What are progressive lenses?
Progressive lenses are what we call multifocal lenses. This is where the lens is split into multiple layers. The top of the lens is used for distance, the middle for mid-range viewing such as computer viewing, and the bottom layer is for reading. Instead of having to constantly change your distance glasses to reading glasses, you can wear just one pair of glasses that allows you to do everything.
The makeup of these lenses works with how one generally views each item. You can look up and out to see at a distance, straight ahead and slightly below eye level when looking at a computer, and below, which you normally do when reading a book. It is important to view each item at the optimal point in the lens so you will have clear vision. Otherwise, it will be blurry.
What type of progressive lenses should I buy?
It does take some time to get used to but ultimately patients are very happy. It is important to note that there are different brands that offer different levels of quality of progressive lenses. A lot of people are going to places like Costco to get cheap lenses and will avoid the eye doctor since they may charge more. However, keep in mind that cheaper usually means poorer quality. Those brands are usually generic and the field of view is smaller. We typically like to treat our Westwood and Montrose patients with progressive lenses from Essilor. They are now offering a wonderful option called the Ultimate Lens Package. Give us a call to discuss the best option for you.