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My reading prescription increased and the optician also said that I’m starting to struggle with longer vision, although I still have excellent vision way beyond 20/20 for longer range. His view was that I’m starting to have to strain to maintain that so I should wear a very light long-range lens to protect it.

Asda opticians don’t charge extra for varifocals so he said I should consider them.

I got two new pairs this morning, and they’re bloody awful. I overwhelmingly will move my eyes to look at something rather than my head and the persistent vision distortion of anything but straight on at long and down at short is giving me a headache. I can’t even type on this thing and have had to go back to my old reading glasses. Even when looking straight at something perfectly in focus, my brain hates that the peripheral vision is fuzzy.

Am I just being a princess about it and I’ll get used to them, or have others had this issue and had to get rid of them?

I’m very tempted to just tell them to swap them for reading prescription and I’ll suck up the strain for long range.

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8 minutes ago, ckn said:

My reading prescription increased and the optician also said that I’m starting to struggle with longer vision, although I still have excellent vision way beyond 20/20 for longer range. His view was that I’m starting to have to strain to maintain that so I should wear a very light long-range lens to protect it.

Asda opticians don’t charge extra for varifocals so he said I should consider them.

I got two new pairs this morning, and they’re bloody awful. I overwhelmingly will move my eyes to look at something rather than my head and the persistent vision distortion of anything but straight on at long and down at short is giving me a headache. I can’t even type on this thing and have had to go back to my old reading glasses. Even when looking straight at something perfectly in focus, my brain hates that the peripheral vision is fuzzy.

Am I just being a princess about it and I’ll get used to them, or have others had this issue and had to get rid of them?

I’m very tempted to just tell them to swap them for reading prescription and I’ll suck up the strain for long range.

I know two people who've gone to varifocals. 50% success rate. One absolutely swears by them, the other now owns, I think, five different pairs of glasses in preference.

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Used to have separate distance and reading glasses. This time I went to Specsavers and got varifocals.  As Robin says above, took a couple of weeks but now I am used to them.   

However - Specsavers now have a system with their lenses where the 'reading' lens is at the bottom and the 'distance ' lens is in the centre, and they seem to have clear glass to the left and right of the 'distance' part.  When I queeried this I was told that it was to always make people look straight ahead and to turn their heads, and not their eyes when looking to the side.  This is the bit I don't like, so will be going somewhere else when i need to replace these.

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Once you start wearing glasses, you're stuck with them (or contacts) for life, barring laser eye treatment. If you can cope with just reading glasses, then cope with just reading glasses, imo. Opticians, like everyone else, want to sell you something and, preferably, something expensive that you have to change every year. (Cynic, me? Yes!)

 For reference, Carol tried varifocals some years back and could not get used to them at all. She now uses contact lenses for everyday viewing and reading glasses for close up. I just use the cheapest possible, off-the-shelf reading glasses for reading. My distance vision is pretty good so far. (My hearing is not great, though)

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I've had varificals for about twenty years, once you get used to them they'll be fine. You may have to position them on your nose in a position you're not used to. They shouldn't go to far to the top of your nose, so position them in such a way that you don't need to move your head to see different distances. If this is happening then you're wearing them wrongly.

My tip is to stand about three to four feet away from something that you can view at eye level, maybe a particular shelf on bookcase, adjust the position of the specs so the wording on the books is clear. Another idea is to stand in a darkened room and look across at a distance of four to five feet at an LED clock, adjusting the specs until the numbers are clear with no blurring, this is the position that the glasses should be on your nose. Also of course never tilt your head upwards to look at distance because you'll then be looking through the bottom of the lenses, which is for reading only.

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I hated them at first, now I hardly notice them.

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I've had them for a few years now. Initially they took a bit of getting used to, but I suspect this is quite normal and you have to persevere. Don't be afraid to go back to the optician for adjustments or further advice, usually they're happy to help as you'll go elsewhere next time if you're not satisfied.

Don't be tempted to pay hundreds of pounds for them. I've been going to Asda opticians for a few years and they're as good as, and probably cheaper than, anybody else. Stick with it, it should be worth it eventually.

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It may depend on how bad your vision is. I know several people who either took to them straight away, or adjusted after a few weeks.

My eyesight means that, without glasses, anything more than 4-5 inches away is a blur. I tried varifocals (paid a premium for them too, more fool me) and stuck at it for several months before giving up on them. Every small head movement in any direction made things come in and out of focus and even change apparent size.

Luckily, my 2-for-1 deal meant I had an up-to-date pair of regular specs as the second pair, which are what I now wear every day. The varifocals are available for emergency backup, but I hope never to need them.

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I don’t need glasses but struggle with small print. My job means I have to wear safety glasses all the time. So my employers paid for varifocal safety glasses (prescribed by an optician) for me. At first I struggled to use them as it was just weird but after a few days/weeks it became ok, to the point where I don’t even think about it now. 

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15 hours ago, ckn said:

My reading prescription increased and the optician also said that I’m starting to struggle with longer vision, although I still have excellent vision way beyond 20/20 for longer range. His view was that I’m starting to have to strain to maintain that so I should wear a very light long-range lens to protect it.

Asda opticians don’t charge extra for varifocals so he said I should consider them.

I got two new pairs this morning, and they’re bloody awful. I overwhelmingly will move my eyes to look at something rather than my head and the persistent vision distortion of anything but straight on at long and down at short is giving me a headache. I can’t even type on this thing and have had to go back to my old reading glasses. Even when looking straight at something perfectly in focus, my brain hates that the peripheral vision is fuzzy.

Am I just being a princess about it and I’ll get used to them, or have others had this issue and had to get rid of them?

I’m very tempted to just tell them to swap them for reading prescription and I’ll suck up the strain for long range.

I have varifocals, they do take a little bit of time to get used to but once I got used to them I have found they are great.

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9 minutes ago, Padge said:

I have varifocals, they do take a little bit of time to get used to but once I got used to them I have found they are great.

I’ve woken up this morning with a thumping headache and my eyes feel like they’ve been poked all night. I’m thinking the prescription or lenses must be wrong 

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Have had them for about 18 months - and no issues at all, bar for it being a little 'different' walking downstairs initially, but got used that quickly

Couldn't be doing with contacts - it was traumatic. I have very watery eyes, even a small change in temperature makes them run, so contacts not suitable

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10 hours ago, ckn said:

I’ve woken up this morning with a thumping headache and my eyes feel like they’ve been poked all night. I’m thinking the prescription or lenses must be wrong 

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Had mine for ages, you do need to make sure the different bits are in the correct place.

I have an astigmatism on both eyes (fitting really) which means I am short sighted and also now need readers. The only issue I have had is going down stairs I don't even think about them now.

 

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I gave up with the varifocals, couldn't get them to work and got the hint the optician had enough with trying to fix them. So, I went for a pair of bifocals and a pair of reading glasses with my prescription.

Both the reading bit of the bifocals and the reading glasses seem far too short range. My last readers work perfectly with my computer screen, which is at a good distance. The new ones make the screen unreadable, worse than with no glasses.

I think I may need to get a better optician.

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3 hours ago, ckn said:

I gave up with the varifocals, couldn't get them to work and got the hint the optician had enough with trying to fix them. So, I went for a pair of bifocals and a pair of reading glasses with my prescription.

Both the reading bit of the bifocals and the reading glasses seem far too short range. My last readers work perfectly with my computer screen, which is at a good distance. The new ones make the screen unreadable, worse than with no glasses.

I think I may need to get a better optician.

I got to where you are 3 or 4 years back.  I couldn't make any of their prescriptions work juggling reader/occupational for screen/distance.  I think at one point they had made five different pairs for me and eventually like you they had enough of me. I am now wearing bifocals which are fine for work, driving, shopping but like you the reading part just isn't sharp enough so I manage at work by putting my screen a little bit further away.  As soon as I get home I put my faithful B&M £2 readers on for laptop/reading and I'm happy with that.  I'm also not nearly so fussy these days with the extortionate pricey frames and go for the £25 ones.

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