About Us

With over 50 years optical experience, Optilabs are prescription eyewear specialists. With a fully stocked showroom of everyday glasses, fashion sunglasses and of course dedicated sports frames, Optilabs are the place for all your eyewear needs. Plus, we have a friendly and experienced team on hand to answer any of your optical questions.

Lenses for all glasses are precision-made at or own in-house optical laboratory, allowing complete control of production and fast turnaround times. Optilabs are also able to offer a full range of prescription lenses, including bifocal and varifocal options.

All Optilabs lenses are tailor-made to your prescription. Highly specialised software and machinery in the laboratory analyses each individual prescription in relation to the curvature of the chosen frames, eliminating lens distortion. It is one of the additional processes Optiabs offer that guarantee the best possible vision.

Choosing the right sports sunglasses is an important decision and Optilabs have a wide range of direct-glazed and prescription insert styles to choose from.

Direct-glazed Prescription Lens glasses: Direct-glazed is the technical name for a ‘normal’ pair of sunglasses, where the prescription lenses are fitted directly into the frame. They often come in an ergonomic wraparound design, which allows for a slightly wider field of vision. Direct-glazed lenses are not interchangeable, so choosing the right lens is important. Optilabs offer help and advice in picking the right lens for your sport via the ‘Lens Options’ tab below the main image on the product page.

Prescription Insert styles: These glasses come as part of a sports pack which includes a range of interchangeable coloured polycarbonate shields (suitable for different light conditions) that attach to the frame. An optical insert, made to your individual prescription, clips to the nose bridge behind the coloured shields.

Advice on frame specifications and the lenses that best suit your sport is available via the each individual product page or by calling 0208 686 5708. Optilabs also offer a ‘sample service’ to try up to 3 frame styles in the comfort of your own home. This service is open to UK customers only. For more information and to order your frame styles click here.

As well as a large selection of sport glasses, Optilabs’ Croydon showroom, in South London, has a wide selection of everyday glasses – including designer frames at up to 50% discount. Optilabs also offer eye-tests, fitting adjustments, and for emergencies, a while-you-wait service on most glasses. Free parking is available.

I am writing to thank you again for the brilliant, wonderful help Optilabs – and specifically Margaret – gave me today. Of all days, my birthday (!) – I was set to go out with friends for a small celebration when the arm of my glasses broke! Just the day for something like that to happen!

I phoned the store in the morning, and spoke to your lovely receptionist, who was very kind and assured me that you would do what you could. She did advise that the frames might have to be sent away for repair.

On arrival, Margaret noticed us waiting and I described my tale of woe. To my amazement, she found an exact replacement so that my varifocal lenses could be moved over there and then. I am so grateful as my spare pair aren’t the right prescription anymore and leave me feeling decidedly sea sick. Five days with those would have been really difficult to manage.
It’s the little things that make the big difference. You know when you’re in Optilabs you aren’t going to be sold glasses you don’t need and you always feel that you are dealing with honest, friendly people, who just happen to be running a business as well. Like visiting extended family I guess. I certainly have never felt that way in Boots, or Specsavers or any of the other big chains of High Street Opticians.

I cannot thank you enough for your help today. It was really really fantastic.

Keep up the good work!

Steve Clunes