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High Index and Aspheric Lenses

What are High Index Lenses?

A high index lens is a lens that has a higher “index” of refraction. This means it has a greater ability to bend light rays to provide clear vision for people with stronger prescription glasses. But that’s the technical terminology. What do high index lenses mean for eyeglass wearers?

Thinner, lighter, and more visually appealing, that’s what! High index lenses are manufactured to be thinner at the edges of the lens and lighter in weight overall.

High index lenses are a good option for people who have strong prescriptions for myopia—commonly called “nearsightedness” due to a difficulty in focusing on far objects. A high-index lens can bend light rays more, while using less material in lenses created for both nearsighted and farsighted people (hyperopia).

No more soda bottle glasses

In times past, strong prescriptions meant thicker, heavier lenses, giving some a “glass bottle” appearance. But now, with high index glasses available in thinner, lightweight plastic (as well as slightly heavier glass), lens wearers with stronger prescriptions can get more attractive, yet equally effective, lens products. Because high-index lenses bend light more, anti-reflective (AR) treatment is often recommended as an add-on for optimum clarity of vision.

For better comfort, better vision and improved cosmetic appeal, people with strong prescriptions can’t beat high-index lenses.

 
 
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We made a few changes to protect you and our care team. For example:

Checking in Before You Arrive: We will have a streamlined check-in process. Before you arrive, forms and co-pays can be processed remotely. Where possible, you will skip the front desk, avoid unnecessary time in the waiting room and proceed directly to the technicians’ room.

Screening at Welcome Station: Upon arrival, patients will be provided with a mask if they are not wearing one. In addition to pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before you arrive, you will be screened upon your arrival, and temperature will be taken.

Staff and Patient Protection: Our care team follow CDC guidelines, always have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and wear it. We have also established screening and testing protocols for our care team.

Disinfection and Cleaning: Our location is repeatedly and thoroughly sanitized throughout each day. Exam rooms are cleaned extensively between patient visits.

Visitors: For your safety, and the safety of our patients and staff, there are limitations on visitors. We will continue to follow the NYS Department of Health guidelines. Our visitor policy is available on our website.

MVA is seeing patients by appointment only (including glasses or contact lenses pick-ups). Please call (212) 688-4277 or email jflores@mvaivr.com to schedule an appointment.

We will continue to focus on delivering eyecare at the highest safety standards. We remain dedicated to serving our patients and community. From all of us at Manhattan Vision Associates, thank you for trusting us with your eyecare.

Be well, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon!