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What are Progressive Lenses — Pros and Cons

Pro­gres­sive lens­es are spe­cial­ized eye­glass­es that hold three dif­fer­ent pre­scrip­tions. They’re usu­al­ly tar­get­ed to the over 40 crowds, who would oth­er­wise wear bifo­cals plus one oth­er set of pre­scrip­tion eye­glass­es for work­ing at a com­put­er.

There’s an appeal to this, par­tic­u­lar­ly for those of us who do wear bifo­cals plus “com­put­er glass­es” and have to remem­ber when to switch them out — yet anoth­er detail to remem­ber in a very detailed life!

Progressive Lenses are Not Trifocals

Per­haps you’ve tried tri­fo­cals, also a three-in-one solu­tion for the visu­al­ly chal­lenged who spend a lot of time in front of com­put­er screens.

But unlike tri­fo­cals (and bifo­cals) pro­gres­sive lens­es don’t have a line between the pre­scrip­tions, so they look like reg­u­lar dis­tance or read­ing glass­es. The seam­less­ness pre­serves any van­i­ty on the part of the wear­er who may not want to adver­tise his or her eye­sight issues. Plus, it helps some wear­ers adjust to the three-in-one vision field more eas­i­ly.

Progressive Lenses Pros and Cons

Like any­thing deemed pro­gres­sive, the ben­e­fits brought by pro­gres­sive lens­es may be slight or sub­stan­tial.

Let’s start with three key fac­tors in favor of pro­gres­sive lens­es:

  • You don’t have to car­ry around anoth­er set of eye­glass­es.
  • Words and objects don’t jump around your field of vision when you move your head.
  • #2 makes eas­i­er to remain with­in dri­ving speed lim­its if your vehi­cle has a tra­di­tion­al dash­board.

And here are some rea­sons that pro­gres­sive lens­es won’t work out:

  • It can take some time to adjust to wear­ing glass­es with three dif­fer­ent pre­scrip­tions.
  • Some peo­ple report dizzi­ness and even nau­sea when they first ven­ture out wear­ing pro­gres­sive lens­es.
  • Periph­er­al vision may be dis­tort­ed, adding to dizzi­ness and uncer­tain­ty about depth per­cep­tion.

Most People Adjust to Progressive Lenses and Like Them

Most peo­ple do get used to wear­ing pro­gres­sive lens­es, although it can take up to a month to be ful­ly com­fort­able with them. “The adjust­ment wasn’t too bad for me,” one pro­gres­sive wear­er says. “I now look down when­ev­er I go down the stairs, and some­times the edges of a land­scape-print­ed spread­sheet look a bit curved.”

She also notes that the mid­dle range intend­ed for com­put­er use some­times affects her abil­i­ty to focus after­ward, so she usu­al­ly switch­es to read­ers if she expects a long ses­sion.

A sur­vey of 501 pro­gres­sive lens cus­tomers found 84% were rough­ly even­ly divid­ed as sat­is­fied or very sat­is­fied. Their aver­age age was 50 — 55 years; 41% had hyper­me­tropia or long-sight­ed­ness. Most respon­dents were women.

Among the 79 who report­ed being dis­sat­is­fied, a very small num­ber (15) returned to where they pur­chased the glass­es.

A con­cur­rent sur­vey of 810 wear­ers (not all com­plet­ed the sat­is­fac­tion sur­vey) found that 8.5% returned their glass­es because of prob­lems they had with com­fort or vision. Of this num­ber, 80% had already worn pro­gres­sives so they under­stood prob­lems could be cor­rect­ed.

  • More than one-third had issues with dis­tance vision.
  • One-third had prob­lems with the fit­ting.
  • One-third want­ed treat­ments on the lens­es or need­ed repairs for breaks, scratch­es, etc.

Curi­ous to find out more about what are pro­gres­sive lens­es? Feel free to reach out to us, at Dia­mond Vision, today! Our team mem­bers are hap­py to answer all your ques­tions. We are look­ing for­ward to hear­ing from you!

January 28th, 2019|Comments Off on What are Progressive Lenses — Pros and Cons

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