Feb 072013
 

 

 

Ever feel compromised with your varifocals? Do you experience blurry side vision or curved distortion when going down stairs or reading?  If you’ve been disappointed with varifocals before you’ll be excited about our new varifocal lens design!  Essilor, who invented the varifocal lens design over 50 years ago, have added an all-new progressive lens to their extensive range.

One of our patients has recently started to wear the new Varilux S lens for the first time … ‘They are crystal clear and have sharp focus at all distances … (and compared to her previous varifocal lenses)… they do give much clearer all round vision’.*

Two new and exclusive technologies have made the Varilux S Series design overcome the compromises you may have previously had when wearing your varifocals.

Nanoptix technology reduces the ‘swim effect’.  Synchroneyes technology ensures maximised fields of vision. If you have previously experienced some limits with your premium varifocal lenses, Essilor’s new Varilux S Series will provide you with ultimate flawless vision.

Wearers of the new Varilux S Series have experienced a wider angle of vision and a more balanced feel when moving.  90% of the swim effect is reduced through Varilux S Series compared to other premium lenses.**

Your new lens design comes with a choice of two anti-reflection coatings, Optifog UV and Crizal Forte UV.  We have had positive feedback from our patients for these premium coatings … ‘They certainly stay clearer for longer and are not a problem in the rain’.*

Both coatings have UV protection … your eyes can be damaged by UV rays 365 days of the year.  Even if your not in bright sunlight UV rays are everywhere and our Crizal UV coating will protect your eyes from the harmful light that reflects from the back of your lenses into your eye. For more information see our previous entriy on protecting your eyes from UV rays.

Also available for Varilux S Series lenses is  Crizal Optfog UV which provides you with fog free vision.

By treating your lenses once a week with the Optifog activator you will have steam free lenses in any situation!  For more information and to see our Optifog demonstration.

        • Crizal Forte UV protects against the 5 enemies of clear vision!

5 enemies of clear vision

For more details on lens coatings and how they help to improve your vision check out our coatings blog

For any more information please contact Lichfield Street Opticians on 01902 420348 or info@wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk

*Our patient testimonials Jan 2013

**Essilor In lab testing 2011

Nov 012012
 

Its getting to that time of the year when we wrap up for crisp frosty mornings … enjoy cosy nights by the fire … but as a spectacle wearer do you find your glasses getting foggy when you’re out and about during your day in the winter?

Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we know it has always been a problem for all spectacles wearers that when you go from a cold environment to hot surroundings and visa versa your lenses foggy up and your vision is temporarily blurred until your lenses clear.  It can be a major inconvenience and until now there hasn’t been a product that has completely eliminated this problem.

Optifog coating was introduced last year and it has been has now been relaunched to include Crizal Forte UV.  It won ‘Product Of The Year’ at this years Opticians Awards.  The combination of Optifog and Crizal UV means that your eyes have 25 times better UV protection than without the coating plus a lens that won’t fog up when you move from hot to cold environments.

The top layer of the Optifog coating has fog repellent properties. To activate the Optifog on your lenses we supply you with a bottle of Optifog Activator.  You simply apply a drop of the solution to both sides of your lenses and wipe them over with a micro fibre cloth.  Your lenses are now completely fog resistant!

Unlike other anti-fog sprays you may have tried in the past, which have to been used daily with the Optifog Activator it only has to be used once a week.

Included in the Optifog UV coating is the usual benefits of an anti reflection coating

  • scratch resistance
  • smudge resistance/easy to clean
  • anti-reflection
  • dust repellence

Please call into see our Optifog Demonstration for yourself!  Please don’t hesitate to call and see us if you need any more information about coatings or about your eye health.

 

Many thanks to Essilor

Jun 252012
 

Many of us wear glasses for day-to-day vision. Many of us like to be outside when the sun is shining. But many of us don’t want to buy separate sunglasses. So what other options are available to you when you are out in the bright glare of the sun?

Coloured Tints for your Lenses

Essilor Tints

At Lichfield Street Opticians we can offer you coloured tints that can be added to your lenses when you next update your prescription glasses. With a choice of 4 colours – black, brown, grey or grey-green (these are the colours that will not distort your perception of colour in the world around you) – and with a range of tint strengths we can tailor to your needs. They also offer complete UV protection.

Tinted lenses are just right for people with light sensitive eyes especially as they will also help to deal with indoor artificial light. The colours will not alter one’s perception of colours of, for example, road signs, making them especially ideal for drivers – especially when enhanced with lens coating options such as anti-glare. We can offer tints with all of our lenses, including lenses from Essilor and Hoya.

Lens tints are ideal for all walks of life and allow wearers to see colours exactly as they should be seen, in safety.

 

Transitions and Photochromic Lenses

Transitions-Healthy-Sight-In-Every-Light

Transitions and photochromic lenses are clear lenses that will darken on exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – i.e. when one steps outside into the sun with them. Once the UV is removed (for example by walking indoors), they return to their clear state, just like normal lenses. The brighter and hotter the sun, the darker they become – ensuring that you have the best protection from harsh light and glare. They are the perfect solution for those who have increased sensitivity to light but do not want a tint over their glasses at all times.

Sunclips

A flip-up sunclip fitted to spectacles

Sunclips – also known as clip-ons – are another ideal and cost effective way to add the shading effect of sunglasses to your regular spectacles. Put simply, these are UV-filtering tinted covers that can clip onto your existing frame, instantly transforming your day-to-day glasses into sunglasses.

Some of these – flip-up sunclips (see image above) have pegs which grip your frame above the bridge (the segment of frame between the lenses that sits on top of your nose). These are hinged and can be flipped up or down if you need to alternate between tinted or clear vision – ideal for long drives in changing conditions! What’s more, if we do not have the exact size of flip-up sunclip in stock, we can easily trim a larger one down to match your frame exactly.

"Fit-over" Sunclip

You can also get Fit-over sunclips. These are similar to Flip-Up clip-ons but have four small ‘feet’ that grip your frame at the sides of the frame below the arm sides. These offer a more secure fit, at the expense of not being able to flip them up when a tint is not needed.

Both of these types of sunclip are available right now at Lichfield Street Opticians – all with UV400 protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays and with polarised options that offer you extra protection against glare.

For more information, to try sunclips or to view a demonstration of Transitions photochromic lenses in action, please call us on 01902 420348 or pop in to see us!

Jun 182012
 

For many years we have been advised to protect our skin from UV (ultra violet) sun damage with sun creams and sun block, however our eyes also have daily exposure to UV light and are just as susceptible to damage.  Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we can provide you with the best UV protection for your eyes!

The sun and UV light

We now supply Crizal Forte UV, which is the first clear lens on the market to maximise your eyes protection against dangerous UV rays from the front and back surface of your lenses, while ensuring the best clarity of vision.

You may already be wearing a Crizal coated lens from us or have read about its benefits on our previous blogs. http://www.wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/blog/clearer-vision-with-crizal-lens-coatings/

Crizal Forte UV still provides you with protection from the 5 enemies of clear vision, as seen below but now gives you 25 times better protection from harmful UV than without any lenses!

5 enemies of clear vision

                                                         The Eye Sun Protection Factor!

We all check our sun lotion SPF (sun protection factor) when we’re due to fly off somewhere sunny. We know that the higher the number of SPF the better protection our skin is. Our lens supplier Essilor have applied this to their new Crizal Forte UV. They have created the E-SPF (Eye-Sun Protection Factor) and when wearing lenses with Crizal Forte UV the E-SPF is 25, so your eyes will be 25 times better protected than when wearing no lenses!

Research has shown a connection between UV exposure and a number of short-term and long-term eye diseases. They can seriously damage our vision and health. Our eyes are directly exposed to UV rays 365 days of the year so protection is important.

Crizal Forte UV is available on a wide range of your spectacle lenses and still offers the superb two guarantee against scratches!

For more information about the new E-SPF 25 Crizal Forte UV or any of our spectacles lenses we’d love to hear from you!

Many thanks to Essilor.

Blog again soon … Ruth :-)

Mar 142012
 

Hi,

You know how we feel about shoes! You can never have too many pairs … and you wouldn’t want to be wearing the same pair every time you went out. Your glasses are part of your outfit everyday aswell!

Lots of shoes but only one pair of glasses!

The average women now has 7 pairs of shoes or more … (for me that figure should definitely be higher!).  Wearing the right glasses for every occasion means you’ll always project the right image.  Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we can choose frames that will be suitable for all aspects of your lifestyle.

If in the past you have had lenses that have looked thick and unattractive in your frame, we have a fantastic range of ultra thin lenses suitable for all prescriptions.  They will all be supplied with an anti glare coating, that stop any reflections you would normally see on a standard uncoated lens.

crizal-no-glare-lens-comparison

At Lichfield Street Opticians we have an exciting range of frames in stock … they cover all price ranges.  Our most recent designer brand is ck Calvin Klein … its a fantastic and very wearable collection.

image

Also just arrived are our new NHS frame range … if you receive JSA, Income Support, ESA, Pension Credit or carry a HC2 you will be able to order from our collection of NHS frames that are suitable for your distance, reading, bifocal and varifocal lenses.

Summer is Coming … Time to Get Ready!

If you’re thinking ahead to your summer holidays … have you ever considered prescription sunglasses.  We stock an exclusive range of frames that are ideal for your tinted prescription lenses.

For more information and ideas about which sunglasses are the best choice for you click here – or click through on the images below:

Ted Baker SunglassesConverse SunglassesPolaroid Sunglasses

 

 

Book an appointment for your next eye examination with us and we’ll advise you on what style of frame is suitable for you.  Your new frame will look fantastic and your lenses will be the best for you and your eyes!

Many thanks to Essilor for their continued support

Ruth :-)

Dec 302011
 

Hiya!

Have you ever got fed up of fingerprints on your lenses or been dazzled by headlight glare when driving at night?  Here ‘s how to get the best out of your specs!

When your optician talks about anti reflective lens coating, it might be something you haven’t tried before or even heard of. A lens coating eliminates a lot of the problems and discomfort that spectacle wearers find with an uncoated lens.

One of the most popular types of lens coatings are Essilor’s Crizal Lenses.  This coating protects your glasses against the five enemies of clear vision:

  • reflections
  • smudges
  • scratches
  • dust
  • water
Crizal Coatings

Crizal Coatings

Crizal Lenses have a perfectly smooth surface that lets in light, rather than bouncing off the surface, keeping your vision clear and clean at all times.  The coating is suitable for everyone and there are four types of coatings within the Crizal family to choose from.

One of our lens manufacturers, Essilor has recently launched their new coating, Optifog.  It’s had a really successful launch and has received a lot of positive feedback.

Optifog from Essilor

Optifog Steam Repellance Lens Coating from Essilor

All spectacle wearers have at sometime found their spectacles have ‘steamed up’ moving from a cold to a hot environment, when playing sports or in a work environment. It can happen anywhere and it’s a real inconvenience when it happens!  The Optifog lens completely eliminates the problem giving you fog free vision.  The top layer of Optifog’s moisture repellent properties, once activated it prevents fogging for up to one week.  We have a demonstation in store so please call in to see how it works!

Crizal Forte is a premium state of the art coating and was winner of the Optical Product of the Year 2009.  It is an advanced coating that combats the problems experienced by spectacles wearers,  reflections, smudges, scratches, dust and water.

Crizal Forte

Crizal Forte coatings from Essilor

I have this coating on my lenses, I find it a real benefit.  Its great for night driving, I don’t get dazzled by on coming headlights any more.  My specs are really easy to keep clean aswell!

Crizal Alize is a great all round quality coating, preventing smudges, reflections and is scratch resistant. There great benefit of Crizal Alize is a premium level of dust repellence.

Crizal Alize

Crizal Alize lens coating from Essilor

If you haven’t tried an anti-relective lens before Crizal Easy provides the ideal introduction to the benefits of a coating with unbeatable value.  It is superior to any other standard coated lens you may be offered.  You will be able to benefit from an anti-reflective lens with scratch resistance and good smudge resistance.

Crizal Easy

Crizal Easy lens coating from Essilor

So next time you order your spectacles ask about Crizal lenses to experience the best you can get in anti-reflective coating. We have demonstrations of the coatings in store so please call in to see us and you will be able to see all the elements of a coated Crizal lens.

I hope this info has been interesting, for further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 01902 420348.

Many thanks to Essilor for the images and information.

May we wish you all a very Happy New Year!