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What are Progressive Lenses?

If you’re over 40, you may one day begin to notice that you’re having difficulty reading—especially in situations where the lighting is dim or the print is small. If you’re holding your menu at arm’s length to read the specials or squinting at your computer screen to read the type, you may be experiencing the symptoms of presbyopia.

Fear not, however, as this is a normal eye condition that affects nearly everyone as they age. There are many excellent visual solutions to help you see better that go beyond traditional bifocals, which can both age your appearance and cause discomfort due to their abrupt image jump between distance and near vision. One of the most popular solutions is progressive lenses, also called “no-line bifocals.”


What are Progressive Lenses?

These high-tech lenses are a true multifocal solution that delivers seamless progression of the many lens powers with visual correction for a spectrum of viewing distances throughout the lens. Progressives will provide you with optimal vision for a variety of activities that depend on near, intermediate, and far distance.

There is a wide range of progressives lens options available today, from those engineered specially for computer use (with a wider intermediate zone) to those in specialty materials and treatments such as polycarbonate or photochromic lenses 

Your eyecare provider is the best source of information on which progressive lenses will work for you.


Beyond Progressives

Other visual solution options for those with presbyopia include:

Reading Glasses

Non-prescription, over-the-counter reading glasses are a perfect option if you want to have a few spare pairs laying around in your car, office, or home.

However, prescription reading glasses are the best choice for your main pair as over-the-counter readers do not address the prescription differences present between most people’s eyes, in addition to their PD, which is Pupillary Distance (a measurement that ensures your Rx is placed correctly in your frames).

Multifocal and Bifocal Contact Lenses

Special contact lenses are also an excellent and convenient option for vision correction for presbyopes who do not wish to wear glasses. Bifocal contacts feature two prescriptions in each lens. Similar to progressive lenses, multifocal contacts have a range of powers in each lens.