New to Varifocals? Here is a quick guide so you know what to expect for the first few days.

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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.

For those of you who are new to varifocals (progressive lenses), you may feel at first as if you will never get used to the 'swim' sensation when you initially make quick head movements. You may also experience a blur in the peripheral zones of the lenses when you glance to the far right or left, especially when you look down. Do not worry, this sensation will soon pass.

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. However for those who have a lot of hyperopia (farsightedness), adapting to progressive lenses may take a little longer.

Side effects:

  • 'swim' sensation
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • blurring

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) as this will only serve to increase the adjustment period and you will have to start all over again.

If you do have problems with 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.

Please take due care if operating machinery or driving during your adjustment period.

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 varifocal non tolerance lens guarantee