The last decade has seen amazing developments in lens technologies, providing patients with an unprecedented choice of lens designs and options. The most significant advances have been in the design of digitally surfaced lenses and in lens surface treatments.
Today’s latest technology lenses offer patients superior optical clarity with thinner, lighter lens designs.
Some of the technological advances include:
- High Index materials for thinner, lighter lenses
- Aspheric lens designs which are flatter and more cosmetically appealing. This means that patients, particularly those with high prescriptions, no longer have to put up with thick, bulgy, unsightly lenses.
- Reflection free coatings which reduce lens surface reflections. Reflection free coatings give patients greater clarity of vision, particularly with night driving and with vision under artificial lighting. The latest technology reflection free coatings also provide front and back surface ultra violet (UV) protection, help repel dust and make lenses much more resistant to scratching and smudging.
- Coatings to minimise the effects of harmful high energy visible light (or blue light).The visible light spectrum goes from violet to red via blue, green, yellow and orange. Recent research has focused on the blue area of the spectrum and has shown that blue light is harmful to the retina. In particular blue light is suspected to be a risk factor in age –related macular degeneration (AMD). Considerable research is focussing on how the increased exposure of people to LEDS maybe affecting their vision as LEDs emit high levels of blue light. A new coating called Crizal Prevencia which offers selective protection from harmful blue light and UV rays can be applied to spectacle lenses during the manufacturing process. This lens coating is believed to be particularly beneficial to people who have a high exposure to LED lighting, computer monitors, iPads and other devices utilising LED technology.
- Photosensitive lenses, such as Transitions lenses, are an excellent option for patients who want one pair of spectacles that adapt to all lighting conditions. Photosensitive lenses are clear in inside conditions but go dark in the outdoors to provide glare and UV protection.
- Progressive or multifocal lenses can now be individually designed and manufactured that take into account a patient’s unique head and eye movements, their eye dominance, and their prescription as well as the fitting characteristics of the frame. These lenses give patients unprecedented clarity of vision and much wider fields of view. Patients who previously tried progressive lenses and found them hard to wear due to distortion and movement of their peripheral vision are amazed at how clear, precise and distortion free their vision is with these new lenses.
Max Astri Optometrists stock an extensive range of quality optical frames. Our frames are chosen to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets.
Selecting a frame that fits well and is suitable for the lenses prescribed by your optometrist is essential for optimal lens performance.
Our optical dispensers are able to help you select frames which suit your prescription, your personality and your lifestyle. Our aim is to provide quality frames for our patients which look fabulous, feel great and help you achieve the look you want.
Some of our designer brands include:
- Emilio Pucci
- Max Mara
- Nina Ricci
- Kate Spade
- Calvin Klein
- David Lawrence
- Nine West
- Ted Baker
- Salvatore Ferragamo
- John Varvatos
- Coco Song
We also stock a range of quality low cost fashionable frames for those patients not looking for designer brands.
For patients with private health insurance including optical cover, we are able to supply a range of frames fitted with basic lens options that are ‘No Gap’. This means the health fund rebate covers the cost of these spectacles.