Introduction to Lenses

From Freeform to Varifocals, we make senses of lenses for you

Come in and see us for a Personalised Lens Consultation

The vast array of choices available when choosing lenses can make it seem like a minefield, there are so many spectacle lenses available – in our core lens range alone we have access to over 300 different lens types – with a range of coating and design options available for each as well. Within this selection there is a lens for every possible need – some lenses are better suited to certain frames and different lens manufacturers are better at different things. At Airedale Opticians we use our dispenser’s and optometrist’s years of experience within the world of optics, to find and recommend the lenses that are most suitable for your eyes and your requirements.

There is no single lens that will suit everybody and to make a recommendation we need to consider your prescription, frame choice, what you want from the lenses and what lenses you are wearing at the moment. If you book in for an eye examination, your optometrist will recommend the best lenses for you, based on their findings and discussion with you, your dispenser will help to fine tune those recommendations based on your choice of frame and further discussions. If you are bringing in a prescription, one of our dispensers will be happy to go through the lens options available to you and make recommendations. If you are looking for a specific lens design or manufacturer, please ask, we can offer lenses from all of the major suppliers.

What Options are Available for me?

Single Vision Lenses are the starting points for most lens wearers. Spectacle wearers under forty will usually only need a single vision lens for all purposes, over forty the eye starts to need a different prescription for close-up work and single vision lenses can provide reading or distance vision.

While the traditional single vision design is unchanged in over a century, there are new options available for single vision wearers, to help reduce distortion on high prescriptions or provide more relaxed vision for computer users. Learn more about single vision lenses on our single vision pages.

Over the age of forty when the eye starts to need a different prescription for close-up, middle range and long distance vision, some people choose to use two or more separate single vision pairs, but for convenience and flexibility, many choose to look at multifocal glasses.

Varifocals are the complete solution, offering clear vision at all distances and the convenience of a single pair of spectacles for all jobs. There are a wide range of varifocals available including many special designs that provide an extra boost for a particular vision type and we will be happy to help find the best one for you. Learn more about varifocals on our varifocal page.

Office Lenses also known as occupational or indoor lenses are a specially designed lens suited for close to medium range tasks. They are of particular advantage to computer users, providing flexibility over single vision lenses. .

Bifocals are the traditional approach to the multifocal lens, with a small section of reading lens on top of your distance prescription. Available in a variety of forms, with special lenses available for different tasks, enquire in practice for more information.

Specialised lenses for complex prescriptions

With access to the world’s best lens manufacturers, we are able to source a uniquely wide range of lenses. If you have found your lens selection limited at other opticians, please bring your prescription to Airedale Opticians, we can literally search the world to find a lens for you. Our experience includes glass lenses, lenses over ±10.00D and astigmatism over ±7.00D, as well as every shape of bifocal and shade of tint.

Enquire in practice for more details.

Prescription checking service

If you order new spectacles at Airedale Opticians with an in-date sight test from another optician, or more than six months old from ourselves, we offer a complimentary prescription check to ensure that you get the best possible vision from your new glasses. Please bring your existing prescription in with you.

Urgent Eyewear

If you have lost or broken your glasses, or just need some urgently, we can provide many of our single vision and varifocals lenses on a 48 hour Express Service. This is available on a wide range of prescriptions and includes thinned down and Light 2 Dark lenses. Telephone us or call into practice for more information.