is available with the lined bifocal portion made in a variety of widths to help with various close-up requirements. Bifocals are made in every type if lens materials.

    • Trifocals

TrifocalsTrifocals come in a variety of designs. The added segment provides clear vision at arm’s length focal distance, which is the area that is usually blurred for line bifocal wearers. Trifocals are available in all lens materials.

    • Progressive

ProgressiveThis is the lens with no visible lines. Correct vision for all areas of viewing from distance to near, including the intermediate or arms length focal distance. Progressive lenses offer clear and continuous vision making this lens similar to the function of the eye itself. Progressive lenses have the cosmetic advantage of appearing to be single vision so it is never revealing the user wears bifocals. Progressive lenses are available in all lens materials and aspheric design. Because of their many benefits, these are the preferred lens choice for bifocal and trifocal wearers.

    • Occupational

OccupationalMany occupations impose demanding visual requirements on those who wear bifocals or trifocals. Special occupational designs are available to solve these special needs. If the visual requirements of your job falls into this category, let us know and we’ll explain what will work best for your individual needs.

These are, by no means, the only lenses available. By telling us of any unusual work or leisure visual requirements, we can tailor exactly the right lenses for all your visual needs. For example:

    • Sports Glasses

All sorts of special lens designs are available for the special needs of sports enthusiasts. Polycarbonate is usually the material of choice for active sports.

    • Computer Glasses

There are a variety of options for those who use computers. These include special filters and anti-reflective coatings.

Lens Materials

    • Plastic (Hard Resin)

PlasticConventional hard resin lenses are half the weight of glass lenses and can be tinted to almost any color or density. Hard resin lenses are more easily scratched than glass but can have an optional scratch protection applied. More impact resistant than glass, hard resin lenses do not require heat-treating.

    • High Index (Lighter, Thinner)

High IndexModern technology has created lenses that bend light differently so that stronger corrections are thinner than when made in conventional materials. These lenses are deigned for stronger corrections and are more attractive because they are lighter and slimmer. High index plastic uses less material so they are often lighter in weight. High index lenses absorb all harmful UV light and can be tinted in any shade or color.

    • Polycarbonate

PolycarbonatePolycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant lenses available and are always the lens of choice for young people and active patience. Polycarbonate lenses are usually the lightest, most comfortable lenses. They absorb all harmful UV light and can be made with ultra thin edges because of their unique strength.

    • Glass

GlassFor years glass was the only lens material available offering superior optics. It is the most scratch-resistant material, the primary disadvantage to glass is its weight, generally twice that of hard resin. Glass lenses are heat or chemically treated to increase impact resistance.

Lens Coatings

    • Aspheric Lens

These new lenses provide special visual and cosmetic benefits for stronger corrections and increased edge to edge clarity. Flatter than conventional lenses, aspherics eliminate the “bulgy” appearance of strong plus lenses (far-sighted corrections) and greatly enhance the appearance of finished eyewear. Persons with strong nearsighted corrections also benefit from thinner, lighter weight glasses when their lenses are aspheric. Because aspheric lenses are positioned closer to the face, there is less eye magnification with farsighted corrections and less “small eyes”. look with nearsighted corrections. Aspheric lenses are often made of high index materials for the ultimate in thin lenses.

    • Photo Chromatic

Photo ChromaticThese are lenses that darken as you go from indoors to outdoors. They are available in all lens materials. They darken to moderate shades of brown and grey. Have our board certified optician show you a demonstration of these lenses.

    • Polarized

PolarizedThese are the most superior sunglass lenses that eliminate reflective glare. They are specially appropriate for driving, as well as fishing, hunting, and all types of outdoor activities.

    • Anti-Reflection

Anti-ReflectionSpecial anti-reflective coatings are now available for spectacle lenses, much like those used for fine camera lenses. These coatings are particularly effective for reducing eye fatigue for computer operators and anyone driving at night. And, of course, AR lenses enhance appearance by removing all distracting reflections.

    • Scratch Resistant

Scratch ResistantLight-weight hard resin lenses can be more easily scratched than glass lenses. Special coatings have been developed to help protect lenses from normal scratching. The modest additional cost for such scratch coating is usually a prudent investment.

    • UV Protection

UV ProtectionIt is generally accepted that the ultraviolet rays in sunlight pose potential harm to the eyes. Special treatment is available for hard resin lenses that completely blocks hazardous UV light. Lenses like polycarbonate and high index include built-in UV protection at no extra cost.