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What are Progressive Lenses?

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There are several types of eyeglasses to choose from, each with its own unique features. For example, single-vision lenses have one strength throughout the lens, while bifocal and trifocal lenses have multiple strengths for seeing far and near objects. 

However, some multifocal lenses have a visible line separating these different prescription areas. 

If you’re looking for a no-line multifocal lens, progressive lenses may be the right choice for you. 

You can always ask your optometrist about the suitable lens type for your eyes during an eye exam.

Advantages of Progressive Lenses

Enhanced Vision at All Distances

Progressive lenses are a popular multifocal lens designed to provide a seamless progression of vision from distance to near with no sudden jumps in vision. This makes them a great option for those who require different prescriptions for distance and reading but do not want to switch between multiple pairs of glasses.

No Visible Line on the Lenses

Progressive lenses differ from traditional bifocal and trifocal lenses as they do not have visible lines. This prevents an abrupt switch in prescriptions while providing a more youthful appearance. 

More Natural & Comfortable Vision

By gradually changing the power of the lens from the top to the bottom, wearers can see clearly at any distance and have a more natural visual experience. Research has also shown that progressive lenses can help reduce eye strain and fatigue, particularly when using digital devices for an extended period. This is because they provide a wider field of view and reduce the need for the eyes to constantly adjust focus.

An optician helps a female patient pick out a new pair of glasses.

Progressive Lens Limitations

There are several considerations to take into account before you embrace a pair of progressive lenses.  

Adjustment Period

There is an initial adjustment period, and it may take some time to get used to the gradual shift in focus from the top of the lens to the bottom. It is important to be patient and allow your eyes to adjust to the new lenses.

Higher Cost in Comparison to Traditional Lenses

Progressive lenses require more complex technology to create a gradual shift in focus, resulting in a higher price point. It is important to consider the cost versus the benefits before making a decision.

Fewer Frame Options Due to Lens Configuration

Progressive lenses need a slightly larger lens surface to allow for all the areas of vision. This may narrow the choice of frames down slightly to enable a good lens fit. At Doctors EyeCare, we have a large selection of frames specifically designed for progressive lens use.

Progressive Lenses in Grande Prairie

If you’re considering progressive lenses, there are a few things to remember. First, have a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you’re a candidate for progressive lenses. 

Then, consider your budget and insurance coverage to determine your best option. It’s always a good idea to consult with your eye care professional so they can help you make the right choice for your specific needs.

Contact us to book an appointment at Doctors Eye Care today to see if progressive lenses are right for you. 

Written by Dr. Shonah Finlay

Dr. Finlay grew up by the gold mines in South Africa and knew from a young age she wanted to follow a medically related career. She applied to and was accepted to study optometry at the former Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. During her last year of studies, Dr. Finlay worked on the Train of Hope: South Africa’s Phelophepa. This custom-built train (now 2) travels throughout rural South Africa to deliver top-quality primary healthcare to disadvantaged communities. It was a wonderful experience to bring sight to so many people that otherwise do without. Those memories always remind her of why she loves practicing optometry.
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