A Guide to Lens Types

Select a lens type like one of the ones below to help address your lifestyle goals. Here are some special tints, filters, and coatings that may be available from your eye care provider.
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Eyeglass lens with arrows pointing to the right

Anti-Reflective Coating

Reduces reflective light by eliminating reflections from both sides of the lens, which can enhance comfort, reduces eye strain and improves the cosmetic appearance of your eyeglasses.1

Eyeglass lens with icons of sun and computer monitor

Blue Light Filtering

Reduces the amount of blue light that reaches the eye, which can help minimize digital eye strain and improve sleep quality by blocking or absorbing blue light and UV light from screens.2

Eyeglass lens with letter A over it

Digital Single Vision Lenses

Improves single viewing distance across the entire surface of the lens by either diverging or converging light rays to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.3

Eyeglass lens with feather next to it

High-Index Lenses

Made of materials that bend light more efficiently than traditional glass or plastic lenses, making them thinner and lighter.4

Eyeglass lens that's pink

Lens Color Tint

Designed to enhance contrast and reduce glare while also helping with color perception to improve visual comfort in bright light.5

Eyeglass lens that's dark gray

Photochromic Lenses (Transitions®)

Changes color depending on the amount of UV or artificial light.6

Eyeglass lens with blue gradient over it

Polarized Lenses

Reduces glare from surfaces such as water, snow, and glass. Can improve visual clarity and comfort.7

Eyeglass lens with soccer ball next to it

Polycarbonate Lenses

Thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses and more impact resistant. Ideal for sports and children’s eyewear.4

Eyeglass lens with three ovals and numbers

Progressive Lenses

Corrects age-related farsightedness and provides a smooth transition from distance vision to near vision without the visible line found in bifocal lenses.8

Eyeglass lens with key next to it

Scratch-Resistant Coating

Protects eyeglass lenses from scratches and other damage caused by everyday wear and tear.9

Eyeglass lens with three correction zones with lines

Trifocal Lenses

Lenses that have three different lens powers for distance, intermediate and near vision.10

Eyeglass lens with feather and soccer ball next to it

Trivex Lenses

Lenses that are lightweight, impact resistant and provide sharp vision.11

Eyeglass lens with purple lines over it

Ultraviolet Coating

Protects eyes from harmful UV rays.9


  1. Ayaga, V. (Feb. 1, 2023). Are Anti-Glare Coatings Worth it? Pros, Cons & Costs. Retrieved April 21, 2023.
  2. Lenses For Harmful Blue Light Protection. (Dec. 2022). Essilor. Retrieved April 21, 2023.
  3. Penczek, M. (Mar. 1, 2021). How Single Vision Lenses Work. Retrieved April 21, 2023.
  4. Polycarbonate Vs. High-Index Lenses: Which Is Better? (Nov. 17, 2022). Retrieved April 21, 2023.
  5. Eldridge, M. (Aug 10, 2022). How Do You Choose the Best Lens Tint? Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  6. Transitions. How Do Photochromics Work? Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  7. Morgan, E. (Feb. 27, 2019). Are Polarized Sunglasses Right for You? Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  8. Heiting, G. (Feb. 14, 2019). Progressive Lenses: No-Line Multifocals For a Younger You. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  9. Branch, J. (May 2, 2022). What You Need to Know About Eyeglass Lens Coatings. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  10. Heiting, G. (Feb. 27, 2019). Bifocals And Trifocals: Solutions For “Short Arms”. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  11. Heiting, G. (Feb. 27, 2019). Polycarbonate vs. Trivex Eyeglass Lenses. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
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