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Progressive lenses are multifocal lenses that correct near, far, and middle vision with a seamless transition in magnification from top to bottom.
The prescription changes across the lens, so you can see at all distances clearly with a single pair of glasses.7
You might need progressive lenses for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:
A progressive lens has three sections. Unlike bifocal and trifocal glasses, there is no visible line that separates the sections.
With progressive lenses, you look through the top section of the lens to see things that are far away. The middle section of the lenses clarify objects in the middle ground. The bottom section helps you see objects that are close up.
Progressive lenses change slightly in prescription throughout the lens. This makes for a smooth, gradual shift instead of a harsh difference in section.
You should use progressive lenses if you have trouble seeing at all distances. If you have astigmatism, progressive lenses may be for you. People who have astigmatism may have both nearsightedness and farsightedness.1
You may not need progressive lenses if you can see clearly up close but not from afar (myopia). 5
You may not need progressive lenses if you can see objects at far-away distances but not ones that are up close (hyperopia).2
There are other types of lenses that are specific to these vision issues. However, people with these types of vision may still opt for progressives for convenience.
Like all types of lenses, there are pros and cons of progressive lenses:
Here are a few benefits of progressive lenses:7
In general, vision correction can help:
Here are a few downsides of progressive lenses:7
Getting used to wearing progressive lenses, like all corrective lenses, may take some time. This is especially true if you are not used to wearing glasses at all.
It can take weeks or even months to get used to wearing progressive reading glasses. Here are some tips for adjusting to progressive lenses:
If your eyes never adjust to your new glasses or they are causing you more harm than good, consult your eye doctor. Progressive eyewear is not for everyone. There may be another option that is better for you.
Glasses themselves can be costly. In fact, prices range from about $8 to upwards of $600 for people who do not have vision insurance.3
Your vision insurance may or may not cover the cost of prescription glasses. Some insurance plans may pay up to a certain amount.
How much your glasses cost you depends on a few factors:
For example, at Warby Parker, a progressive lens starts at $295. Premium progressive lenses may cost more.6
There are many different types of eyeglasses to choose from. An eye exam from your optometrist can help determine the best type of eyewear for your needs.
There are four other main types of eyeglass lenses. They include:4
You also have the option to choose your lens material for your eyeglasses. Some lens materials include:4
You also have the choice of certain add-ons, like protective coatings for your lenses. Here are some of the coatings that you can put on your lenses.4
Find an eye care professional or talk to your eye doctor about what type of eyeglass lenses are right for you.
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