Have you noticed that it’s getting harder to focus on nearby objects as time goes by? Has reading fine print become more difficult recently? If you answered “yes” to both questions, there’s a chance that you’re suffering from presbyopia, an eye condition that typically comes with age and your eye doctor may recommend a pair of progressive lenses.
Okay, but what are progressive lenses?
These are lenses used to correct issues like presbyopia through a spectrum of increasing lens power. Because presbyopia mainly means that it becomes difficult for your eyes when you’re switching focus between near and far objects, progressive lenses make the transition more seamless. Prior to the invention of progressive lenses or graduated prescription lenses as they are also called, presbyopia and other related eye conditions were solved with bifocal or trifocal lenses. But, since these glasses only have two or three lens powers, the shift in focus doesn’t seem as smooth (popularly known as the “image jump”) compared to what a progressive lens user may experience because of the latter’s multifocal capability.
Aside from the smooth magnifying progression from these lenses, one other reason many people prefer progressive lenses is because they’re more cosmetically-pleasing than bifocals or trifocals. Bifocal and trifocal glasses have one or two lines running through them where the lens’ magnifying powers change and people generally associate this with older folk. It probably doesn’t help matters that the distinguished elderly gentleman and historical figure Benjamin Franklin’s image is famously associated with bifocals. It doesn’t make wearing bifocal any easier despite knowing that he is considered to have invented these types of eyeglasses.
With all these considered, if you’ve decided that you want a pair of progressive lenses then you should definitely schedule an appointment with your optometrist. After all, it’s important to know which lenses will help alleviate your specific vision problem because each individual has different requirements as well as unique viewing behaviors (relating to your posture and head shape).
When you go in for testing, expect to have your vision and eyes measured. Your doctor will also want to test your binocular vision to find out the lens strength you’ll need to correct your vision so you can read and see things properly.
Keep in mind, too, that progressive lens use isn’t something you can jump into. You’ll probably need some time to get used to wearing your new multifocal glasses and this may take anywhere between a few minutes or a few days. If you’re a first-time wearer, you might feel like your peripheral vision is blurry at first but this will gradually disappear once you’re acclimated with your progressive lenses. Extremely farsighted people may also need more time to adapt to their progressive lenses and this is easily overcome with a few days of wear.
Progressive lenses are a proven technology to help correct presbyopia. Still, if you feel that you’d like to know more about how they can help you, it’s best to speak with your optometric physician. And, if you’re in Greenacres, FL, you may visit Planet Vision Eyecare where Dr. Hetel Bhakta can explain the benefits of getting fitted for progressive lens eyewear.
Planet Vision Eyecare is also conveniently located for customers in Lantana, Boynton Beach, and Royal Palm Springs who need emergency care for eye problems or for those who have questions about eye health.