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Choosing the right lenses for your frames can be overwhelming which is why we believe in taking an individual approach to you, your lifestyle and your vision needs. Whether you wear glasses everyday or for specific activities, our fully trained opticians can help you to make the right choice.

Technology has improved dramatically in recent years and there is now a wealth of amazing products on the market. You will find that lenses are now much thinner, flatter and optically superior. At Ridings Opticians we only sell the best branded lenses from Essilor, Zeiss and Hoya.

To find out more, you can request a lens fitting or sight test online or visit us at Ridings Opticians to speak directly to one of our friendly opticians.

Take a look at our lens guide to learn more about the lenses available to you:

Single vision lenses

Single Vision Resin Lens

Single vision refers to lenses that have one focal range only as they correct for a single viewing distance rather than for two or three different distances. Available in either a plus or minus form, single vision lenses are generally made for either distance, intermediate or near use and can be spherical or aspheric in design.

At Ridings Opticians we stock a wide range of single vision lenses including ultra thin, thin, super thin, extra thin and standard lenses.
To ensure that you are getting the perfect lenses, we also offer a number of extras including:

UV – as UV rays are harmful and can damage your eyes, a UV filter is highly recommended for all types of eyewear. At Ridings Opticians, all our sunwear lenses block out UV light in even the most extreme conditions so you can step outside with the utmost confidence.

Tint – From fashion to sport lenses, we have a full range of sunglass tints available. Whether you are looking to compliment your style or get that competitive edge, we have everything you need to complete your style.

Graduated – With only half or two thirds of the lens being tinted, graduated tint lenses offer a slightly more subtle look that can be used to emphasise the wearer’s eyes to their best advantage.

Bifocal lenses

Designed with two corrective lenses on each side of a pair of glasses, bifocal lenses are designed for people who need both near and farsighted vision correction.

Varifocal lenses

Due to their ability to allow clear vision at any distance by positioning the head and eyes correctly, varifocal lenses (progressive power lenses) are often described as the closest thing to natural vision. Providing the wearer with three fields of vision – distance, intermediate and near, these lenses replace the need to have potentially three different pairs of spectacles.

Available in a hard and soft design, varifocals are highly recommended for people who require sharp vision at a variety of distances or who are new to glasses because wearers find that they adapt to them very quickly.

At Ridings Opticians we mainly use Essilor Varilux lenses, the leaders in varifocal design. They offer a range of varifocal lens designs to suit all needs and budgets, we can discuss your requirements with you before recommending a particular lens.

Varilux guarantee

The guarantee covers ‘adaptation’ which means that if you cannot adapt to your Varilux® lenses within 30 days from collection, your optician will give you a suitable replacement.

You will receive a Varilux® Guarantee Card with your lenses. This is your assurance that you are wearing authentic Varilux® lenses.

Follow this link to see how Varilux can help you achieve natural vision from your varifocals

http://www.varilux.co.uk/the-varilux-brand/variluxexperience/Pages/Variluxexperience.aspx

Varilux Physio 2.0

Becoming presbyopic is not easy. For starters, it usually means that you’ve hit 45, which always takes a while to digest. And there are times when you wish you could press a button to brighten up colours and enhance details. To make your life more colourful and full of detail at all times of day, Varilux has introduced Varilux Physio® 2.0varifocal lenses.
High Resolution Vision™ makes all the difference

High Resolution Vision gives you access to an exclusive quality of image.
Opting for Varilux Physio® 2.0 varifocals is rather like buying a full HD TV, when you’ve always had a standard television. With full HD TV, you see images with a far higher number of pixels. Varilux Physio® 2.0 varifocal lenses do the same for your eyesight in every situation. Whatever your age, whatever your ametropia, whatever the distance (from near and far) and whatever the light, Varilux Physio® 2.0 varifocal lenses bring perceptibly crisper details and heightened contrast.

Have difficulty in perceiving details while reading at night will be, with Varilux Physio® 2.0 varifocal lenses, nothing but a bad memory. Even in low light, dull colours will no longer fade, but preserve all their nuances.

Seeing is believing!

With Varilux Physio® 2.0 varifocals, see sharper, see wider, enjoy contrast anytime. This is clinically-tested, Varilux Physio® 2.0 lenses ensure contrast sensitivity superior to any varifocal lens on the market, surpassing even standard Varilux Physio! Varilux Physio® 2.0 works with any prescription and adjusts to every type of frame, even the shallow ones you like so much.

For better-than-ever High Resolution Vision with varifocal lenses, seeing is believing with Varilux Physio® 2.0.

Live your life in Varilux Comfort

When Varilux Comfort lenses were first launched, they set a new standard in varifocal lens technology, and it’s still the most widely used varifocal lens design in the world today.The varifocal design of Varilux Comfort New Edition has recently been updated and it still offers all the great benefits of the original varifocal lens and even a personalisation option.

The Benefits:

Wider fields of vision

The fields of vision have been made broader to help ensure clarity is maintained at all distances, even when your eyes are moving.

Moving between fields of vision

Thanks to the optimal positioning of the various vision zones within each lens, moving between long, medium and short vision is smooth and simple.

Close up clarity

Near vision is strengthened so that small, everyday objects can be seen with ease. You can also retain a natural posture when working on screen.

Varilux Liberty

The first step towards Natural Vision

With Varilux Liberty varifocal lenses, everyone can access the progress from Varilux Research whose ultimate purpose is to improve the vision quality of all.

Varilux Liberty benefits from the renowned Varilux expertise: thanks to an exclusive computing technology, Varilux Liberty varifocal lenses are designed to bring everyone the benefits of clear vision at all distances.

Rediscover the pleasure of clear vision as part of everyday life.

 

Transition lenses

Transitions lenses protect your eyes by blocking 100% of UV rays all of the time. This latest photochromic lens technology reacts to varying light conditions and therefore provides darker and clearer lenses where appropriate. Transitions lenses perform as everyday clear lenses indoors. Outdoors, they do more, continuously filtering the light, reducing glare and eye fatigue.They adapt to changing light conditions, bringing out the best in everything you see. This type of lens is ideal for people with an active outdoor lifestyle or those with light sensitive eyes.

NEW Crizal Transitions Signature lenses

  • Protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays
  • Adapt to changing light to enhance your vision

The lenses benefit from the best UV protection on everyday lenses and the latest light control technology, allowing lenses to be more responsive than ever before.

Transitions Signature lenses are available with all Varilux varifocal lens designs – clear indoors and at night. Outdoors, they automatically darken as light conditions change.

They provide visual comfort and enhance visual quality, helping you to see better today. Like sunblock they protect your skin, Transitions lenses block 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays helping to protect the health and wellbeing of your eyes so you can see better tomorrow too.

The ultimate lens – combine Varilux Transitions lenses with Crizal for best performance. As well as actually increasing the speed of fade back, the lenses stay much cleaner for much longer. Dust won’t stick during cleaning and rain and grease slide off. With no glare, smudge, dust, dirt, oil, water and grease, you will see as clearly as you did on the first day you bought your lenses..

Lens Coatings

Scratch resistant

Transitions lenses protect your eyes by blocking 100% of UV rays all of the time. This latest photochromic lens technology reacts to varying light conditions and therefore provides darker and clearer lenses where appropriate. Transitions lenses perform as everyday clear lenses indoors. Outdoors, they do more, continuously filtering the light, reducing glare and eye fatigue.They adapt to changing light conditions, bringing out the best in everything you see. This type of lens is ideal for people with an active outdoor lifestyle or those with light sensitive eyes.

UV protection

All our sunglasses and transition lenses have full UV protection as standard.

Light from the sun contains a spectrum of wavelengths.  We can only see light over a small range known as the visible spectrum but cannot see the infra-red and ultraviolet (UV) light outside the visible spectrum.  There is good evidence that excessive exposure to UV light can damage the eyes in particular, a small part of the retina called the Macula.  Too much UV can also make the lens in the eye go hazy – a condition known as cataract.  A special coating can be applied to spectacle lenses which helps to block the UV light providing extra protection for your eyes.

Anti reflection

Reflections from lenses make them more noticeable.  Internal refractions within the lens can result in distracting reflections and “ghosting”.  These are particularly noticeable in bright sunshine or driving at night.  Also, bright objects behind you can be reflected back into your eye creating a distracting double image.  These reflections can be reduced by applying a special anti-reflection coating to the lens.  This not only makes the lenses look more transparent but also helps to get rid of distracting reflections.  It can also be beneficial when driving, particularly at night.

At Ridings Opticians we use Essilor premium coatings and their top of the range coating has an unbelievable 2 year no-quibble guarantee against lens damage.

High-index and aspheric lenses

If you need high-powered lenses you can improve the weight or appearance of your glasses with special lens materials and designs. High-index materials and aspheric designs mean that lenses can now be made thinner, lighter and better looking than traditional lens types. High-index materials make lenses for short sight thinner, while aspheric designs that minimise the amount of material making lenses for long sight both thinner and lighter.

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