Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Mansfield, MA

508-339-3952

Look How Far Corrective Lenses Have Come!

Can you imagine wearing glasses with lenses made of crystal? Your ancestors could.

Corrective lenses have come a long way from when they were first invented, and we aren’t just talking about what they can do for different types of vision problems, but what they’re actually made of.

Timeline Of Past Lens Materials

60 AD: One legendary example of a vision-correcting lens being used in antiquity was by Emperor Nero of Rome, who used an emerald to better see gladiator fights. However, it’s possible that this was only for protection against the sun.

10th Century: The first definite example we have of manufactured lenses for aid in reading came in medieval Europe, where monks would use “reading stones,” or polished domes made of transparent quartz to magnify text. Two and a half centuries later, these reading stones would be fashioned into the first spectacles in Italy.

14th Century: For some time, glasses were such a status symbol that they were only made of the most expensive materials. Gradually, the preferred lens material shifted from crystal to glass. Following the invention of the printing press in 1440, literacy rates skyrocketed and so did the demand for affordable glasses.

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Lens Materials Of Today

While we make most modern lenses out of different types of plastic, we still use glass lenses even after all these centuries. The advantages of glass lenses are that they’re highly scratch-resistant and affordable, with minimal chromatic aberration (optical distortion of colors). However, their weight makes them impractical for strong prescriptions, and they break easily.

Plastic lenses range from standard to high-index. These lenses are lightweight, impact resistant, and can be much slimmer than glass, depending on how high-index they are (although that does impact the price).

Polycarbonate lenses are ideal for children and athletes because they are virtually unbreakable. They’re also great for strong prescriptions because they don’t add thickness and are very light. They aren’t very scratch-resistant, but special coatings will take care of that. Speaking of which…

Lens Coatings

A particularly valuable modern glasses innovation is the variety of coatings that we can apply to the lenses. Softer lens materials benefit from scratch-resistant coatings. You can also get lenses with a UV-protective coating to block harmful UV radiation from reaching your eyes. Another coating that is particularly important in the modern age of digital screens is an anti-reflective coating that eliminates glare and reduces digital eye strain.

Which Lenses Are Right For You?

If you’re not sure which lenses you should get in your next pair of glasses or if you have questions about any of these lens types or coatings, we can help you pick the perfect lenses at your next eye exam!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.

HALT

HALT

Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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