Choosing the Right Lens Options for Your Eyeglasses

When shopping for prescription eyeglasses online, it’s easy to get all caught up in picking the perfect pair of frames. After all, you want to make sure that they look great when you wear them, right? While frames play a vital role, the lenses you choose are equally important.

In the past, individuals needing eyeglasses had limited options for corrective lenses to help them see the world more clearly. But nowadays we are fortunate enough to have a wide range of lens options available to choose from when shopping for prescription eyeglasses. From single lens to progressive lens, photochromic to blue-light blocking, there are just so many options to choose from!

If you’re on the hunt for a great pair of stylish prescription eyeglasses and feeling a little stuck when it comes to the lenses, we’re here to help. Here are our tips and tricks for picking the right lens options for your prescription eyeglasses.

Peek at Your Prescription

As always, the first step in finding the right pair of prescription eyeglasses is to take a close look at your prescription. While it may just seem like a jumble of numbers and symbols, your prescription provides a unique insight into which types of lenses will work best for you.

For those nearsighted or farsighted, there are particular types of lenses that would be best suited to correct your vision, such as our Single Vision or Progressive Polycarbonate lenses. Additionally, if you have a higher prescription, like 4.0 or above, consider High-Index lenses for their slimmer shape compared to Single Vision or Progressive Lenses.

Don’t Forget About Your Frames

When choosing lenses for your prescription eyeglasses, remember to factor in the frame they’ll go into. After all, you want to make sure that the lenses fit the frames.

For instance, when shopping for lenses to fit a thinner, more narrow frame style, like The Sage Round Glasses in Tortoiseshell, it would be best to opt for a slimmer lens shape, such as our 1.67 High-Index lenses. On the other hand, if you’re shopping for frames with a chunkier oversized shape, you can easily opt for 1.67 High-Index lenses or standard lenses.

Consider Your Daily Routine

While many of us are quick to slip on a pair of sleek prescription sunglasses when we head outside, we often neglect indoor vision protection. Whether working or relaxing, it’s so common these days to be seated in front of a screen, such as a phone, computer or tv. And with more time spent in front of devices comes the risk of damage from harmful blue light.

If you’re spending more than a few hours a day in front of a screen, whether it’s for work, school or just everyday use, it might be worth it to consider investing in a pair of prescription eyeglasses with blue-light filtering lenses. These lenses will help filter out these harmful rays, keeping your eyes healthy and looking happy.

Invest in Innovation

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of considerations in choosing the right lenses for your stylish prescription eyeglasses is technological advancements and innovations. The world of prescription eyeglasses is constantly evolving and improving, bringing new inventions to the market that work to enhance vision correction and eye protection.

One such example is the recent introduction of photochromic, or ‘transition,’ lenses, which adjust from clear to opaque depending on the light. When you step outside, the lenses will darken to become sunglasses and upon returning indoors, these lenses will then adjust back to clear. This innovation allows for individuals who wear glasses to have one pair of prescription glasses for both indoors and outdoors, eliminating the need for a second pair of prescription sunglasses.

Our Lenses at Azimuth

Now that we’ve discussed what you need to think about when finding the right pair of lenses for your favorite pair of prescription glasses, let’s get into more detail about the wide variety of lenses offered at Azimuth.

The Single Vision Lens

  1. Single Vision Polycarbonate Lenses
    These custom eyeglass lenses are ideal for nearsightedness or farsightedness.

  2. Single Vision 1.67 High-Index Clear Lenses
    This lens style is thinner and lighter, ideal for prescriptions SPH +/- 4.0 or higher.

The Progressive Lens

  1. Progressive Polycarbonate Lenses
    These innovative lenses are ideal for near, middle and far distance vision correction.

  2. Progressive 1.67 High-Index Clear Lenses
    This lens style is both thinner and lighter and is ideal for prescriptions SPH +/- 4.0 or higher.

Blue Light Lenses

  1. The Poly Blue-Light-Blocking Lenses
    These state-of-the-art prescription lenses offer 100% protection against UV rays and the other damaging rays that our eyes are exposed to throughout the day (available in both our Single Vision and Progressive lens customization options).

  2. The 1.67 High-Index Blue-Light-Blocking Lenses
    Thinner, lighter and more wearable than your standard blue-light blocking glasses, these lenses offer all of the protection that your eyes need with a slim design (available in both Single Vision and Progressive lens options).

Polarized Sunglasses Lenses

  1. Polarized Sunglasses Lenses
    A standard among our variety of polarized lenses, these premium lenses offer 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays and 99% protection against glare (available in both Single Vision and Progressive lenses).

  2. 1.67 High-Index Polarized Sunglasses Lenses
    These advanced lens options combine our signature UV protection lenses with a thinner and lighter construction that is ideal for prescriptions SPH +/- 4.0 or higher. (available for both Single Vision and Progressive lenses).

Photochromic Lenses

  1. Photochromic Lenses
    Unique transitioning lenses that become clearer inside and darker outside, with a fast activation and fade back (available in both Single Vision and Progressive lens options).

  2. Photochromic 1.67 High-Index Lenses
    This style of transition lens is designed with a thinner and sleeker lens that is great for prescriptions SPH +/- 4.0 or higher (available in both Single Vision and Progressive lens options).


Always remember, when it comes to finding the perfect pair of designer prescription eyeglasses, the lenses that you choose are just as important as the frames. Always consider your prescription, the frames themselves and your daily routine before you decide which type of lenses to choose. And don’t forget to take a chance on new innovations and technologies - they may just end up being exactly what you need to see the world more clearly around you!

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