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

  1. Don’t need more than one pair of glasses.
  2. You can switch from viewing something up close to something far away
  3. They look like regular glasses. And most people can switch from close view to far well.

Drawbacks of Progressive Lenses

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Give yourself one or two weeks to adjust to them. Some people may need a month.
  3. Make sure you understand how to use them.
  4. Wear your new lenses as often as possible and stop wearing your other glasses. It will make the adjustment quicker.