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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 13th Apr 18, 7:46 AM
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    Specsavers varifocal lenses
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    Specsavers varifocal lenses 13th Apr 18 at 7:46 AM
    Specsavers (masters of low lead-in prices but much higher actual prices after the sales people have done their work) offer four grades of varifocal lenses as extras over and above the standard lens price:

    Standard varifocal lenses - £49
    Premium varifocal lenses - £79
    Elite varifocal lenses - £119
    Tailor-made varifocal lenses - £159


    Much like car manufacturers and builders, extras like this are where Specsavers really make their money, but does anyone have any knowledge or personal experience as to how big the differences actually are between these four grades please?
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    I don't know the differences, but I have been using the premium ones for a few years, I cycle and do everything normally, they seem to be pretty good to me.
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    The cheapest option means the varifocal part is noticeable when you look up and down , the premium means it's virtually unnoticeable when you move your eyes ( although I find I have to take varifocal glasses off to reverse my car as it plays havoc with depths and distance)
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    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 13th Apr 18, 8:37 AM
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    The cheaper ones are also thicker, so heavier. No ASDA opticians near you? Much cheaper.
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    Specsavers say this about them, but I've learned to take what they say with a very large pinch of salt over the years:






    Actual experiences of MSE members are somewhat less biased!
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    • By Doc N 13th Apr 18, 8:43 AM
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    The cheaper ones are also thicker, so heavier. No ASDA opticians near you? Much cheaper.
    Originally posted by roddydogs
    I tried Asda, but for the first time ever the varifocals haven't proved very satisfactory and they only seem to offer the one grade. It's an awful lot cheaper than Specsavers, but the fact that I'm not going back probably says it all. The eye test was good, and comprehensive, but the rest of it wasn't a good experience.
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    • By martinthebandit 13th Apr 18, 8:46 AM
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    I bought a pair of the dearest option after using bifocals for a number of years.

    I tried them for a month and really couldn't get on with them, when I went back to specsavers and explained the problems I was having with them they changed the lenses for me and refunded the price difference.

    Which I thought was excellent service.
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    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 13th Apr 18, 9:00 AM
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    I have used Varilux lenses for about 10 years now.
    Very expensive but very good.
    You dont get the same problems as with Varifocals
    New pair of lenses this week & new frames cost me £420.00 at an independent.
    https://www.essilor.co.uk/index.php/Products/Varilux
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    • By Gloomendoom 13th Apr 18, 11:12 AM
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    I have used Varilux lenses for about 10 years now.
    Very expensive but very good.
    You dont get the same problems as with Varifocals
    Originally posted by firefox1956
    Varilux lenses are varifocals.

    I have a pair of safety specs from Specsavers provided by my employer. They were only willing to pay for the cheapest (£49) varifocal option. Compared to my usual specs with high quality free-form varifocal lenses, the field of vision is terrible. To look at anything not directly in front of me and see it in focus, rather than just move my eyes, I have to turn my whole head.
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    • pattycake
    • By pattycake 13th Apr 18, 1:12 PM
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    I use Specsavers and I always pay for the tailor made lenses. I don’t have a high prescription but I take the view that my glasses are on my face everyday for at least two years so cost per wearing is reasonable!
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 13th Apr 18, 1:29 PM
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    I paid for the best one at specsavers. I got 2x varifocals and 1 x readers for £350 with some vouchers for work. Strctly speaking I don't need them only for VDU but specsavers were amenable to taking the vouchers so worth a try.

    Unless you are really financially stretched I think eyesight is a bad thing to compromise on.
    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 13th Apr 18, 10:43 PM
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    I opted for the elite lenses when I went to Specsavers. As a first time user of varifocals I decided that it was better to buy something that I could adapt to quickly. They have been excellent and it only took a couple of hours, if that, to get used to them. Money well spent in my opinion.
    • alisont
    • By alisont 16th Apr 18, 7:04 PM
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    I have needed glasses for the first time and tried the varifocals the £79 lenses.

    Tried for 6 weeks but gave me a headache and didn't notice a difference so they have said to just have reading glasses for first year of needing glasses. They refunded the £79 quickly wjich I felt was good.

    Got to collect my reading glasses this week and hope I get on with them okay. Found the customer services very good at my local branch.

    During the year I intend to check out options for future prescriptions as aware there are much cheaper options out there but can't fault the customer care at spec savers so may well remain a customer there.
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