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It’s hard to walk the streets of any populated place without seeing someone wearing a pair of glasses, each year more and more people get a prescription, today 64% of U.S adults wear prescription eyewear. 

This means the market around glasses is ever expanding and ever growing in importance. Importantly though, it also means the glasses market has started to have some pretty interesting innovations. One of these comes in the form of replacement lenses.

Replacement lenses give the option of replacing the lenses in a pair of glasses without having to order a new completely separate pair of frames. This gives consumers a cheaper option, lets them reuse their favorite pair of frames, and also opens up some cool options. 

These options consist of a lot of adjustment to lenses, but first it’s important to mention the implications of being able to put prescription lenses in a pair of old frames. This means that any pair of frames, even those without any glass, old vintage frames, or any other unique set of frames can not be turned into prescription lenses, or sunglasses lenses even.

This gives consumers a lot more freedom in their options then is allowed by buying a pair of frames from a normal retailer. Replacement lenses also offer the normal lens options offered by retailers though. Things like scratch resistant lens coating, sun protection, and even new additions like fog and blue-light protection.

Another cool addition offered by replacement lenses is tinted lenses. Tinted lenses have been around for awhile but now have more clearly defined purposes by color. Pink lenses, for example, can help with headaches and migraines as well as increasing depth perception. Blue lenses on the other hand help with reflections and vision in fog.

Various other colors work at various other small effects, and while these effects are minimal, it is something that can increase the quality of life for those with more specific issues. The same principle can also be applied to the existence of bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, and high-index lenses.

While these are more essential, they are specific modifications to lenses that help those with more specific issues. High-index lenses, for example, are thicker lenses that are made to be more lightweight for those with strong prescriptions. Progressive lenses and bifocals essentially serve the same purpose by having parts of the lens work differently than others to account for near and farsightedness.

The world today is defined by its options, and the market around glasses and lenses is no different. For the majority of Americans suited with glasses, it’s very worthwhile to look into replacement lenses or at the very least all the options available in the modern world for glasses.

The World of Replacement Lenses
Source: LensFactory

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Adam Torkildson

Adam is a long-time resident of American Fork, UT. He serves in several local service organizations and advises several startups that he's invested in or founded.

Owner, Tork Media

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