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A Guide To Lens Types

From different lens types to additional coatings, what’s best for you will depend on things such as your lifestyle, job, preference, and eye health needs. Have a look below at the lens varieties we offer, including their benefits and prices.

Single Vision Lens

Single Vision Lenses

This lens type has just a single prescription that covers the entire lens. Typically for people who either short-sighted or long-sighted, who just need glasses for driving, using a computer or reading.

People under 40 years mostly choose this single vision lens as they’re more likely to have just just a single prescription.

Our expert opticians will be able to advise on the best lens option to suit your needs.

Single-vision lenses are free with all frames

Possible lens extras – tailored for you

  • Thin & Light lenses
  • Reactor
  • Blue UV coating
  • Anti-Reflection coating
  • Polarised + Mirror lenses

Bifocal Lenses

If you have a separate prescription for reading and long distance, you may find that bifocals are a good option for you. This means that instead of having 2 separate pairs with one for close-up and the other for driving/ watching TV, a bifocal pair can do both. 

Rather than having two separate pairs of single-vision glasses, bifocal lenses can be a more convenient solution as they combine both visual needs into one pair of glasses. This saves you from having to switch from one pair to the next!

Bifocals are made up bonding the 2 different prescriptions into one lens, which creates a thin visible line at the lower part of the lens where the reading vision starts.

Prices from £45

Bifocal Lens
Varifocal Lens

Varifocal Lenses

Similar to bifocals, these lenses are used if you need different prescriptions in one lens. The main difference between bifocals and varifocals are that varifocals accommodate more than two vision types; unlike the clear distinction on bifocals, they have invisible sections for viewing close-up, far away and everything in between. This means there isn’t a line on the lens, yet you still have the freedom to see clearly at all distances, including intermediate vision, used for computer use or reading sheet music.

Varifocal lenses work by changing prescription from the top to the bottom of the lens. Moving your eyes up and down the lens gives you clear vision at all distances. This means if you’re using a cash machine, you’d be able to view the keys, screen, your card and then continue to walk down the street with clarity.

Varifocal Standard

Our basic level varifocal lens with free scratch-resistant coating.

Lenses include
  • Scratch-resistant coating
Possible lens add-ons
  • Thin & Light lenses
  • Reactor
  • Anti-Reflection coating
  • Tints
Distance Vision ● ● ● ● ●
Intermediate Vision ● ● ● ●
Near Vision ● ● ● ● ●

Basic level varifocal with scratch-resistant coating

£45

Varifocal Performance

Performance is an upgrade from the Standard with good distance and near vision, noticeable soft focus areas.

Lenses include
  • Scratch-resistant coating
Possible lens add-ons
  • Thin & Light lenses
  • Reactor
  • Anti-reflection coating
  • Blue UV coating
  • Polarised
  • Tints
Distance Vision ● ● ● ● ● ●
Intermediate Vision ● ● ● ● ● ●
Near Vision ● ● ● ● ● ●

Good distance and near vision but noticeable soft focus area

£79

Varifocal Wide-View

A very good everyday varifocal with optimised design; good for distance, intermediate and near vision with a little to some soft focus.

Lenses include
  • Scratch-resistant coating
Possible lens add-ons
  • Thin & Light lenses
  • Reactor
  • Anti-reflection coating
  • Blue UV coating
  • Polarised
  • Tints
Distance Vision ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Intermediate Vision ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Near Vision ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Our most popular lens upgrade. Optimised design; good for distance, intermediate and near vision with a little to some soft focus

£129

Varifocal Ultra-wide View

The Ultra-Wide lens has been optimised to improve natural vision, provides wide fields of vision at all distances with minimal soft focus.

Lenses include
  • Scratch-resistant coating
Possible lens add-ons
  • Thin & Light lenses
  • Reactor
  • Anti-reflection coating
  • Blue UV coating
  • Polarised
  • Tints
Distance Vision ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Intermediate Vision ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Near Vision ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

The most advanced lens; provides wide fields of vision at all distances with minimal soft focus

£179

Lens extras and treatments

Our lenses always include a scratch-resistant treatment as standard. But we’ve also got a great range of extras and treatments that will help to protect or enhance your lenses. Have a look at what we offer below.

A higher index material – these lenses improve the appearance and comfort of your glasses, especially with a high prescription.

  • Up to 42% thinner and lighter than standard lenses
  • Suitable for lightweight frames

An enhanced anti-reflection and scratch-resistant treatment, with added benefits – so lenses attract less dust, stay cleaner for longer and are easier to clean.

  • Anti-reflection – Reflections are removed, giving the lens a clear and reflection-free appearance
  • Smudge-resistant – A new smudge-resistant layer means grease is less likely to be attracted to the lens, and makes cleaning your lenses easier
  • Super scratch-resistant – Offers far greater protection against scratching
  • Anti-static – A new anti-static layer makes the lens less likely to attract dust
  • Super hydrophobic – Offers greater water-repelling properties

A full sun and UV tint can transform your glasses. Choose from a range of fashionable colours to create your unique look. See in store for options.

  • Can relieve eye strain
  • See clearly in all conditions
  • Soften harsh, bright lights
    • Includes UV protection

These lenses adapt to light. They’re clear indoors but darken like sunglasses in sunlight. 

  • React to light fast
  • Dark in sunlight, clear indoors
  • See clearly in all conditions
  • Plastic lenses, lighter and safer than glass
  • 100% UVA and UVB blockage

Unlike ordinary sunglasses, polarising lenses eliminate glare from horizontal surfaces such as roads, water and snow. Once you’ve seen the difference, you won’t want to wear ordinary sunglasses again.

  • Eliminate glare
  • Contrast enhancing
  • Improve vision and comfort
  • 100% UV protection
  • Great for driving

 

Polarising filters can affect viewing of LCD displays. Ask in store to determine what sun lens is right for you and your lifestyle.

Match your frame with one of Transitions three XTRActive colours.  Each colour offers different colour perception benefits.  Available in Brown, Graphite Green and Grey.

  • Protects your eyes from harmful light
  • Go extra dark when fully activated
  • Adapt to changing light conditions
  • Go extra dark when fully activated
  • Activates even in the car
  • Reduces glare
  • Comfortable vision
  • Available in 3 iconic colours

With Optifog’s unique technology you can be sure your lenses stay clear so you can go about your daily tasks without the interruptions caused by frequently clearing your lenses.

Drivewear lenses provide glare protection through polarisation and enhance and protect vision through photochromics which respond to both visible and UV light, by combining the strengths of two of the most important technologies in eyewear.

All of our glasses come with standard single-vision lenses, scratch-resistant treatment, case and cloth.

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Our online eye health test is a great way to identify potential issues or just confirm that everything is actually ok. Take this two minute test and if you’re concerned in any way, you can book an eye test appointment or call and speak to our qualified optical people.

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