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    Where can I buy cheap varifocals on the high street?

    In the last few years I bought frames and lenses online (Glasses Direct) because they were cheaper than the high street and still of decent quality, but now I need varifocals and Glasses Direct won't accept a prescription without pupillary distance certified by an optician. I have a prescription from Vision Express and that doesn't include pupillary distance, nor they would give it to me unless I buy from them. VE wants to charge me £69 only for the lenses.

    Can I find any cheaper on the high street?

    I've read that Asda will sell varifocals for as little as £40. Is that true and what quality should I expect?

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks

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    With Varifocals you'll get what you pay for...and it's really important to have them measured up properly too (not just PD's but fitting heights). And on the off chance that you don't get on with them having a bricks and mortar store to help out will be worth it.

    You're better off finding an Optician (be it a large franchise or an independent practice) and getting a decent quality lens from them (i.e not the cheapest one).

    I bought two pairs approx 1 year ago from Asda, great bargains, only actually worn one pair so far and still comfortable with every day use.

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    Ellie62uk

    I bought two pairs approx 1 year ago from Asda, great bargains, only … I bought two pairs approx 1 year ago from Asda, great bargains, only actually worn one pair so far and still comfortable with every day use.


    Were they varifocals and how much did you pay?

    Both pairs were varifocals. Because I'm disabled I'm entitled to part of the charge being paid for me, but I chose two pairs from there designer range and I think I topped up by approx £30 altogether. Hubby thinks their Nike frames are brilliant, even wanting the ones bought 2 years previous re-glazed, unfortunately it worked out dearer to do this, so he had new ones and still thinks they are fantastic.

    Asda start at £40 a pair complete. Next price range is £70 or 2 for £99 ( one can be a sunglasses pair)Or £100 or 2 for £159, again one can be a sunnie.
    All coatings included.
    PD is taken , then varifocal height is measured when you have test frame on. New frames with your lenses in take about 14 days to come back from the lab.
    Varifocal used is a distinct advanced width .
    Also, we use the same brand/make of distinct lenses in the cheaper pairs, as we do in the premium pairs.
    Asda won awards for the lenses they use along with Costco from Which? last year, if you wanted to do some research!
    A valid prescription is required( from any optician) to order.
    They also take NHS vouchers , if you're entitled, that covers the cost of some of the frames or the value of the voucher can be put towards any other glasses.
    Varifocal is not for every one, there can be an adaptation time for some people, which is why Asda ( as I imagine most opticians do) give you 28 days to try them.
    Reglaze ( new lenses in your own glasses)costs £70, so cheaper to have a new pair!

    Edited by: "paulathompson" 19th Sep 2016
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