Lenses

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.

These days you don’t have to make do with thick, unsightly lenses, even if you have a high optical prescription. Instead, modern high-index lenses are much thinner and lighter, making your glasses look better as well as being more comfortable to wear.

Most lenses can also have special coatings applied which improve their appearance as well as enhance your vision.



Varifocals:

If you need both near and distance vision correction, then you are probably presbyopic – a condition which most people experience from their mid-40’s onwards. The traditional solution is to use bifocals, but these have a sudden change in focus and a visible line across the lens.

Varifocal lenses are an increasingly popular alternative. Because they have a gradual change in their optical power, there is no sudden jump between distance and reading vision. As a result, varifocal lenses give better middle distance focus thereby aiding vision when using a computer screen or viewing the speedometer of a car. They also look more attractive cosmetically without the dividing line of bifocals.


Hi-index lenses:

New ‘hi-index’ materials mean that your lenses can be made thinner, lighter and more attractive. This is particularly useful if you have a high optical prescription. No longer will you have to wear thick, heavy, unsightly lenses or have your frame choice restricted.


Coatings:

Most lenses can have special coatings applied which enhance your vision and improve the appearance of your glasses. A scratch resistant coating will prolong the life of your lenses because it reduces scratching from general wear and tear.


Anti-Reflection Coatings:

An Anti-Reflection Coating provides sharper vision for the wearer because it virtually eliminates the reflections from the front and back surfaces of the lens. This gives improved sharper vision when watching television, using a computer and when driving. Another benefit of this coating is a better cosmetic appearance due to the removal of the reflections on the lens. The other benefits from this coating are a UV filter, Scratch resistance, and water proof properties.

Crizal Prevencia


Transitions / Light Sensitive:

If your sensitive to light or don’t want to switch from spectacles to sunglasses then photochromic lenses are ideal. These darken according to the amount of sunlight so can be clear indoors and dark in the sun.They also have a built in UV filter to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Prevencia:

Crizal Prevencia

UV rays are as dangerous to our eyes as they are to our skin. The resulting damage accumulates over our lifetime, accelerating eye aging and the development of Cataracts. Harmful Blue-Violet light was recently identified as being harmful to retinal cells. This causes long term damage to our eyes, and can accelerate the onset of Age Related Macular Degeneration which is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK.

UV & Blue-Violet light is everywhere – outdoors (whatever the weather) and indoors (from energy saving light bulbs and modern digital devices such as tablets, smartphones and computer screens). Crizal Prevencia is a coating which selectively filters out UV and Blue-Violet light therefore preventing premature aging and protecting the eyes from Cataract and Macular Degeneration.


Polycarbonate:

If your job or lifestyle demands extra protection from your lenses, polycarbonate is probably the answer. Ten times stronger than standard plastic lenses, polycarbonate lenses are virtually unbreakable. They are ideal for activities such as squash, badminton, cricket and tennis.


Tints:

It is important to protect your eyes in bright sunlight – not only from glare, but also from harmful UV rays. Over exposure to UV light can damage your eyes as well as your skin. It may lead to cataracts, and can prematurely age the retina in your eye, causing reduced vision in later life. For these reasons we recommend that you choose sunglasses with optical quality lenses and a UV filter. If you already wear glasses you can still have quality sunglasses. Our practice offers a wide choice of stunning styles which can be made up to your individual prescription. These include designer frames.


Polarised:

These lenses are designed for people who need added visual clarity and reduced glare compared to standard optical sunglasses. Ideal for sports such assailing, skiing, golf, tennis, cycling and fishing.