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Selecting your lens options

Ordering your new glasses or lenses with couldn’t be easier. All you will need is a current copy of your prescription to hand. However, due to current UK law restrictions, if your sight test prescription is more than 2 years old then you will need to call your optician and book a sight test examination. We are prohibited to make prescription glasses for any customer that has not had a sight test in the past 2 years.

 

Step 1 - Choosing your required vision

After you have selected the colour of your frame, the first step of the lens ordering process is to choose the vision that you require through your prescription glasses. Here, you can choose to have either distance, reading, bifocal or varifocal lenses to have fitted into your frame. For example, if you only need to wear glasses for watching television or for driving then you should choose the ‘Distance’ option. On the other hand, if your optician has recommended glasses for both distance and reading, then you can choose to have either ’ varifocal lenses’ or ‘bifocal lenses’.

 

Varifocal lens selection

If you have chosen to have varifocal lenses fitted into your frame then another option will open underneath, displaying all the available lenses. Our varifocal range contains 6 lenses from various industry leading lens manufacturers. The rule of the thumb here is that the more you invest in your varifocal lens, the wider the field of vision that you will experience. For instance, if you choose to have a ‘Varilux Comfort’ lens then this will have a wider ‘corridor of vision’ of that compared to a ‘Varilux Ultra’.

 

Step 2 – Choosing your lens thickness

The next step is to decide as to whether you require your lenses to be made thinner. Thin lenses are known in the industry as ‘Hi-index lenses’. Every lens has a refractive index (1.5, 1.6, 1.67, 1.74 etc..) and this number tells us exactly how thick or thin your lenses will be, once we have surfaced them to your prescription. The higher the refractive index, the thinner your lens will be. For instance, a 1.67 hi-index lens will be around 35% thinner than a standard 1.5 index lens. For more information on high index lenses please click here.

 

Step 3 – Choosing Sun protection

At this stage you are able to select a filter coating or static tint for your new lenses. If you are someone who spends most of their time outdoors then having sun protection is a very good idea. There are many options to choose from, ranging from the classic coloured tint to the more advanced light reacting lenses (Transitions). All our sun options come with UV protection as standard. Please note that some hi-index (thinner) lenses do not come with the option to have them as either transitions or polarised filter

 

Step 4 - Selecting lens coatings

The final step of the lens options process is, to choose if you require any anti-reflection coating properties to be applied to your lenses. It is at this stage that you are able to select 2 optional lens coatings, one standard and one premium. A standard anti-reflection coating is applied to one side of the lens and is beneficial for those who use computers for prolonged amounts of time or for wearers who rely on wearing their glasses for driving, particularly at night. A premium anti-reflection (AR) coating has a much tougher hard coat and is multi-layered onto the lens.