What Are the Best Lenses for Me?

Eyeglass lenses come in many different options, and our opticians are highly skilled in helping you choose the best lens for your lifestyle and budget. We recommend high definition digital lenses to give the ultimate in visual performance. Whether for indoors, outdoors, or changing light conditions, high definition digital lenses provide the best visual acuity possible.
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High Definition Digital Lenses

What are High Definition Digital Lenses?

Just like high definition revolutionized the clarity of television, we now offer sharper, crisper vision in high definition digital lenses, or HD lenses for short. HD lenses use sophisticated software and manufacturing processes to take into account not only the prescription itself but how it fits in the frame and rests on the face. We take custom measurements to personalize the lenses to your unique visual needs.

Standard lenses correct vision in the center of the lens, but based on the prescription, the peripheral vision can remain slightly blurry. HD lenses use point-by-point digital mapping throughout the entire lens to correct for these optical errors and give you edge-to-edge clarity. The more complex the prescription, the more dramatic the result.

Standard Lenses vs HD Lenses

Progressive lens wearers benefit the most from HD technology. Progressive lens designs create areas of blur as a result of fitting the reading power into the lens. HD progressive lenses correct for much of that, resulting in wider, clearer, sharper fields of view. We also offer HD computer lenses for the broadest field of view within a few feet.

Standard Progressive Lenses vs HD Computer Lenses vs HD Progressive Lenses

HD Computer Lenses

What are HD Computer Lenses?

General-purpose progressive lenses, even high definition ones, are optimized to give the best vision far away and up close, while providing adequate vision at arm’s length. These lenses work well in everyday life, but when you are doing things up close there are better options to provide wider vision and reduce symptoms of visual fatigue.

Our HD Computer lenses come in a variety of options to optimize vision for a specific viewing range. Whether you work in an office where you need clear vision in the 10-15 foot range in addition to up close or you spend most of your time in a cubicle where your visual tasks are within 5 feet, we have a solution for you!

HD Computer lenses are also outstanding for playing cards, painting and sculpting, doing hair and makeup, working on the car, and more. Talk to our opticians about your unique visual needs.

Do HD Computer Lenses Filter out Harmful Blue Light?

We have many options for filtering various amounts of blue light.

  • Most of our lenses come with a small amount of blue light filtering to help relieve visual fatigue.
  • For added protection, we can apply a special non-glare filter that will reflect a more significant amount of blue light away from the eyes. These lenses are excellent for patients who spend extended periods of time on digital devices, but have a slight mirror effect which some may find distracting.
  • The utmost in blue light protection is a special lens called BluTech®, which has a distinct champagne color to it from a melanin filter that absorbs the blue light.

We will be happy to guide you as to what level of protection is right for you.

Why is Blue Light Protection Important, Anyway?

In the visible light spectrum, blue light is at the end with the highest energy. Studies show high-energy visible light has the potential to damage retinal cells. Most of the blue light that we are exposed to comes from the sun, and quality sunglasses provide an adequate level of protection. We are also getting additional amounts of blue light from our digital devices and artificial lighting like LEDs. This constant exposure creates visual fatigue. Not all blue light is bad, as specific wavelengths of blue light help regulate the sleep-wake cycle. This blue light signals to our body that the sun is in the sky and it’s time to be awake, so our brain suppresses melatonin production. When we are using our digital devices after dark, we are tricking our brain into thinking it’s day time, so lenses that selectively filter out this blue light can also make it easier to fall asleep at night.

What Are Symptoms of Visual Fatigue?

  • Eyestrain
  • Dry Eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Headache
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain

HD Computer lenses with a blue light filter can help relieve these symptoms, but also check the ergonomics of your environment as your posture and positioning of monitor and keyboard play critical roles as well.

What About Ultraviolet Light?

Ultraviolet light, or UV for short, is light just below the visible blue light on the spectrum (under 400nm). This type of light is also emitted from the sun, and can be harmful not only to the skin but to our eyes as well. It has been linked in numerous studies to the development of cataracts, which increasingly cloud your vision over time. The good news is that most of our lenses have full UV protection built-in. Talk to one of our opticians for more details.

Non-Glare Lenses

All patients can benefit from having a non-glare treatment applied to their lenses. This allows more light through the lenses, making them much less noticeable, and significantly reduces glare from light sources such as headlights. Non-glare lenses are also more durable and easier to clean than standard lenses. Once you wear non-glare, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.

Standard Lenses vs Non-Glare Lenses

Standard Lenses vs Non-Glare HD Lenses

Sun Lenses

Nobody should be without a good pair of sunglasses. Not only do they showcase your style, but they protect your eyes and the delicate skin surrounding them. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can not only damage your skin, but can also lead to cataracts. Every pair of sunglasses we offer features 100% UV protection. Most patients prefer polarized lenses to virtually eliminate blinding glare, which can be dangerous when driving on a sunny day. Polarized lenses improve contrast, making your world sharper and more vivid, and are available in a variety of colors, including several mirrored options. Talk to one of our opticians about your needs and preferences.

Standard Sunglasses vs Polarized Sunglasses

Light-Reactive Lenses

Enjoy the convenience of lenses that adapt to changing lighting conditions with light-reactive lenses such as Transitions®. Virtually clear indoors, they are activated by the sun and quickly change to sunglass darkness outdoors, keeping your eyes comfortable in any lighting condition. While not a replacement for a good pair of polarized sunglasses, light-reactive lenses are a convenient option for busy lifestyles.

Custom Clips

For the ultimate in versatility, we can add a custom magnetic clip to any pair of glasses we offer. With 24 polarized colors to choose from, we have something for every outdoor activity. Need a clip for reading? We’ve got you covered there, too. Plus, our reading lenses are available with a blue light filter to help reduce visual fatigue. Need to read in the sun? No problem – our clips can stack on each other to give you both benefits at the same time.

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Our Locations

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology is pleased to provide top-quality, comprehensive eye care to our patients in the Greater Grand Rapids area. We have 15 conveniently located eye care centers that utilize the latest and most advanced technologies across the entire spectrum of ophthalmology. If you are seeking information about one of our eye care locations please click into our locations page for more information. Hours are subject to change due to upcoming Holidays.

Construction Update: US-131 southbound is now closed between Burton and 28th Street. The ramp from US-131 northbound to I-96 westbound is also closed and will remain closed all summer. Please allow extra travel time and plan routes accordingly to arrive for your appointment on time.

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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
East Beltline Medical Center
750 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(Located on the Southeast corner of East Beltline and Bradford - enter from Bradford)
M, W, Th, F: 8am – 5pm
Late Night – T: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 11am
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Rivertown Office Center
4475 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
(Located on the Northwest corner of 44th St/Rivertown Pkwy and Wilson - enter from Wilson)
Tu, W, F: 8am-5pm
Late Nights – M, Th: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (Located on the upper level)
3300 Walker View Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(Located North of Walker Avenue exit on I-96 – enter on the upper level)
M, T, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – W: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Spectrum Health South Campus
80 68th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(Located on Southeast corner of 68th St and Division)
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-6pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Mercy Health Campus
6050 Northland Dr NE, Suite 100
Rockford, MI 49341
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 7am-5pm
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Mercy Health Campus
10047 Crossroads Ct SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
M, Tu, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Closed 12pm-1pm daily
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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East Grand Rapids
Lakeshore Eye
717 Bagley Ave SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
M-Th: 8am-5pm
F: Closed (until December 1, 2023)
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Lakeshore Medical Campus
3235 N Wellness Dr, Suite 130
Holland, MI 49424
(Located ¼ mile East of US-31 on the left)
M, W, Th: 8am-5pm
F: 7:30am-3:30pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Thurs 8am-5pm & Fri 7:30am-3:30pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
537 W Main St
Ionia, MI 48846
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
705 S Greenville W Dr. #Suite 201
Greenville MI 48838
M: 7:30am-6pm
Tu, W: 7:30am-4:30pm
Th: 8am-5pm
F: 7:30am-4:30pm
511 Wilson Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – T: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am – 5pm
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GRO Surgical Center
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Surgical Care Center
750 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(Located on Southeast corner of East Beltline and Bradford – enter on the second floor)
M, TU, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Walker Surgical Center
3300 Walker View Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(Located North of Walker Avenue exit on I-96 – enter on the lower level)
M, Tu, W, Th, F: 6am-5pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 6am-5pm
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