With hundreds of lens options on the market today and many brands to choose from it is more important than ever to speak to an experienced professional when choosing your new glasses.
Single vision or multifocal, hard coated or anti-reflection coated, spherical or aspherical, freeform or conventional, photochromic, sports or occupational – all of these options come with their own benefits and our experienced team will be happy to advise the best option for you. We will provide you with honest impartial advice ensuring you only purchase what you require.
Choosing the right lenses for your frames can be overwhelming which is why we believe in taking an individual approach to you, your lifestyle and your vision needs. Whether you wear glasses everyday or for specific activities, our fully trained staff can help you to make the right choice.
Technology has improved dramatically in recent years and there is now a wealth of amazing products on the market. You will find that lenses are now much thinner, flatter and optically superior. At Radyr Eyecare we can source our lenses from anywhere but our main supplier is Essilor.
Essilor is world famous for the Varilux lens, the world’s first varifocal, which was invented in 1959. Since then over 200 million Varilux lenses have been manufactured world wide. Essilor is the world leader in ophthalmic products. One in every two varifocal lenses sold worldwide is an Essilor lens.
Essilor has four major brands that embody cutting edge technology. Varilux (varifocal lenses), Airwear (polycarbonate lenses), Crizal (lenses with multiple coatings) and Transitions (photochromic lenses).
Available in a hard and soft design, varifocals are highly recommended for people who require sharp vision at a variety of distances or who are new to glasses because wearers find that they adapt to them very quickly.
There are various ways to improve the appearance and minimise the weight of the lenses. Choosing a small frame will help minimise the weight. Secondly, consider lenses with a higher “refractive index”.
This will also reduce the thickness and weight of the lenses. Choosing lenses with an aspheric design will reduce the thickness further still.
Anti-reflection coatings can also improve the appearance and your vision through them..
Lenses to correct this are thicker at the edges than in the middle. In a strong prescription, the edges can be particularly thick and unsightly.
There are a number of ways to avoid this. Choosing a small frame reduces the edge thickness and weight of the lens. Lenses with a high “refractive index” also reduce the edge thickness and weight.
The third way is to use aspheric lenses which reduce the thickness further still. Anti-reflection coatings can also improve the appearance and vision through the lenses.
To help protect your lenses, a thin coating can be applied to the lenses. This will help to keep your lenses in tip-top condition for much longer.
These reflections can be reduced by applying a special anti-reflection coating to the lens. This not only makes the lenses look more transparent but also helps to get rid of distracting reflections. It can also be beneficial when driving, particularly at night.