Glasses and Lenses
You choose. No two people see the world the same way.
The material and type of lens you choose should depend on your prescription, preferred frame style, frame type, lifestyle activities, facial measurements, and most importantly, the recommendation of your optometrist at John O’Connor Optometrists.
The New Zealand government provides a spectacle subsidy for children under the age of 16 if their parent/guardian holds a valid community services card. This subsidy covers both eye exams and prescription glasses.
Single Vision Lenses
Single vision lenses are all-purpose prescription glasses for eye conditions such as presbyopia, astigmatism or short sighted and long sighted vision. Single vision lenses have the same focal power throughout the lens. These are the most commonly prescribed lenses fitted in eyeglasses worn by people under 40 years of age.
Single vision lenses are available in all lens materials.
Multifocal or progressive lenses are used to treat conditions like presbyopia. Wearers do not have to continually take their glasses on and off and can view all distances in one lens. These lenses have more than one focal power which increases from the top to bottom of the lens. These lenses give continuous clear vision at all distances, including mid-range distance (arm’s length). Progressive lenses look just like single vision glasses. Unlike bifocal or trifocal glasses they don’t have any definitive line dividing the different focal powers. Progressives are available in all lens materials.
Occupational and Office Lenses
Occupational or office lenses are used for mid-range and close vision. They are a type of progressive lens with a wider field of view and comfortable reading area, making them ideal for office use.
Bifocals are sectioned into two distinct parts, giving the wearer clear distance and near vision with no transition or correction in between. Bifocals are divided by a distinct line that sits horizontally across the lens. The top portion of the lens is used for distance, while the bottom portion of the lens is used for closer vision.
Safety and Sports Glasses
At John O’Connor Optometrists, we use HOYA, a leading prescription safety eyewear manufacturer to provide the best quality prescription safety glasses which meet the AS/NZS 1337.6 standard. HOYA’s PHOENIX lenses are tough, light-weight and resistant to common industrial chemicals. They come in a range of lens options including progressives and transitions (light-sensitive). HOYA’s safety frames come in both metal and plastic options and Bolle frames are part of the range. Due to their high impact resistance, HOYA’s PHOENIX lenses are also suitable for children’s glasses and for sports such as tennis, cricket and squash. Please see your John O’Connor at our Newmarket or Henderson optometry practices to get a prescription for work-safe and sport-safe eyeglasses.
To protect and enhance your vision we sell a variety of eyeglasses for computer work. These eyeglasses help with common issues associated with eye strain, effects of artificial blue light, visual stress and fatigue. Computer glasses differ from regular eyeglasses or reading glasses. They put the optimum lens power for viewing your computer screen right where you need it: in the intermediate zone of vision, closer than distance vision, but farther away than reading or near vision. Computer glasses give a clear, wide field of view reducing the need for excessive focusing effort or unhealthy posture at your work station. The lenses can also incorporate special filters such as the HOYA BlueControl coating and anti-reflection coatings.
Have you always wanted to wear sunglasses but were not able to see without your prescription lenses? If you’re looking for a brand new pair of sunglasses, look no further than our selection of prescription sunglasses. With sunglass styles suitable for both men and women from iconic brands like Armani and Lacoste and prices that are just as great as the frames, you’ll end up getting two pairs. All our prescription sunglasses give you 100% UV protection, guaranteed! Our Bill Bass polarised sunglasses start from $189. Bill Bass sunglasses complete with tinted prescription lenses and UV protection in the stock range start from $279. We sell NuPolar, polarised lenses that increase visual clarity and colour perception. See the difference when driving on wet roads and on sunny days. Prescription polarised sunglasses using HOYA’s NuPolar lenses provide the ultimate glare protection.
At John O’Connor we recommend Hoya lenses. Hoya is a Japanese lens company that has achieved worldwide recognition for their complete range of eyeglass lens designs, materials and designer coatings. They have been at the forefront of lens development for many years. Hoya supplies a complete range of premium quality single vision, multi-focal, occupational and bifocal lenses to suit everyone’s individual needs and lifestyles. Hoya takes the very latest lens designs and applies them to the thinnest and most durable lens materials. Eyeglasses to meet every performance and budget requirement.
- Designs – From traditional single vision lenses to progressive lens technology, Hoya designer lenses for eyeglasses have the level of performance that meets your needs and price to suit your wallet.
- Materials – Do you want lighter, thinner and more comfortable lenses for your eyeglasses? Hoya’s lens material provides a broad range of light, strong, durable lenses.
- Coatings – Premium lens treatments offer unsurpassed scratch resistance, transparency and ease of cleaning. We carry a broad range of Hoya lens coating choices including the best multicoat with the latest technology called the Diamond Finish Multicoat and the BlueControl coating to relieve eyestrain from digital devices.
- Diamond Finish Multicoat – reduces glare and reflections and gives you the highest scratch resistance available (five times more scratch resistant than standard multicoats). They are also easytocleanas they repel water and dirt.
- BlueControl Coating – did you know computer scressn and digital devices all emit blue light? Excessive blue light can cause eye strain and fatigue. HOYA BlueControl coating neutralises blue light toprevent eyestrain. BlueControl gives more comfortable and relaxed vision by reducing glare and providing better contrast and more natural colour perception. BlueControl works best for indoor use. Talk to your John O’Connor Optometrist about whether BlueControl is suitable for your eyes and visual requirements.
- Sensity and Transition Lenses – these lenses are light-reactive and darken to sunglasses outdoors and lighten to clear indoors. Advance technology means they now react more consistently to light, UV and temperature compared to older photochromic lenses. These lenses have 100% UV protection.
- NuPolar Lenses – these polarised lenses eliminate excessive brightness and glare. They provide 100% UV protection and increase visual clarity and colour perception. Polarised lenses provide safety when driving on wet roads and on sunny days by eliminating glare.
Finding the right frames and lenses for you
All frame prices include single vision stock lenses with scratch resistant coating for no charge (power range from -6.00 DS to +6.00 DS and up to -2.00 DC astigmatism). You can upgrade to antireflective / antismudge lenses for only $70. Our progressive lenses start from $269.
Our optometrists will recommend the most appropriate lenses for your individual needs and visual requirements.
When you book your eye test, make sure you tell your optometrist about any work or leisure visual requirements you have. We can then tailor the right lenses to meet your visual needs. Our frames start from $89 and all frame prices include single vision stock lenses with scratch resistant coating for no charge. Need more information? Go to our lens pricing page or our promotions and promotions page.
We deliver peace of mind about the way you see the world, your sight.
We offer high quality eyecare and friendly service at our optometry practices in Newmarket and Henderson. For your convenience both stores are open 6 days a week.