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Many people come to L&F and ask us whether or not they need progressive lenses in their eyeglasses. And why. Thus we thought we'd take a moment here to explain what progressive lenses are and how they can help you see clearly throughout your day.

Click this link to our article explaining how to understand your Rx Script - this will help you determine whether or not you need Progressive lenses.

Nearly everyone will experience presbyopia as their eyes get older, typically starting around the age of 40.  Presbyopia is a hardening of the eye’s lens which inhibits our ability to focus clearly on close-up objects such as reading a book or focusing on your smartphone.  When presbyopia strikes, there are a few different eyewear options available to help your near vision come back into clear focus. 

For individuals who are near-sighted or far-sighted, there is a unique lens designed to help you see your world in focus regardless whether objects are viewed in the distance or up close. Progressive lenses – sometimes called Progressive Addition Lenses (PALs) or multifocal lenses – are special lenses that can correct your vision to allow you to see objects in clear focus that are in your far distance focal zone, your middle distance zone, and your up-close / near vision zone.  Unlike old-fashioned “lined bi-focals”, progressive lenses achieve these multiple focal zones without any visible lines.  So they look great while helping you see clearly.

In addition to looking great, progressive lenses are specially designed to provide different vision correction at different parts of the lens.  The top of the lens has your distance vision correction.  The middle portion of the lens progressively changes power so that your eyes can focus more easily on objects in a middle-distance zone – such as reading a computer monitor on your desk.  And, finally, reading magnification is at the bottom of the lens so your eyes can easily focus on objects up close, like reading a phone, a book, or your watch.

And because the vision correction blends slowly from distance vision to near vision, progressive lens wearers enjoy smooth transitions as they focus on objects between the different focal zones; for example, progressive lens wearers don’t experience “image jump” which is something that happens with Lined bi-focals. 

Most people adapt quite easily to progressive eyeglasses.  Within a few days they quickly find the “sweet spot” near the bottom of the lens for optimum near vision, and they get used to gently tilting their head up and down to help their eyes smoothly transition between distance vision correction on the top of the lens and reading magnification on the bottom of the lens. And if you lead an active lifestyle outdoors, we encourage you to consider progressive sun lenses so you don’t have keep taking off your sunglasses when you want to focus on your phone or read your watch! 

Spend a lot of time working on a computer or sitting at a desk?  Exclusively available from L&F, we have a specialty lens design that is optimized to sharpen your focus within your middle distance zone. With L&F Extended Vision™ reading glasses, everything within a range of 6 feet is in clear focus - no matter where you're looking around your workspace.  You'll use our Extended Vision™ reading glasses to see up close just as you would wear normal readers, except that you'll also be able to view the details on your computer screen clearly and comfortably, and you'll be able to identify everything scattered across your desk.  Extended Vision reading glasses are available without an Rx script (just select your reading magnification power as you would with normal reading glasses). And if you wear prescription lenses, we can build Extended Vision reading glasses using your personalized Rx Script.  

Have a question about the progressive lenses or Extended Vision reading glasses by Lens & Frame Co.?  Click this link to send us a question. We're quick to respond and we're happy to help in any way we can.

While they tend to be a bit more expensive than Rx Single Vision lenses, Rx Progressive lenses are a fantastic hybrid solution to provide you with clear vision across multiple focal zones.  And Extended Vision reading glasses are a fantastic first step into multi-focal lenses.  No other lens design can deliver a more comfortable and clear view for your distance vision, middle-distance vision, and near vision.



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