Holmfirth Opticians are experts when it comes to varifocal lenses. We understand that each person’s prescription is unique, and will help you choose the correct type of varifocal lens for your needs.


What are varifocals glasses

Varifocal glasses are designed to correct vision at all distances. Unlike single-vision lenses, which only correct for one distance, or bifocals, which correct for two distances, varifocal lenses provide a seamless correction for near, middle and far vision. This design allows the wearer to see clearly at all distances. While varifocal lenses may initially take some time to get used to, they provide a more natural and comfortable way to see the world

How do I know if I need varifocal glasses?

Most people who need varifocal lenses have presbyopia, which is a condition that occurs when the eye’s natural crystalline lens starts to stiffen and lose its ability to change shape. This usually happens around the age of 40, making it difficult to focus on close objects.

Some people will use varifocals because they can’t or don’t like taking their reading glasses on and off, preferring the convenience of varifocals. Our optometrist or optician will discuss with you all the pros and cons of wearing varifocal lenses.

When to see an optician

If you are experiencing difficulty focusing close up, it may be time to see one of our optometrists. The optometrist will assess your vision during an eye exam and decide whether varifocal lenses would be a good option for you. If you do need varifocals, there are a few different types to choose from. The dispensing optician will help you select the right lenses based on your individual needs.

Getting your varifocals right depends on 2 main factors.

1. Matching the correct type of varifocal lens for your prescription and requirements: Having access to nearly every varifocal lens type available, our dispensing Opticians can advise on the most suitable lens type for you.

2. Accurate and precise measurements: A qualified dispensing Optician or OA can take these measurements by both hand and electronically.

Wear varifocals successfully

Get the above two right, and it will significantly increase the chances of being able to wear varifocals successfully. You may have heard of many horror stories of people not being able to cope with wearing varifocals. Many patients come to us from other practices having struggled with varifocals to go on and successfully wear varifocals from us.

We are proud to have a very low non-tolerance rate and attribute this to getting the above two points spot on. We back this up with a 30-day varifocal trial. If you still find that varifocals are not for you, we will gladly exchange them for any other lens/frame choice.

What are Varilux and Zeiss varifocal lenses?

Varilux and Zeiss make some of the most advanced varifocal lenses available, which can give the best visual correction with minimal distortion. These lenses are often easier to tolerate and provide a wider field of view.

Choosing the right Varifocal lenses

Choosing the right new varifocal lenses can be confusing. At Holmfirth Opticians we specialise in varifocal glasses and our expert dispensing opticians will help you make the right choice.

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There are hundreds of different types of varifocals, however we have narrowed these down to the ones that have the highest rate of tolerance with minimal distortion. All new varifocal lenses require a breaking-in period. This is the time it takes for your eyes to adjust to the new lens. However if your lenses still feel uncomfortable, please call in to see one of our dispensing opticians.

Yes, you can wear your varifocal lenses for sports. However, we recommend removing your glasses while playing any contact sports, to prevent injury to yourself and damage to your glasses.

All varifocals have some level of distortion. Some people don’t notice this, but others may initially. It is not possible to put a distance, middle and a near range prescription into one lens without creating some distortion on the edge of the lens. However we have tried to minimize this by using lenses with the least distortion, such as Varilux and Zeiss lenses.

If you are not happy with your varifocal lenses, contact us, and we will be happy to help. We may recommend trying a different type of lens or a different design. We will also have another look at the measurements and make any adjustments deemed necessary. We want you to be happy with your glasses, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are.

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