Category Archives: Lenses

Prescription Sunglasses: A Review of Transition Lenses

By: Anthony Tangeman

I’ve lived in Florida my entire life and I’ve spent plenty of time exposed to the sun. Whether it was for sports, marching band or yard work, I almost always had a pair of sunglasses with me.

I had never owned a quality pair of sunglasses. I had always used cheap sunglasses that you could find at your local dollar store.

These glasses worked just fine as they helped reduce the intensity of incoming sunlight. As my eyesight started to diminish I started needing a prescription. I could not wear those cheap sunglasses anymore.

Just recently I was presented with various kinds of prescription eyeglasses that would help combat the harsh Florida sun. I was asked to give them a test-drive and to share my experiences.

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Eyewear Sun-Protection for Babies and Toddlers

By: Anthony Tangeman

If you spend time outside, it’s a good idea to invest in some form of sunglasses. This is true no matter your age, but this is especially true for babies and toddlers as they are helpless against the sun and its harsh light. If left unprotected, your child’s eyesight can become permanently damaged.

– If you would like to read about why UV protection is so important for babies and toddlers, follow the link to our blog here –

There’s no need to worry as there are plenty of options to consider. While this may seem daunting at first, choosing a pair of sunglasses for your child does not need to be difficult. The most important thing is to think of your child’s needs.

For example, a child that is only occasionally outside would likely benefit from having photochromic lenses, or lenses that adapt to incoming light. Photochromics are not only effective, but also convenient. The most popular photochromic lenses are transitions and drive-wear.

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UV Protection for Toddlers

By: Anthony Tangeman

Whether you spend the day outside or you stay indoors, you are being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunlight and UV radiation are a part of everyday life. Although people tend to know that these rays are harmful, they often overlook this and later regret it. In addition to proper clothing and topical solutions, such as sunscreen, a pair of eyeglasses with UV protective lenses is an essential element for proper UV protection.

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Thickness and Thinness of Eyeglasses Lenses

Thickness/Thinnes of Eyeglasses Lenses
By Michael Walach

“How thick are my baby eyeglasses lenses going to be?” is probably the most often asked question the mother asks the eye care professional.

There is no simple answer because the question of your baby or toddler lens thickness is a complex topic.

On minus power lenses there is a minimum center thickness requirement.

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Minimum Center Thickness for Minus Power Lenses

Minimum center thickness of lenses is further affected by the stability of the material and its impact resistance in its final form i.e., with any hard and AR coatings applied.

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What Is the Best Lens Material for Baby Eyeglasses?

By Michael Walach

The main determining factor to select the best lens material for your baby or toddler eyeglasses is the prescription. Most prescriptions for babies in the US are plus (+) power lenses for the correction of hypermetropia, commonly called farsightedness. In a hypermetropic eye, the light does not bend sufficiently so that it focuses at a point behind the retina. It is caused by an imperfection in the eye, usually when the eyeball is too small or the crystalline lens in the eye cannot become bi-convex (round) enough, resulting in difficulty to focus on near objects.

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