Specialised spectacle
repairs and tinting

Your spectacles go through a lot of wear and tear with everyday use, so it is not uncommon to get the occasional loose screw or damaged frame. However, at Van Eeden & Le Roux, we know that being without your glasses can be inconvenient to your everyday life. 

For this reason, we can repair your glasses while you wait, so you are never without your spectacles or glasses. So, if your nose pads are causing discomfort or your hinges need tightening, we are happy to assist you. We also offer soldering of broken frames and, if possible, can transfer your old lenses to a new frame if it is beyond repair.

In addition to repairs and adjustments, we offer specialised enhancements for sunglasses, such as lens tinting. Lens tints are not just about aesthetics; they are great for extra UV protection, enhancing your depth perception and reducing eye fatigue. 

There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to choosing a sunglass lens tint, including 

The colour

The intensity, 

The gradient,

The coating 


The most common colours for sunglass tints are grey, green, brown, yellow, and rose. Each colour has specific benefits. 


The most popular choice of tint

Allows eyes to perceive colours in the purest form

Reduces glare and brightness 

Suitable for driving and most outdoor sports


Reduces glare 

Filters some blue light for high contrast and visual sharpness

Useful in sunny conditions 

Perfect for outdoor activities


Reduces glare

Blocks blue light 

Brightens vision on cloudy days 


Increases contrast in hazy, low-light conditions 

It makes objects appear sharper 

It may cause colour distortion

May assist when driving in low-light conditions


Blocks blue light

Increases contrast 

Soothes the eyes 


Suitable for longer wear-times 


Lens intensity refers to the percentage of light blocked by the sunglasses. The most common lens intensity is 85%. This means your lens will only allow 15% of light to reach your eyes. 

However, the intensity of the tint has nothing to do with UV protection. So, even if you get the darkest lenses for your sunglasses, you will still need a UV filter to protect your eyes from UV damage. 


The tint of your sunglasses can either be fixed or a gradient. A fixed tint means that the lens intensity is consistent across the whole lens, whereas a gradient means that the tint is darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. 

The choice between the two is often made on aesthetics, but gradient lenses offer more instrument visibility while driving and improved reading for those who have prescription multifocal sunglasses. 


Three standard coatings can be applied to sunglasses, including

Hard coat – a hardened protective coating that prevents scratching and makes them easier to clean. 

Anti-reflective coat – a coating applied to the back surface of your glasses. It reduces reflections and improves clarity without changing the appearance of the sunglass lenses. 

Mirrored lenses – a mirrored coating that reduces the amount of light that passes through the sunglasses. An excellent choice for water sports. However, it is best paired with a hardened coating as mirror coating is traditionally softer. 

It can be challenging to make the right decision with all these options. However, our staff will help you make the right choice according to your needs.  Contact us for more information at 023 342 5827.