What Are High-Index Lenses?
High index lenses are eyeglasses lenses that are designed to be thinner and lighter than regular lenses. High-index lenses have a high refractive index than their conventional counterparts. So, they are generally recommended for people who have significantly high refractive errors and strong prescriptions for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
High-index lenses correct all types of refractive errors. And they are also available as single vision lenses, or a reading prescription that corrects presbyopia, such as in a bifocal or progressive lens.
High-index lens has a higher refractive index and which is ranging from 1.53 to 1.74. A lens with an index of 1.74 could be up to 50 percent thinner than a regular plastic lens with an index of 1.50.
What Are the Advantages of High-Index Lenses?
In this section, we will show you the advantages of high-index lenses.
- Thanks to the slim shape and narrow edges, high index lenses offer wearers the flexibility to choose from a wide array of fashion-forward frames. Their size means that they can be easily paired with sleek metal frames or incorporated into rimless eyewear for an attractive barely-there look.
- High index lenses are more comfortable for extended use because they are lighter than the traditional counterparts.
- High index lenses are available with many of the same options as traditional lenses. For example, they can be either single-vision or progressive.
- For users with strong prescriptions, high index lenses mean no bulky, bottle-glasses appearance. This can reduce the unwanted bug-eye look traditionally associated with very thick lenses.
However, there are some negative voices of high index lenses.
What Are the Disadvantages of High-Index Lenses?
This section will show high index lenses disadvantages.
- High index lenses are made from a chemical synthetic blend that’s created through a special manufacturing process. So, high index lenses are expensive than regular lenses. In fact, the price may be more than double that of the traditional counterparts.
- High index lenses can be more brittle than their traditional counterparts and may also be more prone to scrapes and scratches. This can impact their overall durability.
- High index lenses are more reflective than regular lenses, which can make them less effective for brightly lit work environments, outdoor use and nighttime driving on busy highways.
- High index lenses have greater potential for distortion, particularly in your peripheral vision because the high index lenses have a higher Abbe value than prescriptions made from standard plastic or glass.
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