Varifocal Lenses - Our Digital Freeform Lenses Explained

We are a Varifocal Lens Specialist

NewLenses.co.uk is a specialist in supplying varifocal lenses to customers online. It is part of a family business that has been producing lenses for more than 30 years using the latest equipment and highest quality materials.

  1. “Very impressed with the fast and friendly service. My lenses are varifocal, the ones newLenses have fitted seem to be very high quality, better than the previous ones from a high-street chain.” Timothy Morgan


Varifocal lenses which are also known as progressive combine both reading, intermediate and distance vision correction and are well suited to everyday use.

Varifocal lenses have developed considerably over time and the latest technology is a called a Digital Freeform lens. This lens type is custom made allowing us to fit a lens that suits the customer’s prescription and frame perfectly. All varifocals sold by NewLenses use this technology.

NewLenses offer two types of varifocal lens –

Premium Digital Freeform Varifocal – This is our most cost-effective lens. This is a high-quality lens and vision will be significantly better than a standard varifocal.

Elite Digital Freeform Varifocal – This is a branded lens (Kodak or Essilor) and will provide a wider field of view in the intermediate and reading elements compared to our premium option



Lens measurements and fitting:

With Varifocal lenses, the position of the lens relative to the eye is more important than with single vision lenses. In order to fit the lenses correctly we ask our customers to follow one of the following options –

  1. Send newLenses an existing pair of varifocal glasses for measurement – This is our preferred option and we will take measurements from an existing pair of glasses and apply them to the new order. We offer a freepost address for this – simply send your glasses and order number to: Freepost: RTUA-ZGSC-UJXE, NewLenses.co.uk, PO Box 393, Hoddesdon. EN11 1GU.
  2. Lens fitting kit – We have a lens fitting guide which allows our customers to mark their eye centres on the lenses. If our customers choose this option, on completion of the order the glasses will be posted to the customer for marking and returned to us for lens fitting. This adds a little time to the order but gives good results.

  3. Alternatively, we can use the customer’s PD (Pupillary Distance or distance in mm between your pupils) to position the lenses. This is normally fine for most orders.

Processing Time:

Varifocal lenses are complex and take a little extra time to complete - typically a week to 10 days. If you need your glasses in a hurry, please let us know and we will do everything we can to minimise this.

Frame Suitability:

Whilst most frames are suitable for varifocal lenses, we would not recommend fitting them to very shallow frames. Normally we recommend a lens height of at least 26mm.

To see our range of Varifocal frames, please click here: Mens Glasses or Womens Glasses

To have new varifocal lenses fitted to your existing frame, please click here: Glasses Reglazing Service.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll be very happy to help.