Choosing spectacles can often be a daunting thing – whether it is your first pair or a new look. At Hatch End Eyecare we have spent a lot of time and energy on frame choice. For most of our patients this is indeed a part of your face, maybe something you wear everyday so we want to get this right. There is a selection for every age range and for every pocket; from all-inclusive frame and lens packages to the most luxurious brands and hand-made pieces made of gold, wood or titanium. Maybe your spectacles are just for work or you need something specific for sports, e.g. scuba diving or skiing, speak to a member of our team to see how we can help.
Once the perfect frame has been selected – the most appropriate lens for your prescription and your visual and lifestyle needs will be recommended.
Here is a brief overview of the variable lens properties available at Hatch End Eyecare:
- Thickness and weight
- ANTI – scratch/glare/smudge/dust/water/UV
- Blue-UV repellant (for use of smart phones, tablets, VDU screens & LED lighting)
- Photochromic (Transitions available in Grey, Brown)
- Photochromic XTRACTIVE (works behind car windcsreen)
- Impact resistance (safety/sportswear)
- Tint (full, graduated, mirror finish)
- Polarised tint (absolutely NO glare – great for driving, fishing, sailing, skiing)
- Single vision or Anti-fatigue
- Occupational lens (computer and reading)
- Bifocals and Trifocals
Personalising your lenses makes a difference
We all choose a frame that changes up our look or fits our style, but do you ever think about the lenses?
Standard lenses are manufactured on the basis that:
Everybody has the same eye size.
Everybody’s facial features are the same.
Using the Visioffice we take a 3D measurement of your eyes that capture your unique eye rotation centre.
Maximises the performance of the design for each wearer, based on the position and size of the eye
Eyecode personalisation option is available on all premium Varilux and Single Vision lenses at Hatch End Eyecare.
Frame fit parameters
This takes into account the position of the lens in the frame and respects how you wear your frames.
Ensure outstanding visual performance regardless of how the frame fits.
Near vision behaviour
Five individual measurements create your reading and near vision behaviour.
The bottom part of your lenses are tailored, which is crucial for reading and other close-up activites such as using your phone, for postural and visual comfort.
Choosing the right pair of sunglasses is important and should be tailored to your needs. If it’s a fashion accessory your after or have seen the latest designs some celebrities are wearing you will find these all at Hatch End Eyecare, we stock the very latest and take great pride in our collection!Of course sunglasses do have other purposes and protecting your eyes is still our number one priority. So there is absolutely no reason why a great looking snazzy pair of shades cannot also be providing you with 100% protection from UV, be in the appropriate coloured tint for the task, and still comes with all the scratch resistant and polarising glare-free technology.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been attributed to the development of many eye problems including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). They will also help to prevent wrinkles by protecting the delicate skin around the eyes from premature aging. Good quality sunglasses protect your eyes from 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.Most surfaces will reflect light. Water, snow, car windshields and the road surface are some of the most common. Extremely bright reflections can be distracting and interfere with vision. This is particularly dangerous when driving, riding a motorbike, skiing or boating. Sunglasses that include polarised filters or mirror coatings will eliminate glare for safer and more comfortable vision.
Whether you are out cycling, skiing or just enjoying the view outdoors, sunglasses are an effective wind barrier. They reduce the rate of evaporation of tears and help keep your eyes moist and comfortable. If you wear contact lenses, sunglasses will help to keep them moist and prevent windblown particles from getting in your eyes and causing a corneal abrasion. Consider close-fitting “wrap” style frames as these are a more effective barrier.In very bright conditions, the pupil which controls the amount of light reaching the light sensitive retina, cannot constrict small enough to reduce light to a comfortable level. This causes a person to squint, using the eyelids to further reduce light entering the eye. Muscle fatigue associated with squinting and constant constriction of the pupil can lead to headache and eyestrain.
All sunglass lenses are tinted to cut down on overall brightness and enhance terrain definition.
However, your choice of tint colours affects your vision by influencing:
- how much visible light reaches your eyes
- how well you see other colours
- how well you see contrasts
By selecting the correct coloured tint for your sport or activity will help to improve your visual acuity for that environment.
When should you wear sunglasses?
It’s generally a good idea to wear sunglasses anytime you’re outdoors but especially when:
- In summer when UV radiation is at least x3 higher than it is during winter
- At the beach or near the water (one of the most reflective surfaces)
- You’re in the mountains or outside at any high altitudes
- If you have had cataract surgery or are taking photo-sensitising drugs (our Optometrist can advise you on this, you should bring the latest list of your medications to discuss ocular side-effects
- All year round, winter sun is lower and can cause more glare especially whilst driving.
Laser Engraving available
Add that personal touch to your frame and case with our in house Laser engraver.
Click here to watch the video, see how its done and an example of what we can do for you.