DEC 09

The Do’s and Dont’s of Owning High Index Eyeglasses

Have you recently been made aware of high index eyeglasses and are considering buying them for yourself? There are many benefits that come with this specific kind of eye wear and they are a particularly good choice for people who need strong prescriptions. If you are considering switching to high index eyeglasses but feel you aren’t yet equipped with all of the information you need about them, first take a look at all of the do’s and don’ts of buying and owning high index lenses.

  • Do buy a pair of high index eyeglasses if you want eye wear that is substantially lighter and thinner than traditional eye wear.
  • Do buy high index eyeglasses if you want an eye wear option that is not only functional, but attractive. High index lenses, thanks to their slimness, make your eye wear look more fashionable and appealing than eye wear that is built with thick lenses. In addition to being attractive, stylish, and modern, high index eyeglasses are also more comfortable thank thicker, bulkier glasses.
  • Do buy high index eyeglasses if you require a strong prescription, whether it is for astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or some other eye condition. More conventional eye glasses generally mean that the stronger the prescription, the thicker the lenses. However, with high index eyeglasses, you can still have the strong prescription you need, but with thinner, more attractive lenses. The other problem with traditional glasses is that the edges of the lenses tend to be even thicker, making the eyeglasses less attractive and slimming on the wearer’s face while taking away from the overall appearance of the eye wear.
  • Don’t buy high index eyeglasses without knowing the basics about them. High index glasses refers to eye wear that has a refraction with a higher than normal index. Refraction is defined as the ability to create clearer, sharper vision by bending light rays that come through the lenses. This crisper vision is what makes high index eyeglasses such an appealing option for people with stronger prescriptions.
  • Do buy high index eyeglasses if you want eye wear that is constructed with less material, yet offers stronger clarity for people with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (also known as nearsightedness and farsightedness or bifocals).
  • Don’t jump into a high index eyeglasses purchase if you only require a low prescription. In general, high index eyeglasses are most suitable for people with higher, stronger prescriptions. If your prescription isn’t very strong to begin with, you probably won’t need high index eyeglasses.
  • Do buy high index lenses if you don’t like wearing contacts yet need an eye wear option that provides distortion-free clarity. Unlike most conventional glasses, high index lenses don’t distort vision at all.
  • Don’t buy high index lenses if you have a regularly updated prescription. High index lenses tend to be a bigger monetary investment, so it isn’t something you want to buy every year. Instead, high index lenses should be something that lasts you for longer. However, some people require a new prescription every few months because their current prescription has become either too strong or too weak. This is more common among children and teenagers since their vision usually changes throughout the years until they get to their mid-20’s when their vision begins to “level out” or “settle” at some point and not change again. In the case that your prescription or your child’s prescription changes often, you will want to get conventional eye wear that is less expensive. Only once your prescription is consistent (and strong), should you start looking at high index lenses.
  • Do buy high index lenses if you want a high quality eye wear option with special protective features. Since high index lenses tend to be more expensive than conventional eye wear, they usually come with more protective features to sharpen your vision and protect your eye wear. For example, it isn’t difficult to find high index glasses that are made with a durable polycarbonate material instead of regular plastic. Although polycarbonate is 30% lighter and 20% thinner than normal plastic or glass lenses, they are more lightweight and offer impeccable impact resistance (up to twelve times more than normal plastic).
  • Don’t buy high index lenses until you have first had a routine eye examination from a licensed eye doctor. You don’t want to get high index lenses if you don’t even need them in the first place or if they will just do more damage to your eyesight. Only at the suggestion of your eye doctor should you invest in high index lenses. After a brief eye exam, they will be able to tell you if your prescription is strong enough that high index lenses would be a more comfortable and suitable option.
  • Do have the proper care and cleaning regimen in place for your high index eye wear. Although as we stated above, high index lenses tend to be designed with more durable materials to protect your eye wear from scratching and shattering, you still want to take good care of your investment. Just as you would with conventional eye wear, have a protective hard case that you can store your high index glasses in at night when you go to bed or any other time that you aren’t wearing them. Too many people make the mistake of leaving their eye wear out on a dresser where it can collect dust or get misplaced or throw it in their purse or bag where it can get broken. When you buy your high index glasses, make sure you purchase a protective hard case along with them or double check that you already have one at home that you can use. In addition to proper storage, cleaning your high index glasses is another important part of maintaining their longevity. Although one of the primary purposes of high index glasses is to provide people with sharper visual clarity, the specially designed lenses won’t matter if they are constantly dirty, dusty, foggy, and streaky. Cleaning your glasses regularly is important for immediate benefits and long-term maintenance. If you let your dirty glasses remain dirty for months without ever cleaning them, it will just compromise their quality for the long run. Use a soft, microfiber cleaning cloth to routinely get rid of any smudges (never use your shirt or other abrasive material since these things can scratch the lenses). Additionally, strive to clean your glasses once a weak with warm water and dish soap or a cleaning solution made specifically for glasses. You don’t want to use window cleaner since the chemicals will be harsh on the lenses and wear away at any protective coatings you have on the them.
  • Do buy high index lens if style is one of your top priorities. As we already mentioned above, high index glasses are highly functional and offer many practical benefits; but they are also designed to be a more attractive option for people who wear glasses. In addition to slimmer lenses that are more attractive, you will be able to find plenty of high index glasses with trendy, modern frames.

Are you looking for more information related to high index eyeglasses? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today with any questions that you might have. You can also keep reading our other blog posts for more free resources or visit our official website to check out the many eye-wear options that exist for people in need of high index lenses.

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