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During the eye examination we will discuss the type of lenses that are best suited to your needs and lifestyle. Depending on a variety of factors we would usually recommend from the following options-

Single vision

This is where the entire lens is made up of the same prescription. This could be for general use or solely for a specific purpose such as distance or near.


This is where the top part of the lens is for the distant vision, the middle part is for computer vision and the bottom part is for reading. They look like normal lenses and so no one can tell you are wearing varifocals. There is a smooth transition between the different parts of the lens so there is no ‘jump’ in the vision. There will be some distortion at the edges of the vision, however the technology for varifocals is always improving to reduce this to a minimum.


Some people still prefer a lens where there is a clear line between distance and near vision and bifocals caters for this need. They have a segment at the bottom specially designed for reading. This segment can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your requirements.

Office lenses

This is a lens that’s like a varifocal but instead of having distance vision at the top it has intermediate vision, which is perfect for computer work. However as you get to the bottom of the lens the vision becomes better for reading. This is especially good for people who spend long hours looking at the screen and also need to read documents.

Additional options
We can customise your lenses to your requirements in many ways, including-

  • Anti-scratch coating: for durability and protection
  • Anti-glare coating: Cuts out reflections from the back and front surface of the lens. This improves the cosmetic appearance of the lens and clearer vision
  • Blue control lenses: A special type of anti-glare coating for people who use screens a lot. By cutting out the blue light emitted by digital screens (for example, monitors, tablet computers and smart phones) there is less eyestrain and fatigue. It also makes the vision more comfortable and relaxed.
  • Thinner and lighter lenses: Improving the comfort and appearance of the lenses.
  • Reactions lenses: They darken in the sun by reacting to UV light and become clear when indoors, eliminating the need for separate sunglasses. Advances in technology means that the lenses change colour faster and become very clear when indoors to the point where you wouldn’t know they are reaction lenses.
  • Tints: The tints can be customisable in terms of colour and darkness. You can also request a graduated tint that’s darker at the top.
  • Polarising lenses: They cut out glare from reflections and are great for people who drive a lot or for certain hobbies like fishing.

As an independent optician we aren’t restricted to which lenses we can offer our patients. This means that we can source the type of lens that is most suitable for you from a large range of suppliers including Zeiss, Nikon, Essilor, Hoya and many more. We have a fully qualified dispensing optician in our team who is specially trained to advise on choosing the perfect lens for you.

What our customers say

“I was very apprehensive about trying varifocal lenses but the staff at Old Town Eyecare put me at ease and I’m now getting on great with my new glasses!”
Mr Brown – Devizes