The World of Replacement Lenses | Infographic

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The World of Replacement Lenses
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The World Of Replacement Lenses

143 million adults 64% of US adults wear prescription eyewear

Why Choose Replacement Lenses?

  • Consumers plan to spend about $173 on each glasses purchase
    • Most need replacement glasses every 1-3 years
  • Prescription lenses may need to be replaced due to
    • Scratches: Scratched lenses can make it difficult to see clearly
    • Breaks: Lenses make crack or break after a fall
    • Wear: Over time, lenses may no longer fit securely into their frames
    • Vision: Many find their vision becomes less sharp as they age requiring a new prescription
  • Often glasses frames outlive the lenses, you might consider replacement lenses if
    • Your favorite style isn’t available from retailers
    • You prefer antique or vintage frames but need modern lenses
    • You like you current frames and don’t want to change
    • You want an affordable alternative to new glasses
    • You keep multiple pairs or styles to choose from

Replacement lenses can upgrade any frames to the latest glasses tech

Better Vision, Same Glasses

  • Single vision lenses adjust for one viewing distance, either near or far
  • Multifocal lenses are divided into segments to correct vision both near and far
    • Bifocals: 2 lens segments support both reading and distance vision
    • Trifocals: 3 lens segments add support for intermediate distances
  • Progressive lenses combine multiple prescriptions without the harsh transitions of bifocals or trifocals
    • Benefits include
      • Less distortion
      • Wider viewing area
      • Smaller frames
      • Easier adaption
    • High index lenses are specially designed for those with a strong prescription
      • Stronger prescriptions typically require thicker lenses
      • High-index lenses are
        • Thinner material
        • Lighter weight
        • More visually appealing

When choosing replacement lenses, you can take your pick of materials and lens coatings for added benefits

Choosing Your Next Lenses

  • Different lens materials can impact both vision clarity and durability
  • Most common lens types today
    • Plastic
      • Most affordable lens option
      • High optical clarity
    • Polycarbonate
      • Shatterproof and impact resistant
      • Lightweight and thin material
      • Naturally 100% UV blocking
      • Susceptible to scratches
    • Glass
      • Naturally scratch-resistant
      • Highest optical clarity
      • Can be heavy and uncomfortable
      • Prone to cracks and shattering
    • Lens coatings offer additional benefits
      • Scratch-resistance: Adds more durability to polycarbonate and high-index lenses
      • UV-protection: Protects against sunlight that can lead to cataracts and retinal damage

Scratch-resistant and UV coatings are usually included on all lenses for free

  • Anti-reflection: Reduces glare from surfaces and screens to reduce eye strain
  • Blue-blocking: Reduce blue wavelength light that can affect mood and sleep
  • Anti-fog: Prevents fogging due to temperature changes, wearing a mask, or for athletes
  • Tinted Lenses: Colored lenses aren’t just for show, many wearers report other benefits
    • Yellow/Orange: Enhance contrast in low-light conditions, such as night driving
    • Brown: Reduce eye strain for those with near-sightedness in bright light
    • Gray: Reduce fatigue and make good all-purpose sunglasses
    • Blue/Purple: Enhance vision in foggy weather and protect against highly reflective surfaces
    • Pink/Rose: Enhance depth perception and detail, may reduce migraines

Some people with dyslexia report fewer problems when wearing tinted lenses

  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses lenses can be added to any frames with or without a prescription
    • Polarized Lenses: Scatter light rays to reduce intensity of sunlight and reflections
      • Offer UV protection
      • Reduce glare, reflection, and eyestrain
      • Not compatible with LCD screens, some windshields, or night-driving
    • Transitions or Photochromic Lenses: Clear lenses that darken when exposed to UV rays
      • Combine one pair of glasses for sun and indoor use
      • UV protection and reduced eyestrain
      • Lag time required to adjust to new conditions
      • Will not offer sun protection while driving


How long does it take?

As little as 5 days

  • Ship your frames to the lens lab
    • 1 – 3 days
  • New lenses are created and fitted into your frames
    • Plastic/Poly – 3 – 5 Business Days on average
  • Your ready to wear frames are shipped back to you
    • 1 – 3 days


Upgrade your favorite glasses with a new lenses




Want to know more?

Learn about eyewear trends in another infographic: The Future of Eyewear