What’s New in Eye Care

DriveWear: Transitions with polarization. Most of us have heard of Transitions: the lens that darkens when outside and clears up when indoor. The darkening effects of these lenses by the sun are limited inside the car due to the interference from the windows. DriveWear is now available. These are Transition lenses with polarization. These lenses will transform to that of a lighter tint on overcast days and to a darker tint on bright sunny days.

Anti-reflective coatings (ARC) more resistant to scratches and smudges. Previously, ARC would smudge and scratch easily. The latest ARC now actually repels oil and dust, keeping the lens clean; its hard coat also keeps it from getting scratched easily. These ARC lenses are easier to maintain than lenses without ARC. Anti-reflective coatings cuts down reflections and glare from lights bouncing around the lens, thus allowing you to see clearer.

Trivex: A new shatter proof lens material. There used to be one impact resistant lens of choice for children: polycarbonate. The problem with this lens is that it has poor optics, distoring light, causing sometimes blurry, distorted vision. Trivex is the new material which has the same strong shatter proof quality but with much clearer optics. It is now the lens of choice for children. It is also ideal in rimless frames. Holes can be drilled for mounting these lenses without worrying of the lens cracking during the fabrication process.

Bifocal implants for cataracts. Cataract surgery in the past only allow patients monofocal implants usually to correct long distance vision; patient must then rely on reading glasses for near work. Modern technology has given patients the flexibility of choosing a bifocal implant that will allow them to focus both at far and near distances with substantially less or no dependence on their eyeglasses after surgery.