Spectacle Lenses

Your Choices:

Distance Glasses

Distance glasses are single vision lenses made up to your distance prescription. You may require these if you struggle to see when driving or when watching the TV. If you are below the age of 45 you may well be able to use them for close work and reading also.

Reading Glasses

Reading glasses are single vision lenses made up to your reading prescription. These glasses will enable you to see close work and print & possibly a VDU, if it is close enough to you. The older you are the harder it will be to see a VDU with only single vision reading glasses, if so intermediate or VDU prescription would be required. Whilst reading glasses are great for improving your near vision, it will be necessary to switch between spectacles or peer over the top of your frames to enable you to see into the distance.

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Bifocals or Varifocals?


Bifocals were the first attempt at correcting near and far vision using a single lens. These lenses charistically have the reading segment in the lower half of the lens and often are in the shape of a D turned on its side. The reading segment can also be round or as a straight line across the whole lens, this is an executive bifocal. The main disadvantage of a bifocal is that the area between distance and reading remains blurred.



Varifocals offer the best solution as they combine sections for near, intermediate and distance vision, which are smoothly graduated through the lens. But not all varifocals are the same, we have selected Varilux as our preferred varifocal and they are easy to adapt to and provide excellent vision quality at all distances.


Spectacle Lens Choices

Standard Plastic (CR39)

These are the most basic uncoated & standard thickness lenses. These lenses have a thickness index of 1.5.

Thinner Lenses

These plastic lenses are thinner than the standard plastic lenses. There are referred to as mid or high index lenses. The higher the number, the thinner the lens will be.

Mid-Index (1.6)

  • Up to 30% lighter than standard 1.5 index CR 39 plastic
  • Hard coated to resist scratching and multi anti-reflection coated for safer night driving


High Index (1.67 & 1.74)

  • The 1.67 is up to 25% slimmer than the 1.60 index lens
  • The 1.74 is up to 35% slimmer than the 1.60 index lens
  • Hard coated to resist scratching and multi anti-reflection coated for safer night driving


Lens Thickness Comparison
1.50 Index
1.60 Index
1.67 Index
1.74 Index



Hard Coat

Hard coatings add a protective clear layer to the spectacle lenses to make them far more resistant to scratching than a standard lens. This is recommended for all lenses to prolong the life of the lens. The coating will not protect against deep scratches though.

Anti-Reflection Coating

An anti-reflection and scratch resistant coating reduces reflection on your lenses and they are harder wearing. Light scatter from street lights and car headlights is reduced, giving clearer driving vision at night.

Transitions / Photochromic / Reactions

Transitions spectacle lenses let you see the world in a way that’s clearer and more meaningful, even in changing light conditions. In bright outdoor light, spectacle wearers often experience glare and discomfort. But Transitions lenses darken in outdoor light, then quickly become clear again once you’re inside. So you see more comfortably, both indoors and out. To see life better call us for an appointment.

Light reactive lenses adapt to light conditions, giving you comfortable vision in bright light and shade. Indoors, the lenses are clear, outside they quickly darken in sunlight, giving you 100% UV protection.


Choose from a wide choice of color tints – brown, grey or green are best for sunglasses. Blue, pink or yellow are also available. Some colors aren’t safe for driving, so check first with us.






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