Types of Glasses
With various types of glasses, choosing the perfect pair might be overwhelming. This article helps you understand all the different types of glasses, lenses, and frames available. Use this as a starting point to see all the options and find the perfect eyewear.
Types of prescription glasses
Firstly, you need to know if you need an eye prescription for your glasses. Whether it’s for reading, working, or leisure, many people need eyeglasses to help correct their vision and see better. Before shopping for a new pair, make sure your eye prescription is still valid, or visit your optometrist for a check-up.
Our eyesight naturally changes as we age, and sometimes it can change while we are still young. These changes can depend on genetics, illnesses, or a misshaped cornea. For each type of refractive error, there is a pair of prescription glasses to help correct it.
Single vision glasses
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Bifocal glasses have lenses with separate prescription zones for near and far vision. At the top, you’ll have your distance correction, while your near vision correction is towards the bottom.
These lenses have a distinct line between each value which causes an image to jump when the eye moves from a far distance to a near one. An image jump is when the object appears to jump into view closer than it is when viewing through the near segment.
Reading glasses are a type of single vision lenses, but they do not always require a prescription and are available OTC (over the counter), even at local supermarkets. These do not correct your vision but simply magnify things to make them bigger.
They also do not correct astigmatism or amblyopia (a difference of power between the two eyes), so you can only get them in the same power for both eyes (R+L). Reading glasses help you see things close up, like reading a book or looking at your phone or computer.
The power value of reading glasses can start low (+1) and reach higher prescriptions (+4). There are different types of reading glasses which you can read more about here to choose the best one for you. In any case, we recommend consulting your opticians when experiencing visual discomfort before buying any glasses.
Blue light glasses
Blue light blocking glasses are designed to filter out the blue light rays commonly released from digital screens. The filter on the surface of these lenses blocks out an estimated 65% of blue light rays. This will help prevent eyestrain symptoms caused by blue light that can irritate the eyes. If you use digital technology for socializing, fun, or work and have noticed changes in your eyes or health, then blue light glasses may be what your eyes need.
Safety glasses are available to anyone without any prescription and help protect your eyes from external factors that may hinder your vision. Safety goggles are a must if working in an environment surrounded by hazardous elements, but they can also be used in other contexts for work or leisure.