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Top 11 Myths of Varifocal Glasses

Top 11 Myths of Varifocal Glasses

Sometimes, myths combine so seamlessly with the truth that it becomes very difficult to separate the two. The situation gets grimmer when health is at the epicentre. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 2.2 billion people worldwide have some kind of near or distance vision impairment.

Likewise, when we talk about the UK, the proportion of potential presbyopes is around 9 million (people aged 45 to 54 years), and around 77 percent of the group requires vision correction. However, despite the pertinent scope and prevalence of multifocal and varifocal lenses, a lot of varifocal glasses myths loom around.

As it is widely known that half truths are more dangerous than lies, it is crucial to bust these myths and ensure that those who need varifocals do not shy away or feel intimidated by these pivotal vision corrective devices.



Busting Top 11 Varifocal Glasses Myths

Some of the common myths about varifocal glasses are -

  • Myth 1 - Varifocal lenses make the eyesight weaker’

    Truth - One of the biggest varifocal glasses myths is that these glasses make your eyesight weaker. Wearing varifocal glasses does nothing to decrease your prescription strength. However, on the contrary, varifocal lenses facilitate improved vision by providing seamless near, distant, and intermediate corrections through one lens.

  • Myth 2 - ‘Varifocal glasses are expensive’

    Image
      showing money

    Caption: Varifocal glasses are not too expensive

    Truth - The second major myth about varifocal glasses is that they are very expensive. Of course, it is true that a single pair of varifocal lenses can be much pricier than a pair of single vision glasses. However, we must acknowledge and understand that varifocals are a type of digital lenses, and are, in fact, a marvel of optometry.

    Thus, they are bound to be more expensive than single vision glasses for near or distant correction. However, the catch is that if you struggle to see long and short distances simultaneously, buying one pair of varifocal lenses is cheaper than buying two single vision glasses. Besides, your life gets easier, as there is no need to constantly switch from one pair to another.

  • Myth 3 - All varifocal glasses are the same

    Truth - No two varifocal glasses are alike. One of the most distinctive characteristics of varifocal glasses is that they are customised to be compatible to your unique prescription requirements.

    All the three ‘zones’ vision correction across the lens of varifocals are painstakingly tailored to ensure that the wearer’s varying near, distance, and intermediate prescriptions are taken into account.

  • Myth 4: ‘I cannot drive in varifocal glasses’

    Image of an
      elderly man wearing glasses and driving

    Caption: It is possible to drive wearing varifocal glasses

    It is completely false that you cannot drive in varifocal glasses. Nowadays, the latest varifocal glasses technology, such as Varilux and Free Form, facilitate safe and seamless driving. By enabling you to easily switch from looking at the road to the dashboard, varifocal glasses make driving an easy affair.

  • Myth 5 - ‘Varifocals can make me cross-eyed’

    Truth - It is a farfetched misconception, without any substance. There is no scientific evidence or erstwhile cases to believe that wearing varifocal glasses will make you cross-eyed. In fact, it is the other way around, as varifocals improve your quality of life.

    An adult might suddenly become cross-eyed (strabismus) due to reasons like blood vessel damage, eye damage, brain tumour, stroke, and more. Opting for varifocals is in no way related to the situation.

  • Myth 6 - ‘Wearing varifocals will make me look outdated’

    Truth - Long gone are the days when varifocals had thick lenses and an outdated look. Nowadays, you can buy varifocal glasses that look incredibly stylish. They come with trendy frames, thin and sleek lenses, and vibrant colours.

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  • Myth 7 - ‘Varifocal glasses have visible demarcation lines’

    Truth - There was a time when varifocals had visible lines and demarcations. But, now varifocal glasses look inconspicuous and seamless, and similar to single vision lenses.

  • Myth 8 - ‘It will take a very long time to adjust to varifocal glasses’

    Truth - Although it can take some time for you to adjust to varifocal lenses, the experience is very subjective. The process rarely takes more than two to more weeks. Besides, nowadays, advanced lens adaptive technology is also being infused with varifocal glasses, making the process of adjustment easier.

  • Myth 9 - ‘Everyone will come to know that I am wearing varifocal glasses’

    Truth - One of the biggest varifocal glasses myths that exists is that wearing them will make the person look older. However, it is not true, as the contemporary varifocal lenses look similar to single vision lenses. So, the onlooker would have no idea if you are wearing varifocals or single vision glasses.

    If you want to know how to choose the right varifocal glasses frames, read here! >

  • Myth 10 - ‘Only old people need varifocals’

    
      Image of women of different ages wearing varifocal glasses

    Caption: Even young people might need varifocal glasses

    Truth - Yes, varifocals are mainly prescribed for people above the age 40, there are exceptional situations, as well. The usage of varifocal glasses depends on the prescription a person needs. You might be surprised to know that children as young as seven years and elderly people touching their 100th birthdays also might need varifocal glasses.

  • Myth 11 - ‘I cannot wear varifocal glasses with contact lenses’

    Truth - Last but not least, a major varifocal glasses myth is that you cannot pair contact lenses with them. The reality is that you can easily wear varifocal glasses on top of your contact lenses.

Final Thoughts

So, there we have it, a comprehensive overview of the eleven varifocal glasses myths that need busting. It would be safe to say that varifocal glasses are a technological marvel, improving the lives of millions of people.

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