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Vision After 40 with Progressive Lenses


As we age, our vision can change. After the age of 40, you may begin to notice that reading the fine print is more difficult. Those reaching this age may dread the thought of wearing bifocals, but with today’s progressive eyeglass lenses, bifocals aren’t needed!

Progressive lenses or “no-line bifocals” provide a more youthful appearance by eliminating the lines that bifocal and trifocal lenses have while helping those with presbyopia see clearly. These types of lenses are also easier and more comfortable to use because of the mimic your natural vision better than bifocals.

Vision After 40 with Progressive Lenses

Progressive Lenses vs. Bifocals

Bifocal lenses provide the wearer with only two powers: one for seeing up close and the other for seeing far away. Objects in between such as your computer screen or items on a shelf will remain blurry.

To view objects in this intermediate range, those with bifocals will need to bob their heads up and down, alternating between the top and bottom of their bifocals to find the best part of the lens to view the objects. When your line of sight moves across the lines of the bifocals, it can result in an “image jump,” which can lead to annoyance and even nausea.

With progressive lenses, wearers will experience a more natural vision, with no “image jump,” much like the vision they enjoyed before presbyopia. Progressive lenses do not use two lens powers like bifocals but, instead, are true multifocal lenses. This provides you with a smoother, more seamless progression of many lens powers. This results in clear vision up close, across the room, and at all other distances in between.

This multifocal lens allows you to comfortable look straight ahead to see in the distance, lower your gaze to see your computer screen and move your eyes slightly downward to view objects in the intermediate zone such as your computer.

Progressive Lens Options to Suit Your Lifestyle

Progressive lenses are popular among people with presbyopia who wear glasses which has led to advancement in progressive lens technology including:

Wide zones of clear vision

In older versions of progressive lenses, the lateral field of view for reading and computer use was limited, which resulted in wearers having to make frequent head movements and point their nose to see an object clearly.

Today’s progressive lenses have larger zones for computer and reading use and are also available in special designs that expand the intermediate zone for more comfortable computer use.

Higher quality lens material

Progressive lenses are available in a wide variety of the latest lens material for thinner, lighter, more comfortable wear. Made of high-index plastic lens material, progressive lenses can be up to 50% thinner than plastic bifocals. Progressive lenses are also available in lightweight and impact-resistant polycarbonate for safety eyewear.

More compatible with smaller frames

Older progressive lenses used to require much larger frames to accommodate the power changes in the lenses. Now, many progressive lenses have more compact designs that work perfectly with smaller frames, providing you with a more stylish selection of frames.

Schedule Your Comprehensive Eye Exam Today

The first step to finding out if progressive lenses are right for you is to schedule an eye exam at Dittman Eyecare to get your updated prescription. After your exam, the expert staff at Dittman Eyecare can help you find the best progressive lenses and frames to suit your daily life and style.

With a wide selection of name brand frames, Dittman Eyecare has something to suit every style! Contact us today to learn more.

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