The discussion about lenses (types, material, coatings, etc...) can become complicated, especially if the customer is looking at multi-focal lenses. As an online vendor, our approach is simple. Buy glasses you like and find a good optometry office with knowledgeable opticians who are willing to teach you or help you with the lenses which are best for your situation. Then buy your lenses from them.
Quality optometry offices don't mind selling you just lenses. If the practice you visit insists you buy "their" frames, in order to get lenses made, maybe you need to find a more customer friendly location.
We have had many customers send us their prescription along with how they intend to use their glasses to get recommendations. If you are in the area, stop by our store. We are always glad to help.