Frequently Asked Questions

What are Transitions® Lenses?

Do you like magic? These lenses magically transform from indoor eyewear to sunglasses in minutes! Photochromatic lenses are adaptive eyewear that automatically adjust from clear to dark and every shade in between. They react to UV light and will get darker on bright sunny days and even cloudy days, but are completely clear indoors and at night. Whatever your lifestyle, there is a photochromatic lens that is perfectly suited for you.

What are High Index Lenses?

Coke bottle glasses no more! State of the art technology has facilitated the means to create ultra-thin and light lenses. Even strong prescriptions are thinner and lighter than ever. So be prepared to be more comfortable and look the best you ever have in your new prescription eyewear!

What are Computer Glasses?

Got a headache from sitting in front of that computer for too long? You (like 70% of U.S. adults!) may suffer from digital eye fatigue. A variety of electronics can cause digital eye strain, including televisions, desktop and laptop computers, e-readers, smartphones, tablets and gaming systems. Symptoms of digital eye fatigue include red, dry or irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye strain, and headaches. Computer glasses reduce these symptoms by enhancing contrast, magnifying the text and images, and creating a micro-environment around the eyes that protects them from drying out.

What is Anti-Reflective Coating?

Ever looked into an eyeglass wearer’s eyes and seen your own reflection looking back at you? This is a common problem with prescription lenses called “back-glare”. Back-glare is the reflected light that hits the lenses and bounces back into the eye. In bad cases, you can actually see the reflection of your eyes in your own lenses. An anti-reflective coating reduces these reflections and increases the amount of useable light that hits the retina, thus enhancing your vision. Additionally, it is more esthetically pleasing because it renders the lens nearly invisible; people will be able to see your beautiful eyes and not a distorted reflection of themselves when they look at you. The new generation of AR coatings is tough, durable and provides superior vision. In fact, “coating” isn’t quite the right description for the new AR treatments which are actually fused into the lens matrix. No more peeling or scratching, and thanks to their hydrophobic composition, new AR treatments will keep the lenses cleaner longer and make them easier to clean when they get dirty. Check out our premium AR treatments that are smudge-resistant and so scratch-resistant that they are guaranteed for two years!

What are DriveSafe Lenses?

Don’t want to drive at night? You’re not alone. Most drivers are exposed to difficult conditions that impact their vision. Rain, snow, fog and the glare of nighttime lights can all be visually challenging. ZEISS has created the DriveSafe lens to address these challenges and make driving more safe and comfortable.

The DriveSafe lens enhances vision in low light conditions, reduces glare at night, and provides optimal focusing ability for all ranges.

What are Bifocals?

We can thank good ol’ Ben Franklin for these nifty spectacles. In his sunset years, Ben found it increasingly difficult to see both at a distance and up close. He was growing weary of switching back and forth between two types of glasses, and had the brilliant idea to incorporate both prescriptions into one set of lenses. The distance lens was placed at the top, and the up close lens was placed at the bottom. Voila! No more switching back and forth—and the problem of waning eyesight, both near and far, was remedied.

What are Progressives?

But I don’t want my glasses to make me look OLD! Yes, its true folks, bifocal lenses carry the awful burden of being associated with the elderly. You may be maturing, but “mature” doesn’t have to mean “old”. Once you hit your mid-40s, you may find that your arms have “grown too short” for you to see close up. But just because you are having trouble reading the fine print on your wine menu, doesn’t mean you need to cramp your style with the old-fashioned lined bifocals that your parents wore. Progressive lenses offer premium optics, but eliminate the visible lines of traditional bifocals and trifocals. And as an added bonus, instead of having just two or three lens powers, progressive lenses are true “multifocal” lenses that provide a seamless progression of many lens powers for all viewing distances, whether you are at the driving range, at the computer, or scrutinizing the chef’s specialty at your local cafe.

What are Polarized Lenses?

Polarized lenses are just flat out cool. Boaters and fisherman have been sporting them for years. But recently lots of other outdoorsy types have also been reaping the benefits of polarized lenses. These awesome lenses have a special coating that substantially diminishes the glare from reflective surfaces like a lake or the hood of a car. They have the added benefit of making colors look more sharp and vibrant as well as enhancing details. On top of that, polarized lenses offer total UV protection. So whether your sport is biking, golfing, jogging, skiing or paddle-boarding, polarized is the choice for you.

What is Polycarbonate?

Polly who? Originally created for covering the cockpit in fighter planes, polycarbonate offered an impact resistant, optically clear window. Safety and vision! Both pluses for a pilot! In the 1970’s polycarbonate took off—literally—as it became protocol for astronaut helmet visors and space shuttle windshields. Amazingly, it wasn’t until the 1980’s that some genius deduced that polycarbonate may be a safe and affordable alternative to standard plastic or glass eyewear for the public. Polycarbonate lenses are up to ten times more impact-resistant than plastic or glass lenses and are considerably more comfortable because they are thinner and lighter. And the icing on the cake– they provide total UV protection. It’s clear to see that polycarbonate is a prudent choice for people active in sports, those employed in hazardous job environments, and also for ankle biters, who tend to be a bit more reckless then then us older folk.