Eyewear

Bentley Opticians stocks a wide range of quality and affordable eyewear for men, women and children and a selection of exclusive designer frames.  Our frame and lens suppliers are carefully chosen for high quality and attention to detail.

 

Kids & Teens
(Eye tests for Children are free)

 

Bentley Opticians offers child-friendly tests that will tell us - and you - everything we need to know about your child’s eye health. Children don’t have to be able to read to have an eye test. You can trust us to do the same careful eye exam on your child that we would do for our own children.

We'll ask you about family history and check your child's sight against expected levels of development for their age. We'll assess their vision and see if it needs correcting, then discuss the results clearly with you.

Children qualify for an NHS voucher, at Stratton & Stratton Opticians we have a great range of kids glasses ranging from coloured metals to funky plastics, cost covered by your NHS Voucher, meaning complete pairs of glasses and repairs at no charge.

Once they’ve had their first eye exam, your child will soon get into the habit of having their eyes checked regularly. We like to see children at least every year to ensure we and you are looking after their precious sight and to help you with any questions you have about your child’s vision. Come in with your child to see us anytime. Older children may be interested in contact lenses.

 

Varifocal lenses

Varifocal lenses combine a distance and reading prescription in one lens, but rather than a visible step to the reading area (as with bifocals) there is a smooth transition down the lens. Not only does a varifocal lens look better cosmetically, it also gives a portion of the lens suitable for viewing objects at arms length, such as a computer screen or prices on shop shelves, which can be awkward to view with a bifocal.  It is more important than ever now with the increased use of computers, mobiles and tablets that this 'arms-length' distance is always in focus.

It can take a short time to get used to varifocal lenses but with the right type of varifocal and the advice from our qualified team there are very few people who cannot adapt to them. With the advances in technology varifocal lenses are now designed to fit into today's modern frame styles giving you much more freedom of choice than before.

There are quite a few different types of varifocals to suit all lifestyles. Our qualified team will be able to offer all the advice you require to find the varifocal that is right for you.

 

Lens Options

Single vision
Refers to lenses that have one focal range only as they correct for a single viewing distance rather than for two or three different distances. Available in either a plus or minus form, single vision lenses are generally made for either distance, intermediate or near use and can be spherical or aspheric in design. At Stratton & Stratton Opticians we stock a wide range of single vision lenses including high-index single vision lenses that allow us to keep lenses thin when prescriptions are high.

Bifocal Lenses
Designed with two corrective lenses on each side of a pair of glasses, bifocal lenses are designed for people who need both near and distance vision correction.

Transitions lenses
Protect your eyes by blocking 100% of UV rays all of the time. This latest photochromic lens technology reacts to varying light conditions and therefore provides darker and clearer lenses where appropriate. Transitions lenses perform as everyday clear lenses indoors. Outdoors, they do more, continuously filtering the light, reducing glare and eye fatigue.They adapt to changing light conditions, bringing out the best in everything you see. This type of lens is ideal for people with an active outdoor lifestyle or those with light sensitive eyes.

Arifocal lenses
Combine a distance and reading prescription in one lens, but rather than a visible step to the reading area (as with bifocals) there is a smooth transition down the lens. Not only does a varifocal lens look better cosmetically, it also gives a portion of the lens suitable for viewing objects at arms length, such as a computer screen or prices on shop shelves, which can be awkward to view with a bifocal.  It is more important than ever now with the increased use of computers, mobiles and tablets that this 'arms-length' distance is always in focus.

It can take a short time to get used to varifocal lenses but with the right type of varifocal and the advice from our qualified team there are very few people who cannot adapt to them. With the advances in technology varifocal lenses are now designed to fit into today's modern frame styles giving you much more freedom of choice than before.

There are quite a few different types of varifocals to suit all lifestyles. Our qualified team will be able to offer all the advice you require to find the varifocal that is right for you.

Lenses for Hyperopes (long-sighted)
Normally light is focused on the retina at the back of the eye to form a sharp image. Long-sightedness means the eye is too short and the light is focused beyond the retina. Lenses to correct this are thicker in the middle than at the edges. In a strong prescription, the lenses can be particularly heavy and unsightly.
There are various ways to improve the appearance and minimise the weight of the lenses. Choosing a small frame will help minimise the weight. Secondly, consider lenses with a higher "refractive index".
This will also reduce the thickness and weight of the lenses. Choosing lenses with an aspheric design will reduce the thickness further still.
Anti-reflection coatings can also improve the appearance and your vision through them.

Lenses for Myopes (short-sighted)
As we have just mentioned, light is focused by the cornea and the lens to form a sharp image on the retina. Sometimes the eye ball is too long and the light comes to a focus before the retina.
Lenses to correct this are thicker at the edges than in the middle. In a strong prescription, the edges can be particularly thick and unsightly.
There are a number of ways to avoid this. Choosing a small frame reduces the edge thickness and weight of the lens. Lenses with a high "refractive index" also reduce the edge thickness and weight.
The third way is to use aspheric lenses which reduce the thickness further still. Anti-reflection coatings can also improve the appearance and vision through the lenses.

Lens Coatings

Scratch resistant
Plastic lenses are nice and light but do tend to scratch quite easily. These scratches will reduce the quality of your vision through the lenses particularly under some conditions - like driving at night.
To help protect your lenses, a thin coating can be applied to the lenses. This will help to keep your lenses in tip-top condition for much longer.

Anti reflection
Reflections from lenses make them more noticeable. Internal refractions within the lens can result in distracting reflections and “ghosting”. These are particularly noticeable in bright sunshine or driving at night. Also, bright objects behind you can be reflected back into your eye creating a distracting double image.
These reflections can be reduced by applying a special anti-reflection coating to the lens. This not only makes the lenses look more transparent but also helps to get rid of distracting reflections. It can also be beneficial when driving, particularly at night.