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You shouldn’t have to be an optician to get the ideal lenses for your glasses. Wisconsin Vision opticians are career professionals with extensive training in optical lens types and treatments. Call or visit any location for a free vision consultation.

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Optical lenses for glasses and prescription sunglasses in Wisconsin
Types of optical lenses

Choosing the right lenses for your glasses

Most people spend 80% of their time at the eye doctor just choosing frames. We want you to love the way you look and see. Our opticians are happy to explain your options and recommend the best lenses and coatings for your prescription and budget so you can feel confident making the right choice (and get back to trying on frames!)

ZEISS Lenses

Wisconsin Vision is proud to use eyeglass lenses from ZEISS, the world’s leading manufacturer of precision optics.

UVProtect Technology

All clear ZEISS lenses go beyond the current industry standard and offer sunglass-level UV protection with their exclusive UVProtect technology. This means every pair of glasses with ZEISS lenses provides full UV protection for your eyes and the delicate skin in the eye area.

eyeglass lenses to reduce digital eye strain

ZEISS Digital Lens

Ideal for all-day use in modern life. Reduce digital eye strain (aka computer vision syndrome) from screens and digital visual behavior.

computer glasses with office lenses

ZEISS Officelens

Optimal visual fields for near and middle distances. Prevent eye strain caused by shifting your focus between a computer screen and the rest of the office.

optical lenses for driving

ZEISS Drivesafe

Prescription and non-corrective individualized sunglass lenses available in Urban, Drive and Active so you can customize your sunglasses to your lifestyle.

color changing eyeglass lenses

ZEISS PhotoFusion Lens

Self-tinting lenses change from clear to dark and back again up to 2x faster than previous generations of photochromic lenses. Available in both single vision and progressive lenses, and with all coatings.

progressive lenses

GT2 By ZEISS

Winner of the Optical Laboratory Association’s Award of Excellence for “Best in Lens Design.” Best-selling GT2 progressives offer uncompromising clarity for reading and distance.

individualized single vision eyeglass lenses

ZEISS Individual SV

Customized single vision lenses totally individualized to your facial anatomy and position-of-wear parameters. Lens design is optimized for every individual power for outstanding range of vision.

customized progressive eyeglass lenses

ZEISS Progressive Individual 2

Customized progressive lenses optimized to your unique pattern of vision including prescription, visual habits & lifestyle creating a more natural vision experience in all light conditions

sports sunglasses prescription lenses

ZEISS Sports Lens

Available in single vision or progressives, ZEISS sport sunglass lenses are light, durable and offer flawless vision all the way to the edge, even with wrapped sports frames.

optical lenses for contact lens wearers

ZEISS EnergizeMe Lens

The world’s first glasses lens developed exclusively for contact lens wearers. Relax and refresh your eyes after removing your contacts.

Lens Coatings

Lens coatings (also called lens treatments) can be applied to any type of optical lens to enhance performance.

Scratch-Resistant

While nothing can make optical lenses scratch-proof, an anti-scratch coating makes the surface much harder and more durable.

Anti-Reflective (AR)

Applied to both the front and back of the lens, anti-reflective coating (also called anti-glare) eliminates reflections for better vision and fewer distractions.

Anti-Fog

Prevents lens fogging when you come in from the cold. Reduces the amount of lens fogging caused by being hot and sweaty.

UV Blocking

Built-in UV protection in clear or dark lenses blocks harmful UV rays to protect your eyes and the sensitive around your eyes. All ZEISS lenses feature their UVProtect Technology, so a separate coating isn't needed.

Blue Light Blocking

DuraVision® BlueProtect from ZEISS is a lens coating with a blue light filter to reduce the amount of blue light reaching your eyes and reduce eye strain from digital displays.

Polarization

Polarized sunglass lenses are treated with a chemical filter that blocks horizontal light rays. This eliminates glare from reflected light on water, cars or other shiny surfaces.

Mirror Coating

Mirror coating on sunglass lenses not only looks cool, it can improve visual comfort in extreme light conditions. ZEISS DuraVision Mirror coating is available in 8 colors.

Tint

Adding a colored tint to clear lenses can be done for fashion, for fun or to improve how you see under certain conditions. Tinted lenses can increase contrast and improve depth perception which can be helpful when playing sports, driving or working outdoors.

Types of Optical Lenses

Single vision lenses

Single vision lenses have the same prescription power across the entire lens. Ideal for correcting myopia (near-sightedness) and hyperopia (far-sightedness).

Bifocal lenses

Bifocals are made up of two lenses to correct both near and far-sighted vision. Bifocals have a visible dividing line between the two.

Trifocal Lenses

Trifocals are made up of three lenses to correct not only near and far distance vision, but also presbyopia, the inability to focus in the middle distance (caused by loss of flexibility in the eye’s lens).

Progressive lenses

Progressive lenses are becoming an increasingly popular choice over bifocals and trifocals. Progressive lenses correct vision at near, middle and far distances with no “transition zone” or visible divide.

Toric Lenses

Toric lenses are a type of single-vision lens used to correct astigmatism by adding cylinder correction, an additional prescription power.

Prism Lenses

Prism lenses correct heterophoria, a vision disorder characterized by the eyes not looking in the same direction when at rest.

Eyeglass lens treatments and coatings

Lens Materials

CR-39 Plastic

is a thermal-cured plastic polymer popular because of its low cost and light weight.

Polycarbonate

was first used to make helmet visors and safety glasses and is now a popular choice for prescription eyeglasses. Polycarbonate is lighter and more impact-resistant than CR-39 plastic.

High-index Plastic

a higher refractive index (how efficiently light passes through the material) than CR-39 plastic, making the lenses thinner and lighter.

Glass

lenses have excellent optical qualities, are scratch resistant and typically cost less than plastic. Glass lenses are not widely used because they are heavier and break more easily than plastic.

Crafting prescription lenses in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Vision is one of the largest optical lens providers in the Midwest. Every pair of eyeglass lenses we sell is hand-finished in our own state-of-the-art lens lab, LBC Optics.

Our New Berlin lens lab is the first in North America to adopt environmentally-friendly prescription lens manufacturing technology. Wisconsin Vision is leading the way in making optical lens production safer and greener with alloy-free lenses.

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