Dr. Mixon Answers All of Your FAQ’s About Eyeglasses
Question: What lens treatments do you offer?
Dr. Mixon: Today’s lens treatments are not like the ones from yesteryear. Today they are infused into the lens. There is no peeling, or oil on water kind of appearance. We offer anti-glare, anti-glare with a blue light filter, anti-scratch and transitions lenses.
About 80% of all the lenses we make have an anti-glare lens treatment. The reason we have such a high average is due to how well they work. They eliminate glare and if there is a scratch, chip or any defect in the lens, it will get remade for you.
We offer Crizal anti-glare lenses. All our Crizal lenses have a 2-year warranty on them. We use a standard anti-glare called Crizal Avance anti-glare which eliminates strong illumination of glare, and we also offer Crizal Prevencia which eliminates all of the strong illumination of glare and also the harmful blue-light we get from computers, electronics, digital devices, energy-efficient lightbulbs and even sunlight. That’s what makes the sky look blue.
In addition, we also offer an anti-scratch treatment. This is a basic anti-scratch called TD-2 that has a two-sided coating. There is no optical value to it, it just makes the lens tougher, and we have a warranty if you get a nick or scratch on it. This is great for kids glasses. In addition, we also highly recommend the Crizal Prevencia for all kids because of how much time they spend on digital devices nowadays, at school and at home.
All of our patients who tried the lens treatments never purchased a pair of glasses without it ever again.
Question: What are the benefits of anti-glare with anti-blue light lens treatments?
Dr. Mixon: Decreased glare and UV protection on both the front and backside of the lens, as well as protection from all the harmful blue light which is everywhere.
Question: What are transition lenses?
Dr. Mixon: These are lenses which turn dark when you go outdoors and become clear again once you are out of the sun. They are activated by the UV light.
Question: What is the difference between polarized and anti-glare?
Dr. Mixon: Polarized lenses are used for sunglasses. The polarized lens is kind of like a Venetian blind where it lets light in at a specific angle to avoid the glare. Great for glare from water, snow, windshields in direct sunlight, but it’s not anti-glare. The anti-glare lens eliminates all the glare no matter what. This can be used on regular glasses and sunglasses. We carry Xperio, the #1 selling lens we have for sunglasses, and it is a polarized no-glare prescription sunglass lens.
Question: What do you recommend for children’s lenses?
Dr. Mixon: We highly recommend Crizal Prevencia and an anti-scratch treatment for all kids glasses. In addition, we recommend that their glasses are made of polycarbonate, which is unbreakable (this is the material used on all safety glasses). We like to make sure all our children’s glasses are made of polycarbonate as a safety factor. The best glasses for a kid would be made of polycarbonate that had Crizal Prevencia (for the anti-glare and blue light filter) and are transitions lenses so they darken when they go outdoors, and remain clear while indoors. That way they don’t need a separate pair of sunglasses.
Question: If I have transitions, do I still need sunglasses?
Dr. Mixon: Transitions lenses are activated by the sunlight. Therefore, while you are outdoors or in direct sunlight they will darken like sunglasses. They work great for people who don’t want two pairs of glasses all the time, one pair of normal prescription glasses and one pair of prescription sunglasses. The only drawback is that they don’t darken behind the wheel of the car since the windshield has UV protection. While driving you will then need prescription sunglasses.
Question: Can I add a lens treatment to my existing lenses?
Dr. Mixon: You can keep your current frame, but we will need to make you new lenses. The treatments are added and infused into the lens while manufacturing the prescription lens. They are not added afterwards, or layered on top of the lens like in years past. You can use your existing older frame or buy new frames from us. What’s great about buying a new frame from us is that if your new frame gets broken for any reason, we have a 2-year warranty and we will replace it for free. If you use your older frames and they break, then your new lenses with the treatments won’t fit into any other frame and you will have to get new lenses.
Question: Do you have any lens treatment promotions or discounts?
Dr. Mixon: Anytime that we do a second pair of glasses, if the first pair was made with any of the Crizal treatments, and the second pair is either the Crizal or Xperio, then we will give you half price off of the equal or lesser value of the two pairs. This is a discount we offer all the time.
Question: What are high index lenses?
Dr. Mixon: We offer high index lenses for our high prescription patients. These are the ultimate thinnest lenses available for people with high prescriptions.
Question: If I am on the computer a lot, what do you recommend?
Dr. Mixon: We offer EyeZen lenses. These special lenses are designed for computer users (anyone who spends more than an hour a day on the computer) which relaxes the eyes so that at the end of the day they are less tired, strained and fatigued. These are different than Crizal because Crizal only eliminates glare and blue-light, but EyeZen has a power in it that will relax the eyes. The ultimate pair of glasses for anyone on a computer more than an hour a day would be: EyeZen lens with Crizal Prevencia. This will give you the best no-glare lens for the computer with blue light filtering and the relaxing power of the EyeZen.
Question: What are progressive lenses?
Dr. Mixon: The #1 brand in the world for progressive lenses is Varilux. We are a premier Varilux provider. This means we offer the top of the line no-line bifocal in the world, called the S-Series it gives the largest sweet spot of any no-line bifocal and eliminates peripheral distortion.
Question: What do you recommend for people who play sports?
Dr. Mixon: We highly recommend Rec-Specs sports glasses. These are the best, and we sell a lot of them to sports enthusiasts. They are great because they are made with a polycarbonate unbreakable lens, and a frame and strap more conducive to sports so they will stay on, fit snugly, and are more durable.