Getting Used to Varifocals

New to varifocal lenses? Here's what to expect if you're still getting used to them.

With today's designs in varifocal lenses, most first-time wearers notice no problems at all, however, for others there can be an adjustment period.

Getting used to varifocals can take some time for some, with a small minority experiencing problems, such as a 'swim' sensation. This can occur when they initially make quick head movements, or a blur in the peripheral zones of the lenses when glancing to the far right, left, or down.

Do not worry, these sensations will soon pass for the vast majority of people who wear varifocals, and problems during the varifocal adjustment period is a small price to pay for what are versatile lenses with wonderful focal power.

Generally, it takes between a few minutes to a few days for people to adjust to wearing varifocal lenses. This is because the brain needs to learn to work with them, and some peoples' eyes naturally take a little longer or shorter than others. Particularly for those with farsightedness (hyperopia), especially the more advanced prescriptions, adapting to your varifocal lenses may take a little longer.

Common problems with varifocal lenses:

  • 'Swim' sensation

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Blurred vision

  • Losing focus

What to do if you have problems with your varifocal lenses:

We advise that when these symptoms set in, simply remove the varifocal lenses for a short period and replace after the symptoms have subsided.

Please do not be tempted to return to your older prescription glasses or different lens design (bifocal, trifocal, single vision, etc) as this will only serve to increase the adjustment period and you will have to start all over again.

If you experience a 'swim' sensation or blurring, you may at first need to make more slight head movements to look more directly at objects. These problems will eventually disappear as your brain learns to adjust.

Try to avoid operating machinery or driving during your adjustment period and ensure you're comfortable and feel fully accustomed to your new lenses. Take particular care when going up and down stairs at first, too, to avoid trips and falls.

Typically, if after 5 days of constant wearing you cannot adjust to your new lenses, we will discuss with you any problems you may be experiencing and make any necessary adjustments to your lenses. Please remember that all of our varifocal lenses come with our non-tolerance varifocal lens guarantee

If you have varifocal frames that you simply need a new prescription for or a scratch fixed, get your varifocal lenses reglazed by our expert team.

Any questions? Simply contact us for any help and advice you need whilst getting used to your varifocals.