If you’re over 40, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to read small printed characters. That’s because as we age, we lose the ability to focus on close objects. This condition is called presbyopia, and one way to correct it is with progressive lenses fit by an optometrist. However, progressive lenses have advantages and disadvantages for their wearers. Let Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry’s experts explain below.
What Are Progressive Lenses?
Progressive lenses are also known as multifocal lenses because they have multiple focal points. They allow you to see clearly at all distances, from near to far. The top part of the lens is for distance vision, while the bottom part helps you view things up close. Between these two parts is a gradual transition that lets you focus on objects at intermediate distances.
Pros of Progressive Lenses
There are several advantages to progressive lenses. First, they provide natural vision at all distances. There’s no line separating the near and far vision areas, so your eyes can move smoothly from one to the other.
Next, progressive lenses give you a wider field of view than bifocals or trifocals. They’re also more aesthetically pleasing because there’s no line across the lens. Lastly, progressive lenses are available in various materials, including high-index plastics that are thinner and lighter than conventional glass or plastic lenses.
Cons of Progressive Lenses
Progressive lenses also have some disadvantages. They can be more expensive than bifocals or trifocals. These lenses also require a larger frame size to accommodate the multiple corrective zones. Also, because of how they work, progressive lenses can cause peripheral blurriness. This causes minor distortion at the edges of your field of vision. It can cause discomfort and may take some time to get used to.
Progressive lenses can help improve your vision as you age, but it’s crucial to get progressive lenses fit by an experienced optometrist for the best results. If you’re interested in learning more about progressive lenses, need to schedule an eye exam or want to explore options for corrective eyewear, visit Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry today. Set an appointment by filling out our contact form or calling us at the following numbers: (703) 660-9494 (Alexandria), (703) 413-1400 (Crystal City), (703) 522-7676 (Clarendon), (703) 573-1200 (Falls Church) and (703) 467-9080 (Reston).