What is the difference between cheap and expensive lenses?

When it comes to purchasing lenses, the cost can vary greatly depending on the quality and technology used. While it may be tempting to opt for cheaper options, it’s important to consider the long-term benefits of investing in higher-quality lenses.

Single vision lenses are generally more forgiving, but the coatings offered by different companies can make a difference in their performance. While research can help you determine the best coating, the performance between labs may be similar. However, investing in a good anti-reflective coating can reduce reflections both inside and outside of the lenses.

Multifocal lenses, on the other hand, require a higher investment. These lenses are used for distance, mid-range, and reading, and are worn all day. Cheaper multifocals may have less technology and coatings, resulting in narrow corridors and potential rejection. This means that you may need multiple pairs of glasses for different tasks. However, investing in premium multifocals can provide smoother transitions, broader corridors, and minimal rejection. It’s important to discuss your lifestyle and usage with your optometrist or optician to find the right multifocal for you.

In summary, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is applicable when it comes to lenses. While budgets can be a concern, investing in higher-quality lenses can have a significant impact on your daily life. Consider the long-term benefits when making your decision.

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