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Different types of eye glasses

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From classrooms and the office to sports and driving, your eyes face many different environments in a day. Sometimes, eyeglass lenses specifically designed for those situations can give a boost to your visual clarity, eye safety and overall enjoyment —as in the examples below.

Sporting activities

Sports call for eyewear that enhances vision, protects your eyes and stays securely (and comfortably) in place during physical activity. Look for shatterproof lenses, such as impact-resistant polycarbonate or Trivex®. An anti-fog coating and a sport-specific tint (see sidebar) can add further clarity. Wrap-around styles may stay in place better. You can even find prescription swimming goggles!

Computer use

If you spend hours staring at a computer screen, you’re at risk for eye strain, blurred vision, red eyes, headaches and even sore muscles. Looking at a fixed distance for extended periods makes it harder to focus at other distances, while reading on a screen is harder on your eyes than reading on paper. Plus, if you’re adjusting your body position to look through the bottom of your bifocals, you might be causing strain on your neck, shoulders and back.

To overcome these issues, look for lenses optimized for intermediate-distance viewing. An anti-reflective coating and specialized tints can help reduce glare from overhead lighting and block short-wavelength light from your computer, all of which can enhance contrast and reduce eye strain.


Studies have shown that sun glare is a major factor in many automobile accidents. To reduce it, while increasing contrast for both night and daylight driving, consider polarized lenses or those with an anti-reflective coating. You might also pack a pair of prescription sunglasses (see sidebar).

Safety eyewear

Whether you’re working a construction site or tooling around your home workshop, certain situations call for safety glasses. For maximum eye protection, look for highly durable materials in the frame and lenses, such as impact-resistant polycarbonate and Trivex. Spring hinges on your glasses can further enhance durability. Also look for eyewear with expanded coverage, such as top and side shields, wrap-around styles or goggles.

Fun & fashion

Sometimes you want an extra pair of glasses just for fun! With the many designer styles available today, it’s easy to create your own eyewear wardrobe to match an event, an outfit or just your mood.

The best way to find eyewear that suits your needs is to stop by your optometrist’s office, where you can try on frames and discuss the environments your eyes face every day. Your CareCredit credit card can help you cover the cost of specialty eyeglasses, and our Locator can help you find a participating optometrist near you.

More than just cool shades

Why choose prescription sunglasses? Here are a few top reasons:

  • More stylish than clip-on or magnetic sun lenses — they’re available in nearly as many options as non-prescription models
  • Offered for nearly any lens prescription and in nearly any lens material
  • Come in a variety of tint options for different activities — such as dark amber for golf and baseball, yellow for tennis, copper for water sports; or choose photochromatics, which automatically adjust to suit changing lighting conditions
  • Offer as much sun protection as non-prescription sunglasses when you choose models that block 100 percent of UV light
  • Can be a safer, more comfortable alternative to wearing contacts at the beach or while swimming

Sources:, accessed June 5, 2015:

“Specialty Eyewear: Glasses for All Seasons, for All Reasons,” by Christie Walker, updated May 2014,

“How to Choose the Best Lenses for Your Glasses,” by Gary Heiting, OD, updated March 23, 2015,

“Computer Glasses: Relieving Computer Eye Strain,” by Gary Heiting, OD, updated February 2014,

“Prescription Sunglasses,” by Erinn Morgan, updated May 2014,

“Your Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints,” compiled by Gary Heiting, OD, reviewed by Donald S. Teig, OD, updated July 2014,

All statements and opinions in "Different Types of Eye Glasses" are the sole opinions of the Customer Communications Group and not those of CareCredit. The content is subject to change without notice and offered for informational use only. You are urged to consult with your individual medical provider with respect to any professional advice presented. Your receipt of this material constitutes your acceptance of these terms.

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