The fingerprint of your eyes, measured with DNEye®

Every driver knows that their vision may be restricted in the event of heavy rainfall, fog or snow. Driving at dusk with the glare of oncoming headlights also poses a real challenge for many people. With Rodenstock Road, and combined with our exclusive DNEye® technology, we have special lenses which are designed to meet the needs of motorists and ensure enhanced road safety.

Our road safety depends on much more than just the vehicle or our individual skills behind the wheel.

With specially developed single vision and progressive lenses you are ideally equipped for the visual requirements of driving - for enhanced safety in road traffic.

Safe driving requires an unrestricted field of vision: When we are behind the wheel we must oversee the road, the dashboard, the mirrors and often a navigation device all at the same time.

With Rodenstock Road the lens design has been specially adapted for this purpose.

Many drivers feel dazzled when driving at night, especially by modern Xenon or LED headlights. The innovative Solitaire® Protect Road 2 coating reduces these dazzling effects.

Many drivers feel uneasy when driving in the dark or when visibility conditions are poor. In the dark the pupils enlarge, and light beams are refracted differently, creating a blurred image.

With the special DNEye® measurement device this effect is detected and individually corrected.

We are setting new standards in eye measurement with our Rodenstock DNEye® Scanner.

The scanner performs a comprehensive individual analysis of your entire vision system, consisting of the eyes and lenses.

Thanks to DNEye®, you experience razor-sharp vision with enhanced contrast, particularly at dusk - this is unique worldwide and only available at Rodenstock.

The beauty of choosing an independent optician

Independent opticians are hugely diverse, and each practice is a unique entity reflecting the values and enthusiasm of its owners.

Unlike some of the larger optical companies, we don’t have sales targets imposed by a distant head office. Having the freedom to run our own business means we can take the time to understand you and your eye care needs.

Having the choice of appointments with the same optician every time enables us to get to know you better, helping us to care for your eyes more effectively. As an independent optician we are frequently better equipped than chain rivals, and national companies struggle to match our sophisticated new equipment or diverse product ranges. Because we’re not tied to any suppliers or committed to selling particular ranges, we can stock and recommend the products that are best for you.

It’s no surprise that Which? magazine rated independent opticians as the top optical provider for customer satisfaction in its two most recent industry surveys. Independent practices provide a level of care and continuity that many of the larger companies couldn’t hope to match.

Finally, there’s one huge advantage in trusting your vision to an independent optician – we have time for you. With our skills and knowledge, we spend however long it takes to ensure your vision is as clear and healthy as possible. Your eyes deserve nothing less.

Short days, long nights

Because the UK is closer to the North Pole than the Equator, there are significant variations in the length of our days and nights. These seasonal changes pose a variety of vision-related challenges, which might affect your optimal choice of eyewear.

Low sun The sun is lower in the sky between late autumn and early spring, often shining directly into your eyes. Our sunglasses will reduce dazzle, as well as protecting against harmful ultraviolet light.

Changes from day to night Photochromic lenses graduate their tint according to the amount of light reaching them. They’re very effective as ambient light levels drop, which is also useful when moving between indoor and outdoor environments.

Reflections Wet or snowy surfaces reflect sunshine that causes people to squint and experience discomfort. Polarising lenses lower the risk of headaches from sun glare by reducing reflections, which is especially beneficial for activities on water.

Take care in the dark Low light levels reduce depth perception and colour recognition. These changes may really affect everything from reaction times to fatigue levels, so give yourself (and your eyes) regular breaks.

Winter sports provide a perfect example of how important appropriate eyewear can be. Skiers and snowboarders often wear dedicated sports eyewear with lightweight polycarbonate lenses.

These shatterproof lenses typically come with scratch-resistant coatings for added durability, and protect against reflections and UV light.

Whether you’re choosing sports eyewear or normal sunglasses, ensure each pair of frames fully covers your eyes without any gaps, to prevent sunshine getting through.

Levels of UVA and UVB light actually increase in snowy conditions or high altitudes, so suitable protection is still important in winter. Our range of sunglasses lenses will block both types of UV rays.

Eyelids are the fastest-moving muscles in the human body. They are capable of blinking five times in a single second.

They stop our eyes from drying out, while eyelashes protect against perspiration and foreign bodies like dust.

The colour and the shape

Colour blindness is a surprisingly common condition, and around 2.7 million people in the UK struggle to tell certain shades apart. Since our brains are capable of identifying up to ten million colours, it’s not always obvious that we see shades and tones differently to others.

Colour blindness was identified as a condition by 18th century scientist John Dalton, who shared with his brother a real difficulty distinguishing between shades of red and green.

This is the most common form of colour blindness. The colour-processing cones in our retinas respond to (and distinguish between) red, green and blue light. Because our brains translate light signals into colours, two people might interpret the same hue differently.

Colour blindness is usually inherited, so checking your family’s medical history is useful. It may also be caused by later-life health conditions like cataracts or optic nerve damage, while certain medications can cause mild colour vision deficiencies.

Colour perception is vital for some careers. Bright lighting around the home and workplace also helps with colour distinction, while smartphone apps like Color Blind Pal can assist with colour identification.