There are many lens types to choose from depending on your lifestyle and your prescription.
Your optometrist and optical dispenser can help choose the best option for you!
Single vision lenses are the most common. These can be for distance or near. They only have one focal length which often means they may not work for every activity.
Anti-fatigue lenses are designed for distance vision with an adjustment to the prescription at the bottom of the lens to allow for closer work to be clear. They are designed to relax the eyes.
Office lenses are ideal for use at a computer or even in a retail or office setting. The prescription in the lens subtly shifts allowing for clear close work through the bottom of the lens and clear intermediate distance (from 1 to 3 metres away) through the top.
Progressive/multifocal lenses are designed for constant wear. They have the distance prescription at the top of the lens which progresses into an area for intermediate vision and then into an area at the bottom for close work. These are often used by people once they reach the stage where presbyopia begins, to allow them to read without having to take their glasses off and on all the time.
Bifocal and trifocal lenses are less commonly used than other lens options, and they have a specified segment on the lens for reading, and for intermediate vision in the case of trifocals.
Lens coatings can be chosen for your lifestyle to ensure your lenses are the best they can be. Our main coatings include;
- Anti-reflective: this reduces reflections on the lens which can be caused by artificial lighting, computer screens and car headlights. This in turn makes your lenses clearer, reduces strain on your eyes and is Cancer Council endorsed for uv protection.
- Hard coat: designed to provide the lens with some protection against scratching and wear.
- Blue-control: this coating helps to reduce reflection, especially from computer screens, whilst providing an additional barrier from electronic blue light.
Photochromic/Transition lenses: these lenses will change to a darkened lens in direct sunlight and convert back to clear when away from uv light. It means you only need one pair of glasses to receive higher uv protection whilst outdoors.
Hi-index lenses: depending on your prescription, there are means of providing you with thinner, lighter, better looking and feeling lenses. We can show and explain to you the options available.
Polarised lenses: polarising is a filter in the lens that will cut out reflected glare. It means you can see further when driving and makes your vision around water, and into it, much clearer.
Cerium lenses are specialty tinted/coloured lenses which help reduce symptoms of visual stress which encourages better reading.
We aim to provide you with the best lens options for your frame, your lifestyle and your prescription.
- To avoid damage to lens coatings, don’t leave your lenses in a very hot environment, like a car.
- To avoid wear marks, avoid placing your glasses face-down on the lenses.
- Follow our cleaning methods below to avoid scratches while cleaning
- Try to wet your lenses before cleaning, either with cool soapy water or the lens cleaner we will provide with your glasses.
- Always wipe them with a soft tissue or with the soft cloth we provide (not with your shirt!).
- After they are dry, buff the lenses with a dry soft cloth.
- If you notice they smear as you clean them, pop into one of our practices for a complimentary thorough clean with our ultrasonic cleaner. We are then able to remove all the build-up from around the lenses.