1.8 / 1.9 high-index glass lenses

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Matt C, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. Matt C

    Matt C Guest

    I have strong myopia (about -6.00) and "moderate" astigmatism (sorry, I
    can't remember the number). By choosing small frames and 1.7 high-index
    lenses, I've been able to wear glasses that look good. Any other type
    of lens, including polycarbonate, results in Coke-bottle lenses.

    I'm very pleased with my current glasses... I was amazed when the
    optician first presented them to me... but I'm interested in seeing
    just how thin I can go.

    Since getting my 1.7's, I've moved near the Canadian border, and I'm
    aware that 1.8 and 1.9 high-index glass lenses are available north of
    the border. I visited a well-regarded local optical shop for some minor
    repairs, and I started chatting with the optician. I asked him about
    the 1.8 and 1.9 lenses, and he said that at my prescription, the
    difference wouldn't really be noticeable. OTOH, I realize that he has a
    vested interest in getting me to buy my next pair of glasses from his
    shop instead of sending me to Canada.

    So I'm looking for an unbiased opinion: are 1.8 or 1.9 glass high-index
    lenses worthwhile for someone around -6.00?

    And if the answer is yes, does U.S. Customs give returning residents a
    hard time about bringing back these lenses? I've heard of an optical
    shop right by the Detroit/Windsor tunnel on the Canadian side that
    caters to U.S. residents seeking thin glasses. However, I wouldn't be
    surprised if many of these glasses are undeclared and smuggled into the
    country by wearing them. For various reasons, I always declare
    everything I'm bringing back from Canada, even a half-empty can of
    Pepsi, or the cardboard box and information sheet from my Canadian flu
    shot during last winter's crisis.

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
    Matt C, Aug 22, 2005
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