1.67 Vs 1.74 High Index Lenses

High index lenses come in a few different indexes. Which ones should I get?

High Index Lenses: 1.67 Vs 1.74

High index lenses are thinner, lighter, and more appealing than standard lenses, but they come in several different indexes.

If you’re shopping for high index lenses and aren’t sure whether to go for 1.67 or 1.74, we have some information that might help you with your decision.

The main differences between these two lenses are price, thickness, weight, color options, and general appearance. People purchasing 1.67 high index lenses generally either do not have an extremely high prescription or are shopping on a budget. 1.74 high index lenses, on the other hand, are the thinnest and lightest plastic lenses currently in existence.

If you’re trying to decide between 1.67 vs 1.74 high index lenses, here are the differences:

  • 1.74 high index lenses are thinner and lighter than 1.67 high index lenses.
  • 1.67 high index lenses are much less costly compared to 1.74.
  • Though both reduce the eye distortion caused by strong prescriptions (making your eyes look bigger or smaller than they are), 1.74 high index lenses accomplish this better than 1.67 high index lenses do.
  • 1.67 high index lenses are available in more colors: both come in clear, gray tinted, and brown tinted, but only 1.67 comes in Transitions brown or gray.
  • 1.74 high index lenses are better for those looking for the thinnest lens possible; generally, people with extremely high prescriptions choose this option.
  • 1.67 high index lenses are better for those looking to save money or those who do not have extremely high prescriptions. They are also the only choice if you’re looking to get Transitions.

No matter which you choose, your high index lenses are going to be thinner, lighter, more attractive, and more scratch resistant than standard plastic lenses.

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If you’re shopping for high index lenses and still aren’t sure which type to get, or if you’re looking at some of your other options (1.70, 1.80, 1.90), then you should check out some of our other posts! We have information on all types of high index lenses which is sure to help you make your decision. Also, if you have any questions and would like to ask our staff, you can leave us a question in the comments and we’ll be happy to answer it. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

Guide to High Index Lenses 8 Responses to 1.67 Vs 1.74 High Index Lenses
  1. Helena Chong
    September 19, 2017 | 6:26 pm

    I would like some advice on whether to go with 1.67 or 1.74 lenses as I was told today by an optician that I wouldn’t see much difference in thickness which is what is most important to me. My prescription is
    OD -8.75 CYL -0.75 Axis 76
    OS -8.50 CYL -0.75 Axis 95

    • msatghare
      October 18, 2017 | 2:19 pm

      1.74 would be the better option for your prescription. It would give you the thinnest lens in the plastic material.

  2. Willie Smith
    October 13, 2017 | 3:34 am

    Distance O.D -8.00 -1.00 160 O.S -5.00 -.50 44 which is better for me 1.67 vs 1.74 regular lens don’t work for my scrip please help

    • msatghare
      October 18, 2017 | 1:57 pm

      I would select the 1.74, it will give a thinner look to the lens.

  3. KASHISH
    October 16, 2017 | 6:10 pm

    My Left Eye Number is -2.5 and Right Eye -6.5 Which index Lens Is best suitable..
    Can it also be possible that One lens index is different from other

    • msatghare
      October 18, 2017 | 1:53 pm

      Hi, You can go with 1.70 or 1.74. The lenses cannot be of different materials.

  4. Maqbool Hyat
    October 27, 2017 | 3:05 pm

    My son who is 12 years old has myopic vision and down syndrome.
    his rt. Eye is -10.00 cyl – 4.5. Axis 180
    Left -5.00 cyl – 2.00 Acis 180
    The optician has reccomended 1.74 for rt
    and 1.67 for left.
    what would it cost and delivery to Pakistan.
    thank you
    Maqbool Hyat

    • msatghare
      October 27, 2017 | 5:38 pm

      Hi Maqbool,

      The cost is dependent on the frame you choose. We would suggest going for 1.74 for both lenses. They will cosmetically look the same, and have the same price. You can select the frame and see the price on our website.

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