Buying varifocal lenses online

Ordering varifocal lenses online is quite easy. On this page we explain what varifocal lenses are, how they work, the different types of varifocal lens and how to easily update your varifocal lenses online.

What are varifocal lenses?

Varifocal glasses have lenses which correct both distance and near prescriptions on one lens. There is no visible dividing line like you would see on a bifocal lens. To anyone else looking at you, the lenses look like a standard single vision corrective lens. The lenses have a seamless transition between distance and near zones, giving you an area of intermediate (computer distance) in the middle of the lens.

How do varifocal lenses work?

Varifocal lenses are made to allow you to see objects in the distance and up close all with just one lens. On a single vision lens, the lens is made with just one corrective power (either distance or near). With varifocal glasses, the lens has differing correction powers in different parts of the lens. Your distance prescription power is added to the top half of the lens, and your near prescription is added to the bottom part – this is what gives you your intermediate prescription power in the middle. You won’t always have an intermediate add stated on your prescription, but varifocal lenses naturally provide one by the nature of their design. Because of the way they are made, varifocal lenses naturally have softer areas of focus towards the edges of the lenses. This is more apparent with cheaper varifocal lenses. ALL our varifocal glasses are made with digital freeform varifocal lenses, even our entry level varifocal lens, helping to minimise peripheral distortion and give you the widest field of view possible.

Are all varifocal lenses the same?

No. All varifocal lenses are designed to do the same thing i.e. give you your full prescription, both distance and near, on the one lens, however there are different ways to make varifocal lenses. There is the conventionally surfaced method, which is older technology, and creates more distortion towards the edges of the lenses. Or there is the modern technology of digital surfaced varifocal lenses, sometimes known as freeform. Digital surfacing creates much smoother transtions between distance and near, giving you relaxed vision and less peripheral distortion. We offer three different levels of digitally surfaced lenses. We do not sell older technology conventionally surfaced varifocal lenses.


Our advanced varifocal is an excellent entry level lens for your first varifocal lenses. Ideal if you have a budget and will be great if your reading addition is less than +1.50


Our Elite varifocal is a step up from the Advanced. Another excellent lens aimed at those with reading additions of less than +2.00.


Our Ultimate varifocal is our best varifocal lens. If your reading addition is greater than +2.00 this is the lens we would recommend to give you the widest fields of view.

We also offer premium varifocal lenses

How we accurately measure your varifocal fitting parameters

Your existing varifocal lenses already have some hidden engravings on them (the small yellow circles in our graphic). These tell us your pupil distance and your vertical fitting height measurements, so you don’t have to measure this yourself.

The only two things we require, to be able to provide you with affordable varifocal lenses, are your glasses and your latest prescription – you can enter this in the form below.

If you do not already have varifocal lenses, or the frame you would like glazed is new, you can send us a photo for us to calculate the fitting height measurement.

Sending a photo

We need your photo to be just like a passport.

When you send us a photo of you wearing your glasses, we can measure your pupil distance digitally.

We add guides and use software which calculates your pupil distance and fitting height measurements with great accuracy.

How to take your photo

We need your photo to be taken in the same style as a passport.

Positioning of the camera
The camera needs to be in front and central and at the same height as your eye level. You will need someone to take the photo for you.

Position the camera no closer than 2 metres (2m-3m is ideal). This is so your eyes do not converge like they would if you were focusing on an object close to you.

Please take your photo during the daytime, but not in direct sunlight. Facing a window is a good way to ensure adequete light.

NO SELFIES! – This is very important. This is because the camera will be too close and selfie modes often mirror the image so your eyes will be back to front when we take the measurements. The same applies to using a built-in webcam. The webcam will be too close to you. If you have a webcam which can be moved to a distance of at least 2m, or you can move at least 2m away from the webcam, then this is fine.

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