Progressive Lenses: No Line Between You and Clear Vision
Ben Franklin might have been a cool dude in his day; after all, he did develop the original bifocals, among other things. But his is not the image that most people want to evoke with their eyewear. Everyone’s eyesight changes as they age age, and presbyopia (the condition that causes the need for reading glasses) hits some people as early as 40. Bifocals can give provide clear vision, but the obviously-lined lenses make many people look and feel older than they really are. Progressive lenses can give you the vision correction that you need without the lines of traditional multi-focal lenses.
Sometimes referred to as “no-line bifocals,” progressive lenses can help you see distant objects clearly and read things up-close without squinting, without lines and without having to switch glasses.
Progressive lenses give great vision correction through the three fields of vision: far, intermediate and near, and are usually easier to adjust to than traditional multifocal lenses. Bifocals and trifocals have distinct zones with different prescriptions, which can cause “image jump” until the wearer is more familiar with the two areas. Progressive lenses eliminate this problem with a smoother, more gradual transition from one lens power to another, creating a more natural vision experience.
Fit to be seen
Back in the day, the progressive lenses had to be put into large frames so that they could handle all of the different prescription strengths without cutting anything off. Thankfully though, they have evolved, and now can be fit into the stylish frames wearers crave without sacrificing any aspect of vision correction. Progressive lenses are so popular in fact that they are the most commonly chosen lens type among those with presbyopia.
Making the most of what you need
Progressive lenses are not all made equally; they can be customized to meet the needs and lifestyle of the individual wearer. For example, a truck driver may rely mostly on their distance vision, meaning that this zone of their lens should be the largest. A computer programmer, on the other hand, would be using their intermediate vision most often, and would need a lens design that reflected this.
Learning to see in a whole new way
The very first time that you got glasses, you probably went through an adjustment period. You may have only been able to wear your glasses for a little while at a time, until you were more used to them. When you first get progressive lenses, you may have the same need. In some cases, you may see some blurring in your peripheral range of vision or when you turn your head very quickly. For most people, simply making slower head movements while they get used to the glasses can help, however if you are a mom or a hockey player, peripheral vision may be very important to you. There have been improvements in this area and the adjustment period should only last a day or so at the very most.
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