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Varifocal glasses myths

Varifocal glasses myths

Varifocal glasses myths

You are probably aware be aware of varifocal glasses, but you may not be so familiar with the benefits of varifocals or tried them out yourself.

Despite having been around for many years, misinformation remains about varifocals to such an extent that would-be wearers are discouraged from giving them a second thought.

This is unfortunate as quality varifocals can be convenient, practical and even life-changing for some wearers.

What are varifocal glasses? 

If unfamiliar with the concept, varifocals combine your reading glasses at the bottom of the lens with your prescription distance glasses at the top. In the middle, the two merge into each other.

The appeal of varifocals is their capacity to cover multiple requirements with a single pair of glasses. In an everyday example, you could be watching TV through the top part of your varifocals, while glancing down at a book through the bottom. This provides clear and crisp vision at both perspectives, without having to switch glasses.

Depending on your requirements, varifocals can make life so much easier than attempting to switch between multiple pairs of glasses for different purposes.

Common varifocal myths

Given the above advantages, you would expect varifocals to be perceived as nothing but a fantastic option for eligible wearers. But false presumptions about varifocals remain – often without basis.

With this in mind, here’s a brief overview of eight common varifocal myths:

Wearing varifocals makes your eyes weak

There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that varifocals weaken the eyes. To the contrary, they can significantly reduce the strain on your eyes and could therefore prevent them from becoming weak.

Varifocals are not suitable for driving

Not only is it perfectly possible and safe to drive in varifocals, but there are various types of varifocals that are designed specifically for drivers.  Given the need to continuously switch from long to short-distance focus when driving, varifocals could be the obvious choice for those with varied requirements.

Wearing varifocals long-term makes you go cross-eyed

This is one of the more far-fetched varifocal untruths, which has no basis in logic. There has never been a recorded instance of an individual going even slightly cross-eyed as a result of wearing varifocals.

Most varifocals are thick and unsightly

This tends to be where low-quality bifocals are mistaken for the highest quality varifocals. In the case of the latter, advanced varifocal lenses are designed to be practically undetectable from the thinnest and most discreet single vision lenses on the market.

Varifocals are one-size-fits-all

A bizarre suggestion is that there’s only one single version of the varifocal lens available. If this was the case, the overwhelming majority of people would have no use for them. In reality, varifocals are precision-made to order on the basis of the wearer’s prescriptions, just like all other glasses.

Varifocals are disproportionately expensive

Varifocal lenses are no more expensive than any other high-quality prescription lenses. It’s also worth bearing in mind that one pair of varifocals has the potential to replace two or more separate pairs of glasses. When considering the costs of high-end frames, varifocals could actually save you money.

Contact lenses cannot be worn with varifocals

You can easily and safely combine contact lenses with varifocals, in accordance with your requirements. There is no evidence to suggest this is detrimental to the use of varifocal glasses, or your sight.

It takes years to adjust to varifocal lenses

It always a short amount of time to get used to any new type of eyewear. A period of adjustment must therefore be accepted when switching to varifocals, but the transition rarely takes more than a fortnight. After which, you’ll probably find yourself in a position where you cannot imagine going back to traditional glasses.

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