Dispenser Terms for Easy Patient Understanding

By Christie Walker, Jeff LaPlante, & Mark Mattison-Shupnick
Note: You can find a beautifully designed and formated version of this for your customers in the Sept/Oct issue of LabTalk. It has been created specifically for you to cut out of the magazine and have photocopied so you can had it out to your customers to help them explain premium products to the patient.

Anti-reflective Lenses

Your eyes need as much light getting to them as possible in order to make it easier to see. Just like it’s easier to read a book under a bright light than in dimly lit room, anti-reflective lenses remove reflections and allow virtually all the light that hits the lens to reach your eyes, making it easier to see during the day and especially at night. It’s like turning the lights up in a room or not wearing glasses at all.

Digitally Created Lenses

A digitally created lens is like a custom tailored shirt. A tailored shirt matches your specific measurements for an exact fit for your body. When you buy a regular lens it’s like buying a shirt in a package instead of a shirt that was handcrafted specifically for one person. Like a tailored shirt, digitally created lenses are specifically designed to match your exact visual needs and the way you use your glasses.

High-Index Lens Materials

Are you still watching television on a black and white T.V.? Just like television technology, lens technology has come a long way since the 1950s. Standard plastic lenses are old technology, while lenses made from polycarbonate, Trivex, or other high index materials are new technology. These new lenses provide you with numerous advantages. Depending on the material selected and your prescription, lens features can include: higher impact resistance, better optics, thinner and lighter weight lenses—making your eyewear more comfortable to wear and more attractive.

Photochromic Lenses

You know how street lights come on at dusk right when you need them? That’s how photochromic lenses work…they darken and lighten automatically just when you need them. In direct sun, photochromic lenses will darken. When you move indoors, they will lighten back to clear. Photochromics adjust to where you are and offer a temporary solution to bright sunlight. Anyone outdoors for a long period of time will also need a pair of polarized sunglasses as well.

Progressive Lenses

There are two types of lenses to help you see at multiple distances. Some lenses have a visible line and some have no lines. Traditional bifocals and trifocals have distracting lines that get in your way as you move your eyes from distance to near. Progressive lenses are line free, so there is no image jump or distraction when your eyes move from one zone to another.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are like Venetian blinds for your eyes. Just like adjusting the blinds will block out the blinding sun but not all the light, polarized lenses block out blinding glare, allowing you to see more clearly. The best way to see the benefits of a polarized lens is to try out a demo pair.

Polycarbonate/Trivex Lens Materials

When you are shopping for clothing, you choose an item based on how you will be wearing it—wool to stay warm or cotton to stay cool. Lenses are the same. What the lenses are made from should be based on how you will be using your lenses. I recommend this material because: (Choose one for your patient based on their lifestyle needs)

1) it’s the safest material available to protect your eyes from injury due to lens impact.

2) it’s the best material for this type of rimless frame with screw or tension lens mountings.

3) it’s lighter in weight to make your glasses feel more comfortable when you wear them.

Recommended Lens Packages

EVERYDAY

Material: Based on the prescription and mounting requirements for your lenses, your lens material will be:

Polycarbonate/Trivex—the safest material available to protect your eyes from injury due to lens impact.

Trivex—the best material for this type of rimless frame with screw or tension lens mountings.

High-Index— it’s lighter in weight to make your glasses feel more comfortable when you wear them.

No Reflections: Anti-reflective lenses reduce reflections making it easier to see. Sun Protection: Photochromic lenses darken and lighten automatically just when you need them.

SPORT/SUN

Material: Based on your activity level your lens material will be:

Polycarbonate/Trivex—the safest material available to protect your eyes from injury due to lens impact.

Sun Protection: Polarized lenses block blinding glare, allowing you to see more clearly.

No Reflections: A backside anti-reflective coating on your sunglasses will eliminate the reflections of your eyes in the lenses, making it easier to see.

KIDS/SAFETY

Material: Polycarbonate/Trivex—the safest material available to protect your children’s eyes from injury due to lens impact.

Special lens materials are recommended for specific occupational tasks.

No Reflections: Anti-reflective lenses reduce reflections making it easier to see. Sun Protection: Photochromic lenses darken and lighten automatically just when you need them. Great for kids who might loose a second pair of sunglasses.

OFFICE/TASK

Design: Specific lenses designed for tasks such as working at a computer, under a car, or will prolonged detail tasks such as model building or needle work.

Material: Polycarbonate/Trivex—the safest material available to protect your eyes from injury due to lens impact.

Special lens materials are recommended for specific occupational tasks.

No Reflections: Anti-reflective lenses reduce reflections making it easier to see.

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May/June LabTalk 2017