Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

Teens’ options for lenses refer to the specific type of vision correction the lenses offer – for example, multiple distances or task-specific. There are endless options that are right for them based on personal preference, lifestyle, and prescription.

The various options and their benefits below will help teens determine which lenses best suit their needs. 

Single Vision

Pros: Wearers can see clearly at a distance or at close range, depending on prescription.

Cons: Wearers may need more than one pair of glasses, such as sunglasses or sports protection glasses, for other activities.

If teens see clearly at a distance, but objects look blurry at close range, or vice versa, single-vision lenses can help. These lenses are designed to correct either nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not both at the same time. The lenses’ power is the same throughout and determined by teens’ eye care providers during their eye exam.


Pros: Reduces symptoms of digital eye strain. Focuses on the middle distance of computer work

Cons: Should be used only for computer use, and usually represents a second pair of glasses.

Computer glasses have different features that can help prevent the headaches and light sensitivity that people who spend long hours staring at a monitor often experience. Teens spend many hours a day using electronic devices and staring at screens, whether it is in front of the computer at school, texting, tweeting, or posting pictures to Instagram or videos to vine on their smartphone, playing video games on their Xbox, or using their tablet to catch up with friends on social media. The lenses often contain one or more of the following features that help prevent digital eye strain:

  • slight magnification
  • anti-reflective treatment
  • high-energy visible (HEV) light or blue light filter