Progressive lenses, also known as multifocal lenses or no-line bifocals, are eyeglass lenses designed to correct multiple vision problems in a single lens. They are specifically used for individuals who need help with seeing clearly at various distances, including both near and far.
Seamless transition between different vision zones
Unlike traditional bifocal or trifocal lenses that have distinct visible lines separating the different prescription powers, progressive lenses offer a seamless and gradual transition between the different powers. This makes them more aesthetically pleasing as there are no abrupt changes in the lens appearance.
Progressive lenses have three main zones:
- Distance vision: The top part of the lens is designed for clear vision at a distance, like seeing objects far away or driving.
- Intermediate vision: The middle part of the lens provides clear vision for intermediate distances, such as computer screens or dashboard displays.
- Near vision: The lower part of the lens is for close-up tasks, such as reading or using a smartphone.
As the wearer shifts their gaze, their eyes naturally adjust to the appropriate part of the lens for the required distance. This continuous and smooth transition allows for more comfortable and natural vision correction for people with presbyopia (age-related difficulty focusing up close).
Who should wear progressive lenses?
Progressives are an excellent option for those who require vision correction at multiple distances without having to switch between different pairs of glasses. It may take some time for wearers to adapt to using progressive lenses, as they involve slight head movements to find the right area of the lens for the desired focus.
How much do progressive lenses cost?
Yes, progressive lenses can be more expensive than single vision lenses due to their complex design and customization. The cost can vary depending on factors such as the brand, material, lens features, and where you purchase them.
Basic progressives may be more affordable, but might have limitations in terms of the field of clear vision. Premium or customized progressive lenses with a wider field of vision, smoother transition between powers, and higher quality materials tend to be more expensive.
The cost of progressives may also depend on the optical shop or eyewear retailer you visit. Some places may offer bundled packages with frames, lenses, and coatings, which can affect the overall cost.
If you are considering progressive lenses, it’s essential to visit an optometrist or eyewear professional to discuss your specific needs. They can help you find the most suitable lenses that fit your prescription and lifestyle while considering your budget. Vision insurance may also be helpful if you have it. Try to go for anti-glare lenses if possible.