There's never been a better time to choose new spectacles. Not only are there hundreds of attractive frames available, but there have also been significant improvements in spectacle lens technology. As a result, the latest lenses are better looking, more comfortable to wear and give you much better vision.
As independent opticians we are free to select the best lenses from any manufacturer. This means we can offer you a wider choice together with a personal service that caters for your particular requirements, lifestyle and budget. When you visit our practice, we will discuss your needs and advise you of the best options, without obligation. In the meantime, our website outlines the main points to consider when choosing lenses for your new spectacles.
Thin and Lightweight New hi-index materials mean that your lenses can be made thinner, lighter and better looking. This is especially good news if you have a high power prescription. No longer will you need to wear thick unsightly lenses and have your choice of frames restricted, so enhancing your overall appearance.
Varifocals If you require both near and distance vision correction, then you are probably presbyopic. This is a natural condition which many people experience in their mid-forties and onwards. One solution is to have different pairs of spectacles for reading and distance vision, but this can be inconvenient. Another option is bifocals, but they have a sudden change in focus and an obvious line across the lens. Varifocal lenses are an increasingly popular alternative. Because they have a gradual change in their optical power there is no jump between your distance and near vision. As a result, varifocals give you better middle distance focus as well as looking more attractive without the dividing line of bifocals.
Coatings Most lenses can now have special coatings applied which enhance your vision as well as improve the appearance of your spectacles.
Scratch-resistant - Most people choose plastic lenses because they're lighter than glass and less likely to break. But plastic scratches more easily that glass. So to prolong the life of your lenses, we recommend a scratch-resistant coating.
Anti-reflection - An anti-reflection coating virtually eliminates the light reflected from the surface of spectacle lenses. This has several important benefits. First you will look better when wearing your spectacles because there are no distracting reflections to get in the way of normal eye contact. Secondly, a reduction in reflected light can improve your vision and reduce eyestrain. For example,an anti-reflective coating helps to reduce headlight glare when you are driving at night. It is also recommended for use with computer screens.
Tints and UV filters - Excessive exposure to the sun's UV rays can be harmful to your eyes and may cause long term damage. If you are at risk then a UV filter coating for your lenses is advisable. A wide choice of tints is also available to reduce the amount of light reaching your eyes and to make your vision more comfortable.
Multi-coated lenses - Increasingly popular are multi-coated lenses. These combine anti-reflection, scratch-resistant, water-repellant and UV light coatings to give you excellent lens performance, durability and safety.