First, seeing the sight of the boy “hating” the glasses brought back memories of tantrums and tears. However, more and more kids prefer to wear glasses because they like the look and feel more grown up. Some actually want to wear glasses even though they don’t need them because of that. So much for the 4 eyes comments, I guess. The frames today are so much more comfortable, durable and fashionable than ever before.
Along with that, we are finding that people are preferring glasses more than contact lenses. The feedback we are hearing is that the glasses are just “fun” and “fashionable”. This is interesting considering that contact lens technology has also improved greatly for fit and comfort. Personally, I wear contact lenses more than glasses, but I may be in the minority on this topic.
Next, the technology of frames and lenses has changed leaps and bounds. In early May of 2012 we were introduced to Polarized/Transition lenses. This is technology I never thought was possible. It is a lens that turns dark outside but with polarization as well and when indoors, it is almost perfectly clear. People used to ask for this option, but I would just laugh and say that it is basically impossible. Oops, I guess I was wrong. This will be a huge success for Transitions.
Finally, the options of lens styles in material and option combinations have never been greater. As a lab, it is a challenge to keep track of everything, but as a consumer, it is fantastic. Whether it is free-form digital technology, Trivex material, Super Thin High Index lenses, Transitions, Polarized with custom colors…….. It just never seems to end.
Next time you look for glasses and ask “what’s new?” You will be pleasantly surprised and educated.