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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Need some help from you glasses wearers.
I recently had my eyes tested and although I have been needing readers for some years this was the first time distance sight was showing signs of fading.

I got my prescription and thought I would give vari-focals a go, to cut a long story short I bought some from an internet supplier and they arrived a few weeks ago. Now I cannot read with them at all, I sent them back complaining that the reading area they had created was a tiny arc in the centre of the bottom of the lens and they seem to graduate through that arc. Now all the vari-focals I had seen have a reading area across the lens width up to about a 1/4 of the lens...

What are yours like as I now have a £100 pair of glasses they are saying are okay and I can use them.

Thanks for your help..
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
I would have helped but not any more "four eyes!"
#2
JaYy_dOg
I would have helped but not any more "four eyes!"


I just told you I wear them as well...dont be so touchy!! :-D
#3
JaYy_dOg
I would have helped but not any more "four eyes!"


Same here! I've been using contacts for a month now myself! Just got rid of phantom glasses on nose syndrome i.e. pushing my glasses up when I'm not wearing any!
#4
I wear varifocals but got mine from Specsavers and have had no problems apart from walking down stairs for a while. I can't see the area where it varies though as its graduated.
#5
gal2792t
Same here! I've been using contacts for a month now myself! Just got rid of phantom glasses on nose syndrome i.e. pushing my glasses up when I'm not wearing any!


"two eyes" :thumbsup:
#6
Why did you buy varifocals on the internet?
You need to be measured professionally by a Dispensing Optician. Also, there are hundreds of different designs of varifocals ranging from designs that are 20 years old up to the new technology designed lenses which work more like your natural eye. It's a bit like buying a 20 year old TV which takes 3 people to lift or a new HD plasma thin style one. Which one will provide greater vision? The more advanced varifocals provide more comfort by using less eye muscle movement and wider reading/distance vision areas which allow better vision.
Varifocals are the biggest reason where people can have problems which is why you need to go to a professional independent optician for advice.
Incidentally, which online internet supplier did you use?
#7
could be a number of problems tbh.the frames may not fit correctly, the actual varifocal may not be fitted correctly(heights etc) or the prescription may be wrong(this is unlikely if you say you CAN read well,but only through a certain area at the bottom).
alternatively it could be the type of varifocal that you cant use...as this is your first time wearing them i wouldve advise you to go for the most expensive lenses you could, as generally this will provide the widest and deepest reading area compared to an inexpesive lense.
#8
think
Why did you buy varifocals on the internet?
You need to be measured professionally by a Dispensing Optician. Also, there are hundreds of different designs of varifocals ranging from designs that are 20 years old up to the new technology designed lenses which work more like your natural eye. It's a bit like buying a 20 year old TV which takes 3 people to lift or a new HD plasma thin style one. Which one will provide greater vision? The more advanced varifocals provide more comfort by using less eye muscle movement and wider reading/distance vision areas which allow better vision.
Varifocals are the biggest reason where people can have problems which is why you need to go to a professional independent optician for advice.
Incidentally, which online internet supplier did you use?


Well thanks I have learnt that much myself but from the glasses I had seen it really did not look that big a deal as my prescription should have told them all they needed ..or so I thought! It was SelectSpecs. I just didnt want to spend a fortune on glasses I might not get on with but I thought it would be because I was wearing them all the time instead of just reading
#9
think
Why did you buy varifocals on the internet?
You need to be measured professionally by a Dispensing Optician. Also, there are hundreds of different designs of varifocals ranging from designs that are 20 years old up to the new technology designed lenses which work more like your natural eye. It's a bit like buying a 20 year old TV which takes 3 people to lift or a new HD plasma thin style one. Which one will provide greater vision? The more advanced varifocals provide more comfort by using less eye muscle movement and wider reading/distance vision areas which allow better vision.
Varifocals are the biggest reason where people can have problems which is why you need to go to a professional independent optician for advice.
Incidentally, which online internet supplier did you use?


agree with everything you have said there apart from the bold underlined bit...should be no difference in an independant optometrist and one who works for a multiple.:thumbsup:
#10
shaneomac
could be a number of problems tbh.the frames may not fit correctly, the actual varifocal may not be fitted correctly(heights etc) or the prescription may be wrong(this is unlikely if you say you CAN read well,but only through a certain area at the bottom).
alternatively it could be the type of varifocal that you cant use...as this is your first time wearing them i wouldve advise you to go for the most expensive lenses you could, as generally this will provide the widest and deepest reading area compared to an inexpesive lense.


Okay so are you saying that the lenses I thought I was going to get with a wide reading area across the total lens cost more? If so do they have a name?
#11
shaneomac;7732215
agree with everything you have said there apart from the bold underlined bit...should be no difference in an independant optometrist and one who works for a multiple.:thumbsup:

agreed
#12
mosskeeto
Okay so are you saying that the lenses I thought I was going to get with a wide reading area across the total lens cost more? If so do they have a name?



im saying that MAY be your problem-hard to advise on a paticular lense type without seeing you wear the frame tbh...if you want the name of a great lense id highly recommend a hoya id - its expensive dough.
my advice would be to take them to where you got ur eyes testing, ring for an appointment and ask for a recheck - they will recheck ur Rx and also check the heights and Rx in the lenses you have ordered - they will give you advice from there.impossible to tell what your exact problem without doing this....
btw-im not suggesting at all that ur lenses arent good enough just because they dont cost £500 a pair...just saying it may be part of your problem - it may very well be nothing to do with this and perhaps ur heights were done incorrectly - if it is this it can be as simple as titling the frame so the bottom of the lense is closer to your cheek...as i said tho-could be anything.
#13
Mosskeeto, my advice is to call in at a local friendly Opticians (indepenedent or multiple) for advice. They will explain the type of varifocal you have as they can identify it from the small markings on the lenses
#14
shaneomac
im saying that MAY be your problem-hard to advise on a paticular lense type without seeing you wear the frame tbh...if you want the name of a great lense id highly recommend a hoya id - its expensive dough.
my advice would be to take them to where you got ur eyes testing, ring for an appointment and ask for a recheck - they will recheck ur Rx and also check the heights and Rx in the lenses you have ordered - they will give you advice from there.impossible to tell what your exact problem without doing this....


Thanks for your time, I think the issue I had was that I could not understand why they would produce a lens with a small arc at the bottom centre (very much like the old bi-focals) and then process the variation through this small arc. This of course means that just the smallest spot in the centre of the arc matches the reading addition of my prescription and the only spot that is clear. Is this normal? If it is and everyone has there lenses like that then I will just put it down to experience but they are not like the others that I had made my judgement to try them on.
#15
mosskeeto
Thanks for your time, I think the issue I had was that I could not understand why they would produce a lens with a small arc at the bottom centre (very much like the old bi-focals) and then process the variation through this small arc. This of course means that just the smallest spot in the centre of the arc matches the reading addition of my prescription and the only spot that is clear. Is this normal? If it is and everyone has there lenses like that then I will just put it down to experience but they are not like the others that I had made my judgement to try them on.


yes this is normal unfort.it is something that most people do get used to tho...
you should have a guarantee with the lenses that if you dont get on with them within a month you can exchange them-this mite be one avenue for you to go if you feel you really cant get on-generally upgrading ur lense will make that spot deeper and wider so its easier to use the lenses..again tho-its very hard to say that for def in ur case this will help:?
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i meant to say - dont be afraid to go back to ur opticians and tell them if you are having problems - they will be more than willing to help and theyl be happy to know you trust them to solve the prob!
best of luck!
#17
shaneomac
yes this is normal unfort.it is something that most people do get used to tho...
you should have a guarantee with the lenses that if you dont get on with them within a month you can exchange them-this mite be one avenue for you to go if you feel you really cant get on-generally upgrading ur lense will make that spot deeper and wider so its easier to use the lenses..again tho-its very hard to say that for def in ur case this will help:?


Well that does answer my query to an extent, I really was beginning to think they had stitched me up . If you are saying that it is a normal way of producing these lenses then I am a bit happier that I am not being palmed of with something not quite right.
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#18
mosskeeto
Well that does answer my query to an extent, I really was beginning to think they had stitched me up . If you are saying that it is a normal way of producing these lenses then I am a bit happier that I am not being palmed of with something not quite right.
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tbh the lenses used by the internet companies are often of a very simialr quality to ones used by high street and independant opticians:thumbsup:(just cheaper)
#19
transit
"two eyes" :thumbsup:


:geek: <---- OLD ME!!!
#20
gal2792t
:geek: <---- OLD ME!!!


Are they vari-focals??? ;-)

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