Progressive lenses allow you to have sharp vision at all distances. Previously, lenses that offered vision correction at both near and far distances had noticeable transitions between different prescriptions. Notably, regular eyeglasses have a single prescription from the top of the lens to the bottom. While in contrast, bifocals have two different prescriptions, with a distinct line marking where one ends and the other begins.

However, progressive lenses eliminate these jarring transitions to provide seamless vision correction at all distances. Progressive eyeglasses have three different prescriptions in a single lens, with a smooth transition from one to the next. Wearers find them especially handy when they would otherwise need a pair of reading glasses for close work and a pair of bifocals for arm’s length tasks and distance vision. Our team at Advanced Optical in Orlando can set you up with the right pair of progressive lenses for your vision needs.

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What Constitutes Progressive Lenses?

No matter which part of a regular pair of eyeglasses your eyes focus upon, you will see with the same clarity and precision. Bifocals, on the other hand, often have a plain glass section and a corrected vision section. Ordinarily, the lower third of the lens works like a pair of reading glasses, while the upper two-thirds may not provide any correction at all. That intrusive, visible line often annoys bifocal wearers. Progressive lenses eliminate the distraction of that line.

Why Recommend Progressives?

When your daily activities depend on your clear vision and carrying multiple pairs of eyeglasses becomes difficult, progressives allow you to wear a single pair of eyeglasses. If you have ever forgotten your reading glasses at home, work, or wherever you relax, you already know how much more convenient it feels to carry one pair of eyeglasses for all tasks.

Problems With Progressives

First-time users and anyone who changes frame sizes will experience some dizziness for the first week or two.  To minimize the feeling, follow your nose. Instead of moving your eyes and looking through different parts of the lens, point your nose at what you need to see, close your eyes for a second, and look at the object through the correct part of the lens.

Tips for Adjusting to Your Progressive Eyeglasses

Tilt your head up and back, and drop your eyes in order to see close objects through the bottom third of the lens. Alternatively, point your nose toward the floor and peer through the upper third of the lens when using escalators or going up and down staircases or ladders. Finally, for arm’s-length work, point your nose at the center of your computer screen for intermediate vision, and look through the center of your eyeglass lenses.