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Who makes the best varifocals?
December 3, 2010
9:22 pm
Lenny Hurst

Can someone please tell me who makes the best varifocal lenses as I've been told so many different things by different opticians. Some say that varilux are the best but then someone else told me that Nikon varifocals are the best on the world. Who is telling the truth here?Confused

December 8, 2010
7:47 pm
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December 8, 2010

That's a tough one to answer but I would say in general that 'Essilor' make the best varifocal lenses as they consistently invest the most money per year in lens technology research and are constantly updating and improving their varilux lens range.

December 9, 2010
10:49 pm
Christopher Wells

I'll back that up, I bought a pair of Varilux Comfort lenses after having tried some dreadful varifocals I got from Asda Opticians. After using these Varilux lenses the difference in vision is quite remarkable, so much so that I don't think Ill bother to elsewhere next time.

December 29, 2010
3:56 pm
Dispensing Optician
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December 13, 2010

This article should clear a few things up:


January 25, 2011
9:36 am
J. Birch

The best varifocals I've ever owned were made by Carl Zeiss and cost in excess of £500 at the time. I've not had the money to spend on these lenses for the past few years but the ones I've had for past couple of years are nothing in comparison. With my Zeiss lenses I almost got no wavy vision inside the lens at all but with the ones I have now I can't see out of my side mirror when driving my car, I got these from Boots but they are no way near as good as the Zeiss ones.

I wonder if there is a cheaper alternative to Zeiss lenses but with the same performance?

January 31, 2011
1:11 pm
Dispensing Optician
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December 13, 2010

Best varifocals: We have actually started to sell the one of the most technologically advanced lenses from Carl Zeiss called the 'GT2'. For anyone who doesn't already know, Carl Zeiss are a German lens manufacture who are held in very high regard by many Opticians and camera enthusiasts for making the 'best lenses in the world' with regards to optical performance.

  • Optimised corridor length allows the top of the reading area to be precisely aligned in order to match the visual angle of the eyes when reading the first line of print on a page or book.
  • A More overall expansive near area allows the wearer considerably better reading performance
  • A low fitting height means that the wearer is not limited to the bigger 'old styled' frames and can now opt for a more modern style, smaller frame.

High street price: £399

Online Glasses Direct price: £200


We would advise any customers who are interested in these ground breaking lenses to contact us before you make your purchase to ensure that we have all the correct prescription details. 

March 14, 2011
1:31 pm

I just wanted to write this to thank Paul at online glasses direct for all the help he has given me in choosing the correct lenses for my frame and eye sight. I went with his advice on the Zeiss GT2 lens and they are perfect, the best varifocals I've owned. I was quoted over £400 for these at Vision Express so I was so pleased to be able to get a lens like this for such a cheap price. I have recommended you to all my friends and will continue to use you in the future.


Tracey Phillips.

May 13, 2011
2:22 pm

Who makes the best varifocal lenses for computer work? I have been told conflicting info by two different opticians at Specsavers. One told me that a Varilux physio was the best whilst another from the same store told me that I should buy a Hoya ID lens, so who is telling the truth here?

May 16, 2011
10:15 am

@sandeep: Both these lenses are good if you use a computer but the difference in price between them is quite a lot, the Hoya lenses are really expensive. If I were you I'd go for the Physio as they are only marginally inferior to the Hoya ID but at a much more atttractive price.

May 19, 2011
8:46 am
Dispensing Optician
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Member Since:
December 13, 2010

Lensman has got it spot on, The varilux Physio lens is one of the most popular we sell as the performance of this varifocal lens is extremely good for it's price. The Hoya ID range are also very good and offer a much wider field corridor but I'm not convinced that the difference in performance justifies it's very premium price .


Some useful info: /buy-varifocal-glasses-online

June 4, 2011
2:52 pm

Actually the Hoya ID lens is a very clever design which out-performs most of the Varilux range apart from the Physio 360. I am a lens technician and have been in the industry for 40 years. I've been wearing varifocals since 1998 and the Hoya ID's are the best pair of varifocals I've ever worn, the field of vision I get through them is amazing.

June 11, 2011
3:20 pm

The best lenses are the Varilux Ipseo lens.

You will need to go to a decent opticians as they are tailor made with lots of

extra measurements to ensure the widest areas of vision with minimal distortion.

August 19, 2011
9:02 am

lensman said:

Actually the Hoya ID lens is a very clever design which out-performs most of the Varilux range apart from the Physio 360. I am a lens technician and have been in the industry for 40 years. I've been wearing varifocals since 1998 and the Hoya ID's are the best pair of varifocals I've ever worn, the field of vision I get through them is amazing.

I don't know if anyone can assist. I am living in France and I have a prescription for varifocal lenses from the hospital opthamologist. I have visited my local optician with the prescription. Opticians here do not test eyes. 

I chose some frames at €200 and the lenses are costing an additional €270 Euros each. This makes a total of £650 sterling for the glasses. This strikes me as a huge price. The lenses are Hoya Summit Pro 1.6 which are not by any means the most expensive lenses the optician has.

October 19, 2011
3:40 am
New Member
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October 19, 2011

The best Varifocal lenses are the lenses that suit your lifestyle, period. There are many different lenses out there and trust me, I've been sold a lot of crappy ones before, but the best varifocals I've ever worn were sold to me by my optician after the sales person actually took the time to find out what I needed them for.

November 20, 2011
6:52 pm
optical expert

i have physio 360 from essilor and i find them better than my hoyas

May 5, 2012
9:58 am

Do Hoya make spectacle lenses? I thought they only made lens filters. I wear varifocals but I have Hoya lenses for my camera and I know how good they are. Do they make varifocals as well?

May 22, 2012
12:09 pm

I recently bought a pair oHoya Summit pro lenses from this webistes online shop. I had them fitted into my own frame to save a little bit of money. They are, without a doubt, the best varifocal glasses I've experienced. The distance has around 8mm of extra vision at either end and I know don't have to wear a seperate pair of glasses for when I'm reading a book.

May 28, 2013
10:55 am
getting old :(

My Dad has just switched from the Essilor Physio F360, which he had been very happy with, to the new Wideview Confidence (by Jai Kudo?) and he says that they're a vast improvement!

I've just found out i need Varifocals, Cry , although my Optician called them PAL's??? Hoover/Vacuum cleaner thing i think!!! anyone know where to get Wideview Confidence from??? my optician said they're not available yet and my Dad's Optician is too far away!!!

October 24, 2013
2:49 pm
les coote

There are hundreds of varifocals by dozens of makers. THE LATEST DESIGNS ARE CALLED FREEFORM DIGITAL qnd the price range is enormous.
Tere are so called indivdual designs, where measurements that take into account the distance the lens is worn from the eye, also the angle the lenses make vertically with the face and the wrap angle, the angle that the frame wraps around the head. These lenses are more expensive and although geometry suggests they should be better, it is all rather suck it and see.

Regarding computer use: Normal varifocals of any design may not always help as the intermediate part of the lens, the part that will be needed for the screen will often be too low on the lens, causing the wearer to tilt their head up to get the correct spot; this can cause neck ache.There are lenses dedicated to computer and office use; these are called degressive lenses as opposed to progressive (varifocal lenses). these lenses have good near and intermediate vision but will not be much use for TV watching and definately not for driving. Most large lens makers have a range of these. Normally varifocals(progressive addition lenses) are fine with laptops.

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