OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford
Our monthly OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR column is provided by Melissa Hay, the owner of Visique Milford Optometrists. Melissa studied optometry for five years at the Auckland University School of Medicine and completed a Bachelor of Optometry (with Honours). Her qualifications also allow her to test the eyesight of pilots (CCA Accred.) and to write prescriptions (Oc.Cert.Pharm.).
Lenses many options to choose from
As you know, there is a lot of technology that goes into spectacle lenses. At Visique Milford Optometrists we only use high quality New Zealand made lenses. Most of these are manufactured and fitted in Glenfield.
There are many options in your glasses lenses; such as tintings, coatings and different thicknesses. The vast majority – even as much as 98% of the lenses we use are plastic. We do this for the safety of our patients, plastic is a lot more impact resistant than glass. We have been using plastic lenses for many years, and we don’t have any issues with it scratching. All of our plastic lenses are hard coated to prevent this. You can also have a lens which minimizes reflections off the front of the lens – this is great for full-time glasses wearers, but also for computer use and night driving.
Transitions is a trade name, for the lenses which darken outside. These are a great way to have two pairs of glasses in one.
You will have heard about progressive lenses…they are for people over the age of 45. These lenses have more power in the bottom of the lens to allow people to read well. Progressive lenses have been around for many years – and have been constantly improving. Newer progressive lenses have up to 30% more area for reading and the computer. These are now being individually made to get the best possible vision for you. There are also many options, some designs of the lens are better for different tasks.
So, if you have any questions about the best lenses for you, please give us a call on 4894 797.