- What are progressive lenses and how do they differ from ordinary bifocals?
- Why are Varilux lenses better than other progressive lenses?
- Who would be a candidate for Varilux progressive lenses?
- Should I expect to have an adaptation period with my Varilux lenses?
- I have a strong prescription. How can I reduce the thickness and weight of my eyeglass lenses?
- Will I be limited in my frame selection?
- Are Varilux lenses available with anti-reflective treatment?
- Do Varilux progressive lenses come with scratch resistance and ultraviolet protection?
- What is the warranty on Varilux lenses?
- How do I know that I have received genuine Varilux progressive lenses?
- How can I obtain more information about Varilux lenses?
- What additional information will be helpful to me when preparing to discuss Varilux lenses with my eye care professional (ECP)?
- My vision feels different with my new Varilux lenses when I look to the side. Is this a normal part of the adaptation period?
- Are there any special guidelines for taking care of Varilux lenses?
What are progressive lenses and how do they differ from ordinary bifocals?
Progressive lenses feature a continuous, clear field of vision from distance through the mid-range to near providing more natural vision.
Bifocal lenses provide a distinct distance and near viewing area, but no intermediate area (distances 3 feet to 20 feet away, like a computer screen). Abrupt and awkward changes between distance and near fields of vision are separated by lines that can be very frustrating to the wearer.
Why are Varilux lenses better than other progressive lenses?
Varilux continuously conducts extensive clinical research to produce progressive lenses offering all presbyopes natural, comfortable vision never before achieved with progressive lenses.
With over 300 million pairs sold, the Varilux lens is the progressive brand most prescribed by eye care professionals and trusted by millions of satisfied wearers.
Who would be a candidate for Varilux progressive lenses?
Anyone who has presbyopia including current bifocal and trifocal wearers.
For more on presbyopia click here.
Should I expect to have an adaptation period with my Varilux lenses?
Most individuals will learn to use their Varilux lenses right away. Others may take a bit longer to become completely comfortable. Your eye care professional should be made aware of any extended adaptation period. A "fine-tuning" frame adjustment may be all that is necessary to assist in this initial period.
I have a strong prescription. How can I reduce the thickness and weight of my eyeglass lenses?
Varilux lenses are available in a variety of different materials that will reduce both thickness and weight. Smaller frames also reduce lens thickness and weight. Your eye care professional will consider prescription, frame size, and your individual lifestyle when helping you decide which lens material will be best for you. (See materials page).
Will I be limited in my frame selection?
No, there is a Varilux lens for every frame size and shape.
Are Varilux lenses available with anti-reflective treatment?
Yes. Crizal® anti-reflective technology is available with all Varilux lenses and is the best option for an anti-reflective coating for your Varilux lenses. Crizal lenses reduces the glare that causes eye fatigue and sharpens visual performance helping you see with more clarity. Ask your eye care professional for Crizal lenses. (For more information, visit www.crizalusa.com)
Do Varilux progressive lenses come with scratch resistance and ultraviolet protection?
Yes. Ask your eye care professional for details.
What is the warranty on Varilux lenses?
Warranties on Varilux lenses may vary among eye care professionals. It is important to understand warranties available to you from the eye care professional you plan to purchase your lenses from. Before you purchase your lenses, be sure to ask your eye care professional about the specifics of warranty coverage on your lenses.
How do I know that I have received genuine Varilux progressive lenses?
Every authentic Varilux lens design features a custom engraving which can easily be verified. For more information on verifying the authenticity of your Varilux lenses, see your eye care professional or click here.
How can I obtain more information about Varilux lenses?
In addition to the information provided here and elsewhere on this site, your eye care professional is an excellent source of information about Varilux lenses and their specific applications to your individual prescription and lifestyle.
What additional information will be helpful to me when preparing to discuss Varilux lenses with my eye care professional (ECP)?
If you have not done so within the last year, Essilor suggests you have a complete eye exam prior to ordering your new Varilux lenses. Be sure to bring your current eyeglasses with you to your exam; they can provide valuable information to the eye care professional regarding your previous prescription, lens type and lens material.
At your exam, tell your eye care professional about any special activities you engage in that may require a specific lens material or treatment, special frame type or an additional pair of eyeglasses.
My vision feels different with my new Varilux lenses when I look to the side. Is this a normal part of the adaptation period?
Yes. Progressive lenses will introduce some changes to your peripheral vision due to power changes that occur in the periphery of the lenses. You may feel an initial difference in your peripheral vision that will require some slight changes in horizontal head and eye movements. Sensitivity to this area of the lens will diminish with wearing time as you become more accustomed to the lenses.
These guidelines will help you adjust quickly and comfortably:
- Start wearing your new glasses immediately.
- Wear your new glasses high and as close to your face as possible.
- To look at an object, turn your head (and not just your eyes) toward it.
- Move your head vertically until the object comes into focus.
- Wear your new glasses continuously.
For most, this period of adaptation will be only a few hours. Some individuals may require as much as several days to two weeks before becoming completely comfortable. If you have been wearing your lenses for this period of time or longer and feel uncomfortable in any way with your vision, contact your eye care professional for an evaluation.
Are there any special guidelines for taking care of Varilux lenses?
As with most lenses, you should wash them with soap and warm water. Then wipe your lenses clean with a soft cloth. Special micro fiber cleaning cloths are available from your eye care professional. These cloths are safe and effective at keeping your lenses clean on the go, when you don't have easy access to soap and water. And while your lenses usually incorporate a scratch- resistant coating, you should always store your lenses in a case as a precaution. Avoid leaving your lenses in direct sunlight for long periods (like on your dashboard, for instance).