There has never been a better time to choose new spectacles. 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 better vision.

woman with spectacles

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.

Types of Lenses

Thinner Lightweight Lenses

Thick lens spectacles

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, so making your spectacles more attractive.

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, but 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.


Most lenses can now have special coatings applied which enhance your vision as well as improve the appearance of your spectacles.

scratch resistant


Most people choose plastic lenses because they are 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.


An anti-reflection coating virtually eliminates the light reflected from the surface of spectacle lenses. This has several important benefits. First, you will look better when wearing your glasses because there are no distracting reflections to get in the way of normal eye contact.

Secondly, a reduction in reflected light can improve your vision and reduce eye strain. For example, an anti-reflection coating helps to reduce headlight glare when you are driving at night. It is also recommended for use with computer screens.

tinted lens

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 at risk then a UV filter coating for your lenses is advisable. A wide range of tints is also available to reduce the amount of light reaching your eyes and to make your vision more comfortable.

Multi-coated lenses

Increasingly popular are multi-coated lenses. These combine ant-reflection, scratch-resistant, water-repellent and UV light coatings to give you excellent lens performance, durability and safety.

Light sensitive lenses

If you are sensitive to bright light or do not want to switch between spectacles and sunglasses then 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.

Polycarbonate lenses

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).

visual display unit

VDU lenses

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 will be happy to give you further details of this scheme.