How do SuperDrive varifocals work?
Can you use varifocals for driving?
Yes, you can drive in varifocals, they’re especially useful if you struggle to see both near and far.
With the need to switch between a satnav/dashboard (near), the road (intermediate vision) and distant road signs (far vision), they are convenient while you are on the road.
Varifocal lenses have multiple prescriptions in one lens, for near, far and everything in between. Unlike bifocals, you can’t see the different areas because they blend into one another. You’ll be able to see the road ahead of you, as well as the speedometer, just by moving your eyes.
Varifocals are very advanced lenses, so we calculate and measure them for you using our Digital Precision Eyecare technology. Our experts can see where to position the lens zones you require for your different vision types and find the correct varifocals for your specific frame. This means your lenses are always precision-made to your prescription and eye measurements.
How can I improve my night vision when driving?
Alongside limited visibility because it’s dark, a number of additional factors can impact our ability to see clearly on the road at night. From reduced peripheral vision and depth perception, to being dazzled by headlight and streetlight glare - even the most confident of drivers can be affected.
If you’ve noticed a change in your vision while driving at night, it’s always best to book an appointment. The optometrist will be able to advise you whether glasses or a new prescription would help.
What are the best night-time driving glasses?
Contrary to popular belief, night-time specific driving glasses are no longer recommended by optometrists. Most older models of night driving glasses use yellow-tinted glasses to reduce glare. While these tinted lenses may help with light glare, yellow lenses also reduce contrast, making it more difficult for drivers to see darker areas of the road.
The SuperDrive varifocal lens comes with our UltraClear SuperClean Smart treatment, an anti-reflective quality which is beneficial in reducing reflections from oncoming traffic, signage and traffic lights while driving at night.
So, if you’re a varifocal wearer, our SuperDrive lenses take into account the need to reduce glare and provide wide peripheral vision which will help you when driving at night.
Will I get used to varifocals?
Your eyes need to adapt to varifocals but, for most of us, this happens very quickly. The significant majority of wearers get used to them within hours and overall success rate is over 98%. If you are having difficulty adjusting, please don’t hesitate to contact your optometrist for advice.