How to choose the right glasses

Buying glasses can be confusing so here is a guide to help you choose the right glasses for your eyes.
If you start by choosing the best lenses for your vision then it makes it easier to choose your frame style as not all lens types and frame styles are compatible. The quality of your frame and lenses is  important if you want to achieve the best vision possible –  not all glasses are created equal!

1. Choose your lens design

Your lens design will depend largely on your prescription and lifestyle.

If you only need to correct for short or long sight you probably only need single vision lenses.  However, If you need to correct your vision at various distances then progressive lenses may be the right option for you as they enable you to see near, far… and everything in between.

Varilux® X series™ are the most advanced progressive lenses that we have experienced, giving you a wider sharper view than most other brands of progressive lenses. Before now, no progressive lens has been designed to accommodate our modern day vision 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, dramatically reducing head movement so you don’t have to find the “sweet spots”.

If you require glasses just for computer and near work an occupational or extended near focus lens may be the most appropriate choice. Our Optometrists will discuss the best option with you during your eye examination.

2. Choose the best material for your lenses

If you want strong and lightweight lenses then you must carefully consider what material you would like your lenses made from.  For instance, Essilor Airwear lenses are made from the same material as aircraft windshields, and are 12 times more impact-resistant and 38% lighter on your face than standard plastic lenses. These are the safest lenses for children or those of us who play sports or high risk activities. If your prescription is moderately high there are even thinner options, such as the Nikon 1.74 lens which is 50% thinner than standard plastic.

3. Choose an antireflection coating to provide you with optimum clarity and UV protection

Only Essilor® lenses have been approved by Cancer Society for their UV protecting properties with these lenses incorporating the Eye-Sun Protection Factor (E-SPF). An index certifying the  UV protection brought to you by both sides of a lens and was inspired by the protection index used to rate skincare and sunscreen product efficiency against ultraviolet light.

The higher the  E-SPF the  greater the level of  UV protection.

E-SPF indicates the overall UV protection provided by your lenses, to your eyes and to the sensitive skin around your eyes.All lenses are not equal in terms of UV protection. It is crucial to consider  UV protection when you choose your lens treatment and with this new reference index in health care, you now have a clear and objective measure  regarding UV protection performance of your eyeglasses and sunglasses.

For example with E-SPF = 25, your eyes are 25 times better protected than without any protection. (E-SPF excludes direct eye exposure from around the lenses).

This rating system is eligible for clear and photochromic lenses as well as for sunglasses, with values ranked from 2 to 25 for clear lenses, and up to 50+ for sun lenses.

Today, Crizal Sapphire ® UV provide the best UV protection for an Essilor clear lens, with an E-SPF of 35.

For corrective sun lenses,Crizal Sun UV guarantees an E-SPF of 50+

For an increasingly transparent lens experience,  we offer the  Crizal lens treatments range. Crizal coatings ensure perfectly clear vision by attacking its eyeglasses 5 worst enemies:

  • Glare, caused by reflections, especially at night, or when working on the computer.

  • Smudges, which diffuse light as it hits the lens and blur your vision.

  • Scratches, which reduce visual comfort.

  • Dust, which can be an obstacle to sharp vision.

  • Water drops, which distort vision.

The Essilor Crizal lens treatment range

  • Crizal® Sapphire™ UV Reduces lateral reflections for nearly invisible* lenses thus not only optimises the appearance of spectacle lenses but provides best-in-class UV protection with an E-SPF rating of 35. With UV protection on the front and back surface of the lens, patients can enjoy all their daily activities carefree.

  • Crizal Prevencia has also been a welcome addition to our lens portfolio. This lens selectively blocks blue light waves which have been shown to increase risk of cataract and macular degeneration. For more information visit seethefuture.co.nz

Tired of foggy lenses?

  • Optifog lenses not only combine the dust repellence, glare reduction and scratch resistance provided by its sub Crizal layer but also a unique top coating to the lens is activated by an anti-fog solution. This converts the fog into an invisible film of water which spreads evenly over the lens surface allowing the moisture to dissipate.

Ask us today what coating would be best for your eyes.

4. Choose a frame that will best support your lenses & compliment your fashion, face & lifestyle

Choose your frame design: There is an extensive range of frames made from a variety of materials such as metal, acetates, titanium and we even have a collection which originates from recycled cotton!

You can choose to have full rim, rimless or half rim frames to let you get the exact look you are after. The quality of the frame is just as important as the quality of your lenses to ensure your glasses remain in optimum condition.

Choose your brand type: There are many designer brands available such as Kate Sylvester, OGA and Face a Face to give you that unique look you deserve. Classic frames are also available but always consider the frame quality before you buy your new glasses – cheap frames could break easily or dislodge your lenses!

5. Have your glasses fitted properly by an experienced Eyewear Consultant

Professionally fitted frames make your glasses more comfortable to wear and ensure the lenses are correctly positioned to give you the most natural vision possible.