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New varifocals are difficult to get used to


I've just collected new varifocals (on Wednesday) from Specsavers. I've worn varifocals for over 10 years, but this was my first new set for 5 years.

My vision seems to be deteriorating each day as I am now struggling to read books and the computer - today is now quite blurred and my eyes sting. This set is far worse than the ones that have just been replaced.

Is it possible that the wrong lens have been fitted?

Answer Written answer:

It's doubtful because there are rigorous systems in place to ensure that this doesn't happen. However, there are many things that can go amiss with varifocals such as the fitting, and optical centres. Sometimes it is just the make or type of varifocal that has been dispensed that isn't suitable. You should call the store and go back to let them check the glasses, and if necessary to retest you.  I am sure they will sort it out.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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