Glasses for reading, driving, or the computer? - Bifocals, Multifocals or prescription sunglasses - the list goes on!
The right solution for you is not always the most simple. We aim to provide not only the correct clinical
information but also to establish your lifestyle requirements in order to achieve the solution that is right for you.
Major advanced technology in lens design enables us to have a wide variety of spectacle lenses from
which to choose in order to ensure optimum vision and eye comfort.
High quality prescription lenses are also available as Transitions, with various tint colours or polarized
as well as with a choice of hard or anti reflective coatings.
We unconditionally guarantee the workmanship and quality of our lenses for 2
years from the date of purchase, if due to a manufacturing fault.
- Single Vision - Single vision lenses are the most commonly prescribed spectacle lenses. They have the same focal
power over the whole lens, providing visual correction for either reading or long distance.
- Bifocal* - Bifocal lenses provide for two viewing distances only. Typically the top part of the lens has a distance
prescription and the lower part of the lens has a reading prescription (other combinations can include; Near &
Intermediate, Intermediate & Distance). These days, bifocal lenses have been largely replaced by progressive lenses.
- Progressive* (also referred to as multifocal) - These lenses reflect
your natural vision by allowing you to see at all distances, they correct vision up close, intermediate and in the distance.
Unlike bifocals a progressive lens doesn't have a visible line therefore is more appealing cosmetically. It also has a much
smoother transition between the distance and near focal points.
- Extended focus - Also known as occupational progressives, these lenses are specifically designed to correct both near and
intermediate vision. They have greater versatility than traditional reading lenses as they allow you to also see beyond your
reading material. These lenses are generally recommended as a second pair for progressive wearers as they offer improved visual
and postural comfort when working at a desk or behind a computer.
*In many circumstances, patients require correction for both near and far. To correct this, progressive lenses and bifocals are used.
Lens materials and coatings
- Anti-Reflective Coating - An Anti-reflective coating can be
applied to your spectacles to minimize distracting reflections. This improves your clarity of
vision while also achieving a more attractive appearance. This coating is recommended for all
spectacle wearers but particularly for computer use and night driving.
- Thinner Lenses - We are able to reduce the thickness of your
lenses by using a High-Index Lens material. These lenses will be thinner, lighter, flatter and
more attractive. This enables you to choose from a wider variety of frames, wearing the latest
styles with confidence.
- Increased Safety - Impact resistant materials such as polycarbonate
or trivex offer a high degree of safety. These materials are particularly recommended for children,
work places where eye protection is required and whilst playing sport. For the work safety purposes
we produce the Safety Certificate for these products.
- Transition Lenses - Transition lenses are clear indoors and
automatically darken to sunglasses in direct sunlight. Transition lenses help protect your eyes
by blocking 100% of UVA and UVB radiation, providing full UV protection. These lenses are appropriate
for all ages and work with virtually all prescriptions.
- UV Protection - Whilst regular plastic lenses will block the
majority of UV light you can however ensure 100% protection by applying a UV Coating. This coating
is not required on high index materials as they have it built in.
- Glare Protection - To reduce the effects of glare a pair
of prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses may be recommended to you. Polarized lenses reduce
reflections on horizontal surfaces such as water and roads. They are ideal for people who spend a lot
of time driving, outdoors and particularly on the water.