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Varifocal Lenses: Which One Is Right For You?

Varifocal Lenses: Which One Is Right For You?

Do you need to wear varifocal glasses to correct your vision? Perhaps you have been wearing progressive contact lenses and wish to buy optical frames to use as an alternative to your contact lenses.

With technology, we are able to offer progressive lenses that allow the wearer's eyes to adapt more quickly to the lenses and see better. Technology has also allowed us to specifically tailor the lenses to meet your needs.

Types Of Varifocal Lenses

Below are 4 types of progressive lenses you can choose from for your varifocal glasses.

The Basic/Standard Type
These lenses are the cheapest type of varifocal lenses on the market. They can be a good option for those on a tight budget however you will have to compensate for your field of vision. These standard lenses have a narrow field of vision due to aberrations in the lenses. These lenses are not recommended for those with high prescriptions and first-time wearers.

The Advanced Type
The advanced lenses have a wider field of vision. The wider intermediate field enables wearers to adapt more easily to the lenses. These lenses can be worn by first-time wearers and high prescriptions however it is recommended that first-time wearers invest in the premium or elite lenses for excellent visual acuity and clarity.

The Premium Type
With premium varifocal lenses, you will be able to see more clearly. Images will look sharper and the field of vision is much wider than the basic and advanced types. Premium lenses are excellent for first-time wearers because of the wide field of vision and visual acuity. These lenses will give the eyes an easier chance to adapt than the previous types.

The Elite Type
If you're looking for the top of the range product, you want the elite lens. These lenses have unmatched visual acuity, thanks to the special technology in the lenses which lowers the aberrations. Images appear cleaner and sharper making the elite lens type the best choice for first-time wearers. These lenses are incredibly easy for the eyes to adapt to as the aberrations (distortion in the lens) is very minimal.

Varifocal Common Questions

What are Varifocals?

A lens that contains three different prescriptions, far distance, mid-distance, and close distance.

Are they a new Lens type?

Varifocals have been around since 1959 invented by Essilor, who we still stock now. Today however they are growing in popularity for their functional qualities.

Who are Varifocals for?

For anyone who needs three prescriptions, you no longer need to carry around three pairs of glasses. Especially practical for drivers.

Why Can't I See Through My Varifocal Glasses?
Hopefully, you should be able to see perfectly through your new varifocal glasses however if you do experience some visual problems, there could be a number of reasons why. By visiting your local opticians, they should be able to help you resolve this problem. In most cases, common problems are easily resolved.

How long does it take to get used to Varifocal glasses?

It always takes time to get used to a new pair of glasses whether varifocal or not. For some it takes weeks and some it takes days, it is dependant on the person and their prescription. When you first try on your glass you may only be able to see the frame, this is completely normal and due to the brains, visual center adapting. Keep wearing your glasses and you will soon adapt.

Can Varifocal lenses fit into any size frame?

The most ideal frame size to fit a varifocal frame is approx 30mm deep. Your pupils must sit halfway across the frame to avoid experiencing periphera distortion around the edges of the lenses.

Can I get Varifocal Sunglasses?

Yes at our checkout you can add your prescription to any frame. We have Essilor, Nikon, Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray-Ban and our own standard packages.


With new optical technology, progressive lenses are not as awkward as they used to be. Varifocal lenses can also be tailored to your specific needs. These would be designed in a special way so it's important that your prescription and measurement are correct.

As we cannot avoid the laws of science, there will always be some distortion in the lenses, however, where the distortion lies in the lens can be changed. Whether you need a pair of varifocal glasses for daily use or sports performance, brands can now design customized lenses to meet these demands.

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