The Difference Between Progressive Lenses and Normal Lenses
A common question that both our optometrists, Dr. Lippman and Dr. Gold, are often asked is, what is the difference between progressive lenses and regular lenses? The team at Eyeland Luxoptics in Rockville, Aspen Hill, and Chevy Chase is here to help you make the right decision when choosing the lens for your prescription eyewear to increase your vision and for sustaining an active lifestyle.
What are Progressive Lenses?
Progressive lenses are the alternative to a bifocal lens. Yet, with progressives, your eyeglasses will appear to be single vision eyeglasses because they will not have a visible dividing line or any shape difference in the lenses. Progressive lenses feature a middle area that is invisible. It is within this area that your vision is correctly transformed to suit farsightedness and nearsightedness.
How are Progressive Lenses Different?
Line-free progressive lenses are prescribed to anyone that needs correction for both reading vision and distance vision. Our optometrists may prescribe the no-line dual vision lenses for people with presbyopia, which means they have a reduction in the eye’s ability to focus due to age.
Here are the many features that progressive lenses provide than normal lenses:
- Can have three prescriptions in one pair of glasses
- Removes the sharp change in vision
- Easier adjustment period for new patients
- Great option for those that work on a computer
- Can reduce myopia (nearsightedness) in children
- Progressives have a seamless and neat appearance
Adjusting to Progressive Eyeglasses
Similar to bifocal or trifocal eyeglasses, there is an adjustment period when people first start wearing progressive eyeglasses. Here are some great tips provided by Dr. Lippman and Dr. Gold:
- Choose a quality optometrist, like ours, who 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 as long as a month.
- Stop wearing your other eyeglasses and wear your new progressive lenses as much as possible to make the adjustment period quicker.
Contact Us Today
If you are considering the switch from bifocals or trifocals to progressive lenses, you are making a smart choice. Contact us at Eyeland Luxoptics for expert eye exams and a wide range of frames to suit work, play, and style. Call 301-770-7084 (Rockville), 301-871-6454 (Aspen Hill), or 301-986-6999 (Chevy Chase) today.