If a spectacle prescription is required, with the advancement of Ophthalmic lens technology, there potentially can be several options to choose from.  At Scott Gilmour Optometrists we offer impartial advice. In our practice we have the ablility to scan your spectacle frames using a specailised tracing machine.  This allows us so to order your new lenses without you having to leave your frame.  This service is available on most prescriptions and at no extra cost.


SINGLE VISION - Generally, if under 40 single vision lenses will satisfy most patients individual needs.

PROGRESSIVE LENSES - Also known as multifocals, providing a gradual change in power, allowing you to see from distance through to close work with one pair of glasses.


GLASS - Heavier than plastic, more resistant to scratching however  break easier.  This material is not recommended for children or use in sports.

STANDARD PLASTIC -The most popular choice of lens material. Plastic is softer and more prone to scratching.

MIDDLE INDEX PLASTIC - This type of material is lighter and thinner than standard plastic.  As more durable is recommended for use with Rimless Frames.

HIGH INDEX PLASTICS - These materials offers high prescriptions the thinnest and lightest options available.


SCRATCH RESISTANT- This type of coating ensures your lenses are more resistant to scratching further extending the lifespan of your glasses .

ANTI-REFLECTION - This type of coating helps minimise unwanted reflections and is especially beneficial during night driving.  As an anti-reflection coating greatly reduces environment reflections your lenses will appear thinner and transparent improving the appearance of lenses.

UV COATINGS - It is important to protect yourself from long-term damage of UV rays from sunlight.  UV rays have been linked to the development of cataracts and even macular degeneration.  UV coatings will help block these harmful rays.
TINTS - Can reduce brightness, improve contrast or add cosmetic benefits.  Tints are available in various depths and colours.
POLARISED - Polarised lenses contain a special filter that block reflected light, reducing glare which has the potential to create a very dangerous situation, especially when driving. 

                                                Non Polarised                                                       Polarised

PHOTOCHROMIC LENSES - darken when exposed to UV rays.  They change colour when the wearer goes out into the sunlight with the lenses slowly reverting back to almost clear when the wearer goes back indoors.