Problems with varifocals

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I am diabetic type 1 and recent tests suggest my eyes are "healthy". This is via optician and also the NHS annual check with the drops (although the nhs test is probably 9 months old).

However I have been having trouble with my varifocals such that I end up with headaches that need ibuprofen if I wear them for more than a few hours. These headaches go away fairly quickly if I take them off to read books for example and I do not get headaches if I use single distance lenses for computer use.

The opticians ran 3 eyesight tests over about 3 months and tweaked the prescription but in my opinion the tweaks were too small to account for any headaches and indeed they haven't gone away if I use the varifocals.

Even though I also have a pair of distance glasses now I really only use these for TV as I feel I need varying focus glasses when out and about.

The opticians seem to have run out of options and to be honest don't see why I should have problems with varifocals. To some extent this seems to be confirmed by internet searches where I can't find anyone else with this issue.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on the problem or could suggest alternatives?

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    Hi Richard

    i had this problem a few years ago and one of the opticians tried getting my lens from a different manufacturer.  It worked! No more headaches and no more sight problems.  Unfortunately I can no longer remember the name of the manufacturer but it’s worth asking your optician if he can get lens from somewhere else.

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      Thanks for the tip. I need to try something so definitely worth a go although I suspect I will need to change opticians as I am with an obvious high street chain!

      One thing I forgot to mention is that this issue I have has co-incided with 3 or 4 cases of vertigo although I cannot say it is linked because I wasn't aware of headaches relating to the varifocals beforehand.

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    It was one of the High Street chains that tried the different lens though not the one who is usually on tv or sends leaflets to you.  When I first had the lens I suffered from vertigo and felt sick.  When the make of lens changed I had no more problems.  I never realised that subtle differences in manufacture could cause such problems.  Hope you get something sorted.
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    Thank you so much. Your symptoms sound identical to mine.

    Is it possible/allowed for you to tell me the make of yours as I suspect I would need to give specific requests as my experience with the chain is that unless I can do this they won't understand what is needed as they had given up on offering alternative options

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    Do you know if you have standard varifocals or advanced varifocals.  The advanced are more expensive but can work much better.
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    They weren't the cheapest but will need to check I think some of the pricing might have been related to less relevant stuff like scratch resistant type things

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    Have never bothered with scratch resistant as they too eventually scratch.  I do hope that you get the problem fixed.
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