The Pros and Cons of Progressive Lenses

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The Pros and Cons of Progressive Lenses | First Eye Care McKinney

Progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals, multifocal lenses, and blended bifocals, are basically glasses that can do it all. In just one pair of glasses, you will be able to see up close when reading, middle distance, and long distance.

Being able to see clearly isn’t a luxury, it is vital to your everyday life. If you are suffering from astigmatism or a different type of vision condition, finding a corrective option that works for you is a must. For some people, reading glasses do the trick, whereas others prefer contacts. As we get older, it is only natural for our vision to change. While some people experience more than the others, some vision changes are inevitable. This is why many Americans over the age of 40 opt for progressive lenses. Not only do they adapt to your lifestyle, but they allow you to a no-fuss option that will help you see clearly in many different settings.

What Are Progressive Lenses? 

Progressive lenses are specialized eyeglasses that can carry three different prescriptions at once. As mentioned briefly, they are often recommended for patients over the age of 40 who have noticed recent vision changes, such as myopia, or individuals who work on the computer.

Because eye strain has become such a huge concern in recent years, we have actually seen an increase in the number of adults wearing progressive lenses. It is much more convenient to invest in a good pair of progressive eyeglasses, rather than have a pair of glasses for reading, a set for seeing at distances, and so on.

The bottom line? You shouldn’t own multiple pairs of glasses, thanks for progressive lenses.

 Pros of progressive lenses 

Pretty much anyone who needs some degree of vision correction could benefit from progressive lenses. Some of the pros include:

  • Better viewing – The main advantage of progressive lenses is that they blend the prescription, making it easier to view words and objects. No longer will the image be jumping around, as it can with bifocals and trifocals.
  • No line – Perhaps the most obvious pro is that progressive lenses do not have a visible line on the lens itself. This line can be a major annoyance, so the fact that progressive lenses no longer have this feature is a huge bonus.
  • Convenient – Progressive lenses are the utility belt of eyewear. They provide you with three different viewing distances, so you will no longer have to worry about making sure you have all your different pairs of glasses with you. 

Cons of progressive lenses 

To ensure you have all the information necessary, let’s now look at some of the cons of progressive lenses:

  • Can take some adjusting to – When you first switch to progressive lenses, it will probably take you a little bit to get used to them. This usually only takes about a week or so
  • Peripheral vision – one of the main complaints of progressive lenses is that the edges of the lenses have no vision correction, leading to distortion for some people
  • Price – Progressive lenses are an investment and can be costly, depending on the level of progression.

To learn more about progressive lenses or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to get started with a First Eye Care McKinney optometrist, give us a call today.

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