What is the Thinnest Lens for High Prescriptions?

Looking for the thinnest lenses possible?

How Thin Can Lenses for High Prescriptions Be?

High prescription wearers are burdened by the need for thick, clumsy-looking glasses, and it can be especially disheartening to shop for glasses that match your face shape when you know that they’re going to look worse for the lenses they’ll have in them.

High index lenses reduce the thickness of lenses with high prescriptions a considerable amount, but there are different indexes available which vary in thickness. generally speaking, the thinnest lenses possible are the ones with the highest index. If you’re shopping for prescription glasses with the thinnest lenses possible, you should be ordering your glasses with the highest index lenses you can find.

If you’re shopping for the thinnest lenses possible, here’s what you should know:

  • The glasses with the thinnest lenses possible for high prescriptions are likely going to be high index 1.90 glass lenses glasses. 1.90 is the highest index lens material available on the market today, and it comes in glass, not plastic.
  • High index glass lenses are extremely dense, making them heavier and more reflective than plastic lenses. If thinness is you’re top priority, then 1.90 high index glass lenses are the way to go, but you should make sure you order them with anti-reflective coating to minimize glare and reflections.
  • Since high index glass lenses are somewhat heavy, you should order them in a frame that fits you very well. Special consideration should be made to make sure that the bend in the temple bars bends over your ears without extending further. This will reduce the amount of slippage that occurs with the glasses.
  • High prescription wearers have to deal with the problem of eye distortion, where the prescription lenses make their eyes look larger or smaller than they actually are. High index lenses will reduce or eliminate this problem depending on the index and the strength of the prescription. 1.90 high index glass lenses will be the most effective at reducing eye distortion.
  • People with extremely high prescriptions will be amazed at the thinness and aesthetic quality of 1.90 high index glass lenses. They are also highly scratch-resistant and durable.

If you are shopping for the thinnest glasses lenses possible, 1.90 high index glass lenses are the way to go.

Shop High Index Glasses

High prescription wearers really do have a burden when it comes to shopping for prescription glasses. Thanks to modern technology, however, people who have had to deal with ugly, thick lenses are able to avoid them with high index lenses.

We hope this brings some hope and fun to those who are struggling to shop for good-looking glasses with high prescriptions! High index 1.90 glass lenses are sure to make your glasses look to be a small fraction of the strength that they actually are.

If you have any questions or comments about high index lenses or thin glasses lenses, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoy your glasses with the thinnest lenses possible!

Guide to High Index Lenses 120 Responses to What is the Thinnest Lens for High Prescriptions?
  1. [...] Thinner lenses for your glasses are lighter, more attractive, and easier to wear. [...]

    • anirban goswami
      March 26, 2015 | 6:14 pm

      my eye glasses are -6.50 on both eyes.which is the best high index glass for me?how much they are thin?

  2. Ravindra BD
    August 15, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    My bifocal prescription is left eye -7.00 and right eye -6.00.(Reading LE -6.50 and RE -5.50). My present plastic glasses are very think. I want to have high index lenses. What type of high index lenses are suitable for me?

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 16, 2013 | 3:10 pm

      Hi Ravindra,

      Thanks for your question! Any type of high index lenses are suitable for you, but with your prescription strength I’d recommend 1.70 high index plastic or 1.74 high index plastic. If you are getting clear lenses in single vision or progressive bifocal, go with the 1.70. If you’re getting Transitions lenses or a lined (flat top) bifocal, go with the 1.74.

      You can find those lenses on our sister site here: http://www.myeyewear2go.com/specialty-glasses/high-index-glasses.html

      Please let us know if you have any more questions, and thanks for asking!

      High Index Lenses

  3. [...] High index lenses are thinner, lighter, and better looking than other lens materials, so it’s no wonder that they’re more expensive than standard lens materials. [...]

  4. Kai Der
    September 9, 2013 | 7:59 pm

    Can you handle DV: OD -18.00, OS -13.00 (cylinderical -075, axis 30) NV: OD +225, OS +2.25? If so, how much for the highest refractive index polycarbonate lenses with anti-glare and anti-scratch?

    • Kieran Hunt
      September 13, 2013 | 6:16 pm

      Hello Kai,

      We can make lenses with that prescription. To get an accurate quote, you should call our customer service department at 888-440-9797 and speak with Mike at extension 112.


  5. [...] was no technology available to make them thinner. Today, people with strong prescriptions can get thin glasses that look and feel much more like glasses with “regular strength” [...]

  6. Nafis
    October 20, 2013 | 9:06 pm


    My bifocal prescription is around -5 (reading +3. I use “glass” lenses which are heavy and thick. I want something light and thinner( as much as thin possible). Can you please recommend what kind of lenses will be good for me! Please….

  7. Ryan Phillips
    October 23, 2013 | 1:23 pm


    It depends on what you want. To truly help you i need to know what type of bifocal lenses do you wear. Do you wear Progressive no line bifocals or do you wear FT-28 or Ft-35 Lined bifocal. Once I know that its easier to make a recommendation.

  8. Joe
    November 10, 2013 | 9:13 pm

    Are high index progressive lenses thicker than single vision lenses? I just got a pair of progressive lenses (1.74) and they are so thick and heavy compared to my old single vision lenses that are 1.60 index. Thanks.

  9. Ryan Phillips
    November 11, 2013 | 4:33 pm


    The Progressive lenses might be slightly thicker at the bottom where the bifocal is located but not by much at all. I would say you proably couldn’t even see it with the naked eye you would have to measure it. Most likely its the frame shape or the frame size is larger. Remember on minus lenses the further away from the center of the lens you get the thicker the lens will be and on plus prescription the larger the lens area the thicker it gets in the center of the lens. I would first check to the frame shapes and measure the lens sizes thats probably the problem. If its the same frame than there is a problem somewhere and you should call the optican you got them from and see if there was a mistake made and you got the wrong index lenses.

  10. Kathleen Reilly
    March 28, 2014 | 8:37 pm

    My prescription is very bad. My glasses would be very thick (and are) even though I pay for them to be thinner. It’s because my prescription is so bad. -12.00
    I don’t have exact on both eyes but can get it. (also, prior to investing in these special glasses, I would want to have a new prescription)
    I am looking for a suggestion on a len(s) that will work for my prescription and give me the thinnest possible look. Regards, Kathleen Reilly

    • Kieran Hunt
      April 8, 2014 | 12:36 pm

      Hi Kathleen,

      The lens that will get you the absolute thinnest possible is high index glass 1.90. This is the highest index lens currently in existence. Our sister company, http://www.myeyewear2go.com, sells them.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions!

      Kieran Hunt

      • Dre Slye
        May 15, 2014 | 12:23 pm

        I need a pair of those lens for my Burberry frames

        • Kieran Hunt
          May 24, 2014 | 5:18 pm

          Hi Dre,

          We can help you with that. Just give us a call or visit our sister site, http://www.myeyewear2go.com.

          Our phone number is 888-440-9797.

          Please let me know if you have any other questions.

          Kieran Hunt
          High Index Lenses

  11. Mona
    April 11, 2014 | 5:00 am

    I’ve got -10,50 on my left eye and -11,75 on my right eye. Currently I have thick clumsy glasses I bought in 2009.

    Now when I go shopping for new glasses, today I’ll choose the thinnest glasses possible. But my thoughts so far keeps lingering on how much thinner is that at -10,50 and 11,50. 20%? 30% ? 40%?

  12. Kieran Hunt
    April 21, 2014 | 9:02 pm

    Hi Mona,

    Without knowing your full prescription, pupil distance, frame size, and current glasses lens material, I cannot give you an answer to that question. However, assuming your prescription does not have cylinder, and you are currently using standard plastic lenses in a medium-sized frame, your new lenses will be about 50% thinner with 1.74 high index lenses in the same frame with the same prescription.

    Please let us know if you have any more questions.

    Kieran Hunt

  13. Darren Phillips
    April 23, 2014 | 8:32 pm

    My prescription is left eye 6.25 and my right eye is 7.00 which make my eyes look really big would hi index lenses reduce this also can you have them in varial focal

    • Kieran Hunt
      April 24, 2014 | 9:35 pm

      Hi Darren,

      Yes and yes! High index lenses will reduce the distortion of your eyes (the higher the index, the better), and they are available in progressive bifocals.

      Kieran Hunt

  14. Sana12
    May 12, 2014 | 6:33 am

    I have -14 with -2.25 cyl on my left eye. Is it possible to make the glass almost thin using high index lenses?

    high index glass or high index plastic which is better?

    • Kieran Hunt
      May 24, 2014 | 5:14 pm

      Hi Sana,

      You’re still going to have some thickness with that prescription no matter how high your index, but high index glass 1.90 would be best for you.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Kieran Hunt
      High Index Lenses

      • Thomas
        October 16, 2016 | 12:34 pm

        My script is very high too, I would also suggest you look for the smallest lens width along with the 1.90 option. I found anything over 47-48mm width starts to add significant girth to the lens.

        The real challenge is sorting through all the options by lens width.

        Best regards,

  15. sunil
    June 14, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    I have the prescription of -18 (R) and -16(L) with 1 degree cylinderical. I already use high index specs with old prescription but my optician has said that I could get only lenticular glasses for the above prescription.is it possible for a thin high index lens for me or I have to bear the embarrasment of ugly lenticular specs.can contact lens a option for me?? .I am very desparate and in tension.please help.

  16. Uri
    July 26, 2014 | 12:28 am

    I have (R) -8.75 (L) -8.50 which high index lense is best for me?

    • Kieran Hunt
      August 2, 2014 | 9:08 pm

      Hi Uri,

      You’re likely best with high index plastic 1.74.

      Please let us know if you have any more questions!

      Kieran Hunt

  17. encee
    September 6, 2014 | 1:15 am

    i have -10 on right eye and minus-9 on left. what is the thinnest lens available?

  18. Jessica
    September 15, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    If you want a plastic lens then I would go with the High Index 1.74. If you want glass then I would go with High Index 1.9

    Let us know if you have any further questions!

  19. karishma
    September 27, 2014 | 8:26 am

    hey i hve 7.25 on right n 5.50 on left..which lens wud be best for me wid thin glasses as thick ones mke me uncomfortable?

  20. Jessica Ann
    September 29, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    I would suggest using the 1.74 High Index Lenses. Since your prescription is not to high I think this will be the best solution for you.

  21. VC
    October 1, 2014 | 12:31 am

    I have -10.0 and -9.25, with no CYL, AXIS or ADD. PD of 57 and small wire frames. What would you recommend? Approximately how much thinner would 1.90 be than 1.74? What about the approximate weight difference? Thanks!

  22. Helen Farrell
    October 5, 2014 | 9:57 pm

    I have a +9.75 right eye and +12.00 left eye. I need varifocals. Have read about double aspherics. Can I get them on my prescription

  23. Jessica
    October 6, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    Varifocals is a brand of lenses that we do not use, however we carry a brand that is equivalent to it. We can do this and if you are interested we can get you a price if you call our customer service reps.

  24. John Quail
    October 9, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    I recently ordered a pair of glasses from one of the high street names. I ordered 1.74 lenses in a 35 mm dia frame .
    To my surprise the lenses where twice as thick as my last pair of glasses and made me look bug eyed . My old glasses had 1.6 index lenses in them and are 31mm dia and my eyes although being slightly larger they are nothing like the new pair I got a refund for.
    My prescription in R +5 cyl -2, axis 18, near +2.25
    L +6,cyl -3.25,axis 160 , near +2.25
    What kind of magnification on my eyes should I expect to see with this prescription and what index lens would you advise me to get 1.74 or 1.9

  25. Jessica
    October 15, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    I would recommend a 1.74. It is a personal preference if you want to go with a 1.9 you can but the 1.74 would work well. You have a high sphere with the +5 and +6 so you will have a magnification look in the lenses.

  26. Alison G.
    November 5, 2014 | 2:58 pm


    I am writing for my son who is 14 years old and has a very high RX including bi-focals. His glasses are very thick and magnify his eyes. Can we get a plastic 1.74 high index with a flat line bi-focal? Here is his prescription

    R +12.00 -.50 x 10 axis Bi-focal +2.25
    L +11.00


  27. Ryan Phillips
    November 6, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    That is a very high plus. I am sorry we can’t do that in a flat top bifocal in 1.75 we would have to use CR-39

  28. Harry Istre
    November 19, 2014 | 12:05 am

    I just got some new plastic lens and they told me that they where high index at a new eye doctor but the Lt. eye lens is very thin but the Rt. eye lens is 3 or 4 times thicker and my doctor will not do anything about it saying that must be all they can do I have been wearing Glasses for 55years and I have never had this problem before but my eye doctor retired I had to find a new one so my question is if the lens are thicker on one side than the other why can’t is be hand cut to make them look the same that’s what my old eye doctor told me he made them always do and are ya’ll willing to make them look the same size cut

  29. Harry Istre
    November 22, 2014 | 9:18 pm

    my scrip is OD+5.25+1.50X65

  30. TEJ
    December 26, 2014 | 12:42 pm

    my lenses are a bit thik i have unifocal lenses with -4.75 on right eye and -4.25 on left eye , can i get a thin lenses and wear them.

  31. Jessica
    January 7, 2015 | 5:11 pm

    You can try a high index lens which will make the lens thinner.

  32. Becky
    January 18, 2015 | 3:26 pm

    I have SPH -10.25 and -11.50. CYL -2.50 and -1.50. Axis 032 and 138. ADD 1.50. Would high index 1.90 be best. How much heavier is the 1.90 than the 1.74? Thanks.

  33. Jessica
    January 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    The high index 1.9 is glass so it will be heavier than the 1.74 which is plastic.

  34. Irvan
    January 25, 2015 | 5:16 am


    My glasses prescription is a bit stronger with -11.25 vs -9.50 spherical. Only
    a very small cylinder. I wear glasses which I am very happy with. Contact lenses are not an option for me but glasses suit me really well. I was thinking about getting a nice pair of prescription sunglasses. They shouldn’t be too expensive, just practical for on the beach, holiday or incidentally when I am driving. I was thinking of buying a nice frame, not too wide, with ‘regular’ lenses. 1.50. These lenses are very affordable. I do realise that the lenses might be a bit thicker but this doesn’t bother me that much.

    I have heard that sunglasses provide better uv blockage at standard thickness, which is an advantage. Someone else told me that a thicker lens distorts images, although I have never experienced this before. My current glasses have 1.67 lens material. This makes about 7 mm lens thickness. I think a thicker lens can still look pretty good when you choose the right frame.

    What’s your advise regarding sunglasses?

    Thanks for the informative website!

  35. Bruce
    January 29, 2015 | 12:07 am

    I’m a -6.00 in both eyes and ordered glasses for the first time again in 10 years and i would like to know if your high index lenses will be thinner and actually fit in my frame. I ordered the “SV Digimax Hi Index with Nikon T Verithin Package” (the thinnest they claim to have) and they still stick outside the frame even though they told me it would fit. I believe they are plastic and I was wondering if “glass” would be the way to go. Here is a picture of my Ray ban Rx 5277 frames:

  36. Bruce
    January 29, 2015 | 1:39 am

    Here is the link again, it didn’t show with my first comment.


  37. Jessica
    February 4, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    The High Index 1.7 would work for your RX. They still might stick out of your frames.

  38. Mimi
    February 24, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    I have a very strong prescription that includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and a lot of astigmatism. Of course, I also have the added attraction, haha ,of a very wide face, strong jaw, and hardly any bridge. I have found it very difficult to find frames that fit my head AND will accommodate my RX. Hence the reason I am walking around with cracks down both lenses .This is probably at least the third pair where this has occurred. Can you possibly point me in the right direction???

  39. Jessica
    March 3, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Go on our website myeyewear2go and look under high prescription frames. We have a good selection and those specific frames and lenses are ideal for high prescriptions.

  40. subhendu dhara
    March 22, 2015 | 10:40 am

    sir i just had surgery in my left eye which left me a very high plus power in the range of 9. i am from India i want to have high index lens for my right eye. my left eye is normal with very minimum minus power in the region 1. please let me know what r the exact details u require for the right frame and lens.

  41. Lee
    April 11, 2015 | 9:52 pm

    Are there high index lens with strong prescriptions that can be polarized?

  42. Lee
    April 11, 2015 | 10:00 pm

    I have narrow eye set and am having difficulty finding lenses that allow some peripheral. The lenses I have now distort when I look to the side. My old lenses that I lost were perfect but was told by manufactures that they can’t make them any more. I have been wearing glasses for 30 years because I had cataracts removed and lens implants was non existent then.

  43. Karla K.
    May 15, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Hi I had the High Index done at Lenscrafter 1.67 and I’m not satisfied. I purchased a Burberry frame and do not wear the glasses. My Right eye SPH.-6.50, CYL -2.50
    My left eye SPH 7.0, CYL -1.75. What would be the best high index for (1.90)? And I’d like to use the same frames

  44. L Marple
    May 31, 2015 | 8:55 pm

    Hi – My prescription is right eye = sph +0.75, cyl 3.75, axis 102.0 and left eye = sph +2.50, cyl 1.50, axis 72.5. It also says for reading add +1.50 for right and left. I also have astigmatism. The glasses I currently have make my eyes look big. I would really like a pair that make my eyes look normal and are thin. Is this possible ?

  45. KP
    July 9, 2015 | 10:36 pm

    how effective do you think high index lenses would reduce the unsightly cosmetic effects of very high myopia with astigmatism? My Right eye is a -17 and my left a -18. Could they minimize the shrinking effect such lenses have on my eyes? So far I’ve been told it isn’t possible to maintain that level of precision without reducing the thickness of the lens.

  46. Dhwanit mohanty
    July 22, 2015 | 4:40 pm

    I have an eyepower of -10 spherical(with 5 cylindrical) and -8 spherical(with 1.5 cylindrical). What type of high index is suitable for me?

  47. ria
    September 5, 2015 | 5:38 pm

    does high index glasses make our glasses look thinner??

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 11, 2015 | 2:46 pm

      It all depends on the index and the thickness you leave the lenses but the rule of thumb is the higher the index the thinner the lenses will look.

  48. dany
    September 27, 2015 | 10:45 am

    U can make super thin lenses for high index myopia? Please reply..

  49. Daisy
    October 5, 2015 | 9:40 am

    My prescription goes like this,
    SPH : 0.50
    CYL : 1.25
    AXIS : 90 deg
    VA : 6/9


    SPH : +/-
    CYL : 2.00
    AXIS : 90 deg
    VA : 6/9
    Will this lens fit into the thinnest frame. If not how can that be done? Can my lens be thinned out

  50. ralf
    October 25, 2015 | 6:41 am

    my have to wear -5.50 and -6.00 glasses but fearing that will make my eyes very smaller i m wearing -5.00 and -5.50 will high index lenses completely eliminate my eye distortion?

  51. ralf
    October 25, 2015 | 6:43 am

    how much will it cost?

  52. Marie
    October 28, 2015 | 10:35 pm

    Mine is L/R -6.25 on both eyes.so what would be my index?

  53. Mary
    November 7, 2015 | 8:19 pm

    I recently purchased a new pair of glasses. Before even getting the glasses, the optician returned them to the lab twice. My script is -8 in both eyes. The lenses are so thick they distort my eyes. I ordered high index as usual. I paid for the glasses, drove half way home and went back to the store and tried to return them. I am pretty sure they charged me for high index but gave me poly instead. My last pair of glasses had the same script but was not even close to being as thick as the new ones. I am so unhappy with the new glasses. They refused to give me a refund but offered to order a new pair. Should the turn around a give me the same wrong pair, it there a way I can prove the lenses are poly?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 9, 2015 | 10:16 pm

      Its very hard to tell if the lenses are high index, Polycarbonte, or CR-39. We can tell if you mail them in and we can test them but the average person can’t tell. Sometimes we even can’t figure it out with out destroying the lenses. I am sorry but i don’t have any good answers for you.

      Thank You

  54. Jagdish Singhar
    November 22, 2015 | 2:26 pm

    Dear sir ,I want to use ultra thin glasses due to a power of (+ 2.25spherical ,+1.5 Cylindrical and 155 axial) in my left eye and -.5 in my right eye due to amblyopia in my left eye

  55. Jagdish Singhar
    November 22, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Dear sir ,I want to use ultra thin glasses due to a power of (+ 2.25spherical ,+1.5 Cylindrical and 155 axial) in my left eye and -.5 in my right eye due to amblyopia in my left eye .So kindly inform me about ultra thin eye glasses

  56. dany
    December 4, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    I want to know if your shop can produce quality thin lenses for high index myopia?

  57. dany
    December 4, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    Please reply a.s.a.p

  58. Rishu
    December 5, 2015 | 8:39 am

    Can I get contact lens with 1.5 cylindrical number

    December 8, 2015 | 10:56 am

    i have prescription of LE +9 & RE +12.5
    please let me know about thinest glasses for me, which will be comfortable for me.
    hope for best suggestion……

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 8, 2015 | 1:58 pm

      I would recommend the 1.74 for high + Prescriptions. The smaller the frame the thinner the lenses will be in the center. I have given your email to kyle for him to reach out to you. If you would like him to call you please email or call him at 732-227-4225 or you can email him at kferris@phillips-safety.com

  60. Shonay Scheepers
    December 11, 2015 | 9:32 am

    Goodday my perscribtion is -8.5 left and -8 right. I have been wearing contacts for 20 years and had glasses made 12 years ago but I hate wearing them. My eyes gets very tired these days and due to allergies I am forced to wear them more often. I hate the distortion effect and the way the old glasses makes my eyes look smaller. Will high index lenses eliminate this and which high index will work for me?

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 11, 2015 | 7:24 pm

      It all depends on the lenses i you want to limit eye fatigue than i would get lenses with the best abbe value and put a Anti Reflective coating on them. If you have any other questions please contact Kyle Ferris at 732-227-4225 or you can email him at kferris@phillips-safety.com

  61. Sue
    December 14, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    It would help if thin lens suppliers actually quoted the maximum prescription they can cater for. My weakest eye is -26 and I’m getting fed up of being told that lens companies do not cater for my prescription. Each time my hopes are raised only to be dashed again.

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 15, 2015 | 1:57 pm

      I completly understand your frustration. Please give a call to Kyle Ferris at 732-227-4225 or you can email him at kferris@phillips-safety.com he can run the numbers and see if our lab can help you. I think we might be able to manufacture this product.

  62. Mohammed Azhar
    December 15, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Hello sir.
    My left eye power is -9.75 and right eyes power is -9.25 my glass is so thicker .its 6 year old glass iam wearing now .how much thiner will it be if i use this glasses ?

    • Ryan Phillips
      December 15, 2015 | 1:59 pm

      If you Contact Kyle Ferris at 732-227-4225 or you can email him at kferris@phillips-safety.com he can run the numbers for you and see what lenses will be at what thickness. This way you can make an educated decision on what lenses work best for you.

      • Mohammed Azhar
        December 16, 2015 | 12:26 pm

        I cant able to contact this number .is there any indian contact number?

  63. Vix
    February 19, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    Hi, I have -6.5 lenses cyl -2.5 axis 5.0 and optician said I can only get 1.67 thinned lenses rather than 1.74 if I wanted transitions lenses. My old glasses are thinned to 1.74
    Will the 1.67 make my eyes look smaller than my old 1.74 glasses?
    They said the edge should only be 0.3mm thicker in the same frames.

    • Ryan Phillips
      February 19, 2016 | 10:22 pm


      I am not sure why they didn’t sell you the 1.74 Transition Lenses. They make a 1.74 Transition. Anyway if you want Kyle can run the numbers but i think the difference will be more than .3mm That seems very small. Especially with a -9 combined power. As far as the your eye’s looking smaller i think that will be the same. If you would like him to double check the thickness you can reach Kyle Ferris at 732-227-4225 or you can email him at kferris@phillips-safety.com

  64. Swetashree
    March 17, 2016 | 1:26 am

    Hello flocks
    i wanna ask dat i had -12.5D in both side of my eye … How Can i get a suitable polycarbonate glasses or of what proper index of high index glasses.??. M only of age 17years

    • Ryan Phillips
      April 6, 2016 | 3:44 pm

      Polycarbonate is best for you. The index on poly is 1.59 and will be the best at your age.

  65. Unhappy
    April 2, 2016 | 3:45 pm

    My prescription is around -14D in both eyes. Is it possible for me to get high index lenses with considerable reduction in thickness for the entire periphery including the central edges as well

  66. kchi
    May 12, 2016 | 4:05 pm

    hi, im a -12 in both eyes and really want the thinnest lenses possible. which one would you pescribe for me?

  67. Aniket
    June 4, 2016 | 8:28 am

    I have -7 with 1.50 cylindrical no .so which high index lenses are suitable for me ?

    • Ryan Phillips
      June 7, 2016 | 2:14 pm

      The 1.74 high index material would probably be the best choice.

  68. Cindy
    June 7, 2016 | 8:23 am

    What is ultrathin lens

  69. annabel
    June 7, 2016 | 10:38 am

    Hello there! please lets see if somebody can help me out. I have a +15 of power.I live somewhere in europe and the reduction they offer me is only 1,7, still is pretty thick and an absolute pain in terms of finding it well made and the right frame, im really upset about it, it has become a nightmare for me have to update my glasses and i use them 24 h. What do you reccomend?

    • Ryan Phillips
      June 7, 2016 | 2:15 pm

      I would use a plastic frame with 1.74 high index lens. The smaller the frame, the better.

  70. sam
    July 11, 2016 | 5:38 am

    my power is -6 in both eyes i was wondering if you can make me a high index lens 1.9 for these glasses (dimensions are in the link) https://www.thombrowne.com/Shiny-12K-Gold-With-Clear-Lens-174.html

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 12, 2016 | 2:26 pm

      With your prescription, I suggest a 1.74 lens. There is not a big difference between those and the 1.90 until you go over -12.

    July 12, 2016 | 4:56 pm

    i brought high index glass…..but not satisfied due to my high prescription
    my RE 11 and LE 9
    edges are thick..but the centre part is thin….can i change to other type of HIG…..i have to know whether it is due to high prescription ?

  72. haris
    July 31, 2016 | 12:20 pm

    i have a -15 num of both eyes .when i wear my glasses .i feel very old person.i want to wear thin glases like -1 or -2 num
    please tell me best glasses and lenses for me with cost

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 9, 2016 | 3:29 pm


      Frames that are small and circular are best for someone using high index lenses. With your prescription I would go with the 1.74 plastic material. With us, the cost of this material is $95. Any additional coatings and whether it is a single vision prescription or a bifocal would be extra. Here is a link to our website. http://www.myeyewear2go.com/specialty-glasses/high-index-glasses.html

  73. Ayush
    August 6, 2016 | 2:32 pm

    My prescription is -1.75 on left eye and -2.5 on right eye . I want then glass lenses . So which should I select ?

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 9, 2016 | 3:28 pm


      Your prescription is not high at all. If you really would like to have high index glass material then the 1.80 or 1.90 is what you would need to select.

  74. Josh
    August 10, 2016 | 5:52 am

    Hey I am a 10+ in both eyes with astigmatism and i hate how heavy my lenses are and how bulky they are and I would like the magnification reduced a little so what do you recommend for me?

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 18, 2016 | 12:57 pm

      Hi Josh,

      I would go with the High Index 1.74 plastic lens. It will help reduce the weight of the lens and thickness. While the magnification of your eyes will still present due to your high positive prescription, it will lessen it so it is not as pronounced.

    August 25, 2016 | 7:25 am

    how thin lance i can get for -18 number

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 2, 2016 | 1:04 pm

      With your prescription, the 1.74 would give you the thinner lens in plastic and the 1.90 would give you the thinner lens in glass.

  76. Emma
    August 27, 2016 | 3:13 am

    Hello my prescription is R sphere -2 Cyl -3/75 Axis 172 and left sphere -2 syl -3/25 and Axis 6, The thing I need is lighter glasses because previous one irritate my noes and ear, do you think high index lens’s weight are lighter or heavier? What is your suggestion?
    Thank you very much in advance

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 16, 2016 | 8:44 pm

      Hi Emma,

      Yes high index lenses would be lighter than say polycarbonate. With your prescription you could go with the high index 1.67 or the 1.70

  77. manvi
    September 14, 2016 | 8:29 am

    my prescription is -9 on right and -10.5 on left eye.Can i get thinnest plastic lenses for my prescription.And also i want to know about the cost to get the thin lenses

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 23, 2016 | 7:17 pm

      Hi Manvi,

      Yes with your prescription you would be a good candidate for high index lenses. In plastic the thinnest lens would be the 1.74 index. The material is $95. Any coatings would be extra as well as whether you are needing single vision or a bifocal.

  78. Nhan pham
    September 25, 2016 | 3:09 am

    I have a prescription of 6.0 on my left and right eye. Do you know what the thinnest lens i can get?

    • Ryan Phillips
      September 28, 2016 | 2:09 pm

      Hi Nhan,

      The highest index you could do with your prescription is the plastic 1.74. None of the glass materials are available at this time for high positive prescriptions.

  79. nitin joshi
    October 2, 2016 | 4:36 pm

    My prescription is -4.25 in both eyes which lens is suitable? And what Will be cost approx in India
    Please suggest which brand will be fine

    • Ryan Phillips
      October 11, 2016 | 2:56 pm

      Hi Nitin,

      I would not go higher than the high index 1.70. We are a company based in the US so all our costs are in USD. I would not be able to provide you with a cost in your currency.

  80. Eve
    October 21, 2016 | 1:34 am

    Yes you can have thin lenses but not on any frame ,it has to be particular frame.
    That’s what I was told for so many times.

  81. Priyanshu
    November 20, 2016 | 4:52 pm

    Sir, i have power of -3.0 in both eye , what will be the number of index will be required for it , if i want in thinner lens.

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 23, 2016 | 1:47 pm

      Hi Priyanshu,

      Since your prescription is not terribly high, I wouldn’t go higher than the high index 1.67 plastic.

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