There are several different lens material options to choose from. The best way to select a lens material is to ask your eye care professional for a recommendation, and make your selection based on the features and level of quality you prefer.
Standard plastic is a thick material that is not shatterproof or impact resistant. Standard plastic is an older technology and is usually the cheapest material available for eyeglass lenses.
Polycarbonate is a material that is thinner and lighter than plastic, and also has several other benefits such as UV protection – even in clear lenses.
Polycarbonate is shatterproof and impact resistant, providing eye safety and durability benefits. For this reason, polycarbonate should be the lens material of choice for anyone under 18 or concerned about eye safety.
High-index plastic lenses are even thinner and lighter than polycarbonate. All high-index lenses provide UV protection – even when the lenses are clear. There are several levels of high-index lenses and the optimal one is based on your prescription and individual preference. Individuals with higher prescriptions usually prefer high-index lenses because they are thin and attractive. Your eye care professional can help you make the best selection based on your prescription and needs. Also, no-glare lens treatment is highly recommended for all high-index lenses.