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Lenses - Are you comparing apples with apples?

Lenses - Are you comparing apples with apples?

Why do lenses vary in price when they all look the same? Lenses are highly technical products that in many cases will require a greater investment than your frames. As the differences between them is not always apparent, comparing like for like can be difficult. It basicaly comes down to which options are selected from the following categories.

Lens Index

Determines the thickness and weight of lenses. 1.50 index (or CR39) is the base option and the one advertised in most package deals. As you increase the index (eg. 1.56, 1.60 and 1.67) lenses become thinner, lighter and more aesthetically pleasing. We will provide you with a recommendation of which index we think will give you the best possible vision and comfort

Lens Type

Refers to the type of vision correction. Single vision lenses, extended readers, multifocals, and bifocals. There are many types available in the market and during your eye examination we will assess your needs and then provide you with a recommendations that best suits your needs.

Single Vision lenses are the most common lens type. They correct either near or distance vision and are included in most packages. Multifocal lenses (or progressives) offer multiple distance correction, and cost more as they are more complex to produce and fit. Extended reading lenses are quite often used with children's glasses to help provide them with the best possible vision to assist the development of there eyes. There are over 50 times of extended readers in the market and we will advise you at your child's eye examination which will be suit their needs.


Multifocal/Progresive Design

The ease of progression between near, intermediate and distance vision as well as the quality of peripheral vision is another lens consideration for multifocal/progressive wearers. The latest designs will deliver more seamless and natural vision, less distortion, and provide greater flexibility in frame choice over standard options.

Lens Enhancements

Lens options including Transitions, anti-reflective coatings and polarising technology will enhance your visual performance, safety and the look of your lenses. These items to do with an extra cost, we will advise you which we feel best suit your needs