Our Lenses & Coatings

Optic Eyewear frames will make you LOOK great but it is the job of our prescription lenses and coatings to make you SEE great. A lot of science (and love!) goes into those transparent pieces of plastic that allow you to see.

Where do we get our lenses?

Our lenses are sources from Irish and EU partners to ensure that all relevant European medical and safety standards are met.

What kind of lenses do we sell?

At present we are selling single-vision lenses only. Whether you wear glasses all of the time, just for distance, just for reading or separate pairs for distance and reading they will be perfect for you. We currently do not sell varifocal lenses due to the extra measurements required in manufacture, but watch this space.

Our lenses are manufactured in our Irish and EU partner’s laboratories from lightweight, impact-resistant plastics, made specifically to your prescription.

Lenses come in different thicknesses based on the density of the plastic used. The higher the index value the slimmer the lens. The indexes available for most spectacles lenses are 1.5, 1.6, 1.67 and 1.74 and based on your prescription, certain lenses will suit better.


Standard Lenses

When ordering your Optic Eyewear glasses with your prescription, we include the cost of standard lenses (1.5 or 1.6 index) and we will order the best lens for your prescription.  Standard lenses come with a standard anti-reflection and anti-scratch coating at no extra charge to you.

Premium Lenses

Premium lenses come with special coatings to keep the lenses clearer and easier to look after. They include an anti-scratch, hydrophobic and oleophobic coating which will make them easier to look after and last longer. (They also defog quicker due to the hydrophobic coating, which is nice!)

Premium lenses also include 1.67 and 1.74 index material, making them thinner and lighter for prescriptions that require it. They look great in any prescription - they are recommended for prescriptions over +/- 4. and are essential for any prescription over +/- 6

If you are really looking to treat yourself to the best possible looking frames, premium lenses are the way to go!

Remember: We provide a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy. If you’re not happy with your glasses, contact us and we’ll do everything we can to get those (Irish) eyes smiling!



All of our non-tinted lenses come with an anti-reflection and anti-scratch coating at no extra charge. We just want everyone to look as good as possible in the Optic Eyewear frames!

Our premium lenses offer a range of advanced coatings in addition to the anti-reflection and anti-scratch coatings, and can also come in a thinner, lighter lens.


Developed during World War II to improve the clarity of military scopes, anti-reflection coatings reduce reflected glare and give a clearer view through your spectacle lenses.


Anti-scratch coatings provide an extra layer of protection against small scratches and scuffs on the lens from normal use. They are not a suit of armour however: that is what your glasses case is for! Keep your glasses in their case when not in use, our hard case (coming soon) is the best protection available.


Blue control lenses are a variation on anti-reflection lenses described above that reduce the amount of blue light being transmitted through the lenses from screens such as desktops, laptops and phones. They can offer improved comfort with screen use, but the blue light is reflected on the lens which means that a blue-reflective hue can sometimes be visible on the lens.

This coating works better on lower index standard lenses as the blue hue is often more obvious on the higher index premium lenses

Polarised Lenses

If you want the best sunglass experience consider getting polarised lenses. Polarised lenses reduce the transmission of reflected light, eliminating glare. They offer better colour accuracy, colour vibrancy and superior comfort in all environments but they are especially great for driving, winter sports and fishing.

Polarised Lenses are available in brown and grey at an additional cost of €50.

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