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Our fully computerized, Carl Zeiss certified lens processing lab insures your lenses are crafted to the doctor’s exact specifications. Featuring Carl Zeiss lenses from Germany, which are precision engineered and ergonomically designed, to provide the best vision possible. Your lenses will reflect our meticulous commitment to craftsmanship. Artisan Optics – expertise and experience you can trust, a difference you can see.

The Basic Lens - Polycarbonate

A light, impact-resistant material that is 25% thinner and 30% lighter than standard plastic (CR39) lenses, and 10 times more impact resistant than standard plastic lenses. Polycarbonate lenses include both 100% UV protection and anti-scratch coating.

Polycarbonate is the required material for all children’s eyeglasses and sports eyewear because of its safety qualities.

The Improved Lens – 1.60 Hi- Index

Our lens of choice for the majority of glasses wearers. Up to 55% flatter, 40% lighter and 36% thinner than standard plastic lenses. The properties of hi-index plastic provide superior vision, much improved over a traditional polycarbonate lens, with less distortion.

The lens material is less brittle and more pliable than polycarbonate, delivering a technologically advanced solution to today’s 3-piece drill mount systems and rimless styles.

1.60 hi-index lenses also include 100% UV protection, blocking UVA and UVB rays, and anti-scratch coating.

The Superior Lens – 1.67 Aspheric

Doctor recommended for those with high prescriptions. They are at least 45% lighter and 42% thinner than standard lenses, and up to 3 times flatter.

The 1.67 thinner, flatter lenses provide better vision, with improved peripheral vision. 1.67 hi-index lenses also include 100% UV protection, blocking UVA and UVB rays, and tough anti-scratch coating.

1.67 lenses improve the cosmetic appearance of your lenses! Designed to reduce the eye-magnifying effect that farsighted wearers know all too well. Delivering outstanding optical performance for all corrective wear applications.

The Technologically Advanced Lens

Our doctors recommend this lens for individuals with extreme prescriptions. 1.74 hi-index lenses are the thinnest, flattest, and most cosmetically appealing lenses developed to date.

1.74 hi-index lenses are nearly 50% thinner than standard plastic lenses, and 13% thinner than 1.67 index lenses, offering the ultimate in technology and cosmetics by reducing the “eye-shrinking” effect that many high prescriptions have. 1.74 hi-index lenses include 100% UV protection, blocking UVA and UVB rays, and tough anti-scratch coating.

Hi-index 1.74 lenses are perfect for anyone looking for extreme thinness and flatness; those desiring the latest technology; mid to high prescriptions who are looking for the ultimate in cosmetics; up-to-date fashion conscious individuals; and contact lens wearers.

The most technologically advanced lens product available today.

Environmentally Responsible Lens Materials

At Artisan Optics, we are striving to significantly reduce our environmental footprint by choosing suppliers who have implemented responsible manufacturing processes.


Packaging:  Our preferred suppliers have implemented lens packaging using 100% recyclable cardboard made from 100% wooden fibers.  Typical packaging used within the industry includes plastic trays.  This packaging change from plastic trays to 100% recyclable cardboard will eliminate over 460,000 pounds of plastic packaging waste each year while increasing package recyclability and saving natural resources. 

Did you know?  Every ton of recylced plastic saves:Artisan Optics in Boise, Idaho is an eco friendly company

  • The equivalent of the amount of energy 2 people would use in a year
  • The equivalent amount of water used by 1 person over a period of 2 months
  • Approximately 2000 pounds of oil

Water consumption:  Our preferred suppliers are manufacturing products using 100% recylced water,thus conserving millions of gallons of water annually.

Waste recyling:  With the production of all ophthalmic lens materials comes the inevitable waste.  However, waste produced from the manufacturing process of our preferred suppliers is given a second life in other industries, such as automobiles and toys. 


Lighter and Thinner: Plastic Lenses

Modern technology has created lenses that bend light differently so that stronger corrections are thinner than when made in conventional materials. Such lenses are called "high-index" and stronger corrections are more attractive because they are slimmer. Glass lenses are also available with the slimming advantages of high-index but are considerably heavier than high-index plastic. High-index lenses absorb all harmful UV light and can be tinted to any shade or color.

Aspheric Lenses

These new lenses provide special visual and cosmetic benefits for stronger corrections and increase edge-to-edge clarity. Flatter than conventional lenses, aspherics eliminate the "bulgy" appearance of far-sighted corrections and greatly enhance the appearance of the finished eyewear. Persons with near-sighted corrections can also benefit. Because aspheric lenses are positioned closer to the face, there is less eye magnification with far-sighted corrections and less "small eyes" look with near-sighted corrections.

Polycarbonate Lenses

These lenses are the most impact resistant lenses available and are always the lens of choice for young people, individuals concerned with safety and people who are active in sports. Polycarbonate lenses absorb all harmful UV light and can be made with ultra thin edges because of their unique strength.