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There are many new developments in spectacle lens technology. Lenses can now be thinner and lighter than previously thought possible. Special coatings make annoying reflections a thing of the past and help prevent scratches. Special tints can improve vision in adverse conditions and can even help overcome dyslexia and colour-blindness. New designs enable even elderly eyes to focus at all distances. Whatever your visual needs there is a specialist lens for you.
There are many new developments in spectacle lens technology. Thinner lighter lenses. A variety of special lens coatings. New types of light sensitive lenses. And lots more - all designed to improve your vision and make your spectacles more comfortable to wear.
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 this leaflet outlines the main points to consider when choosing lenses for your spectacles.
COATINGS TO PROTECT YOUR LENSES AND YOUR VISION
SCRATCH RESISTANT COATINGS
Most people choose plastic lenses because they're lighter than glass and less likely to break. However, plastic scratches more easily than glass. So to prolong the life of your lenses, we recommend a scratch-resistant coating.
Removing reflections from the surface of the lens has several advantages. First, your vision will be better. Equally important, people can see your eyes more clearly as there are no distracting reflections to get in the way of direct eye contact.
An anti-reflection coating also helps to reduce headlight glare when driving at night, so your eyes will feel less strained. This anti-reflective treatment can be combined with a scratch resistant coating for optimum lens performance and durability.
Tints and UV filters
Excessive exposure to the sun's ultra violet rays can be harmful to your eyes and may cause long term damage. If you are 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.
THINNER LIGHT-WEIGHT LENSES
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 or have your choice of frames restricted.
VARIFOCALS: BIFOCALS WITHOUT LINES
If you require both near and distance vision correction, then you are probably presbyopic - a natural condition which many people experience in their mid-forties onwards.
One solution is to have different pairs of spectacles for reading and distance vision. However 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 near and distance vision. As a result, varifocals give you better middle distance focus as well as looking more attractive without the dividing line of bifocals.
LIGHT SENSITIVE LENSES
If you're sensitive to bright light or don't want to switch between spectacles and sunglasses the photochromic lenses are ideal. These darken according to the amount of sunlight, so you can enjoy comfortable vision both indoors and outside. The latest generation of fast changing photochromic lenses are made of lightweight plastic and can be fitted to a wide selection of fashionable frames.
If your job or lifestyle demands extra protection from your lenses, polycarbonate is probably the answer. Ten times stronger than standard plastic, polycarbonate lenses are virtually unbreakable. They are ideal for children as well as activities such as squash, cricket and tennis (especially with a suitable sports frame).
If you regularly use a VDU screen and experience eyestrain, you may benefit from spectacles designed for VDU use. Under European legislation you could be entitled to an eye test and VDU glasses paid for by your employer. We'll be happy to give you further details of this scheme.
QUALITY, VALUE AND SERVICE
When you visit our practice, you will receive excellent value as well as professional eyecare and the latest high quality products.
We'll advise you on the best type of lenses for your needs and help you select a frame that enhances your appearance. For example, we can combine ultra-thin Hi-Index lenses with lightweight Titanium frames - so light in fact that you'll hardly notice you're wearing glasses. Or perhaps you have a special requirement connected with your job or sport. Our qualified practitioner will assess your vision and advise you accordingly.
We provide comprehensive eye examinations together with a wide choice of quality frames and lenses. Whatever your needs, you will receive personal attention and affordable eyecare from our practice.