Premium Eyeglass Lenses- Are they worth the Money?

Premium Lenses- What are they?

Back in 80’s, lenses were simple. They were single vision or bifocals without much of “premium” distinctions.  Then competition and technology brought many  premium brands and generic eyeglass lenses to the market.

Most of today’s lenses are much better quality then 20 years ago. But quality of lenses are not all the same as you might suspected. As a Canon pro series camera lens is much  more expensive than a generic  lens from a supermarket, same kind parallelism exist in eyeglass lenses. The brands such as Varilux, Zeiss and Hoya  are the top tier brands in eyeglass field. Especially Varilux brand now owned by Essilor  was the original brand that invented “No line bifocals”  lens category in 80’s. The Varilux S 4D lenses are top dog in the field at this moment. Zeiss and Hoya are right behind in this horse race of lenses.

Why Premium Lens?

People who are in lens business knows there are no such thing as perfect lenses. Because of this limitation, there are better lenses and worse lenses. The diminishing return on investment curve exist in any lenses in the market. As a novice accidental photographer, I took equally bad pictures with my Canon or iPhone. But I know that with my Canon with expensive lenses, I will have better chance of taking higher quality pictures. With my top Varilux lenses , I will have better chances of seeing as nature intended.

But it Cost a lot..

Today’s top lenses are made based on each individuals prescription, facial and dynamic measurements. Generalization (Bell Curve-rization)  in manufacturing process reduces cost of manufacturing and inventory. Top quality lenses are not premanufactured as lesser quality ones. Some lenses are completely made from a raw block of lens material.  While some are half way premanufactured to just add prescription on unfinished bottom half.  And some are completely premaufactured to trim into patients’ frames.  As you can imagine, price of lenses are directly correlated with how much custom manufacturing has to be done to the lenses.

What Should I choose?

As old saying goes” you get what you pay for” and it applies to eyeglasses too. We recommend to all my patients the best lenses that industry can offer. We start with top Varilux S 4D lenses then new Varilux family of lenses for our patients.  Most of people take our advice or closer to our top recommendations. As a result, we have very few complaint about lenses compare to the industry standard.

HD Vision For You

Today’s technologically advanced eyeglasses are not the same as those from a few years ago. Thanks to the advancement in the lens manufacturing processes and wavefront optics, new customized hi-definition lenses are largely improved from the conventional eyeglass lenses. Lenses from brands like Zeiss and Varilux can be customized to your exact prescription, eye movement, eye rotation center, eye dominance, angle of gaze and shape of frame to maximize your vision, resulting in a naturally wider and clearer field of vision than those of conventional lenses. These lenses need to have special measurements to complete the manufacturing processes and provably will not be available at chains and department optical stores.

We are one of the few Verilux Visioffice Certified eye care offices in Michigan. We carry a full line of the new Varilux S 4D lenses for discerning customers. Whether you wear single vision or multifocal lenses, you can experience the next level, high definition vision from the market leaders such as Zeiss and Varilux, at the EyePlace. Plus, when you order your Varilux S 4D lenses, we take your measurements using the Visioffice Machine, at no extra charge.

Call us today at (248) 332-0200, or stop in and ask about the new 4D Lens!