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‘Where are my glasses?’

How many times have you heard someone say these words? This leads us to the question; how many pairs of eyeglasses/ spectacles do you need? The answer will depend on your vision, your fashion sense and, of course, your budget.

Most people get prescription eyeglasses to correct their vision. However, there are a variety of speciality glasses, which include: computer glasses for protection from digital eye strain, polarised sun glasses to block out harmful UV rays from the sun, reading glasses, and sports glasses. Then there are speciality lenses for diving, skiing and/or other extreme sports.

There are more options for glasses than ever before so, if you can, you should have the right ones to suit your lifestyle. At Leslie Sessel Optometrist we can assist you in getting the best style of glasses to suit your budget.



Sunglasses are a must, especially in our country where we have such an abundance of sunshine. Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory, they are your defence to protect your eyes against the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.

“No matter the season or the location, people should protect their eyes with good quality sunglasses that block out UV light,” says American Optometric Association President “Even prescription glasses can be made with tints and full UV protection.”

And with all the big brands bringing out different styles, your sunglasses can be fashionable and stylish – this is often what drives a sunglasses purchase.


Reading Glasses

After age 40, virtually everyone starts noticing that small print gets harder to read. We call this normal vision change presbyopia, and it is a signal to us that it’s time for an eye exam. In most cases, it means getting a prescription for progressive lenses (i.e. no-line multifocal lenses) or custom reading glasses.

If you need reading glasses, you’re best off getting a professional eye exam. Whilst ready-made (i.e. pharmacy bought) reading glasses will not harm your eyes, they are “one-size-fits-all” items, meaning that the prescription is the same in both lenses, and the location of the optical centre of the lenses is not customised for each wearer.

Custom-made reading glasses from Leslie Sessel Optometrist are constructed from high quality, durable frames and lenses. Our reading glasses have the correct prescription lens for each of your eyes (since most people require different prescriptions and astigmatism corrections in their left and right eyes). We can also add features such as an anti-reflective coating or photochromic lenses to your reading glasses.


Computer glasses

Almost everyone is on some sort of digital device, and our dependence on these devices is increasing. With all the time spent on our computers, phones or tables, there is a new category of vision problems known as digital eye strain. Symptoms may include dry and irritated eyes, blurred vision, light sensitivity and headache.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advisable to visit your optometrist. There are options available to help patients with their digital eye strain, from single vision lenses or occupational progressive lenses that are designed for digital devices and your computer screen

It is recommended that computer glasses should include anti-reflective coating. Many optometrists will recommend including a blue light screening component that protects against UV radiation and high-energy visible blue light emitted by device screens.


Sports glasses

Each year there are many sports related eye injuries, occurring due to people wearing everyday glasses that are not safe for sports use.

Many of these potentially sight-threatening injuries could be prevented with eyeglasses that enhance sports performance.

Sports glasses categories include safety glasses and goggles, safety shields and eye guards designed for a particular sport. Sports glasses are made from stronger materials, specifically designed for impact resistance and durability.



Then there is the fashion element to wearing glasses. We all want to look and feel good, and so we are constantly looking for the latest styles and trends.

People will generally have at least two pairs of glasses, increasing the ease of finding them and to have one spare ‘just in case’. However many options for eyewear that you need, visit us at Leslie Sessel Optometrist. We stock a wide range of sunglasses, on-trend frames and can recommend the best sports glasses to suit your lifestyle. We have an in-store workshop and specialists that can assist you in finding the perfect pair (or pairs) of spectacles.

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