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How To Choose

Before you order please also read the other two main sections (top links) ‘How to Order’ and ‘Prescription Information’.

The main decision to make is whether you are looking for a fashion / leisure style frame (shown in our Leisure Style section) or prescription sunglasses / eyewear for sports use (cycling, fishing, shooting, running, tennis, golf, skiing etc). Sports style sunglasses and eyewear have a more wrap around frame with curved lenses and are closer fitting. The prescription lenses will also be made of a shatterproof, impact resistant material like polycarbonate. For sports style models see that section of the website and also our Bollé section. If you are looking for sunglasses for driving we recommend our Serengeti section - Serengeti are widely acknowledged as the world's best driving sunglasses.

In addition to the leisure and sports styles shown we also have models that take an optical insert. The main benefits of an optical insert model:

  • Faster turnaround (usually less that 5 days to make the prescription lenses)

  • Ideal if you also wear contact lenses - you can take the insert out

  • Ideal if you want multiple coloured lenses - some of the optical insert models are interchangeable multi lens models

  • You have the option of taking the insert to your own optician 

Once you have settled on whether it’s leisure or sports style you want then it’s simply a matter of choosing the frame you like. After that there are lens options to consider (see below).

The base price shown includes grey or brown lenses (choose either colour). Then there are fixed price supplements adding to the base price if you want polarised prescription lenses and if you need High Index (thinner) lenses for stronger prescriptions. This additional supplement applies if you have a ‘Sph’ figure greater than -4 or +4. 

There are other options available to special order such as Transition® and photochromic lenses (that automatically adjust to different light conditions) and different coloured lenses available e.g. blue, red, yellow or orange. For these other special options it’s best to call us and we’ll take your order over the phone.

Lens colours / options

• Grey lenses 

The most popular lens colour, it reduces all light equally, does not increase contrast or alter the colour of objects and is best for strong sunlight and bright conditions.

• Brown lenses

Another very popular lens colour but one that adds contrast (objects appear sharper); they provide a warm appearance and work well where judging distance is important (like playing golf). Also good for strong sunlight and bright but overcast conditions.

• Polarised lenses

When sunlight strikes a surface (water, pavements, roads or snow pistes) it becomes concentrated (polarised) and this ‘polarised light’ causes glare which can lead to eye strain. Polarised lenses have a special film usually sandwiched between two other layers of the lens and this special film eliminates the glare caused by polarised light. This means polarised lenses block glare refected off a surface. They are popular with sailing, boating and watersports enthusiasts, fishing enthusiasts, snow sports enthusiasts, runners, cyclists and drivers.  When used for fishing a polarised lens means you will be able to see down below the surface of the water.

• Transition® & photochromic lenses 

Transition® and photochromic lenses are lenses that change colour, depending on light conditions. Typically they start from a light 20% tint and darken to around 70 / 80% (in intense sunlight). Originally, they were only available in glass but recent technology means they are now available in plastic / polycarbonate lenses.

• Other lens colours

As mentioned above we can also supply prescription lenses in other colours such as orange, yellow, red, purple and blue – please enquire for more details.

Frame sizes

In the description for each model we have provided the frame & lens size - these are 3 figures expressed like:

54 – 18 – 137

Sometimes manufacturers print these measurements on the inside of one of the arms (temples) and will look like:

54◊118◊137

These figures are the sizes of the frame & lenses measured in millimetres.

The sequence means:

Lens width – Bridge width – Overall length of the arm (temple).

See image below:

 Frame size - How to choose

Therefore in the figures above:

54 = Lens width

18 = Bridge width

137 = Arm length

If you have an existing pair of ‘specs’ with these three figures printed on the arms you can check whether any models you are interested in are near to your existing measurements or you can take the measurements off your existing specs.

These figures are less important with sports styles frames because they are closer fitting and tend to fit a wider variety of head and face shapes.

If there is anything you are not sure about please do call us for advice T: 01256 472063.

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