How Long Will it Take To Get Used To Varifocals?
Our eyesight is precious and, particularly as we age, we often need to consider ways to help us see better. Poor eyesight can affect our health and wellbeing in many ways. It may even have a negative impact on our mental health: many studies show that loss of vision is directly proportional to the risk of depression. This is not really surprising as even minimal deterioration may impact on our ability to carry out the most basic daily activities such as reading, driving, many hobbies and possibly our efficiency at work. It is therefore extremely important to make the right choices when considering the multitude of options of lenses and/or different types of glasses. Cost might play a decision in those choices, but whatever our budget it is important to feel comfortable.
One such choice is varifocal lenses. Many people get worried as to how long it will take to get used to varifocals The answer to this query varies according to each individual’s eyesight prescription and how they intend to use their new spectacles.
Before we begin with discussing how long will it take you to get used to your varifocal lenses, let’s first consider what these lenses are and then we can dispel some myths and provide some tips to help you adapt.
Why might you need varifocal glasses?
Varifocal lenses are a very cost effective and practical solution to a common sight problem called presbyopia. It is a condition caused when the lens at the back of your eyes are no longer able to change their shape to bring the close objects into focus. Don’t worry; this is a very common condition! In fact, Opticians London suggests that a vast majority of adults in the UK in their late 40s suffer from Presbyopia.
Historically, bifocals were prescribed for presbyopia but this often meant people would need to alternate these with another pair of glasses as bifocals have an obvious line on the lens and only cater for two distances. Most people in their 40s do not want to carry two pairs of glasses; it can be a major inconvenience for them.
Varifocal lenses, by contrast, have a smooth unobstructed surface and cater for all distances, so only one pair of glasses should be needed. Howver, there is still a certain amount of scepticism about varifocals.
It is hard to adjust to varifocal lenses-true or false?
Opticians Basildon often get asked this question, but the number of people who simply can’t tolerate these lenses is very small. It’s a misconception that no one can easily adapt to using varifocals. According to studies by Opticians London, only 0.7% of patients give up their varifocal glasses due to non-tolerance issues, but the majority of people easily adapt.
How much time will it take for you to adjust to varifocals?
As mentioned before, it entirely depends on the individual. But you will most probably adapt to varifocal lenses within a few days of regular use. It is quite common to experience peripheral distortions in your glasses at the edges of the lenses, but by accepting this is interim issue and trying not to focus on the problem, most people soon adapt. To ensure you minimise any potential problems, ensure you use a good opticians, buy the best glasses you can afford and seek advice from the opticians in terms of the shape of lens and therefore the style of glasses that bare best suited to the shape of your face..
Once you consult your optician, the power needed will be discussed and based on that he will recommend the best lens. You will have to slightly change your head positioning and eye movements for the peripheral vision to adjust according to the glasses. You might feel uncomfortable at first but once you become accustomed, these positions will feel more natural as they become a routine for you.
Here are a few tips to help you quickly get adjusted to these lenses:
● Stop using your old glasses and do not swap between them and the new varifocals
● Start moving your head in the direction of what you want to look instead of just moving your eyes, this will help to minimize peripheral distortion
● Start wearing your new glasses for longer durations. It’s simple; the more you wear them, the quicker you will adapt
● When doing close work, keep your chin up and drop eyes down
By following these steps, we are sure you will overcome any adaption issues you face within a few weeks. Keep your visits to your optician regular during initial weeks and discuss with them the problems you are facing. Sometimes the frame might need a simple adjustment to make a difference.
There is no need to worry or get anxious when using varifocal lenses. If you are having a hard time adjusting to them, just let your optician know and he will find a solution. Most often varifocals come with a month replacement so you will get your money back if you simply can’t adjust to these glasses.
Can you drive wearing varifocals?
Absolutely! The vast majority of varifocal wearers who get adjusted to them never experience an issue when using them while driving.