As a fully independent practice, we are not restricted in the usage of any particular lens manufacturer. Thus we are able to prescribe the absolute best lens available for your particular needs.
West Auckland Optometrist
These lenses are designed to help you focus at only one distance in your vision, either for distance (e.g. driving) or near work (e.g. reading).
Generally if you are below 40 years of age, and do not have specific visual demands (such as prolonged computer work) then this lens will be all you need to help you see clearly at all times, as your eyes are still able to adjust its focus.
This relatively new design of lens has been created specifically to address the higher visual demands of our now digital world. Prolonged amounts of near work (especially on the computer and reading) is now common to many of us, which means our eye muscles are having to sustain its contracted state to help you keep a clear, focused image. Over long periods of time (e.g. 6 or more hours in a day) this can result in fatigue of the muscles, which you may experience via tired eyes, eyestrain, or headaches – even to the younger ones amongst us!
Anti-fatigue lenses provide your eyes with assistance, and thus lightening your load when focusing especially when performing near tasks, and have been very effective in removing the eyestrain that many of us experience.
This covers a relatively broad range of more specific designs. Essentially it is designed to give you extra range of clear vision when a pair of reading glasses is not enough. Often it can give you clear, comfortable vision up to 2m or more (e.g. in an office setting). This may mean that you can comfortably walk in them, and not have to constantly remove your reading glasses whenever you need to look further away!
Progressives (also known as Multifocals)
As with the occupational lenses, there are a wide variety of designs here which can be difficult to tell apart until you are actually wearing them. Designed for everyday use, particularly amongst the more mature (40 plus) amongst us, it allows us to see all distances clearly when our eyes no longer allow us to. It does this by varying the prescription through the lens, so you will have a part of the lens for each distance of vision you need, which makes it excellent for general everyday use.
What separates one progressive design from another comes down to the specifics of how it has been designed and manufactured. The difference in the end result is striking in terms of the functional usage of the lens – the width of clear vision, as well as the lack of ‘swim effect’ and distortions on the sides are the major improvements you can get in a quality progressive lens.
There are nuances between each design that would make a lens more suitable for your situation over a different one. Our optometrists have years of experience and pay special attention to your lifestyle to select the best one for your needs!