Varifocals Vs Bifocals

28th March 2023

While the most common lens for glasses wearers only corrects one vision problem, varifocal and bifocal lenses are both prescription eyeglasses that are designed to correct multiple vision problems in a single lens. Multiple vision disorders such as hypermetropia, myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism can be corrected with both types of lenses. Specially designed to hold two different prescriptions, they can help you see objects far away and up close. This means that there is no need to switch between two pairs of glasses if you have both prescriptions. However, both types of lenses display a significant difference in their structure, performance, and overall benefits. Understanding these differences can help you choose the best option for your needs.

Bifocal Lenses

Bifocal glasses have two distinct parts in each lens - the top part is designed to help with distance vision, while the bottom part is designed for near vision. The two parts are separated by a visible line across the lens. This means that you can look through the top part of the lens to see things that are far away, and through the bottom part of the lens to see things that are up close. They are commonly prescribed to individuals with presbyopia, an age-related condition where eyes have to work harder to focus on objects up close.

When wearing bifocal lenses, the wearer must move their eyes to either above or below the visible line to focus on objects at the appropriate distance. This can take some getting used to but ultimately allows for clear vision at both near and far distances.

The primary benefit of bifocal lenses is their affordable convenience. They allow individuals with both distance and near vision problems to correct both issues in a single pair of glasses. This eliminates the need to constantly switch between two pairs of glasses, which can be inconvenient as well as time and cost-consuming. Additionally, bifocals can help prevent eye strain and headaches caused by trying to focus on close-up objects with distance lenses.

Bifocal glasses come in various styles and colours, ideal for anyone looking to make a statement with their glasses or wanting to keep a subtle and classy look. At Glasses2You, you’ll be able to find your perfect pair of bifocals.

Are you looking for a pop of colour to elevate any outfit? Then look no further than our Highgrove bifocals in crystal pink, which provide not only comfort but originality.

If you are looking for something more subtle yet elegant, our EyeCroxx 543 glasses are the ones for you. 

EyeCroxx 543

Maybe our branded timeless Helly Hansen HH1039 are a better fit for you to ensure a sense of professionalism and sophistication while meeting your prescription needs. 

Varifocal Lenses

Varifocal lenses, also known as progressive lenses, are similar to bifocal lenses in that they provide multiple prescription strengths in a single lens. However, unlike bifocal lenses, they don't have a visible line separating the different prescription strengths. Instead, the prescription gradually changes from the top of the lens (for distance vision) to the bottom of the lens (for close-up vision).

The primary benefit of varifocal lenses is that they provide a seamless transition between different prescription strengths, making them a more aesthetically pleasing option than bifocal lenses. With varifocal lenses, you will not only benefit from a clear vision in the distance and close-up but also in the intermediate range. This allows for a greater range of vision correction, which is beneficial if you have complex visual needs. Additionally, no distinct eye movements are necessary to switch between the desired vision correction making them a more natural option than bifocal lenses.

Glasses2You not only provides a wide selection of varifocal glasses but also offers you the possibility to meet your prescription needs with our collection of varifocal sunglasses. Perfect for the upcoming summer months to protect your eyes from harmful sun rays. 

Do you love to make everyone’s head turn with your bold sense of style? Our Pistachio in Shiny Black varifocal glasses offer you an adventurous option to stand out from the crowd while giving you a sense of/some class. 

For a subtle pop of colour, check out our Jarrow - Green Stripe glasses, to show a bit of your venturesome side without having to go all in. 

With summer just around the corner, you might be looking for a new pair of sunglasses that provides you with your specific prescription needs. This is where our varifocal sunglasses collection comes in handy. You’ll be able to choose between multiple frames and find the perfect match for your individual style. 

Our modern yet classy Pioneer Rio Tortoise sunglasses might just be exactly what you’ve been looking for. 


Ultimately, both varifocal and bifocal lenses offer correction for multiple vision problems in one pair of glasses. While they both serve the same purpose, there are some differences in their structure, performance, and benefits that need to be accounted for depending on individual needs and preferences. Bifocal lenses have been around for much longer and are more affordable, whereas varifocal lenses provide a more natural vision experience due to better peripheral vision, and greater flexibility in terms of vision correction. Depending on your personal preferences and vision needs either of these lenses will give you the benefits you are looking for.

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