They’re typically for people over 40 who need more help focusing on near objects. This is due to presbyopia, a normal part of ageing that means the eye’s lens begins to find it harder to focus on close objects.
What are varifocals?
These are multifocal lenses that correct vision at different working distances, from reading distance to far distance.
Unlike bifocals, they have a gradual change in prescription and don't have visible lines that separate the segments, so they look just the same as single vision lenses.
The distance vision part of the lens is usually in front of the pupil, with the near vision part in the lower section of the lenses.
If you've been wearing single vision lenses, it might take some time to adjust to wearing them.
How do varifocals work?
Varifocal lenses work by changing power from the top to the bottom of the lens. Moving your eyes up and down the lens will give you clear vision at all the distances you need. This means if you are using a cash machine you would be able to view the keys, screen, your card and then continue to walk down the street.
Any distance vision you need can be seen by moving your eyes between these points on the lens. At Specsavers, we use Digital Precision Eyecare to find your unique measurements. This allows our experts to see exactly where to position the lens zones you require for your different vision types, as well as finding the right type of varifocals for your chosen frame.
Types of varifocal lenses
One of the most common questions we get asked is; ‘how much do varifocals cost?’ followed with ‘what are the best varifocals?’.
The answer to both really depends on your budget and what you are looking for.
There are lots of different varifocal lenses on the market offering various features depending on your lifestyle and prescription.
At Specsavers we offer six types of varifocal lenses: Standard, Premium, Elite, Tailor-made, SuperDrive and SuperDigital. Your optician will talk you through all the options to see which one suits you best.
Near and Far varifocals
Do you have hobbies or interests that require great vision at a specific distance? Our Near and Far varifocals can be designed specifically for you. Ask our lens experts in-store for more information
How long does it take to adjust to varifocal lenses?
Getting used to varifocals can take from a few days to a few weeks. You need to give your brain time to adjust to the new viewing areas, which can take a bit longer if you are trying varifocals for the first time.
We know it might feel strange but the best way to adapt is to keep wearing your glasses so that your
eyes can gradually adjust.
Thanks to the detailed measurements we take, most people adjust quickly but others may experience slight dizziness at first when moving quickly from one viewing area to the next. Don’t worry these sensations don’t last long and we’re always available to reassure you if you are struggling.
We want you to be completely happy with your purchase. If you have any concerns within 100 days of the date of purchase, we will put it right. No quibble, no fuss.