What are single vision lenses?

Single vision lenses have just one prescription power across the whole lens. They are a solution for refractive errors such as myopia (near-sightedness) or hypermetropia (long-sightedness). If you only need lenses for one type of vision, you will likely be advised to wear single vision lenses. This is usually the case for people under 40.
Single vision lenses will provide clear vision for seeing things close up or far away, depending on your prescription. Single vision lenses for near-sightedness are usually slightly thicker at the edges, while single lenses for far-sightedness are slightly thicker at the centre of the lens. Whatever your prescription, Essilor single vision lenses are designed to meet your needs perfectly.

At Essilor, our range of single vision lenses are optimised to meet the needs of modern lifestyles by improving vision performance and offering eye health protection. Lifestyles are becoming busier and digital devices are shaping the way we live. With that in mind, Essilor’s single vision lenses, Eyezen, are designed to deliver sharp vision and help to reduce and prevent eye strain.

Socialise, work or play, whatever life throws at you our single vision lenses accommodate your everyday needs. What’s more, Eyezen single vision lenses come with Eye Protect System embedded in the lens, which protects your eyes from harmful light.

Single vision lenses allow you to see your mobile phone clearly


Single vision lenses are optimised for one field of vision and one prescription; accommodating for either near-sightedness or far-sightedness. You are usually prescribed single vision lenses if you can’t see things close up, or far away.
On the other hand, progressive (varifocal) lenses offer multiple corrections within one lens. The lenses correct your distance and your reading prescription allowing you to see clearly near, far and in between, which is often required by those who have developed presbyopia. Progressive lenses provide a seamless transition between the different powers to deliver clear, sharp vision.


You will be prescribed single vision lenses depending on your vision needs and lifestyle. It’s important that you invest in the best-suited lenses for your lifestyle and visual needs to enhance your vision, but if you have a budget in mind, your optician can help you.

Once you have chosen your corrective lens design you can discover the best solution to protect your eyes from harmful light and enhance the clarity of your vision with a lens enhancement. Lens enhancements protect your lenses from scratches, smudges, dust and water, as well as shielding your eyes from reflections or glare.

Single vision lenses allow you to see clearly in the distance


‘Ready reader’ glasses are single vision lenses that have one corrective power in the centre of the lenses to correct your reading addition. To benefit from the correction you will have to look through the centre of the lens when reading which can require a lot of head movement or moving the glasses down your nose if the power isn’t quite right.

Your optician will be able to recommend the best visual solution for your needs correcting your vision at all distances,  not just for your reading needs. This can deliver a comfortable and seamless experience with sharp vision, no matter your prescription. 

Eyezen Single Vision lenses