The question of lenses.

What best suits your needs?

Ask yourself some basic questions.

How often do I use/how much do I rely on my glasses?

This may sound a strange question, but valid. Some people may wear simple reading glasses using them only occasionally. If this is the case, then one single vision reading lens is very much like another in terms of quality and vision (although there are more advanced digital single lenses but very rarely used with limited benefits to the wearer)

On the other hand, if you wear varifocal lenses, then the many types and qualities can be wide and varied and confusing for a customer. It pays to check out the exact brand and quality (width and clarity of vision, also comfort in use to the eye). It is a good idea to ask the optician or the provider of your last glasses about the quality or brand of lens you are wearing currently. This can save problems with tolerating new varifocal designs when you replace your existing glasses.

Do I do a job/am I involved in a sport that may give a need for specialised lenses best suited for my work or lifestyle?


From accountants who may need extra room to read small print on there paperwork, to a factory worker who may need highly impact resistant lenses, to a sporty guy or gal who may need specialised coatings, (transitional react to sun or coloured anti glare coated/polarised lenses) it is wise to consider these aspects unique to you when having new glasses made. It could be the difference in you being delighted with your new glasses, or wishing you had spent a little more because the glasses don't function as well as they could for you.

Do I have an unusual or high prescription which may effect the look or weight of my glasses?

It goes without saying, very heavy or thick unsightly lenses are not ideal. This is where the experience of the dispenser of your glasses can help. It's a fact that certain types and shapes and sizes of frames add or detract to the overall look and weight of a high prescription pair of glasses.

You have a few options here. Cheap and cheerfull depending on  a lower budget or if you are not concerned about weight or the actual cosmetics. Then there are ultra thin lens options. High index spectacle lenses are more expensive, but that aside, it is still possible to get a reasonably priced pair of glasses, but with attention paid to the overall finish and look. High index lenses come in many forms, the higher the number, the thinner and flatter and more comfortable to wear they will be. 1.6 INDEX/ 1.67 INDEX/ 1.74 INDEX materials are plastic lenses, the higher the number the thinner they will be. 1.7 /1.8/ 1.9 INDEX GLASS lenses are thinner still. Often opticians make comparison difficult by using generic names like thin/ extra thin/ super thin. It is wise to know exactly what you are being supplied with from the start. Single vision lenses are again much the same from one brand to another. Varifocals are more complicated. There are many designs, some being much higher in vision quality that others. This is why you may get supermarket  and chain suppliers offering low "all in" prices.

This is also why some specialist opticians seem to be much more expensive in price, but, as the saying goes "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR". Like for like quality comparisons are often overlooked until it's to late

Ilkeston Factory Specs aims to give you all options when buying our glasses including spectacle lens thickness and vision quality before you buy, at better prices than elsewhere. When it comes to varifocal lenses, "ALL THINGS ARE NOT EQUAL"

Do I see the value in better clearer wider bands of vision offered in a superior or branded lens?











Again it depends on what your expectations are. Many people are happy with a basic varifocal, indeed, it may be what they are completely used to, you don't miss what you haven't had.

More specialist optical practices will often supply very high quality branded lenses. Lenses like Varilux by Essilor, Zeiss lenses by Carl Zeiss or Rodenstocks lenses rank amongst some of the best lenses on the market.

These lenses are not cheap, but hopefully cheaper from us. If you already have this quality of lens it is very likely that you will not adapt easily to a cheaper brand and design of varifocal lens, so getting a reasonable price is the name of the game here.

We are suppliers of all the above mentioned branded varifocal lenses. It goes without saying that these lenses offer the best vision and are the height of technology, the best lenses on the market. The quality, from the vision, through the coatings for glare reduction, hard wearing and sun reactive properties are also superior and function and last longer than cheaper lenses.

We find that particularly with strong prescriptions Zeiss and Rodenstock lenses seem to produce extremely thin and comfortable lenses and are a great option if your prescription needs are complex, or you just want the best possible vision your eyes will give you !


What is my budget for lenses after taking into consideration the frame cost?

Being realistic is the key to save disappointment 

It is possible to buy very cheaply made glasses for not much money. These may not perform, give the vision, or last for the time you envisaged when buying them. This can lead to disappointment. This is not satisfactory for you or your supplier.

Usually the key is to buy glasses that you are happy with at a price you consider good value.

Talk to the technician or dispenser here, and we promise to give you good advice and find the right glasses at an affordable price best suited to you. 


What benefits can I get in everyday use in additional specialised lens coatings 

Some spectacle wearers benefit from additional lens coatings. It goes without saying that a good quality scratch resistant coating on your lenses will give clearer vision for longer when looking through your lenses.

Glare resistant coatings/blue v light for computer use particularly help with eye strain, cut out harmful light and cosmetically enhance the look of your glasses. React to light lenses come under many names and qualities inc Specsavers own Reactions, Zeiss photofusion, Essilors Transition coating including Xtra active. These coatings including glass and plastic lenses offer photomatic properties and react to the sun, saving you the dazzling effects and problems this may cause.

Tints are a cheap way of enhancing or cutting out excess glare when applied to your optical lenses and doesn't wear off. Polarized lenses go further, cutting glare from high reflective surfaces like water and snow.

Oakley offer Prizm coatings, a branded patented design that adds colours and enhances vision in particular sporting arenas.

Ilkeston Factory Specs offers all these coatings and are happy to advise accordingly on there suitability.

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