As we get older our eyesight deteriorates, making it harder to focus on nearby objects. Often, this means we need to wear different pairs of glasses to correct our short-sightedness and long-sightedness.
Varifocals lenses are a great way of correcting this issue and ensuring you see clearly at all distances. However, they take some time to adjust to.
No more switching between reading glasses and distance glasses
Varifocals eliminate the need to switch between reading glasses and distance glasses, allowing you to focus on both near and distant objects with just one pair of spectacles. Unlike bifocals which have separate segments, varifocals are designed with progressive zones to accommodate a variety of prescriptions.
They are a great option for those who struggle to see clearly up close as presbyopia can set in. This is an age-related vision problem that occurs when your eyes can no longer focus on objects up close without help.
Varifocals don’t have a segment or dividing line within the lens like bifocals, which makes them more cosmetically appealing and can also work to disguise presbyopia. They are also a more practical option as they don’t have the disruptive “jump” in lens powers that bifocals can cause.
They can take a little time to get used to though, especially for those who have never worn varifocals before. The adaptation period is usually short however, and most people are able to adjust within a fortnight.
No more having to carry around multiple pairs of spectacles
Varifocals eliminate the need to carry around multiple pairs of spectacles. Instead, they have different sections for viewing close up and far away, and everything in between.
They are designed to correct presbyopia – an age-related condition where the eyes struggle to focus on things up close. This can be a real hassle if you need to switch between reading glasses and distance glasses, or want to see the road sign while you’re driving.
Varifocal lenses are custom-fitted to your individual prescription and are available with a range of different strengths. Your optician will help you select the right strength for your eyes, and will advise you about when it may be best to swap between them.
It can take time to get used to new varifocals, but most people adapt quickly. If you’re not quite coping with them, your optician will be happy to talk through it with you.
No more needing to adjust your glasses every time you move your head
Varifocals are a great way to eliminate the need to adjust your glasses every time you move your head. A varifocal has a pair of lenses, one for distance vision and one for near. The top portion of the lens is designed to display the far away visuals you need while the lower part is a tad more subtle and less eye-catching.
You may even have the option of selecting which zone you want to view depending on your needs. For example, you may prefer to see a distant object at night without having to use your reading glasses to do the trick.
It’s worth noting that while varifocals are a great way of improving your quality of life, it may take some time for you to get used to them. A good place to start is at home, where you can practice using the new lenses. It’s also a good idea to get out and about, especially if you want to see some of the sights that London has to offer.
No more tripping on your glasses
Varifocals offer a gradual change in strength from top to bottom with multiple focal points, allowing you to see all distances through one lens. This eliminates the need to have separate lenses for reading, distance and intermediate vision and can be a more cost-effective solution.
While they can be tricky to adapt to, varifocals are a fantastic option for people who want to have perfect, continuous vision. They also provide excellent protection from UV rays and are usually available in photochromic options, which can turn darker when outside and clear inside, reducing the need for sunglasses.
However, they can take a little longer to adjust to than single vision or bifocal lenses. This is because they have a number of different focal points and the brain needs a little time to acclimatise to them.