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If you are not completely happy with your frame or lenses we will exchange them and correct the problem, even if you made the mistake.
 
We are online lens specialists with opticians who have over 25 years experience. We are experts in online dispensing of ultra-thin and progressive (varifocal) lenses with many worldwide customers who have complex and unusual prescriptions. We can even calculate your optical measurements online, click 'measure your PD' in the 'lenses' menu above to ensure the perfect lens fit.
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How will you use your glasses lenses?

Distance glasses/lenses

  • You wear your glasses all day but don't need bifocals or varifocal lenses.
  • You wear glasses for general, everyday use.
  • If you need glasses to see things in the distance, e.g. driving or cinema.
  • Your SPH/sphere can be a plus or minus power
  • You may have a CYL/cylinder and axis (an astigmatism)
  • Next: Read more about our distance lens options
Distance glasses lenses

 

Reading glasses/lenses

  • If you need to read things close to you e.g. Papers, documents, a newspaper, etc.
  • These are generally for a fixed distance (e.g. to papers on your desk).
  • You will usually need to remove these glasses to see in the distance.
  • Your prescription will usually show a reading 'ADD' or addition
  • Your reading prescription will usually be a plus power
  • Next: Read more about our reading lens options
Reading glasses lenses

 

Progressive/Varifocal/Multifocal lenses

  • Varifocal lenses allow you to read a newspaper, see a computer screen &
    see across a room or into the distance without the need to change glasses.
  • Zeiss Progressive Plus 2 lenses will give you perfect vision at all distances.
  • Zeiss Progressive Individual lenses give even clearer vision with enhanced field of view
  • Your prescription will always show a reading 'ADD' or addition
  • Next: Read more about our Progressive (varifocal) lens options
Varifocal lenses

 

Single vision distance & reading lenses

Zeiss Individual lenses

  • Zeiss Individual lenses give the clearest, sharpest vision and are the thinnest & lightest.
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  • Why Zeiss Individual lenses?
  • Because your eyes are unique any lens that isn’t made just for you is a compromise that affects your vision.
  • Traditionally a lens is made by grinding and polishing the back surface of a thick 'uncut' lens. These are made with range of standard pre-cast front curves and the nearest ideal curve is selected for your prescription. While this gives good results it is a compromise as the same front power is used for many different prescriptions.
  • Zeiss Individual lenses are designed bespoke for each prescription, taking into account the power of your lens, how the lens sits in your frame and how the frame fits on your face. The front and back surfaces are designed and produced specifically for you and will give you the clearest and best possible vision.
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  • Benefits:
  • -Breakthrough edge-to-edge clarity
  • -Up to 50% larger, clear fields of view than ordinary lenses
  • -Uses precise measurements to deliver the best possible vision
  • -Fully personalised for your prescription, face, and frame
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  • Zeiss Individual lenses are a vision experience unlike any seen before. A lens so revolutionary in design that it will give you the clearest, most expansive vision available today. Wearing any other lens will seem like a compromise because no other lens is precisely personalised for you.
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  • Next: Read about Zeiss lens materials
Zeiss Individual lenses

Our optician says: Select Zeiss Individual lenses for the widest, clearest and sharpest vision possible. These really makes a huge difference compared to traditional lenses.

 

Zeiss Office lenses

  • An enhanced reading lens giving clear vision from near to mid-range.
  • Why Zeiss Office lenses?
  • Traditional reading lenses only give clear vision at a fixed point, either where you read and write or at computer distance but not both. You have to look over them or remove them to see someone sitting opposite you (for example at your desk or at dinner)
  • Zeiss Office lenses allow relaxed and natural vision in the office, home and for any activities at near to mid-range.
  • Zeiss Office lenses are the perfect upgrade allowing you to read clearly, use a computer and see people opposite you without looking over the top or removing your glasses.
  • Clear vision from near to intermediate distance with no peripheral distortion
  • Next: Read about Zeiss lens materials
Zeiss Office lens

Our optician says: We always recommend Zeiss Office lenses for reading. Read as normal but look up and you can see the person sitting opposite you at work or at dinner.

 

Zeiss single vision reading lenses

  • Zeiss single vision spherical lenses are the classic product for correcting reading vision.
  • This plastic single focal lens design offers very good optical performance for all prescriptions, especially when combined with thin or ultra-thin materials.
  • If your prescription shows an 'Add' or 'Reading addition' then these lenses can only be used for reading, you will need to remove them or have a second pair for distance use. Try our Zeiss Progressive Individual lenses or Zeiss Office lenses so that you do not need to swap or remove glasses
  • Next: Read about Zeiss lens materials
Zeiss Single Vision Reading Lenses

Our optician says: Select these if you want a single pair of glasses that you only use for close work, for more flexibility try our Zeiss Office lenses.

 

Zeiss single vision distance lenses

  • Zeiss single vision spherical lenses are the classic product for correcting distance vision.
  • This plastic single focal lens design offers very good optical performance for all prescriptions, especially when combined with thin or ultra-thin materials.
  • If your prescription shows an 'Add' or 'Reading addition' then these lenses can only be used for distance, you will need another pair of glasses for reading or try our Zeiss Progressive Individual lenses or Zeiss Office lenses so that you do not need to swap glasses
  • Next: Read about Zeiss lens materials
Zeiss Single Vision Distance Lenses

Our optician says: A great everyday lens that gives very good results but do consider the Zeiss Individual single vision lens for the best, sharpest vision possible.

 

No prescription clear glasses lenses

  • We can make up clear lens glasses with no prescription lenses.
  • Simply select '+0.00' for both right and left 'Sphere' and leave the rest of
    the prescription blank, ignore pupil distance (PD).
  • We will make up your glasses selection without optical prescription lenses.
No prescription clear glasses lenses

 

Zeiss Progressive (varifocal) lenses

Zeiss Progressive Individual 2 lenses

  • Unparalleled visual quality with natural vision from near to far with optimal comfort
  • Why Zeiss Individual lenses?
  • Because your eyes are unique any lens that isn’t made just for you is a compromise that affects your vision.
  • Traditionally a progressive (varifocal) lens is made by grinding and polishing the back surface of a thick 'uncut' lens. These are made with range of standard pre-cast progressive/varifocal front surfaces and the nearest ideal design is selected for your prescription. While this gives good results it is a compromise as the same front design is used for many different prescriptions.
  • Zeiss Progressive Individual lenses are designed bespoke for each prescription, taking into account the power of your lens, how the lens sits in your frame and how the frame fits on your face. The front and back surfaces are designed and produced specifically for you and will give you the clearest and best possible vision with the least peripheral visual distortion.
  • Zeiss Progressive Individual lenses are a vision experience unlike any seen before. A lens so revolutionary in design that it will give you the clearest, most expansive vision available today. Wearing any other lens will seem like a compromise because no other lens is precisely personalised for you.
  • Next: Read about Zeiss lens materials
Zeiss lenses - Zeiss Progressive Individual 2

Our optician says: Select this lens for the best possible vision, with minimal peripheral distortion and easy adaptation. This is the best varifocal lens available today.

 

Zeiss Progressive Plus 2 lenses

  • Providing excellent binocular vision at all distances
  • Unlike conventional varifocals the Zeiss Progressive Lenses Plus 2 is designed for the complex interaction of the eyes. This advanced optimisation fuses the images of the two eyes, resulting in enhanced binocular vision.
  • The reduced distortion demonstrated in the image (right eye green, red orange)
  • Next: Read about Zeiss lens materials
Zeiss lenses - Zeiss Progressive Plus 2

Our optician says: This lens give excellent vision, with low peripheral distortion and is excellent when compared to most high street varifocals. A great choice of lens.

 

Zeiss Digital Anti-fatigue lenses

  • Designed for people who are experiencing discomfort with near vision for the first time.
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  • Why Zeiss Digital Anti-fatigue lenses?
  • The frequent use of digital mobile devices (switching from far to near vision and back) is challenging on the human eye and can lead to blurred vision, tired or dry eyes and neck strain.
  • Zeiss Digital Anti-fatigue lenses help the eye to focus more easily reducing stress and giving strain-free viewing throughout the day
  • The Zeiss Digital Anti-fatigue lenses are easy to get used to and suitable for all day use
  • Suitable for all prescriptions where your optician has included an 'Add'.
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  • Zeiss Digital Lenses make tired eyes and a stiff neck a thing of the past, helping digital device users to stay fresh, fit and have focused vision all day long.

Our optician says: The perfect lens for people in their 30's and 40's experiencing problems with close work for the first time.

 

About our glasses lens coatings

Anti-scratch glasses lenses

  • A hardcoat is the perfect addition to protect from accidentally scratching lenses.
  • It will help to protect your lenses from everyday minor scratches and scrapes.
  • This coating will help your spectacle lenses last longer.
  • All our spectacle lenses include an anti-scratch hard coating
Hardcoated lenses

Anti-reflection coated glasses lenses

  • Reflections from headlights, televisions and computers are really frustrating.
  • Our anti-reflection coating allows 99.5% of light through the lens.
  • This improves your vision and reduces irritating reflections on the lens.
  • All our lenses for glasses include anti-reflection & anti-scratch coating as standard.
Anti-reflection coated lenses

Uncoated glasses lenses

  • All our spectacle lenses include anti-reflection & anti-scratch coating as standard.
  • Most major optical retailers either charge for prescription lenses or offer basic, uncoated spectacle lenses for free.
Uncoated lenses

Our glasses lenses coatings

Carl Zeiss lenses with DuraVision anti-reflection & hard coat

  • Zeiss lenses offer unparalleled optical performance and clarity.
  • The Zeiss DuraVision coating is three times harder than the previous generation of coatings and provides a dirt-resistant, anti-static layer that prevents the buildup of dust and lint on the surface.
  • These Zeiss lenses have a super-slick DuraVision clean coat making them very easy to clean, repelling oil and water more effectively.
  • The new and less noticeable 'blue reflex colour' reduces reflections from the glasses lens & results in even better vision.

Zeiss thin & light 1.74 high index lenses

  • Zeiss lenses offer unparalleled optical performance and clarity.
  • The thinnest plastic: Up to 40% thinner.
  • Extremely light lens: Up to 60% lighter.
  • Outstanding optical quality thanks to a Zeiss aspherical design & DuraVision coating.
  • Our opticians highly recommend this Carl Zeiss lens for high prescription lenses.
Carl Zeiss lenses - Zeiss

Our glasses lenses FAQ - About tinted & Transitions lenses

Transitions lenses

  • Transitions lenses are advanced everyday glasses lenses.
  • Transitions lenses are available in either brown or grey colour.
  • Clear indoors, they are very comfortable as they conveniently darken outdoors
    by adjusting to the level of light.
  • Transitions lenses also protect your eyes, blocking 100% of harmful UV rays.
  • All our Transitions lenses include anti-reflection & anti-scratch coating as standard.
Transitions lenses

Sunglasses lenses

  • We offer dark brown or grey sunglasses lenses.
  • All sunglasses lenses include a UV block coating
  • All our sunglasses lenses include anti-scratch coating.
  • We do not recommend anti-reflection coating on sunglasses lenses.
Prescription sunglasses lenses

Our glasses lenses FAQ - About our thin and light high index lenses lenses

Thin 1.6 high index lenses

  • If you have mid-power prescription lenses (around +/-3.00) or
    you have selected a larger sized glasses frame.
  • Approx. 35% thinner than standard prescription lenses
  • Approx. 22% lighter than standard prescription lenses
  • All our high index lenses include anti-scratch & anti-reflection coating as standard.
Thin and light lenses 1.6 high index lenses

Thin 1.74 high index lenses

  • If you have high-power prescription lenses (over +/-3.00) or
    you want the thinnest and lightest high index lenses possible.
  • Approx. 38% thinner than standard prescription lenses
  • Approx. 39% lighter than standard prescription lenses
  • All our high index lenses include anti-scratch & anti-reflection coating as standard.
Thin and light 1.74 high index lenses

 

Aspheric lenses

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  • What are Aspheric lenses lenses?
  • Traditional lenses as spherical in design, they are a cross section from a perfect sphere (imagine the top taken our of a football). However, to reduce the thickness of stronger lenses it is possible to design an aspheric lens (which means the lens is not spherical). These lenses are designed to be much flatter than a traditional lens, reducing the thickness of the lens and giving better visual performance at the optical centre. It can occasionally take a few days to get used to an aspheric lens if a customer has never worn one before
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