Woos New Varifocals

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    Good morning this morning I picked up my new varifocals ,feel a little strange(but that's nothing new):heehee: but I will persevere with them,as it beats having a separate pair of reading glasses:smile:
     
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      Hi Woo - in the long run please let me know if prefer the varifocals :smile: - I do need new glasses for close up - but am humming and harring about whether the shell our for varifocals or a separate set specifically for reading.

      Do the varifocals interfere with your normal 'non reading' activities - so for example can you drive without the varifocal bit causing annoyance?:spinning:
       
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        Hi,

        Just to add my two pennies in.

        Tried tester varifocals many times over the years but could never get used to them, and settled for bifocals for a few years, though they did seems to help me convert to varifocals two years ago.

        Find the distance and mid range very good and natural, changinf from one to the other soon becomes totally un-noticed.
        The lower reading portion, for me it does work to a degree, but the area seems very small and takes a lot of concentration, doubt I would read a book with them.

        Got mine from Specsavers who offer 5 types of varifocal lenses , basically the more you pay the larger and wider the area for Reading, I got the mid range ones

        For close work / book work I just use a selection of x1 or x1.5 reading glasses stocked by many shops.

        ps should add for driving they are great, no problem at all, though I always ask for anti reflect coating which helps cut down general glare on the lenses.
         
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          I've been using vari focals for years and after a few days got used to using them and they are very useful when reading or reverting back to long distance seeing.........I like them, but it is a personal thing.:dunno::snorky: Good luck with yours, Woo, and I hope you like them as much as I like mine.:coffee:
           
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            I cant get on with them for working at my computer as I have to put my head too far back. I get a pair of reading glasses and a pair of varifocals at the same time. Last time I had the same frames for both pair of glasses - really imaginative !
             
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              Good evening @clanless my friend I have had them on all day and I am finding them just great,I did get the "Elite" it was when I was shopping I had to keep changing my glasses to read the labels,everyone said they need some getting used to and some said that they couldn't get on with them(that nearly put me off I must admit)especially when the lady in the shop said just keep putting them on for half an hour for to day,but remembering my good friend Douglas Bader and I decided to put them on and go for it,at the moment its really is like having two new eyes,I can use my laptop and glance up at the TV without changing my glasses,driving is a dream as I can now see what speed I am doing(LOL)only joking;):smile: it will be getting used to moving my head when I look at something and not just moving my eyes,I did go for the widest view possible and chose the Elite lenses,but I will keep posting updates:smile:

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                I tried them for a while, but basically I dont need glasses for distance, so wearing glasses all the time was a bit alien to me anyway.

                Just found everything looked bent, curved, not much use at work, but ok around the shops.
                 
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                    Gave up on varifocals after a week of so, when driving found myself having to be constantly nodding, and getting important bits out of focus.

                    Whilst walking, the area around my feet was out out focus.

                    And lying in bed watching a wall mounted tv was impossible.
                     
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                      With varifocals you need to know you have a really good optician, someone who knows how to take all the right measurements and double check all the measurements are correct.
                      I`ve been told that wearing the cheap reading glasses (as I did for years) can damage your sight further. I tried bifocals, and found the awful line across them was actually quite dodgy, especially when going down the stairs - and nearly ended up descending them the really quick way :yikes:
                      Then I decided that no expense should be spared, and went for the more expensive lightweight frames with varifocal lenses .... absolutely brilliant!!

                      Ziggy has been to see the same optician now, and has found out that one eye needs a stronger lens than the other - he gets on with the new glasses very well - they`re rather stylish ''John Lennon'' style..........phwarr

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                        I've been using varifocals since June time. I was a little doubtful at first, but after a discussion with the optician decided they were the best option. I ended up going with plastic lens (Kodak) and like Woo I went for the model with the maximum area in focus, more expensive. Got a good deal from the optician and the overall package worked out cheaper than two pairs of glasses. I am shortsighted enough to qualify for free eyetests and apparently this makes adapting to varifocals easier. The trick being to move your head and not the eye so you are looking out of the centre of the lens. Anyway I got them put them on and never looked back.
                         
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                            I'm fortunate in that I have an excellent optician in one of the big chain stores. My eyes are difficult to provide for as I have a damaged eye and the glasses need to be measured and made to rather exacting detail. In the old days that was extremely difficult for them as I could notice an error of even .1 of a dioptre (sorry to get technical but most people don't notice the difference of .25 dioptre :noidea:). The testing for that nowadays is much easier but the manufacturing to that accuracy is more of a hit and miss thing. So they had to have them made at a specialist manufacturer - at no extra cost to me. :blue thumb:

                            The optician decided to try me with varifocals and they made a pair, with no obligation on my part, but I found that for work it was too difficult to cope with having to move my head constantly - as I needed to focus at different distances all the time. So I have bifocals with a largish reading section and they work well for me. Unfortunately they're not so good when I work at my computer, especially when needing to look at things on the desk and on the screen. They made me a pair of single lens mid-distance glasses (quite cheaply) that are perfect as they have a clear focus from 2ft - 4.5ft. I've had those for years and they just sit on my desk and I automatically swap them over as I sit down.
                             
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                              Good morning I have just been down to Tesco's and I can for the first time see the labels on everything with out changing my glasses:smile:
                               
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