Seeking feedback on the Varilux Physio

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Vince, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Vince

    Vince Guest

    This is a follow-up to my previous post.

    I am a first-time PAL wearer with this prescription:

    -3.00 -1.00 x100
    -2.75 -1.25 x080
    Add: +1.75

    I have these frames (50-19-140, vertical=32.2):

    They are currently fitted with Solamax Spectralite lenses.

    Both the optician and I think that these lenses are not going to work.

    It seems like the distance area in the Solamax is not "tall" enough for me.
    Although I sit at a computer much of the day, distance and reading seem to
    be the most important things to me. I can see the monitor pretty well when
    I tilt my head down and look through the top of the lens (full -3.00
    correction, I guess). My big gripe is when that I am up and about, much of
    the world around me is out of focus, especially when I am doing something
    like shopping at the supermarket. I don't like it, even after wearing these
    for 2 weeks and going back for adjustments.

    The optician has offered to try the Varilux Physio. I'm not sure if he
    meant the regular Physio or the Physio 360. He said that they were super
    soft, and he was talking about how much better they are in the correction
    for aberrations, so he may have meant the 360's.

    I took a look at the Sheedy papers, and there is no mention of the Physio
    lenses, so I don't have much of a feel for how the distance, intermediate
    and near areas compare to the Solamax.

    Q: Does anyone have a feel for the size of the distance, intermediate and
    near zones?

    Q: Given the Rx and the problems with Solamax, do you think the Physio would
    be better?

    Q. If yes, what index and material should I go for? I don't think I really
    care about the weight.

    Q. Anything else I should consider, either during the fitting or even a
    different lens?



    Sheedy JE, Hardy RF, Hayes JR Progressive addition lenses - measurements and
    ratings. Optometry 2006;77:23-39.

    From Sheedy J. Progressive addition lenses-matching the specific lens to
    patient needs. Optometry 2004;75:83-102. Copyright (c) 2004 by the
    American Optometric Association. Web displayed with permission.
    Vince, Jan 22, 2007
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  2. Vince

    CatmanX Guest

    The Physio 360 is the best "non-premium" lens on the market. Short of
    Ipseo, and the Zeiss and Rodenstock elite lenses, there is nothing

    Sola Max was such a crappy lens, it was superseeded within about 6
    months. It was a nothing lens to fit into Sola's nothing range of
    lenses. They make lenses that are designed for 1 thing and are useless
    for everything else.

    I* have been using Physio 360 exclusively for the past 6-8 months and
    they are superb. Great results on computer users, existing MF wearers
    are noticing immediate improvement with clarity for distance and

    Material: it doesn't matter, you are only -3.00. There is no
    appreciable thickness, so go for CR39 or Orma as Essilor like to call

    For what it is worth, forget rubbish from Sheedy et. al. He invented
    the disparometer, which was crap, tried to convince us all we had
    computer vision syndrome, and now likes to make out he is an expert on
    MF's. He is an academic, which means he knows stuff-al about functional
    aspects of lenses and thinks a good questionaire will rate the best
    MF's. Along the way he forgets that all lenses are different and
    require exact fitting, with each lens being slightly different from the

    dr grant
    CatmanX, Jan 22, 2007
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