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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 requirement, lifestyle and budget. When you visit our practice we will discuss your needs and advise you of the best options, without obligation.  In the meantime this guide outlines the main points to consider when choosing lenses for your spectacles.


Thin and light weight lenses

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 and have your choice of frames restricted, so enhancing your overall appearance.

Varifocal lenses

If you require both near and distance vision correction, then you are probably presbyopic.  This is 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 bifocal, 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, varifoclas give you better middle distance focus as well as looking more attractive without the dividing line of bifocals.

High definition lenses

Recent manufacturing advances have created a new type of lens that offers sharper vision than traditional products. High definition lenses (sometimes called “free-form”) precisely meet the optical requirements of each individual wearer, ensuring the best possible vision across the lens.  They are especially useful for people with higher astigmatism and presbyopia, and those who wear varifocals.

Lens coatings

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 chose plastic lenses because they are lighter than glass and less likely to break.  But plastic scratches more easily than glass.  So to prolong the life of your lenses we recommend a scratch-resistant coating.

  • Anti-reflection

    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.

  • 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 choice 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 anti-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 don’t want to switch between spectacles and sunglasses then photochromic, or Transition 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 wide selection of fashionable frames.

Polarised lenses

Bright sunlight produces reflected glare from roads, water and snow.  This can lead to eyestrain, headaches and poor concentration.  Although ordinary sunglasses reduce brightness, only polarised ones cut out reflected glare to give you superior clarity and more comfortable vision.  Our quality polarised lenses are particularly suitable for driving, water activities, beaches, skiing and fishing

Computer lenses

If you experience difficulty or eyestrain when looking at a computer scree, you could benefit from lenses specifically designed for computer use.  Known as “degressive” lenses, these can give you the best combination of close and intermediate vision.  You may also be entitled to an eye test and computer glasses paid for by your employer.  Just ask us for details at your appointment.

Quality, value and service

When you visit Taylor & Toal Opticians you will receive excellent value as well as professional eyecare and the latest high quality products. We will advise you on the best type of lenses for your needs and help you select a frame that enhances your appearance.  For example, we can combine ultra-thin high-index lenses with lightweight titanium frames – so light in fact that you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing glasses.  Or perhaps you have a special requirement connected with your job or sport.  Our fully qualified staff will assess your vision and advise you accordingly. Whatever your needs, you will receive personal attention and affordable eyecare from our practice.