Progressive Multifocal Lenses

What Are Progressive Lenses?

Progressive lenses are lineless, invisible, multifocal eyeglass lenses which allow patients to see distance, midrange, and near vision without having to constantly change eyeglasses to see different ranges.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms That I Need Progressive Lenses?

The most common sign of needing progressive lenses is the constant changing of glasses prescriptions for distance and near tasks or frustrations with the appearance and function of a lined bifocal.

What Causes the Need for Progressive Lenses?

Presbyopia. Everyone experiences a loss of near vision past the age of 40 caused by the hardening of the crystalline lens inside of the eye. The need for progressive lenses arises when patients want to see distance, midrange and near vision in one pair of glasses without having to switch glasses or use a lined bifocal.

How Is the Need for Progressive Lenses Diagnosed?

The need for progressive lenses is diagnosed at a comprehensive eye examination in which your optometrist will perform a refraction which involves choosing between multiple lens options to maximize all ranges of vision.

How Do Progressive Lenses Treat My Vision Needs?

Progressive lenses can focus at multiple ranges allowing patients to see clearly at all distances. Recent advancements in progressive lens technology has greatly improved visual satisfaction in presbyopic patients who are frustrated with taking reading glasses off and on or dislike lined bifocals. Progressive lenses can also correct myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism.

What Steps Should I Take If I Think I Need Progressive Lenses?

If you are having near vision issues and use multiple pairs of glasses, we recommend you see Dr. Reinders for a comprehensive eye examination. He has over 22 years of experience prescribing progressive lenses and other presbyopia options. It is also important to determine if other eye health factors such as cataracts or glaucoma are causing your vision problems.