Lens types

At Gates we ensure your lenses are uniquely tuned to your individual prescription and lifestyle requirements using the best quality Nikon, Essilor, Carl Zeiss and Hoya lenses. New advances in lens technology have made it possible for spectacles to have better optics, be thinner, lighter and more comfortable. Below are some of the types of spectacle lenses available.

Single Vision lenses

Single vision lenses have the same prescription over the whole lens surface. These types of lenses can be used either for distance correction or reading correction.

Occupational Reader

An occupational reader is a mid-range lens designed for the growing number of people that require a separate pair of glasses specifically for work, computer and desk use.

Multifocal Lenses

Anyone approaching their 50th birthday knows reading and close-up activities become more difficult as the years go by. This phenomenon is known as presbyopia and affects everybody at some stage in their life.

Multifocals or progressive lenses offer the best solution as they combine sections for near, intermediate and distance vision, which are smoothly graduated through the lens. There has been a huge improvement in these lenses over the years and they are the number one choice for many people.

Bifocal lenses

Bifocals combine reading and distance sections within the lens, however, the intermediate ranged area between these segments remains blurred. The change in the two segments is noticeable due to the line this creates across the lens.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses are designed to adjust to the amount of sunlight present, light in the shade and indoors, but pleasantly dark in the sun. This is great for people who are sensitive to glare, and suffer from watery or red eyes or even tension headaches when the sun is low in the sky or under diffused lighting.

Anti-reflection coating

Anti-reflective coatings are very popular with wearers of glasses these days. These incredibly thin anti-reflection films substantially reduce irritating light reflections without adding thickness to your lenses. They provide better vision under any light conditions.

Prescription Sunglasses

When you are outdoors, your eyes need protection from the sun, just like skin. We have various polarised and standard tint options to find the best colour and lens design for you. All of our prescription sunglasses screen out 99.9% of harmful UV radiation and can be fitted into most of our vast range of designer sunglass frames.

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