A refined range of varifocal glasses consisting of frames from both our Core collection and seasonal Elements collection.
Proudly handmade in our Glasgow workshop, each frame front is precision machined from premium-grade cellulose acetate undergoing 8 stages of increasingly fine tumble and hand polishing. Via tradition pin-riveting, the 5-tenon hinges are permanently fastened through the 8mm thick acetate.
Bespoke to Banton Frameworks, we’ve fitted each frame with our signature uni-piece temple. A comfortable piece of tapering steel which has been durably finished in a hypoallergenic PVD coating.
Congruous to the quality of our frames, your prescription lenses will come with anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings at no extra cost.
HOW DO I USE THE VIRTUAL MIRROR?
Click “Try on” beside any of our varifocal glasses frames.
A window will appear where you’ll see a ‘LIVE’ option. Click LIVE and adjust your head to fit within the orange head-template. The glasses should appear on your face, just like magic.
For more detailed instructions, click here.
WHY SHOULD I BUY THESE GLASSES?
Some love them, others hate them.
Heck, we’ve even been told they’re “all the same shape.” So yea, our frames aren’t for everyone.
But if you’re looking for timeless glasses, in classic colourways, you're in the right place. Frames that’ve been designed well, made well in the UK. It's what we do here.
Sure, they’re thick, robust and even slightly heavy. But that’s everything we intended when we began making glasses.
The way they should be.
WHAT GLASSES SUIT ME?
Finding glasses to suit your face shape can be a little daunting right?
To make things easier, we’ve made you a helpful face shape guide. It’s free, downloadable and should help you find your perfect pair of varifocal glasses.
You can thank us later.
WHICH GLASSES FRAME SHOULD I TRY?
By your next eye test, you’ll still want your glasses to look good, right?
That’s about 2 years from now. So your best bet is to choose a frame that’ll suit your face shape, because let’s face it, it’s not changing anytime soon.
For some friendly advice, check out this handy guide about choosing glasses for your face shape.
Your new glasses, free, for a whole week.
Yup, you can borrow your glasses before you buy them with the easy pay-delay by Klarna.
It’s the simple way to try your new glasses at home.
FROM THE HANDS THAT MADE THEM
We make design and make varifocal glasses, right here in Glasgow, UK. It’s a rare thing.
Using the finest cellulose acetate and bespoke metal components, each of our spectacle frames are handmade in our workshop.
DO YOU ACTUALLY MAKE THESE GLASSES?
We’re not just another eyewear brand. Ours are made right here in Glasgow, Scotland.
But to make you great glasses, we have to use great ingredients. Which is why we only use Europe’s best quality acetate and our own bespoke hardware to make all our frames.
It’s taken a while to learn how to do all this, but you can see for yourself how we design and make our glasses right here in the UK.
DO YOU ONLY MAKE ACETATE GLASSES?
Yup. It’s taken the better part of a decade to learn to use this amazing material. Rather than become a jack of all trades, we’ve focused on high quality acetate frames in timeless frame-shapes.
Plus, acetate is a bio-plastic made of plant fibre, which means it’ll biodegrade.
DO YOU MAKE LTD EDITION GLASSES?
Oh yes. Once a month, we release short runs of limited edition spectacles and sunglasses.
To access them, you need to join our Members Club newsletter. You won’t regret it.
CAN YOU ADJUST MY GLASSES?
Yes we can. After you’ve tried your glasses at home, let us know if they need a little tweaking.
Most commonly, your glasses will need widening or narrowing for your head. Sometimes, the temples may need a little adjusting too. Be descriptive with your requirements so we can do the best job we can.
If your glasses need further adjusting, you can follow this handy guide at home.
ARE YOUR GLASSES ALL THE SAME SIZE?
Our varifocal glasses vary in size between different models. But each model only comes in one size.
For example, an A-model is bigger than a B-model. For now, this is how we make them but, in the future, our size-range will grow as our factory grows.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE OF GLASSES?
Take the easy route and check your old glasses for their sizing. These dimensions are usually printed on the inside of the temple or the frame-front.
They’ll be written in the order of lens diameter, bridge width and temple length. Eg: 52  18 145. You can compare this dimension to the sizes of our glasses in each of our varifocal glasses.
DO YOU MAKE A THICKER GLASSES ARM?
Currently, we offer one shape of temple arm.
It’s a uni-piece design with very few components which makes it simple, understated and oh so smooth to wear.
It’s become our signature, something we really think you like. Our temple length is 145mm long which you can adjust to fit your head using these instructions.
I GET FREE LENS COATINGS?
Anti-scratch and anti-glare as standard. It’s the new standard. You’ll love it.
✓ Anti-scratch: Keeps your lenses lasting longer with this hardy lens coating. It reduces the build-up of scratches and scuffs to keep your lenses in good working order.
✓ Anti-glare: More light can pass through your lens, rather than bouncing off it. This yields better light efficiency giving you better visual acuity and contrast.
+ Add ultra blue light blocking? This coating can reduce the amount of HEV light emitted from digital screens that passes through your lenses. Chances are, you use a mobile phone or computer so this coating can come in real handy.
Discover the effects of blue light in our blog.
HOW DO I GET MY PUPILLARY DISTANCE?
This is really easy.
Use this free PD ruler and instructions to measure it yourself. It only takes 5 minutes.
DO YOU ACCEPT EYECARE VOUCHERS?
We accept Edenred eyecare vouchers. If your employer wants you to provide a receipt of purchase and our regular receipt isn’t sufficient, get in touch and we can arrange this with you.
CAN YOU FIT MY LENSES?
Of course we can.
First, we’ll send your glasses to you containing display lenses.
After a few days, you can tell us if you like them or not using our handy returns form.
Then, you simply return your frame for lens fitting or for a refund. Your varifocal lenses will be fitted to your frame which will then be posted back to you.
Easy as that.
HOW LONG WILL MY VARIFOCAL LENSES TAKE TO FIT?
Depending on your prescription, varifocal lenses can take between 5 - 10 working days to fit.
To save us both time, we can order your varifocal lenses before you return your glasses back to us. This way we can reduce the waiting time as your lenses are cut, edged and coated.
WHAT’RE MY LENS OPTIONS?
This is where good glasses become great glasses.
You can tailor your lenses to perfection using the lens menu at the right-hand side of each of our varifocal glasses frames.
Select what you want to use your varifocal lenses for, whether they’re for everyday or for occupational use.
Once you’ve entered your prescription, you can start playing around with lens coatings.
TYPES OF VARIFOCAL LENS
How do you use your varifocals?
Because to get the most from your lenses, you’ve got two types to choose from; everyday glasses or as occupational glasses.
Everyday varifocals will help you with near, intermediate and distance viewing all in one ‘super-lens’.
Whereas occupational lenses feature a wider intermediate section on the lens specifically to help with computer work.
The furthest distance is also slightly nearer than a conventional varifocal, tailored to shorter distances across an office.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIFOCAL AND VARIFOCAL GLASSES?
Unlike bifocals, varifocal glasses have a seamless lens.
They don’t have two lens sections, with a reading segment. Instead, they have a spectrum of focal power which you can ‘visually select’ to help you focus on objects near or far.
This means they correct your near, intermediate and distance viewing all in one seamless lens. Learn more.
HOW MUCH DO VARIFOCAL GLASSES COST?
This depends on your prescription and how you want to use your varifocals.
All-round, everyday varifocal lenses start at £70 and occupational varifocal lenses start at £88.
The easiest way to calculate your lens costs is by using our handy lens menu which you can find here or beside each of our handmade varifocal glasses frames.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET USED TO VARIFOCAL GLASSES?
If you’re considering varifocals, you might’ve heard about their reputation.
Getting used to them can as little as a few days or up to a few weeks. It really depends on your willingness to practice using them.
Our top tip? Avoid reverting back to your old glasses, it’ll just take you longer to acclimatise.
For some handy advice about the common problems with varifocal glasses, click here.
SIDE EFFECTS OF VARIFOCAL GLASSES
“Feels like I’m swimming” or “I’ve had too much to drink” describes the early stages of getting used to varifocals.
This is why they take a while to get used to as you can only use the middle-column of the lens rather than the edges.
If you look through the edges of a varifocal lens to look at something, it’ll appear blurry, as if you’re under water.
With a few weeks of practice, you’ll learn to stop doing this and point your glasses towards what you’re trying to see.
WHAT DOES VARIFOCAL GLASSES MEAN?
From top to bottom, varifocal glasses give a spectrum of focal power you can ‘visually choose’ from within the lens.
In the top section, is your intermediate/distance prescription. In the lowest part of your lens is your reading prescription.
In between? You can scan up or down through the focal spectrum of the lens to focus on objects at varying distances.
ARE VARIFOCAL GLASSES GOOD FOR DRIVING?
General-use varifocals can help your eyes with the multiple distances of focus during driving.
From checking your speed to pulling out of a junction, the proficient use of varifocals can aid your driving experience really well.
However, it’s advised you get used to using varifocals before using them behind the wheel.