Technology can be strange sometimes: everyone seems to know about the incredible advances that have been made to cellphones, computers, cars, and televisions, but few people seem to know about the huge technological innovations that have changed prescription eyewear.
One of the biggest breakthroughs is a new type of lens technology known as Internal Freeform. Unlike traditional lenses, Internal Freeform lenses are individually customized for your eyes using 3D digital imaging technology. An in-store measuring device scans your unique focal points, providing detailed measurements that are used in the manufacturing of your glasses to create a personalized vision experience. Many patients who have switched from traditional lenses to Internal Freeform often say that the experience is like switching from regular TV to HDTV in terms of clarity and sharpness.
With that in mind, if you're using traditional lenses, here are five good reasons why you should make the switch to Internal Freeform:
With traditional progressive lenses, your prescription is added to the front of the lens. Unfortunately, having your prescription that far from your eye means you may experience a narrowed field of view. With Internal Freeform lenses, however, your prescription is digitally mapped in 3D and then fused onto the back of your lens. Having your prescription that much closer to your eye allows for a significantly wider field of view, letting you see more than you would with traditional lenses.
The uneven curvature on the front of traditional lenses means that you may experience visual distortion with your prescription, often known as "swim and sway." Since Internal Freeform lenses have the prescription digitally fused onto the back of the lens, there is no curvature to worry about. As a result, there is little to no distortion like the kind you may experience with traditional lenses.
Traditional lenses haven't changed much over the years. Your prescription adjusts your vision at the focal point of your eyes, allowing you to focus on specific objects. Internal Freeform lenses, on the other hand, use hundreds of digital touch points that are calculated by 3D imaging software to match the movements of your eye. This allows for clearer and more natural vision than anything you could achieve with a traditional lens.
Like traditional lenses, Internal Freeform lenses can be further customized to fit your unique needs. This includes adjusting the angle of your glasses when resting on your nose, the distance of the lenses from your face, and even the curvature around your face. These advanced customization options allow you to find the perfect comfort and fit for your glasses while also offering better vision quality than anything available with traditional lenses.
No two eyes are exactly the same. Traditional lenses, however, have always offered a "one-size-fits-all" solution. In other words, despite eyes having subtle yet important differences, two people with the same prescription would have virtually identical lenses. Internal Freeform lenses, on the other hand, are customized to each individual wearer, using digital scanning and 3D technology. The result is lenses that are as unique as your eyes, offering the kind of personalized vision that you simply can't get with traditional lenses.
Internal Freeform lenses really are one of the most unique new technologies to reach the eyewear industry. They're further proof of the power of technology to transform the way we see the world around us.
To book your next eye exam and learn more about Internal Freeform Lenses, contact an FYidoctors near you.
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