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High Index Lenses | Comparisons, Benefits & Prices

High Index Lenses Vs Standard Lenses

There are many different types, options and materials that high index lenses can be made from and all have different features and benefits depending on your needs, budget and prescription.

Understanding Index of Refraction:

The index of refraction; is the speed of light in a vacuum divided by the speed of light in a material.

The refractive index is the extent to which light is refracted when it enters a medium. The greater the index the more refraction occurs. Air has an index of 1.0, water is 1.3 and many type of glass are around 1.5.

Higher index lenses bend light at a steeper angle than lesser index versions. 

The ‘index’ is the result given as a number: 1.5,1.6,1.67 or 1.74 and the higher the number, the more light is bent or 'slowed down'. Therefore, these lenses have less curvature for the same focal power requiring less lens substance/material.

The result being high index lenses are thinner than lesser versions but achieve the same focal power.

Standard lenses:

Standard or 'regular' lenses are made from a plastic known as CR39 and have a 1.5 index. This is the type in which all inclusive frames are made with.

Types Of High Index lenses:

High index lenses are made of a plastic material which bends light more than standard CR39 lenses and can therefore be made thinner and lighter allowing for more cosmetically appealing and comfortable to wear glasses.

There are three main high index lens options called:

1.60 High Index Lens 

1.67 High Index Lens 

1.74 High Index Lens 

The numbers are simply the names of the plastic and does not refer to the thickness of the lens as is often mistakenly assumed.

High Index Lenses Thickness Comparison:

1.60 High Index Lenses are on average 20% thinner than ordinary CR39 plastic.

1.67 High Index Lenses are on average 35% thinner than ordinary CR39 plastic.

1.74 High Index Lenses are on average 50% thinner than ordinary CR39 plastic.

This example shows the difference in thickness for high index lenses.

High Index Lenses Thickness Comparisons

 

How Much Do High Index Lenses Cost?

As with most purchases in life..you get what you pay for and not all lenses are the same .

We offer 'Hoya' branded high index lenses. Hoya have been well established as a leader in the optical industry for nearly 100 years and are well known for producing some of the best high index lenses and lens coatings that money can buy.

Quite simply, you will not find a better quality lens at any price. 

We also include a 'FREE' triple 'Anti Reflection, UV400 and Anti Scratch' Lens Coating worth £25.00 as standard making these lenses outstanding value:

High index lens prices:

Option 1: Thin = 1.60 High Index Lens Price - £35.00
Option 2: Ultra Thin = 1.67 High Index Lens Price - £55.00
Option 3: Ultra, Ultra Thin = 1.74 High Index Lens Price - £135.00

Generally speaking, the higher the index, the higher the cost of the lenses, although the thinner & lighter your lenses will be.

And remember, for piece for mind, we offer our double no risk guarantees on all purchases:

“No Quibble 30 Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee” & "2 Year Frame & Lens Warranty".

Different High Index Lens Options:

High Index lenses are available in nearly all lens types, materials, coatings and designs, such as varifocal lenses, photochromic lenses and polarised lenses

High Index Lens Benefits:

High Index Lenses Are Thinner:

High index lenses are much thinner due to their ability to bend light.

As they bend light more than an ordinary lens they can be made much thinner but offer the same prescription power.

High Index Lenses Are Lighter:

As they can be made thinner, they contain less lens material and are therefore much lighter than ordinary lenses.

These benefits will increase the higher the index lens option selected.

The more the lens bends light, the thinner and lighter it will be.

Our High Index Lenses Include Free Coatings:

With fewer reflections, more light passes through the lens to the eye for good vision and the lenses look more transparent and attractive.

Anti reflection coating is especially beneficial when used on high-index lenses, which reflect more light than regular plastic lenses. 

Anti-reflective coatings allow 99.5 percent of available light to pass through the lenses and enter the eye for good vision.

By eliminating reflections, A/R coating also makes your eyeglass lenses look nearly invisible so people can see your eyes and facial expressions more clearly. Anti-reflective glasses also are more attractive, so you can look your best in all lighting conditions.

The visual benefits of lenses with anti-reflective coating include sharper vision with less glare when driving at night and greater comfort during prolonged computer use (compared with wearing eyeglass lenses without AR coating).

Buying high index lenses online is the quick, efficient and cheaper alternative to the high st. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you require any further information and one of our advisers will be happy to assist you in selecting the correct high index lens option for your prescription, lifestyle and budget.

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