Price List for Varifocal Lenses and Lenses Information Guide
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Don’t worry if you are in any way unsure about how to choose which lenses are the right ones for you.
I’ll always advise you over the phone regarding which lenses are best suited to your own individual prescription, as well as answer any queries you might have about any particular lenses. Below is a rough guide to help work out the cost of new lenses.
Service Above and Beyond
Being a varifocal virgin my needs were several but Catherine provided out of the ordinary help,
advice and a quality product all at her super price – I’ll be back.
Many thanks again
Do you need standard lenses, thin lenses or extra thin lenses –
and what’s the difference?
Generally speaking the stronger your prescription the thicker and heavier the lenses will be. Therefore standard lenses with a strong prescription could be very thick and unsightly. Looking at your optical prescription can give you a basic guide to choosing your lenses. Look at the Sphere box (Sph) on your prescription, then look at the Cylinder box (Cyl), taking the +/- into account, add these numbers together.
eg: -2.25 Sph added to -1.00 Cyl = -3.25 or -2.00 Sph added to +1.25 Cyl = -0.75
If the Sph and Cyl total over 4 then thinner lenses need to be used as the lenses will be fairly thick.
eg: +2.75 Sph added to +1.50 = +4.25
Prescriptions can look very confusing, so don’t worry if this all sounds too much to take in. This is purely a guide.
Rest assured I will always be choosing the lenses for you, but you can call me on 01253 795523 and I’ll explain what it all means.
The friendly, knowledgeable advice Catherine gives is invaluable.Can’t tell you how pleased I am with my new glasses. Better than the ones from my usual optician and almost half the price they quoted me. I will be back in the future.
I Recommend That You Choose
A standard lens (1.5) if your combined prescription value is less than 3.00 (plus or minus) – not suitable for rimless frames
A thin lens (1.6) if your combined prescription value is between 3.00 and 5.00 (plus or minus) – suitable for all frames including rimless
An extra thin lens (1.67) if your combined prescription value is 6.00 or over (plus or minus) – suitable for all frames including rimless
Super thin lens (1.74) if your combined prescription value is 8.00 or over (plus or minus) – Note: not all lenses are available in 1.74 – and are not always suitable for rimless frames
These are only flexible recommendations. Once I have seen your frame I will advise on the very best lenses suitable for your prescription, taking into account the size and shape of your frame.
A Fantastic Service
Catherine provides a fantastic service. I had a new prescription so decided to purchase the frames online and send them to Catherine to fit new varifocal lenses. As others have said, the whole process from ordering to delivery, including sound advice from Catherine on the type and quality of lens to choose, was first class. A thoroughly professional service, highly recommended.
Standard 1.5 lenses are not a good choice for any rimless frames for two reasons. Firstly, they’re not very durable so are likely to crack where the holes are drilled to fit the rimless frame. Secondly, as part of the glazing process, the lenses have to be cut a little thicker than for standard lenses. This makes the lenses look thicker and adds to the weight.
For these reasons 1.6 1.67 or Polycarbonate lenses are recommended for rimless frames. These lenses are thinner and lighter, but also much stronger so a much better choice for durability.
1.74 are occasionally unsuitable for rimless frames as they are very brittle and less flexible than other lenses. In this instance we would look at the frame first to advise whether 1.67 or the 1.74 would be the most suitable lenses for the frame.
Please note: As rimless glazing is more technical and takes quite a bit longer to process than full or half rim frames, the factory charge me £10 extra to glaze any rimless frames. This needs to be added to the cost when rimless frames are being sent for new lenses.
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Exceptional Personal Service
I’ve just rec’d a pair of varifocal glasses from Catherine. I did not get this level of service from my high street optician.
They would not provide the PD measurement but Catherine talked me through the process and the results are perfect. I had tried an online ‘factory’ reglaze company but after 3 phone calls and an email and still not having the full picture I was about to give up when I found this site.
I couldn’t be more pleased. Catherine drove 15 miles to ensure my glasses were completed and with me in time for a wedding. That’s a brilliant service.
Deep and Shallow Frames for Varifocal Lenses
The other consideration with varifocal lenses is the size of the frame. I’d normally advise to get a frame with a depth of at least 30mm to give space for good distance, reading and middle distance prescriptions. Shallow frames (about 25mm) can still be used but the varifocal lenses will need to be adapted for this.
The distance (top) and reading areas (bottom) will still be as good as ever, but the middle distance which is for computer use etc will be a little smaller in depth. This means there will be a smaller area of lens to see a computer screen through etc. These are called Compact Varifocal Lenses and have an additional £10 cost as they have to be specially made to fit into smaller frames.
If your frame is shallow, but is also a half rim frame, I can add a couple of mm to the depth of the lenses. This is really useful if your frame is shallow but you would like full varifocal lenses for computer use etc. This will alter the look of the lenses slightly, but give a good middle distance area to the lenses, improving middle vision.
I have done this very successfully on many occasions, so it isn’t a problem to do. There is no extra charge for this service. (This can only be done on a half rim or rimless frame, never on a full rimmed frame)
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I have had my new varifocal glasses for about two weeks and am highly impressed with both the quality of the lenses and the service from Catherine. She was able to put new lenses into an old pair of very lighly used distance frames which I was keen to keep. Absolutely no problem. I now have a pair of top of the range transitions varifocal specs for half the price of a new pair from the High Street. Many thanks Catherine, I’ll be back for more soon.
I do not supply the very basic design of varifocal lenses that are readily available on the market as my primary aim is to give excellent vision. The very basic varifocal lenses often cause uncomfortable amounts of peripheral distortion and a poor standard of vision all around.
Using a computer with them or playing sports like golf are virtually impossible. Sadly, I’ve seen lots of people after they have already tried these poor quality lenses, and have either suffered poor vision as long as they could stand it, or they have wasted their money and their glasses sit in a drawer unworn.
I often tell people that my lenses aren’t the cheapest on the market, and for just a few pounds less they can get the cheap very basic varifocal lenses. I also add though, that as far as the different qualities of varifocal lenses goes, the saying “You get what you pay for” rings very true.
Generally speaking, the better quality your varifocal lenses are, the clearer, and more comfortable your vision will be.
I strongly advise to buy the best varifocal lenses that your budget can stretch to, it really does make a big difference to your vision, and the general comfort of your eyes. My prices for Essilor Varifocal Lenses are very competitive compared to the high street, also making them a very popular choice.
Premium Wide Vision Varifocal Lenses
My Premium Wide Vision Varifocal Lenses have proved to be of premium quality, and continue to be a firm favourite of many of my customers. They are designed to be flatter and slimmer resulting in comfortable, functional viewing in all areas of the lenses. The soft progression from top to bottom ensures easy adaptation and helps eliminate refocusing issues that can be a problem with other more basic lenses. For a number of years these lenses have been one of the more popular choices of varifocal lenses for general everyday wear, mainly due to their ability to provide good clear vision at an affordable price. For anyone who uses a computer for several hours a day, still looking for more affordable lenses, the Superior Freeform V5 Digital Varifocal Lenses are the better option
Superior Freeform V5 Digital Varifocal Lenses
(Very latest version 2018)
An upgrade from the Premium Wide Vision Varifocal Lenses, these lenses are becoming a 1st choice for many people. My very latest, most advanced Superior V5 Freeform Varifocal Lenses are customized with digital precision for each individual prescription.
Digital lenses are always an upgrade to basic varifocal lenses, but there are even different standards of digital. Freeform Digital lenses are better than standard digital as they give a more comfortable, wider field of vision than the standard Digital.
Surfaced front and back to create very comfortable lenses which guarantee improved accuracy, higher definition and colour contrast, improving reading area, lightweight materials, double asphericity, softer design, scratch and impact resistance. The design of the lenses utilizes the most advanced technology to give a wider, clearer field of vision.
The very soft design of the lenses has made the change from top branded lenses like Zeiss and Essilor to mine very successful for many of our customers, particularly anyone with a fairly low prescription. For stronger prescriptions, especially when computer use is a big consideration, I’d always recommend taking a look at the Essilor X Series Varifocal lenses.
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Essilor Varifocal Lenses and Coatings
Crizal Saphire® UV
NEW for May 2018 – BEST-IN-CLASS TRANSPARENCY
The Crizal Saphire replaces the Crizal Forte, and has all the benefits of the Forte but with even better transparency.
With Multi-Angular Technology™, new Crizal Sapphire® UV lenses reduce reflections from all directions for less distracting glare, better aesthetics, enhanced UV protection, and safer nighttime driving.
Crizal Saphire is without a doubt one of the finest lens coatings available world wide.
Crizal Saphire UV Coating: Offers Full UV Protection on front and back surface, Anti-Scratch, Anti-Reflective, Water/Grease Repellent, Smudge/Dust Proof. Clean Coat
Crizal Saphire UV give your eyes the best available protection, on a clear lens, against damaging UV light. Essilor’s exclusive anti-reflective technology is applied to both sides of the lens so that it also blocks reflected UV rays, which can account for up to 50% of exposure. Crizal SaphireUV lenses also come with a two-year guarantee against scratching and defects.
Crizal Prevencia – Blue Light Protection
Crizal Crizal Prevencia In Essilor’s own words “Maximises the benefits of light, while reducing the risk. UV light from the sun can cause cataracts while blue-violet light is one of the contributing factors of damage to retinal cells. Prevencia also lets in the good light that regulates sleep and mood, and boosts brain activity. Our advanced technology provides the most effective UV protection possible, and filters out harmful blue-violet light, while still allowing beneficial blue-turquoise light to pass through. Crizal Prevencia also has all the other benefits Anti-Scratch, Anti-Reflective, Water/Grease Repellent, Smudge/Dust Proof, Clean Coat.
Signature Transitions and XTRActive Transitions
If Transitions are wanted for sun protection when in a car for driving, the darker XTRActice design will be more suitable as standard Signature Transitions will only partially darken while in a car.
Transitions are also personalised to your style. No matter which glasses frame you choose, we can fit Signature ot XTRActive Transitions.
Choose from the three classical Transitions/Xtractive colours, Grey, Brown and Graphite Green.
Unlike sunglasses, which have a set tint, Signature Transitions lenses are constantly adapting to your surrounding light conditions.
The constant and smooth transition from clear lenses to sunglass lenses allow you to see well in all light conditions. Normally accompanied by Crizal Saphire or Crizal Prevencia Blue Light Protection.
Ideal for anyone who is extra light sensitive, active outdoor lifestyles and those who drives frequently.
The XTRAcyive lenses have all of the same benefits as the Signature Transitions but have the added advantage of going Extra dark in bright sunlight and hotter climates, and will go dark inside a car.
For anyone light sensitive, a faint hint of tint protects eyes from harsh indoor light. Normaly accompanied by Crizal Saphire or Crizal Prevencia Blue Light Protection.
Transitions Style Colours (Brand new colours for 2018)
You can also choose one of ythe 4 new colours, from the Transitions Style Colours collection: amethyst, emerald, sapphire or amber. Normaly accompanied by Crizal Saphire
Crizal Sunglass and Graduated Sunglass
Standard tinted lenses can distort how your eyes perceive colour. Here’s how Essilor tints are different!
They are ideal for people with light sensitivity, or for when driving in bright sunshine, as your perception of the colours of road signs and traffic lights is unaffected.
Available in a range of colours and graduations, Essilor Tints are specially treated to give 100% protection against damaging UV rays, without altering colour perception.
Crizal sun offers a unique combination of new back surface HMAR and super-hydrophobic treatment on both surfaces of the lenses. The lenses stay cleaner longer, and are much easier to wipe clean.
Polarised Sunglass Lenses
More than just a sun lens – A complete sunwear solution
Xperio Polarised (Usual colours)
Xperio Polarising lenses eliminate glare, enhance colour and contrast, whilst protecting the eyes from damaging UV rays.
For Driving: Polarising lenses offer increased safety. they eliminate the glare produced by reflections on wet road surfaces, dashboards and other cars.
For Sports: Particularly useful for water sports (such as sailing and fishing) and winter sports, whenever the eyes are under constant stress from sunlight reflected by flat surfaces(water, snow, ice)
For Protection: For light-sensitive eyes, good for older people and particularly those who have had ocular surgery (refractive or cateract) who need maximum protection.
Xperio Polarising lenses have an Eye-Sun Protection Factor of 50+, which means they give your eyes 50 times more protection than wearing no lenses.
Available in Brown, Grey and Grey-Green.
Xperio Polarised Colours – Full or Graduated Tint (Extra special colours)
Blue/Purple, Blue Sky and Violet available in full tint
Blue/Purple, Blue Sky, Brown, Grey, Grey/Green, and Violet available in graduated tint.
Optifog and Optifog Sunglass
You no longer need to suffer the inconvenience, embarrassment or danger of fogged-up glasses.
Stay fog free whatever the conditions, and get daily defence against UV to protect the long-term health of your eyes. Anti-fog molecules applied to both surfaces of the lens are activated by Optifog. Very easy to use, just clean your Optifog lenses daily with the Optifog Smart Textile Cloth which is supplied with the lenses, and wash them with water every two weeks.
Essilor’s exclusive anti-reflective technology is also applied to both sides of the lens, protecting your eyes from direct and reflected UV light.
Optifog UV Coating is available for all Essilor lenses except Transitions and XTRAcitve Lenses
Varilux Comfort New Edition Varifocal Lenses
With its high performances and ease of adaptation, it immediately became the well-loved classic of the optician industry. Initially designed to respect the natural postures of the wearer in his/her daily tasks, it provided a maximal visual comfort whatever the activities. But, over the past years many new tools have appeared (mobile phones, tablets, computers), which significantly impacted the visual requirements (with miniaturization, screens everywhere, frequent transitions between visions zones).
Recently redeveloped to fit this modern environment, Varilux Comfort New Edition offers the wearer a natural vision, whatever the distance and the task, including digital devices.
(Excellent lenses for general everyday wear, but for a wider field of vision needed for computer work, see the Varilux Physio 2 and Varilux X Series Varifocal Lenses)
Varilux E 2 Design Varifocals
These lenses have very good adaptation, making them ideal general purpose lenses for first time varifocal lenses wearers who don’t use a computer for hours at a time, and a good upgrade for present Varilux Comfort New Edition wearers.
Very good for driving, reading, and general everyday wear.
For regular computer use, see the X Design varifocals with Crizal prevencia.
Varilux Physio 2 Varifocal Lenses
Varilux Physio 2 Lenses are a breakthrough progressive addition lens (PAL) that minimizes aberrations like never before, to deliver the sharpest progressive vision at every distance. Giving a wider field of vision than the traditional Varilux Comfort New Edition, a perfect next step for anyone wanting to upgrade from the Varilux Comfort or Varilux E 2 Design lenses.
Varilux X Design Varifocal Lenses
In May 2017 Essilor launched their very latest lenses the X Series Digital Varifocal Lenses. As our varifocal needs have changed with the way we now work and play, Essilor have taken all that into account by designing the most up to date lenses yet.
It’s now we into 2018 and the feedback that we’ve been getting from the X Series is amazing. Already one of our best selling lenses. we’ve sold 100’s already, and we’ve not had one negative comment about them. Without a doubt, now they’ve been tried and tested by the public, one of the worlds finest lenses.
Here in Essilor’s own words.
“The first varifocal providing total visual freedom. Varilux X series is the first varifocal lens to dramatically reduce head movement and ensure that your vision is as natural as possible for every day activities within arm’s reach and beyond. Varilux X series is the best varifocal we’ve ever designed.Your posture and the way you look at things up close have changed. You’re now drinking coffee while texting the kids, sending an email via a tablet on the train or checking your social news feed every other hour. In short, everything that matters today happens within arm’s reach. Before now, no varifocal lens has been designed to accommodate these modern day behaviours and therefore you had to, ‘point your nose to where you want to look at’.Varilux X series removes this limitation through its ‘Xtend’ technology. You will no longer need to move your head to see clearly.”
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