Lichfield Street Opticians in Wolverhampton

Caring for Wolverhampton’s eyes since 1863

01902 420348

See The World With Clarity

Your eyes are amazing. Enabling you to see the world around you in three dimensions, your eyes can move together, adapt to light and dark, can perceive a multitude of colour can can take in images with perfect clarity.

However, not all eyes are the same, nor are they all perfect.  Some eyeballs can be too long (myopic), others can be too short (hyperopic) and some have an uneven curvature (astigmatism).  They can become frail over time with age (presbypoia, among other conditions). These problems may affect the way you see the world around you.

The best, most cost effective solution for correcting these common problems is to wear opthalmic lenses either in spectacles or as contact lenses.

The lenses that you might require depends on the nature of your vision problems as well as considerations for your life style - whether it is to improve your comfort and abilities at work, at home, reading, watching television, or a personal choice in fashion.

Once you have had your eye test, you will know from the Optometrist what vision problems you have (if any) and whether you will need glasses. As well as choosing a frame, you will also have to decide on what lenses you are going to have.

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Which Lenses are Right for Me?

There are many lens types available to cover most anomalies that can develop with your eyes, affecting your sight.  Depending on your needs, we have a range of lenses available to empower you no matter what life throws at you.

At Lichfield Street Opticians we supply lenses from some of the world leaders in lens manufacturing including Hoya, Zeiss and Essilor. Each of these offers a complete range of lens styles and designs, as we have the choice of which lens maker to work with, we can ensure that we will find the perfect lens for you!

What Types of Lenses are There?

Although there are many designs and specific uses from different manufacturers, most opthalmic lenses fall into one of three basic categories: Single Vision Lenses, Bifocal Lenses and Varifocal (also known as Progressive) Lenses. Each lens type has its own uses that covers almost all visual problems that you may develop.

Single vision lenses are the most basic of prescription lenses and can be used as either distance glasses or for reading glasses. Using the simplest of lens designs, they are suitable for any frame size and shape, can be tinted or even covered with Transitions photochromic coatings - it is even possible to add a polarising tint to them. They correct the following problems:

  • Near-sightedness: Faraway images appear blurred while close images are reasonably in focus; corrected with ‘minus’ power convex-lenses.
  • Far-sightedness: Faraway images are reasonably in focus and close images appear blurred; corrected with ‘plus’ power concave lenses.
  • Astigmatism: The eyes look in two different directions at right angles to each other; corrected with the application of a cylindrical power.
  • Presbyopia: Usually occuring in people aged beyond forty. Reading becomes increasingly difficult to read for these people, as the lens of their eye becomes less flexible and focusing on nearby objects becomes difficult. In the single vision category, reading glasses can be the simplest solution.
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Example of Bifocal Lens

Bifocal Lenses are the same as single vision distance lenses but have a reading area indented into the lower part of the lens. This allows for everyday distance vision but allows you to read up close when you are looking down through the reading area.

This is great lens for anyone who doesn’t want a separate pair of reading glasses and feel that varifocal lenses are not right for them. The reading area can be fashioned into two shapes - the traditional, softer ‘half-moon’ area or the more modern ‘D’ shape which has a clearly defined transition from distance to reading. They can be tinted, although the indent shape of the near vision area may limit your options (for example, photochromic tints can only be applied to Bifocals with the ‘D’ shape indentation).

Varifocal Lenses - also known as progressive or multifocal lenses - are among the most advanced lenses available today, providing excellent vision at all distances. The various correction areas partially overlap into each  other, so that the discomfort of any sudden transition into each segment is eliminated. You have a wide distance area across the upper part of the lens, with an intermediate channel that crosses down the middle which opens to a reading area at the bottom part of the lens. Some varifocal designs have wider intermediate areas, others have more emphasis on distance or reading, meaning that we can find some lenses that would best suit you for certain activities (our computer lenses have a greater focus on intermediate distance vision, for example).

This makes them the best multi-purpose lens on the market as they can be used for all everyday pursuits, from reading and watching television to outdoor activities that require clear distance vision. There are many different designs of varifocal lenses which can offer wider intermediate or larger reading areas which enables us to help you choose the right lens for your lifestyle.  The perfect lens for work, rest and play!

Field of vision for Hoya Varifocal (progressive) Lens Increased Field of Vision for Hoya Summit Pro Varifocal Lens with ID Lifestyle Coating

For more information about the different types of lenses available, and which would best suit you, contact Lichfield Street Opticians today on 01902 420348!

Additional Options for Your Lenses

We can add the folloowing coatings to your lenses to suit your personal needs, onto most lens brands and styles:

  • Glare Resistance / Anti Reflection - Without anti-reflection resistance, light is reflected by the lens surface into the eye.  With this coating, no light is reflected which means you’ll experience a higher degree of clarity and your eyes will feel comfortable.
  • Smudge Resistance - Offers a treatment that repels water and oil. This means the lenses will resist fingerprints and smudges and thus are much easier to clean.
  • Scratch Resistance - Invisible scratch resistant layers provide protection from the wear and tear of daily life thereby providing you with clearer vision.  In many cases, such as with premium Crizal lenses, this hard coating is so striking it also includes a two year guarantee against scratches!
  • Dust Repellence - Wiping an ordinary lens can create a static charge on the surface that attracts dust particles. With an anti-static coating, this will not happen and your lenses will stay clearer for longer.
  • Water Repellence - A coating that repels water from collecting on the surface of your lenses. The water rolls into small droplets that slide off the lens with ease.  With ordinary lenses water spreads and sticks to the surface.  This means that your vision can be impaired when caught out in the rain - but not with Crizal Lenses.
  • Also Available: Optifog - A grand coating that includes all of the above but in place of water repellence, Optifog lenses uses advanced technology to prevent your lenses from steaming up - whether you are at work in the kitchen, coming in from the cold weather, or are concerned with steamy conditions that normally cause your lenses to fog up.

New! From Essilor: Crizal Prevenciacrizal-prevencia

Light plays an essential role in everyday life. It is fundamental for vision. It is needed for perception of the surrounding world: shapes, details and colours. Good Blue light (blue-turquoise part) is essential for overall well-being. It is neccesary for regulation of the sleep/wake cycles, mood and cognitive performances.Crizal%20Prevencia%20Woman

But certain bands of blue light can also be the cause of premature eye ageing. Ultraviolet (UV) light is already well known and all Crizal lenses include UV protection as standard. But harmful blue-violet light was recently identified as being harmful to retinal cells. Causing long-term damage to our eyes, it can accelerate the onset of age related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Cumulative exposure to blue-violet light has a double effect:

  • It increases the production of lipofuscin, a metabolic waste material that accumulates in retinal cells with age. It is commonly known as an "age marker" that may be found in other organs.
  • It activates lipufuscin phototoxic components, causing retinal cell death. The accumulation of lipofuscin in retinal cells can contribute to the deposition of drusens in AM

Harmful%20light%20CPPreventing over-exposure of blue-violet light may decrease the death of retinal cells

UV and Blue-Violet light is present everywhere - Outdoors: Whatever the weather UV and blue-violet light is present (sunny, cloudy, rainy, etc.) and Indoors: Wherever the place blue-violet light is transmitted by low energy light bulbs and most modern digital devices, including tablets, smartphones and computers.

Crizal's latest innovation selectively filters the harmful blue violet light as well as providing their world class UV filters and other great benefitsESPF_300dpi%20thumb

The most effective clear lens at selective light filtering

  • Blocks the harmful light: UV and harmful blue-violet light.
  • Lets the good light through: Including essential blue-turquoise light.

Crizal Prevencia are strong and clear lenses giving you unparalleled vision and protecting the health of your eyes!

  • Helps prevent premature eye aging by reducing the risk of cataracts and AMD.Enemies%20CP
  • Offers the best lens protection against reflections, scratches, smudges, dust and water
  • Prevention against blue-violet light is recommended for everyone.


Tints and Transitions Lenses

Sometimes you may find that certain amounts of light can give you problems with your eyes, which can lead to lower vision acuity and even migraine headaches.  To help you to overcome this we can tint your lenses so that they work as sunglasses - we can even offer the 100% UV protection and the improved contrast effects of polarised coatings.  For more information on these, please see our sunglasses page.  However, you may find that tinted lenses cause their own problems when wearing your glasses indoors.  This is where photochromic Transitions lenses come into their own.

Link to Transitions Photochromic Lenses WebsiteTransitions Lenses feature a special photochromic layer that reacts to ambient light and temperature to reduce eyestrain and fatigue.  When indoors, your lenses will be clear, as if they are normal lenses. But outside, the Transitions coating will react to the sunlight to automatically darken, ensuring that your vision remains comfortable.transitions_comparisons

The brighter the light, the darker the Transitions tint becomes - offering a strong tint in the glare of the Summer sun, and a more slight shading when out in overcast weather. Transitions lenses continuously change according to the light, ensuring you have the most comfortable vision possible at all times. Once you head back indoors the lenses will return to their clear state after a few moments.

You can choose between a grey-black or brown colour for your Transitions to suit your preferred frame or personal style.

For more information about our lenses, coatings, or for an in-store demonstration of Optifog or Transitions in action, contact us on 01902 420348 or drop in to see us!

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