What Are Progressive Lenses?
Progressive lenses have three prescriptions in one pair of glasses. That allows you to do close-up work (like reading a book), middle-distance work (like checking out a website on a computer), or distance viewing (like driving) without needing to change your glasses. They're sometimes called multifocal lenses.
Who Uses Progressive Lenses?
Almost anyone with a vision problem can wear these lenses, but they're only needed for people ages 40 and older whose vision blurs when they're doing close-up work like reading or sewing. This condition is called presbyopia. It's a natural part of getting older.
Even people who are nearsighted and over 40 may find that their near vision blurs when they wear glasses for distances.
Benefits of Progressive Lenses
- Don’t need more than one pair of glasses.
- You can switch from viewing something up close to something far away
- They look like regular glasses. And most people can switch from close view to far well.
Drawbacks of Progressive Lenses
- It takes time to adjust to progressives. During the learning period, you may feel dizzy and nauseas from looking through the wrong section of lens.
- Another thing to consider is the cost. Progressive lenses cost a little more expensive than other lenses.
Tips for Adjusting to Progressive Lenses
If you decide to try them, use these tips:
- Choose a quality optical shop (like 8ptical) that can guide you through the process, help you pick a good frame, and make sure the lenses are perfectly centered over your eyes.
- Give yourself one or two weeks to adjust to them. Some people may need a month.
- Make sure you understand how to use them.
- Wear your new lenses as often as possible and stop wearing your other glasses. It will make the adjustment quicker.