Never short on choice, we offer three different levels of customisation on your lenses: lens type, lens coatings, and lens index.

Lens Types

With regard to lens type, your optometrist will typically advise on which you need when they give you a prescription. Simply select the appropriate option during the checkout process. The choices included are:

  • Distance – These are for distance and everyday tasks. Some people’s prescriptions will mean they need both distance and reading glasses.

  • Computer – These are for anybody whose prescription has an intermediate add, and needs assistance with mid-range or intermediate distances – typically objects at arm’s length, like your tablet or computer screen.

  • Reading – These are for anybody whose prescription has a near add, and need glasses for close work, so mostly need help reading small print, your phone, or focusing on closer objects, this is the option for you. Some people do need both reading and distance lenses in their glasses.

  • Varifocal – Varifocals provide three functions in one. The upper lens takes care of focusing in the distance, and the lower area takes care of focusing close up, and they blend seamlessly in the middle for focusing at intermediate distances. Varifocals can save you having to buy reading, computer, and distance glasses separately. You might also know them as progressive lenses.

  • Bifocal – Bifocal lenses provide two optical powers in one lens, to correct flawed near and far vision. Your prescription will give you two sets of values to suit this. Your distance prescription will be applied to a large section of the top part of your lens to enhance your vision when looking at things far away. Your near prescription will be applied to the small half-moon segment on the lower half of your lens to assist reading and looking at things closely from above

  • Blue Light Defence – A specially designed lens that reduces this blue light and helps protect your vision, eye health and sleeping pattern. Ideal for users of computers and smart phones.

  • Fashion/Non-Prescription – The optical language is “plano”, and it just means we fit the glasses with the same exact material as prescription lenses, just without the prescription. This is for anybody that doesn’t actually need glasses to see, but feels like that shouldn’t stop them missing out on accessorising.

  • No Lenses – Selecting this option means you’ll receive the glasses frame with only a temporary place-holder material fitted instead of the lenses, so you can have your lenses glazed at another opticians.

Lens Coatings

Lens coatings are the finish on your lenses, so this is how you turn your standard glasses into sunglasses if you wish, amongst other things. Take a look at the options:

  • Clear – These are your industry standard, clear scratch-resistant lenses.

  • Anti-Reflective – These reduce distracting reflections on your lenses, thereby increasing the viewing clarity and appearance of your glasses. They’ll also reduce halo effects caused by artificial lighting or car headlights.

  • Light Reactive – These lenses react to UV light, so they’ll change with the brightness of your outdoor surroundings – tinting in sunlight and clearing in low sunlight.

  • Polarised – These lenses reduce the intensity of shiny surfaces like light bouncing from the surface of water or snow. They’re particularly useful in the winter months, as the sun hangs low in the sky. This option will tint your lenses, so it’s available in grey or brown.

  • Tinted – These change the colour of the lenses, and with it your perspective. The grey tint intensifies blues, the brown tint offers a warmer sepia tone, and green was originally designed for pilots to better distinguish features in their environment, so it offers the most neutral tone. Available in a variety of tint depths.

  • Mirrored – These are exactly what they sound like. These lenses will reflect the world in front while your eyes hide behind the lens. Very good for poker. Choose from three colours, though bear in mind as the wearer you will always look through a grey tinted lens.

Lens Indexes

When it comes to higher value prescriptions, we would recommend thinner lenses. This is indicated by the lens index number in the categories below. The higher the number, the thinner and flatter the lens.

  • Bronze – These are standard, clear, resin optical-grade lenses treated with a hard coating to prevent scratching.

  • Silver – This option uses a mid-index lens at 1.60 on the refractive index. It provides a lighter and thinner alternative to the bronze option and comes complete with anti-reflective coating. For single-vision glasses.

  • Gold – This option uses a high-index lens at 1.67 on the refractive index. It provides a lighter and thinner alternative to the silver option and comes complete with anti-reflective coating. Especially suited to stronger prescriptions.

  • Platinum – This option uses a super-high index lens at 1.74 on the refractive index. These are the thinnest and lightest lenses we can offer and they come complete with anti-reflective coating. For strong prescriptions.