All data has been measured. Now it’s up to mak your choice. Just like when buying a car, you can choose the best solution for your individual needs. Basically we distinguish between 4 categories, of which a ZEISS lens is made. The lens type and the material are the two basic sections you have to take and where you can make your quality choice. The third and fourth sections - coatings and sun protection - gives you the extra features which make your lenses more suitable and comfortable. Check the following sections to find your ideal lens solution.
On the basis of all collected data and information your optometrist will recommend the lens type that exactly meets your needs. You can take your pick from a variety of quality levels and extra features. Basically, the optometrist can choose between two kinds of lens types: single vision lenses and progressive lenses.
Let's start with single vision lenses. These spectacle lenses have a uniform corrective effect over the entire surface of the lens. They allow sharp and relaxed vision for the wearer at all distances. ZEISS single vision lenses are available in 3 quality levels. Firstly we have simple spherical lenses (3-star quality), which create distortion and enlarge the eyes of the wearer. And finally there are customised aspherical lenses (5-star quality). Top-quality lenses, which enable optimum vision without distortion and are very thin and light at the same time.
When it comes to progressive lenses, optimisation of the wearer’s range of vision is the decisive criterion here. These state-of-the-art lenses allow us to focus sharply on distant and close-up objects – and on everything in-between as well (learn more about progressive lenses).
The process is much like buying a new car – you can choose from different levels of quality, depending on how high your prescription is for near and far vision and on the purposes for which you intend to use your new progressive lenses.
Starting with basic progressives (2-star quality), which enable you to read text close up and see the distant skyline with clarity – but which also have large areas of blurring. The range ends finally with highly customised progressives by ZEISS (5-star quality). The close-up zone of this type of progressives becomes much, much wider, because your own personal parameters are integrated into your progressives with great precision. The result is perfect vision at any distance.
Last but not least, you can also select i.Scription® technology for your lenses to enjoy more brilliant, clearer vision within enhanced contrast, even at night and in poor light.
Your optometrist will assist you in choosing the right material for your precision lenses (see also glass or plastic lenses). It's the right material that decides how comfortable a pair of glasses is to wear. The higher the prescription, the greater the weight and thickness of the lenses.
Spectacle lenses made of basic material (3-star quality) tend to be thick and heavy. Thanks to modern synthetic materials it's possible to make lenses which are much thinner and a great deal lighter than lenses made of glass. Lenses made of high-tech material are up to 40 % thinner and lighter.
And such a 5-star solution doesn't just look better – it also makes wearing your glasses a different experience. The thinner your lenses, the more suitable they are for sports, for example, or for other special activities.
Let’s have a look at some extra features to further enhance your precision lenses. Why not invest in a high-performance coating? You can opt for coatings which make your lenses harder and more scratch-resistant, for example, or for an anti-reflective coating. There are also anti-static or dirt and water repellant coatings to choose from. Your benefit: High-quality coatings facilitate clear and unclouded vision at all time. Additionally, it makes your lenses easier to clean. It’s your decision.
Turn your customised precision lenses into sunglasses that provide UV protection by absorbing UV-A and UV-B rays. Make sure you protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation.
Even when it comes to colour. Your options here are almost unlimited. You can consider choosing lens tints for that look-good, feel-good factor.
Self-tinting lenses are very comfortable. They automatically adapt to light conditions and are perfect for people moving between different light conditions – indoors as well as outdoors. Having to keep changing your glasses is now a thing of the past. It’s also possible to provide your lenses with a polarising filter to prevent the irritating glare and reflections caused by water surfaces – when you’re driving on a wet road in sunlight, for example.
Make sure you receive the professional support of an expert to help you make the right decision: your optometrist will assist you in finding the perfect personal lens solution.
When preparing for your consultation with your optometrist, feel free to download a short questionnaire featuring all relevant details regarding your personal visual profile: Questionnaire “My individual sight situation”.