Varifocal Lenses

The latest in technology providing the clearest Varifocal vision

Varifocal lenses offer a complete solution for those over forty, who require different prescriptions for distance and reading. Allowing comfortable vision at all distances, they are the only pair of glasses you will need for home and work. Many people choose to wear varifocals even if they do not need glasses for distance, or can take their glasses off to read, because of the convenience it provides – you can put on a pair of varifocal glasses in the morning and not need to take them off all day.

A varifocal lens works by making a gradual transition from your long distance vision to your reading prescription, in-between, covering the intermediate vision that is used by computer screens, musical scores or anything you might need to read at arm’s length.

Personalised Lens Consultation

At Airedale Opticians we won’t leave you to choose lenses alone, there are many lenses available and every spectacle wearer has a different recommendation based on your prescription, frame choice and when you need to wear your glasses. Our optometrists and dispensers have experience of hundreds of different lenses, allowing us to provide the best recommendation for you. Call into the practice at any time to discuss lens options, if your last sight test was not with ourselves please bring a copy of your latest prescription to help us provide the best advice.

High Quality Varifocal Designs

Varifocals come in a wide range of designs, from very basic products to highly sophisticated models that are fully customised to your prescription, frame choice, work and hobbies.

At Airedale Opticians we believe in only providing the latest high quality products and all of our varifocals are digitally designed, helping to give you clear and comfortable vision. Patients who have struggled in the past with old lens designs often find that a good quality modern lens makes a massive difference and gives them comfortable vision.

Our lens range includes the award winning Hoya MyStyle V+ lenses, the Essilor S-Series, the Zeiss Precision Individual 2 range and the Rodenstock Impression FreeSign® 3.

Getting Varifocals Right

Varifocals are complex lenses and getting the best results for you requires careful choice of frame and lenses along with precise measurements. For a varifocal to be made, we need to provide the manufacturers with a variety of measurements concerning the fitting of your lenses, if these measurements are incorrect it can cause distortion or blurring to your vision.

Only our experienced and trained dispensing staff are allowed to recommend and take measurements for varifocal lenses, to ensure that you get the most accurate lenses and clear vision. We make numerous measurements of your spectacles, both by sight, hand and by computer where required, to ensure that your lenses are perfectly set-up for you. A trained member of staff will also attend to you when you collect your glasses, to make any adjustments as necessary and ensure that you are happy with your lenses before you take them. We offer a complimentary follow-up appointment with your dispenser after a month and unlimited adjustments or alterations for the life of your glasses.

Protect your eyes and your lenses with our advanced coating options.

Our Platinum Plus 5-in-1 anti-reflection and anti-scratch lenses

All of our core lenses are available with a Platinum Plus finish, providing you with the most advanced surfacing for your lenses and helping to ensure the clarity of your vision.

  • Anti-Reflective layer – a must have on glasses, this cuts down the reflections created by spectacles both for people looking at you and when you are looking out – it is particularly useful for night driving where car headlight glare can be a major issue.
  • Anti-Smudge – an oleophobic layer, similar to that used on touch-screen phones, ensures that fingerprints do not build up on your lenses and are easily cleaning using a soft cloth.
  • Guaranteed Anti-Scratch layer – nothing is worse than having scratches on your lenses, so our Platinum Plus finish comes with a strong scratch resistant layer, but if you still manage to get scratches on your lenses, you can take advantage of our no quibble two year replacement guarantee – all you need to do is return the glasses to us and we will replace the lenses free of charge, any number of times during the two years after the glasses are ordered.
  • Dust repellence – anti-static layers help to stop dust from sticking to your lenses and make them easy to keep clean using your cleaning cloth.
  • Water repellence
Blue Light Lenses

Digital technology is all around us and the vast majority of digital displays, such as those found on an smartphone or tablet computer, use blue light. This light has been associated with affecting sleep patterns, causing eye strain and putting the eyes at increased risk of conditions including cataracts and Macular Degeneration. Lenses with a blue light filter will cut down some of the most harmful amounts of blue light and help to keep the eyes comfortable and healthy.

Blue Light lenses are available for children and highly recommended to help protect the eyes for a lifetime of digital use. Ask during their eye examination for more information.

Drivesafe Lenses

A new technology launched in 2016 by Carl Zeiss Vision, the DriveSafe lenses are designed to make driving more comfortable, particularly in low lighting conditions when modern, blue headlights can prove dazzling for spectacle wearers. By cutting out the glare-inducing blue light wavelengths, they provide clearer vision for evening and night driving, without affecting the everyday performance of the lenses.

DriveSafe is available on single vison lenses, or a dedicated driving varifocal – the first in the world – offering optimum vision for viewing the road and the instruments, while giving sufficient reading vision to make the lens useful at home and work as well.

Light 2 Dark Lenses

Light 2 Dark photochromic technology reacts to UV light to make your lenses go darker in sunlight, but clear indoors and at night. The lenses block 100% of UV light, giving your eyes full protection at all times. The technology is available on most of our lens ranges, including varifocals, ultrathin and ultratough lens materials as well as select bifocals and even office lenses, ask in practice for more details and a demonstration of the technology.

Light 2 Dark Lenses

Light 2 Dark: Classic – the traditional design, now available in grey, brown and green. The technology is being continually improved and the lenses transition quickly between light and dark to give you the best possible vision.

Light 2 XtraDark – for people with light sensitivity, the new XtraDark lenses go a shade darker in full sunlight than the classic design, will transition to a 50% tint even behind a car windscreen and have a slight tint at all times to provide extra comfort from harsh indoor lighting. Available in grey in many lens designs and brown and green on select lenses.


Drivewear – a dedicated lens for drivers, the lens carries a contrast improving amber tint at all times, ideal for driving in all daytime and evening conditions. In bright sunlight the lens will darken behind a windscreen to reduce glare and provide clear vision. The lens is designed to replace sunglasses for driving and is not suitable for night driving. Available in prescription as well as ready-made non-prescription sunglasses.