Porsche Design 8978

Porsche Design 8978 History

BLACK_MASS_BANNER_2First released 40 years ago, the Porsche Design 8978 iconic sunglass offers the ultimate in style with the quality you’d expect from Porsche Design. The 8978 has featured in films such as Black Mass, worn by Johnny Depp and is a favourite of David and Victoria Beckham.







Quality & Style

Manufactured by Rodenstock, a German company with over 130 years experience, the 8978 not only looks stunning, it’s made to last. The look may have stood the test of time but the build quality is the real appeal. Infact, we have seen 8978’s from their first release 40 years ago, still in pristine condition!

Choose your look!

With interchangeable lenses, you can change the look of your 9878’s. With a simple bridge clip the lenses can be changed. Each model comes with two pairs of lenses and many more are available.

Call in to view this stunning classic.


Why are varifocal lenses so expensive?

The price of Varifocal lenses can vary drastically.  Like most products this  is down to the quality. While cheap lenses may seem attractive , they can often end up as false economy.

At Goldsmith Webb, almost all of our lenses come from Rodenstock. A German company with over 130 years experience in spectacle lens manufacture.

As any Varifocal wearer knows, the distortion at the edge of the reading zone has a limiting effect on the width of the reading zone. This can also often make the floor swim.

Rodenstock bespoke lenses take into account the prescription and the position the frame sits on your face. In the same way a magnifiying glass changes when held at difference distances and angles, so does a spectacle lens. Rodenstock can even compensate for aberrations within the eye. This can reduce glare from headlights and improve low light vision.

So the most expensive varifocal lenses are the best for me?

Not always!  The complexity of your prescription is a big factor and lower prescriptions, especially lower astigmatisms do not have the same distortions associated with higher prescriptions. Therefore more expensive lenses will offer less of a benefit.

Rodenstock offer a range of Varifocal lenses to suit all budgets and our qualified Opticians can recommend the lens which is most appropriate for you.

Call into any of our practices and or if you need an up to date eye examination you can book here

Free Upgrade

We are currently offering a free upgrade to high density lenses on all Rodenstock single vision lenses.

But WHY?

High density lenses offer a number of benefits, least of which is 100% UV protection. This means that even though you are not wearing sunglasses, the harmful UV radiation does not harm the back of your eye.
They also come with Rodenstocks Solitaire Protect anti-reflection coating which reduces surface reflections, offer superior, glare free vision which is particularly beneficial for night driving and screen use.
Your lenses will, on average, be around 20% thinner and lighter than a standard lens which means your new spectacles will be lighter and look better.
Call in now for more information or to book an eye examination, click HERE

Sunprotect 2019 – Prescription sunglasses from Rodenstock



Rodenstock are Germany’s leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses and frames and have been for over 140 years. At the heart of Rodenstock, which was founded in 1877, is the optimisation of optical imaging properties, increasing the wearing comfort and providing a design that highlights the personality of the glasses wearer.


The 2018 Rodenstock SunProtect sunglass collection is made up of 12 styles offering a contemporary selection of designs. All styles are available with an attractive range of full and graduated tints, together with polarised and mirrored lens options, and 100% UVA and UVB protection comes as standard.


Tinted or polarised lenses can reduce glare, improve contrast, enhance depth perception and cut out horizontal reflections, this makes them perfect for driving, especially on wet roads when the sun is low, near water as the sun reflects off the water or whilst playing sport.

Choose from:


Single vision lenses are lenses which have a single prescription across their entire surface and are suitable in all situations.


Bifocal lenses are lenses which have two prescriptions (one prescription for distance and the other for near vision) with a visible diving line or curve on the lens.


Varifocal lenses are lenses which correct vision at different working distances, from reading distance to far distance. Unlike bifocal lenses, varifocal lenses have a gradual change in prescription and do not have visible separation lines.

At Goldsmith Webb Opticians, all Rodenstock SunProtect sunglasses are available to your prescription, including a comprehensive range of single vision, bifocal or varifocal lenses, supplied with a hard protective case and microfibre cleaning cloth.

With such a vast range of options available, choosing your new glasses can be a daunting task but our professional team of opticians are here to help. Why not pop in and see one of our experts who can talk you through the process from start to finish? A sample of the collection can be seen below.

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Free Contact Lens Experience

Tired of wearing glasses? Specs keep misting up? Not sure contact lenses are for you?

We offer a free contact lens experience at Goldsmith Webb. Almost all prescriptions can be corrected with contact lenses now so there’s never been a better time to try. And best of all there is no charge to try.

We supply a wide variety of contact lenses from daily disposable lenses to monthly replacement.

Our contact lens experience offers an expert consultation with one of our Optometrists, personal tuition on inserting and removing the lenses and some lenses to try at home.

Our experts are on hand to guide you through the options so give us a call or book an appointment today!


What is Astigmatism?


What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a fairly common and usually minor condition that causes blurred or distorted vision. Those who wear glasses have variants of the condition which is caused by an irregular curve on the cornea. This means it fails to process light to a single focus and therefore causes blurred vision and the need for spectacles.

What are the signs and symptoms?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact us to book an appointment with one of our team:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting
  • Distorted or blurred vision at every distance
  • Difficulty driving at night
Can you have astigmatism without knowing?

It is possible to have it without knowing. Children most commonly suffer with it as they are not aware of their vision being anything other than normal. It is also possible for some adults to have mild astigmatism without any symptoms, having a comprehensive eye exam will enable further information.

How do you detect astigmatism?

Our professional eyecare experts at Goldsmith Webb Opticians can detect it by using an astigmatism chart to help determine the curvature of your cornea or lens. An abnormal curvature will sharply focus parts of the image on your retina, while blurring others.

How do you correct astigmatism?

There are a number of options available to correct it. Glasses are the simplest and safest way, talk to one of our experts to find out which would be best for you. Contact Lenses work by becoming the first refractive surface for light rays entering the eye, causing a more precise refraction or focus. They provide clearer vision, a wider field of vision and better comfort. Refractive Surgery changes the shape of the cornea permanently. This enables light rays to focus precisely on the retina therefore improving vision.

It is important to note that everyone’s eyes are different. Therefore the way in which astigmatism is treated is different for everyone.

Can I Wear My Glasses While Playing Sport?


Just because you wear glasses doesn’t mean you can’t take part in your favourite sport. At Goldsmith Webb Opticians, we offer a vast range of options to ensure you always have your eye on the ball.

Contact Lenses

You don’t want to damage your specs – or your style – while playing contact sports. This is why contact lenses are a great solution. With a range of contact lenses available, from daily disposables to varifocals, you no longer need to worry about breaking your glasses on the pitch. Durable contact lenses are safer for your face and your wallet.


There’s nothing to say you can’t still rock your frames on the field. In sports such as tennis, golf and cycling, contact is unlikely. This means there is less chance of your glasses being damaged. Many frames are designed for daily low activity wear, so it’s a good idea to consult your optician on choosing frames that are more durable and suited to movement.

Extra Care

Your eyes are the most important element of your kit. If you regularly take part in contact sport, you may want to look at prescription sport glasses. There are a range of options available. Such as sports goggles, masks and glasses. All of which can be tinted for those hot or very cold active sunny days outside. After all, a better fit will save you a lot of game time.

Everything Your Eyes Need to Know About Driving at Night

The ultimate guide to driving after dusk

Wearing the correct eyewear is vital when using the roads. Whilst driving at night our sight conditions naturally change, our depth perception, ability to distinguish colour and peripheral vision all worsen in low light conditions. It is vital to consult an eye care professional about having the correct prescription.

Minimise Risks

If you wear glasses, the most important step to ensure the safest of journeys is to minimise risks.

Ensure that you always plan your journeys, there is nothing worse than being unsure of the road ahead, whether it is day or night. Knowing the route you are taking minimises the risks of driving at night and enables a more relaxing journey.

Where possible, always avoid dark or low lit roads and allow extra driving time to avoid running the risk of being late or speeding.

Stay Focused

As we all know, tired eyes are highly dangerous whilst at the wheel. Ensure you take plenty of breaks, create the safest driving environment for yourself by ensuring all windows and mirrors are clean and clear and regularly renew your driving skills with a class. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Keep Your Car and Eyes in Good Repair

There is no point in regularly having your car checked, but not your eyes. Annual eye tests are important to keep the most essential element in check… you.

If you experience any sudden changes to your eyesight, issues or symptoms of sight threatening eye diseases then seek immediate care from an eye care professional.

If you wish to find out more, please contact one of our highly knowledgeable team members.