When it comes to eyeglasses, it can be easy to think about just the frame. After all, that’s what we see when we look in the mirror and what others tend to notice when they look at us. But what is truly important is the lenses inside of those frames—the very thing that helps you keep seeing clearly.

Bauer & Clausen Optometry is committed to providing you products that meet the highest standards of technology, quality and performance. That means not only carrying lenses from well-known brands such as Essilor, Shamir, Crizal and Transitions, but having all lenses prepared for you right here in Billings. That way we can ensure the highest quality from start to finish.

What are lenses made of?

There are several different kinds of materials used to construct lenses for your eyeglasses. The type we’ll recommend for you will be based on your prescription as well as how you’ll use your glasses. Generally, we will select from:

Polycarbonate and Trivex

These lenses are more shatter-resistant than traditional plastic. This makes them perfect for children’s eyewear and safety glasses, both of which tend to take a lot of abuse.

Hi-Index Materials

Lenses made from hi-index materials are thinner than traditional plastic. This makes it perfect for patients who have high prescriptions (the higher the prescription, the thicker a lens will be).

Eyeglass Lens Design

One size does not fit all when it comes to the design of eyeglass lenses. That’s why our eye doctors and opticians find the right solution for your specific needs. That may include a single-vision lens (designed for one specific distance) or a multifocal lens, such as those used in bifocals or trifocals.

If you do need multifocal lenses, there are many options to choose from. Some people prefer lined multifocal lenses, while others prefer progressive lenses that gradually blend different powers within the lens. There are also many different brands and styles of progressive lenses, some of which are great for everyday use, while others are best for computer use, sports or hobbies.

We offer high-definition lenses. These lenses use the latest optic technology to customize them specifically to the size, shape and fit of whatever frame you choose. They also provide the sharpest image possible to ensure you can continue performing your best.

Lens Enhancements

We offer our patients and customers a variety of enhancements for their eyeglasses. The ones that are right for you will depend on how you plan on wearing your glasses, and our opticians can talk with you about the various options available.

Anti-reflective Lenses

Almost anyone who wears glasses will benefit from anti-reflective (also called “non-glare”) lenses. This reduces the glare from overhead lights and other sources—and they’re a must for anyone who uses a computer monitor or other digital devices. They are also great for night-time driving, as they improve eye comfort and clarity of your vision.

Transition Lenses

Transition lenses are also a popular choice among our patients who want the convenience of a single pair of glasses to use indoors and out. Available in either gray or brown, the lenses darken response to UV rays while being virtually clear when your indoors or enjoying a night out.

Polarized Lenses

Another popular option is adding a polarized lens to your eyeglass frame to create a great pair of sunglasses. Polarized lenses offer a variety of tint options and provide protection against the glare of the sun bouncing off water, snow and ice.

Remember—no appointment is needed to visit our eyewear gallery or talk to one of our excellent opticians. We’d love to talk to you about the eyeglasses that are perfect for you.

Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding our services and your eye care needs.