Lens Materials, Design, & Treatments

When it comes to selecting new spectacles,
no one is better than the staff here at LAKES Eye Clinic.

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We take pride in educating our patients about their options in eye wear, not only with our terrific selection of frames, but with our outstanding knowledge of lens materials and designs. When selecting your new lenses, it is important to take into consideration the material, design & treatments of the lens. We will take into account your new prescription, past lens materials, frame shape & material, anticipated use of the lenses and your individual needs, such as driving or computer use. We use premium lens products to provide you with clear, cosmetically appealing lenses.
We currently utilize the following lens materials:
Traditional plastic

A durable lens material used for spectacle lenses. It's properties allow various coatings and edge treatments to be added to the lens.


A shatter resistance material that we currently utilize in safety and children's lens designs. It is typically thinner and lighter than traditional plastic.

High index plastic

Thinner and lighter lenses that are a great alternative to traditional plastic for those high prescriptions or trendy frame designs.


A shatter resistant material used frequently in safety and children's lens designs with certain prescriptions and particular frame designs.

We currently utilize the following lens designs:
Bifocals/Trifocals (lined bifocals)

These lenses allow clear, comfortable distance vision in the upper portion of the lens and clear, comfortable near vision in the lower portion of the lens. A trifocal adds an additional line to allow for a small intermediate area.

Progressive lenses

Progressive lenses eliminate the traditional "line" that you may be familiar with in traditional bifocals. This allows the lens to have an infinite number of focal points to view with, allowing you to see clearly from distance to near and everything in between.

Photochromic lenses

Photochromic lenses adjust to changing light levels; looking clear indoors, but turning dark with exposure to ultraviolet light when outdoors. These have become a very good solution to having a pair of glasses for both daily wear and sun wear.

Occupational lenses

Considered specialty lenses by some, these would include bifocals with a near segment on top of the lens, ideal for the electrician or anyone needing near vision above their line of sight. In addition, many designs exist for the computer user, allowing us to significantly improve your intermediate and near vision and eliminating the strain on your neck that the typical progressive wearer gets when always looking up at the computer monitor with the reading segment.

We currently utilize the following lens treatments:
Scratch coating

Several products are available to provide either a tough front surface scratch coat and/or back surface scratch coat to protect the lens.


A property of the lens that allows light to more efficiently travel through the lens, allowing less glare and halos especially with nighttime driving, computer use and viewing glossy sheets of paper. In addition, anti-reflective lenses almost seem to make the lens disappear in the frame.

Edge treatments

Several edge treatments are available, such as rolling and polishing the edge of a thicker lens to improve its overall appearance.

Mirror coating, tinting

Mirrors & tints are popular on sunwear, providing sunlight protection and a appealing look to the lenses.

ASK us about our KIDS & TWEEN Lens Package!

Our lens packages include anti-scratch, anti-reflective polycarbonate lenses for a great price and warranty for our younger patients! Pair this with any frame to complete your eyeglass look!