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Lens Tutorial

A few things you should know about what it takes to make a lens. And how to pick the proper Lens type and material for the frame

  • Order Comes In

  • Then It Is Processed

  • Off to the Lens Cutter it Goes

  • After It's Cut, We Need to Sand and Polish the Lenses

  • A bath removes the polish

  • Then off to coating, in house - Same day, AR needs to be sent out 5 Day turn over then

  • Now To Verify The Power And To Check For Coating Flaws

  • Once The Power Is Verified The Lenses Get Edged Down To The Proper Shape And Inserted Into The Frame

  • Check the power in the Frame

  • Off the Customer they go!

The Process

As you can see above, there are many steps that are involved in the production of prescription lenses. When we start the actual lenses, you need to remember that we are dealing with a raw, uncoated material.

Great care is needed not scratch or scuff the front of the lens in any way. A tiny scratch in the front side could mean we have to get a new lens and start all over. Once it makes it through the cutting and surfacing stage, it needs to get coated. Even in coating, it is not a perfect science. If there are any bubbles or imperfections we will have to start the process over. Then we check the power. If the power is not within tolerance, we have to start over again.

So many factors can play into the manufacturing. i.e. the water temperature we use when fining out the lens or the temperature of the polish we use. If the liquids are too warm, it can cause the lens to warp. Warped lenses go straight into the trash!

Choosing the Proper Frames & Lens

When dealing with prescription eyewear, there are many factors to consider in choosing the proper frame and lens combination. Today's markets are flooded with more product than any one person can keep on top of.

We feel that the proper frame selection is where it starts. Many people want stylish frames, but some prescriptions do not fit into certain frames. When choosing a frame that does not match what curvature a prescription is going to be done on, it will cause warping in the lens, stressing the coating as well as possibly changing the prescription. Frames may have to be bent to ensure the curvature is kept in the lens.

Your client will expect the frame to fit exactly as it did when they tried it on. If you keep these simple things in mind, it will help us build a great product from top to bottom.