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Lens Options

Optical Express recommend spectacle lenses from leading manufacturers including BBGR, Hoya and Zeiss and offer only lenses which are manufactured to the highest standards using state of the art technology. The peace of mind and quality guarantee associated with these well known brands ensure customer satisfaction.

Plastic, glass and polycarbonate lenses are available to suit every prescription, and single vision, bifocal and varifocal lenses are available within one hour at some locations.

Thinner and lighter lenses are available to improve the cosmetic appearance of your glasses, and anti-reflection coatings are recommended to reduce glare and improve the performance of the lenses.

Transitions lenses change from virtually clear lenses indoors to dark lenses outdoors to minimise strain on your eyes. This advanced technology offers protection from the harmful effects of radiation because they adjust to changing light conditions.

Polycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant lenses of all and are therefore ideal for lively children and active adults.

Transition Lenses

Transitions lenses adapt quickly to varying light conditions giving wearers a smooth visual outlook at all times. By adapting to a changes in light – from bright sunshine to night time – there is no need for several pairs of glasses or even sunglasses. The change in the colour of the lenses ranges from clear to dark – when 100% UV protection is provided.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

Drivewear Lenses

Drivewear lenses combine the technology of Transitions and Polaroid lenses to provide maximum protection and clarity especially for drivers. Whether you are experiencing overcast weather outside or bright light behind a car windshield Drivewear lenses will adapt and give you the best possible visual solution.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

Thinner and Lighter Lenses

Thinner and lighter lenses allow those with high prescriptions a greater selection of glasses to choose from. The lenses are more comfortable to wear and have an improved, neater appearance.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

Tinted Lenses

Tints are available for both plastic and glass lenses across a range of colours, the most popular options are brown and grey but blue and green tints are also available. Your local Optical Express optician can advise you on the best  tint option for your needs.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

Ultra Violet Filter Lenses

A UV filter is almost transparent in colour and helps to protect your eyes from the harmful and damaging effects caused by UV light especially the sun.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

MAR Coated Lenses

A MAR coating is a multi anti-reflective coating that reduces the reflections experienced when wearing glasses, including street lights and glare from computer screens. The coating is available for both glass and plastic lenses and is almost invisible in colour.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

Polaroid Lenses

Polaroid lenses are high performance lenses that block out  virtually 100% of horizontal glare and allow wearers to see colours more accurately and clearly. Scratch resistant and absorption layers are also included to help improve the durability of the lenses.  Maximum sun protection is also provided as Polaroid lenses block out 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC RAYS.

Tints UV Filter MAR
Coating
Thinner &
Lighter
Polaroid Transitions Drivewear
Tints n/a no no no yes yes yes
UV Filter no n/a no no yes yes yes
MAR Coating no no n/a no yes yes yes
Thinner & Lighter no no no n/a no no no
Polaroids yes yes yes no n/a yes yes
Transitions yes yes yes no yes n/a yes
Drivewear yes yes yes no yes yes n/a

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