Surely one pair of spectacles is enough to deal with every aspect of our daily lives? Not necessarily. Visual conditions can vary tremendously from one situation to the next. For example, as a driver you might well have problems with glare caused by reflected sunlight – and your sunglasses are unlikely to be up to the challenge. Or perhaps you wear progressive lenses and are looking for perfect far vision combined with the ability to glance down at the car dashboard or when using your sat nav without straining your eyes. Sometimes standard progressive lenses fail to provide an optimal experience in this situation. If you are a sailor, pilot, cyclist or skier, you need eyewear that helps you get the most out of your sporting activities. That's where value-added spectacles come in: Whatever your needs, your optician can provide you with individualised spectacles with custom-made lenses.
Why an extra pair of spectacles makes sense For many situations and everyday challenges, not only suitable spectacle frames, but also specialist lenses are now available that offer genuine added value which is precisely tailored to your specific vision requirements. That means you get to see exactly what you want to see – without any strain or hassle.
When do office workers in their 40s first notice that they are finding it harder and more tiring to read what's on the screen? Maybe they already have a pair of reading glasses or have purchased their first pair of progressive spectacles after wearing glasses for many years. But what they might not know is that there are special lenses which offer better, more relaxed vision for desk and computer work. Many sales reps and frequent drivers will have already discovered that a pair of prescription sunglasses in addition to their "normal" spectacles makes driving safer and more comfortable. But what they might not know is that there are sunglasses that – as well as protecting their eyes from bright sunshine – can also counteract the sun's reflections from the rear windows of the cars in front or eliminate the glare on wet roads when the rain stops and the sun reappears. Nowadays there are also highly individualised lens solutions for very specific vision requirements:
A key factor for aeroplane enthusiasts such as Alexander Heindel is having optimum vision with the right definition and filter effect.
When it comes to flying radio-controlled (RC) model aircraft they are more interested in their view of the sky than their ground-level vision. Bright sunshine and dull weather can both cause visual problems. That's why Heindel believes that having the right spectacles plays such a key role in his success.
Alexander Heindel needs glasses that are anti-reflective and yield plenty of contrast – and polarised lenses are crucial in harsh bright light. "We often fly looking straight into the sun or under challenging light conditions such as sunrise or sunset, so a good pair of spectacles is absolutely essential," says the seasoned RC airplane pilot. "This makes leading-edge spectacle lenses a must."
In consultation with his optician he put together the perfect spectacles for his sport. One of the eyeglass experts at Optik Wachter is a model aircraft pilot himself. He understands the particular challenges of this sport.
Alexander Heindel's spectacle solution:
The key to the model airplane pilot's spectacles are lenses that offer special filter effects for each specific situation. ZEISS precision lenses proved to be the perfect choice, offering tailor-made filters for glare reduction and enhanced contrast.
Alexander Heindel builds most of his airplanes himself. And the fact that he puts as much care into choosing his spectacles as he does into preparing the rest of his equipment is one of the key reasons why he is now a recognized icon in his sport. The 47-year-old first became interested in model airplanes when he was just 10 years old, He has been competing on a professional level since 1989. His skills and experience have enabled him to win numerous various awards, including the title of German Champion from 1993-2007, as well as numerous podium positions in a wide range of international events. Last year he notched up further successes in Norway, where he now lives, with a win in the Norwegian championships and second place overall in the Norwegian Cup. He may have moved to Norway, but he has remained loyal to his optician when it comes to finding the optimum sports eyewear.
There is no such thing as a single pair of spectacles that is perfect for every situation. The fact is that no one pair of glasses can offer an optimum experience in all the different areas of our daily lives. The spectacles you wear to work are confronted with different challenges than your sports eyewear. Prescription sunglasses with the right shade and lens coating have already become an essential part of modern life.
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Some activities demand exceptional spectacle lenses that deliver more. State of the art technology from ZEISS helps you to see perfectly, even at a microscopic level.
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