Prescription Glasses: Choosing the Right Lenses for your Lifestyle

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Choosing new glasses is a lot of fun, but don’t neglect the importance of being well informed about which lenses are right for you and your lifestyle to ensure that you get the most out of your new eyewear!

If you haven’t done your research all the new lens terminology can feel a little daunting when trying to pick your lenses, which is why so many people end up just opting for standard lenses.

Standard lenses are not the best choice for everyone’s lifestyle, especially if you regularly drive, spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen or have an active lifestyle.

Choosing the right lenses will help you see clearer and feel happier and healthier in your new glasses!  Here are a few things to consider to help you choose the right lenses for you and your lifestyle.

Type of correction

What type of correction do you need? Are you long-sighted, short-sighted, or both? Rather than constantly switching from one prescription to the other you may want to consider spending a little more on just one pair of glasses rather than spending lots on multiple pairs.   Find out more about our bifocal, multifocal and progressive lenses here.

Strength of prescription

In general, the higher your prescription is the thicker and heavier your lenses are.  If you have a higher prescription you may want to consider paying a little extra to thin your lenses to make them lighter and more comfortable.  Thinner lenses can also improve your appearance when wearing your glasses as thicker lenses may make your eyes appear distorted.  Discover the different types of thin and light lenses we offer here.


It’s very important to think about your lifestyle carefully before selecting the lenses for your glasses.  Your glasses are likely to be on your face for such a large portion of everyday that it’s important to make sure you’re getting the best quality vision and comfort as possible from them.  Certain lifestyles will get more benefit from certain lenses than others.


An active or outdoor lifestyle will benefit from tougher, durable, scratch-resistant lenses that will withstand the elements and a few knocks and bumps.  Our anti-reflective coating will also give you clearer vision when spending time outdoors in bright sunlight as well as being effective at repelling water and grease. And the best part? Both come free on all of our prescription lenses! Click here for more information on lens coatings.

  • Anti-reflective coating
  • Scratch-resistant coating


Those with a sporty lifestyle will benefit from the same lenses as above, but may also like to consider our special sports and high impact lenses to increase the durability and longevity of their glasses. Click here for more on the different lens options including high impact, polycarbonate and Trivex lenses.

  • Sport and high impact lenses


If your lifestyle includes a lot of driving or you commute to work in the car every day then you’ll really benefit from adding an anti-reflective coating to your lenses.  Anti-glare coatings will remove reflections and glare, leaving you with clear and unobstructed vision, making driving easier and safer. For extra bright days with lots of glare, polarised lenses are a great option, for more information on them click here.

  • Anti-reflective coating


Office workers and those who use computers for long periods of time will also have clearer and more comfortable vision when opting for an anti-reflective coating.  You may also want to consider a lens that filters out the blue light that is emitted from backlit digital devices. Prolonged exposure to artificial blue light can cause sleep disruption, eye strain and headaches. Find out more about blue light and our blue light lens filters here.

  • Anti-reflective coating
  • Blue light lens filter (Optimize Defender)


Finally, budget. Adding extra lens options onto your order will make the outlay for your glasses more expensive but may end up cheaper in the long-run.  If you have an active lifestyle and don’t pay for tougher lenses your glasses may not last as long and need replacing sooner.  If you have multiple sight problems to correct then the price of two pairs of frames and lenses may end up more expensive than simply opting for bifocal or progressive lenses in the one pair of frames that you love.  Try to consider your long term budget and the benefits of spending a little more now to get a longer lasting, higher quality pair of glasses.

Browse our full guide to lenses here.

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