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Varifocal & Progressive Lenses Explained

What are Varifocal lenses?

Varifocal lenses, also known as progressive lenses, are used when you have two prescriptions, one for distance and one for reading.

Varifocal lenses have a gradual change in strength from the top of the lens to the bottom with multiple focal points allowing you to see all distances and focus points through just one lens.

This means the wearer doesn't need to buy and care for 2 pairs of glasses or need to switch between glasses for different vision needs.

Unlike bifocals, they do not contain a reading segment or dividing line within the lens which makes them more cosmetically pleasing and can also disguise presbyopia, the need for reading glasses, which can often be associated with age as it typically occurs from the age of 40 plus.

How do Varifocal glasses work?

Varifocal lenses work by having a gradual change in strength from the top of the lens to the bottom and multiple focal points in between. The upper part of the lens contains the distance power, the middle of the lens has the intermediate ranges and the lower portion, the reading part

Below are the basic 3 regions of a varifocal lens:

Distance Zone: The ‘upper’ portion of the varifocal lens provides the ‘distance’ viewing area.

Intermediate Zone: The distance and reading areas are connected via a ‘corridor’ of intermediate powers and provides viewing for ‘mid-range’ vision.

Near/Reading Zone: The ‘bottom/lower’ portion of the lens provides the ‘close up/reading’ area

This image shows the focal points of a varifocal lens:

How to use Varifocal glasses:

Varifocal glasses are very easy to use and you will adapt to them very quickly.

Varifocal glasses are positioned so that as you look through the top of the lens you will be viewing into the distance and in focus. To read, the gaze is simply lowered so that your eyes will now be looking through the lower portion of the lens, the reading part. Varifocal lenses also have an additional benefit in that they have an intermediate power range which is useful for ‘in between’ distances such as looking at shelves in a supermarket or the dashboard of your car and you simply lower or raise your head slightly until the view comes into focus.

The different types of Varifocal lenses:

There are many different types of varifocal lenses on the market offering numerous benefits and features dependent upon your lifestyle, needs and requirements.

Typically referred to as standard, premium, free form, lifestyle and elite.

The main differences & features of varifocal lenses types are:

  • Larger distance viewing areas
  • Larger reading viewing areas
  • Wider field of vision, known as the ‘corridor’
  • Less peripheral distortion

Simply put, the more advanced premium/lifestyle/elite options have a wider field of vision with less peripheral distortion. They are often much easier to adapt to because of this.

Different Varifocal Lens Options:

Varifocal lenses are available in nearly all lens materials,coatings and designs, such as high-index lenses, polycarbonate lenses, photochromic lenses and polarised lenses. An added benefit of a photochromic or polarised varifocal lens is that they shield your eyes from 100 percent of the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Choosing Varifocal Lenses:

Standard Varifocal lenses:

Standard Varifocal lenses are the ‘entry level’ varifocal options and are chosen as an enhanced alternative to bifocals. They have clear vision and fairly wide focal areas for distance, reading and ‘in-between’. There will be some ‘peripheral distortion’ around the edge of the lens but this will be minimal and most customers will adapt to them very quickly.

Our 'standard varifocal' lens option is made by 'Essilor'

Essilor invented the varifocal lens over 25 years ago and are world famous for the Varilux lens, the world's first varifocal, which was invented in 1959 and a total of 300 million people around the world wear or have worn Varilux lenses, with a new wearer every three seconds!!!

The Essilor varifocal lens is the highest quality varifocal choice and has been selected by us for its wide viewing areas, minimal distortion, the ease at which wearers adapt to it and its low price of £49.00 making it one of the best varifocal lenses available. It is worth pointing out that such is the quality of this lens and its vision, we have a 100% success rate and have never had a customer request a refund for this varifocal lens.

And remember, for piece for mind, we offer our “No Quibble 30 Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee” on all purchases.

Watch this short video about Essilor varifocals>>

Premium Varifocal lenses:

Premium varifocal lenses, sometimes referred to as ‘free-form varifocals’ or ‘back-surfaced digital varifocal lenses’ are created using the latest computer driven equipment and have a wider field of vision at the distance, intermediate/in-between and reading focal points. This is because the lens is a customised varifocal lens and made to fit within the frame you have purchased. It is unique to your prescription and the lens shape of the frame you have chosen and therefore offers the fullest and widest vision possible with a smooth transition between the focal ranges. They have minimal peripheral distortion and are easy to adapt to.

Premium varifocal lenses offer much clearer vision at all points and are a significant step up from a standard varifocal lens in terms of vision, clarity, focus and ease of adapting to them.

Our Premium varifocal is a ‘digital free form varifocal lens’ made by Essilor

Essilor invented the varifocal lens over 25 years ago and are world famous for the Varilux lens, the world's first varifocal, which was invented in 1959 and a total of 300 million people around the world wear or have worn Varilux lenses, with a new wearer every three seconds!!!

This Essilor Varilux varifocal lens is our highest quality varifocal choice and has been carefully selected to offer unrivaled clarity and a wide viewing area at all focal points including the distance, intermediate and reading areas with minimal distortion around the edges.

At only £85.00, it is quite simply one of the best value varifocal lenses available today. The premium varifocal option also includes a free ‘anti reflection and scratch resistant coating’ worth over £25.00 to further improve the clarity, focus and ultimately your vision.

It is also worth pointing out that such is the clarity of this lens and its vision, it has a 100% success rate and we have never had a customer request a refund for this ‘premium varifocal lens’ option.

But remember, for piece for mind, we offer our “no quibble 30 day, 100% money back guarantee” on all purchases.

Watch this short video about Essilor Varilux Varifocal lenses>>

Elite Varifocal lenses:

These varifocal lenses will have the widest field of vision at all focal points with much less distortion around the edges. They are tailor made varifocal lenses and customised and made to fit within the frame you have purchased. They are very easy to adapt to and again, free coatings may be included.

Lifestyle Varifocal lenses:

These are specific to different lifestyle or occupation vision needs or for those who are constantly shifting their focus between distance, intermediate and reading and will provide a wider and clearer field of vision when looking ahead or into the distance. If you frequently perform tasks at arm's length - like reading a book or using a tablet device - then you'd appreciate a broader, more comfortable near zone of vision to help you see the details.

This image shows the difference in the viewing field and distortion between a standard and a premium varifocal lens. The premium varifocal lens clearly having a wider field of vision and less peripheral distortion.

Adapting to Varifocal lenses:

Although varifocal glasses need time to adapt the significant majority of wearers get used to them within hours and overall success rate is over 98%. The latest designs with wider fields of vision and less edge/peripheral distortion are the easiest to adapt to.

Who makes Varifocal lenses?

There are many, many different manufacturers who make varifocal lenses to suit all needs and budgets.

Here are some of the more popular and advanced varifocal lens options:

  • Essilor - "Varilux Comfort" & "Varilux Physio",
  • Nikon - "Presio",
  • Hoya - "GP" & "Summit"
  • Carl Zeiss - "Zeiss Progressive Individual 2" & "Zeiss Progressive Plus 2"

Buying varifocal lenses online is quicker, more efficient and cheaper than visiting  the high st. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you require any further information and one of our opticians will be happy to assist you in selecting the correct varifocal lens for your prescription, lifestyle and budget.

Freephone:0800 690 6220

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