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Guide to your glasses' lenses

Let's recommend the best ones for you


Book an eye test

The right pair of glasses can make a real difference to how you see, look and feel.


Although choosing frames is a big part of finding your perfect pair, it's important that you have the right lenses too.


If your eye test shows that you need glasses to see better, your optometrist will work out your lens prescription, and they'll also discuss the benefits of different lens finishes to help you choose glasses to suit your lifestyle and budget.

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Boots lenses and finishes

Boots Opticians offers a choice of lenses and finishes to help protect your eyes and keep your glasses in tip top condition.

Boots Protect

All our glasses and prescription sunglasses include Boots Protect lenses which are scratch resistant and reflection free.

Boots Protect Plus

Include the benefits of Boots Protect and provide UV protection on the back and front of the lens. They are also dirt, water and smudge resistant for clearer vision and easy care.

Boots Digital Enhance (single vision only)

For everyday use, these lenses help eyes feel less tired and more comfortable when using digital devices, and can make smaller characters easier to read.*

*In-life wearer test - 76 individuals - Essilor France. Study conducted by an independent third party, 2015.

Other lens options designed for different activities and lifestyles are available, please ask in store for more details.

Compare the benefits

Boots Digital Enhance - single vision (£70*)

Reflection free

Reduces glare

Scratch resistant

UV protection (front & back of lens)

Smudge resistant

Dust repellent

Water repellent

Helps filter blue violet light

Digital support

Boots Protect Plus (£50*)

Reflection free

Reduces glare

Scratch resistant

UV protection (front & back of lens)

Smudge resistant

Dust repellent

Water repellent

Helps filter blue violet light

Digital support

Boots Protect (included with all prescription glasses and sunglasses)

Reflection free

Reduces glare

Scratch resistant

UV protection (front & back of lens)

Smudge resistant

Dust repellent

Water repellent

Helps filter blue violet light

Digital support

Reflection free

Reduces glare

Scratch resistant

UV protection (front & back of lens)

Smudge resistant

Dust repellent

Water repellent

Helps filter blue violet light

Digital support

*Add this to the price of your glasses

Your lens prescription

Your optometrist will recommend one of the following lenses:

Single vision lenses

  • Distance* - If you need help seeing things far away, such as when driving or watching TV
  • Reading* - If you need help seeing things close up, such as when reading or using a PC

*Included in the cost of your frames

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Varifocal

If you need help seeing near, far and middle distances, these lenses help you see at all distances without needing separate pairs of glasses.

You can choose from our range of varifocal lenses:

  • Boots Silver (£50†) - our standard varifocal lens
  • Boots Gold (£110†) - recommended for mixed amounts of distance, reading and some computer work
  • Boots Platinum (£170†) - recommended for constantly changing distances and prolonged computer and near-distance work
  • Boots Platinum Plus (£210†) - recommended for wider clear vision at arm's length and compatible with a wider choice of frames

Ask your optician which varifocal lens might suit you. Different lens options designed for specific activities and lifestyles are available, please ask in store for more details.

Glasses showing the difference between lenses

Bifocal (£50†)

If you need help seeing both near and far distances these have a different prescription on the top and bottom half of the lens, with a visible line across the middle.

†Add this to the overall price of your glasses

Glasses showing the difference with Bifocal lenses

Lens extras

Depending on your lifestyle, you might find some of these extras useful. Simply add the price to the overall cost of your glasses.

Thin & Light (from £60)

Allow you to have a stronger prescription without needing thick and heavy lenses.

Benefit: Your glasses are more comfortable to wear, plus you can choose from a wider range of frames.

Thin and light lens comparison

Transitions® (£80)

Automatically adapt to changing light conditions.

Benefit: You can see clearly whether you are in the shade or the sun.

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Polarised (£70)

Significantly reduce glare from reflective surfaces like snow, roads and water without affecting your colour perception either.

Benefit: You can see more clearly outdoors or if you are driving.

Glasses displaying Polarised Lenses