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The World's BEST Ever Varifocal Lenses?

Updated: Apr 17



Are you looking for the best varifocal (progressive) lenses in 2023? If you wear varifocals, you'll probably be aware of both the positives and the negatives.


For example, whilst it's great to be able to see at all distances, it's sometimes annoying to have to move our head when trying to focus on objects.


This is why the researchers at Zeiss have created an incredible new generation of varifocal lenses - Zeiss Individual 3.


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So what's new with Individual 3?


New research has created a better understanding of the way our eyes rotate. This means we can now fully compensate for the way you look through each part of your lenses.

The result? Less head movement, as your eyes are free to see with incredibly clarity in all directions, and hence: the best vision possible.


  • A study by the ZEISS Vision Science Lab and the University of Tübingen, Germany, investigates the correlation of ocular biometry and refractive errors. It shows that each eye has two "centers of rotation" (CoR) for every eye movement: one horizontal and one vertical. Previous design calculations only incorporated an averaged CoR. ZEISS has now incorporated both CoR in SmartView 2.0 technology, which has resulted in wider fields of clear view.1 SmartView 2.0 technology is featured in the entire ZEISS SmartLife portfolio.


SmartView 2.0


Individual 3 lenses also use SmartView technology, making you see significantly better when interacting with digital devices. Both the viewing distance and angle of a smartphone are factored into the near zone, so you can switch focus faster than ever before.


A major habit in our modern lifestyles is to change focus from near to far frequently thoughout the day. For example, if most of us are watching TV, we're also on our phones, and constantly switching between the two.


Individual 3 lenses are part of the SmartLife portfolio, which means they build on studies into our use of digital devices. SmartLife was a major breakthrough from Zeiss in 2019 which is now tried and tested, with a 99.9% success rate in wearers.



Augmented Intelligence



Finally, each pair of Zeiss Individual 3 lenses are perfected for you using Augmented Intelligence. We are all unique, not just in terms of our habits but also in the glasses we choose.


Augmented Intelligence means each lens is uniquely configured for your eyes, based on many variables. With this finishing touch, your eyes will be more relaxed and comfortable throughout the day than ever before.


Think of it like a tailored suit, for your eyes.




All of these technologies combined are why we can say confidently that Zeiss Individual 3 lenses are the best varifocals you can buy in 2023. Having said that, there are several other great lens brands out there. Hoya, Essilor, Shamir, Nikon and more also make excellent qualiry progressive lenses. If you're interested to learn more, you might like this video:




Find out more about Zeiss Individual 3 lenses here: ZEISS SmartLife Individual 3 lenses







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