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Lenses & Coatings

Anti-Reflective Coating
High Index Lenses
Progressive Lenses
Bifocal Lenses
Photochromics
Polarized Lenses

Contacts & Solutions

People choose to wear contact lenses for many reasons, often due to their appearance and practicality. When compared with spectacles, contact lenses are less affected by wet weather, do not steam up, and provide a wider field of vision. They are more suitable for a number of sporting activities. If you were told in the past that you could not wear contact lenses because you had astigmatism or because you needed bifocals or perhaps your prescription is too high, that may not hold true today. Todays contact lenses are not only available in a wide variety of powers (including astigmatism and bifocals and even both simultaneously), but are also extremely comfortable.

There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by the eye doctor. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first.

Disposable Soft Lenses
Soft Colored Contact Lenses
Bifocal Soft Lenses
Soft Lenses for Astigmatism
Extended Wear Soft Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

A better view will make a difference.

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Anti-Reflective Coating

The material used to manufacture the lenses on your glasses often creates glare, reflections, and “ghost images” that can interfere with how well you see and cause strain and fatigue. Much of this glare can be eliminated with an Anti-reflective treatment. Aside from its vision benefits, Anti-reflective treatments also make your glasses look better. The same way you can see better out of lenses with this treatment, those looking at you can also see the difference and see your eyes instead of glare coming from your eyewear. Anti-Reflective coatings are a must for those who use the computer and persons who drive at night.

High Index Lenses

One of the biggest concerns for patients with moderate to high prescription is “how thick are my glasses going to be?” With the advent of high index materials, we are able to manufacture very thin and LIGHT lenses even for very high prescriptions. How are High index materials able to do this? As their name implies, they have a higher index of light refraction and are able to bend the light as much as basic lens without being very thick. At Trinity Eye Associates, “Coke bottle” glasses are a thing of the past. High index is highly recommended for those patients with moderate to high prescription. This thinner and lighter material will not only improve the appearance of your glasses, but will also will make them lighter and give you more flexibility when selecting a frame style. Our doctors will make recommedations to help you decide which high index lens is right for you.

Progressive Lenses

As its name suggest a bi-focal only has two focal points (usually distance and near). This limits a bifocal wearer to these to focal points. Everything else in between is blurred(computer, dashboard, grocery store products and pricing, facial expressions during conversations, etc). A trifocal has one extra focal point, but still the same limitations. Another problem with this type of lenses is eye fatigue and postural problems. When we are in our teens, twenties and thirties our focusing systems “progressively” focuses from distance to near and vice-versa. Hence compared to a bifocal or a trifocal, a progressive mimics natural focusing the closest.

Progressives are multifocal lenses with No-lines.This provides a continuous transition (Progression) from far to near objects. Distant objects are viewed through the upper portion of the lens, while near objects are viewed through the middle or lower portion of the lens.

Even if patient was unsuccessful in the past, new technology and designs so individualized that even take into account your height, can make you a successful progressive lens wearer. Our doctors recommend and prescribe a specific type of progressive for you.

Bifocal Lenses

For many people, different lenses are needed for seeing at different distances. Bifocal lenses allow the wearer to look through two areas of the lens. One area focuses on distant objects. The other is used for reading. A little-known fact is that bifocals were invented by Benjamin Franklin, and his style of bifocals are still available today.

Most of the time the “reading” area is smaller, shaped like a sideways “D”, and found in the lower part of the lens. These bifocals are called line bifocals or flat-tops. If you are focusing on distant objects, you look through the top half of the lenses. To read a book, magazine, or newspaper, you look through the “reading” area. The Franklin style lenses are less common, and are split horizontally down the middle of each lens. One thing that is difficult about using bifocals is dealing with the line between the two vision areas. Fortunately, recent technologies have developed a new type of lens, called the no-line, or progressive, lens.

Photochromics (Lenses darken with sunlight)

Photochromic or “Transitions" are well-suited for those patients needing both prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses to accommodate an outdoor lifestyle Darkening of Photochromic is triggered by exposure to UV rays.

The change is caused by particles found within the lens. When the wearer goes outside, the lenses darken or tint. When the wearer goes back inside, the glasses become clear.

Our Doctors can discuss whether photochromic lenses fit into your lifestyle.

Polarized Lenses

As residents of the “Sunshine State”, we are not strangers to the discomfort and visual obstruction caused by glare from wet roads, light reflecting off other vehicles, and glare from your own windshield. This glare is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous. Polarized lenses help eliminate this glare.

Polarized lenses are the most effective types of sunglasses for clear and comfortable vision. Simple tinted or darken lenses just make things seem darker but do not eliminate annoying glare.. In the past polarized lenses were thought of as lenses for outdoor enthusiast. It is true that fisherman can eliminate the bright reflections from the water and actually see into the water more easily than with other sunglasses, golfers can see the green easier, and joggers and bikers can enjoy reduced glare from the road; however, because they provide the best safest vision for drivers, we recommend polarized lenses to all our patients.

Disposable Soft Lenses

As the name implies, disposable lenses are lenses that can be discarded after an indicated wearing period. The life of this lenses range from 1 day to 1 month, depending on the brand. Disposable lenses are preferred by today’s doctors because the are a much more healthier options for patients.

Daily disposables are a great options for those who were told they could not wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who do not necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day. Also people who travel a lot and prefer not to have to carry the cleaning and disinfection system.

Soft Colored Contact Lenses

Color contact lenses are available for those that want to enhance their natural eye color and even those who want to completely change them. Opaque color contact work well for people with dark eye who want to experiment with different colors. Even if you do not need to wear correction for vision, Our doctors can fit you and prescribe color contacts to change your eye color. It is important to be fitted by an eye doctor for colored contact lenses even if you do not need a prescription; wearing the wrong style can damage your eyeball.

Bifocal Soft Lenses

Many contact happy and successful contact lens wearers have stopped wearing their contact once they entered their 40’s and began to have issues with reading and other near vision work. That is absolutely not the case these days. Soft multifocal contact lens designs and materials are excellent. A great majority of patients,even first time contact lens wearers, achieve excellent distance , intermediate and near vision. Drs. Don and Jill Ellison are both multifocal fitting experts with hundreds of successful fits and happy patients wearing multifocals.

Soft Lenses for Astigmatism (AKA Toric Lenses)

The availability toric lenses has allowed doctors to properly correct the vision of many patients. Many patients still think that they cannot wear contacts because they have astigmatism. And many others have compromised vision with their current non-astigmatic lenses. Since we have thousands of trials in office, you will have the opportunity to experience toric lenses. The correction of astigmatism can make a tremendous difference in your vision and in your life.

Extended Wear Soft Lenses

Since the cornea (The clear front surface of the eyes) does not have any blood vessels, it obtains its Oxygen from ambient air. Older lens technology was not approved or recommended for extended wear (to wear overnight). New technology has created more Oxygen materials. This allow the transmition of more oxygen to the cornea of the eye. Although wearing contact lenses overnight can increase the risk of certain sight-threatening complications, extended wear amy be suitable for certain patients. Extended wear lenses can last one week, two weeks, or one month, depending upon the lens material and your doctor’s recommendations.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

Rigid lenses were once thought as old technology. In recent years however, new and more oxygen and water permeable materials have allowed for the development of more comfortable lenses. Even with the increase in availability if many different power and fits in soft contact lenses, some patients cannot wear soft lenses. For those with irregular corneas (Keratoconus, very high astigmatism, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal transplants and toher corneal irregularities) rigid lenses continues to be the best option for optimal vision.

As contact lens specialist, Drs. Jill and Don Ellison have experience with customizing fits and designing rigid lenses for each unique irregular corneal surface.