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Rumor Has It….. Progressive Lenses | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

That progressive lenses aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.  Somebody told your sister who told you that progressive lenses are difficult to wear when you’re using the computer or reading.  Or maybe this person said that progressive lenses make your peripheral vision really blurry.  Well, as the saying goes, don’t believe everything you hear.

Demand for Progressive Lenses Today

The truth is that progressive lenses are in strong demand because there is an enormous population of baby boomers today who need eyeglasses for reading. And these baby boomers are living much longer and want to look good and see at their best for as long as possible.  And with this demand has come improvements.

It used to be that the area of the lens that progressive lens wearers needed to look through to read was quite small.  This meant that progressive lens wearers needed to constantly move their heads and carefully look very directly at what they were reading in order to have a clear view of it.

This is no longer true.  Today’s progressive lenses have much wider areas on the lens for reading and computer use. They’re not like your parent’s progressive lenses.  If you mom or dad says “I tried them but I didn’t like them,” tell them to try them again.

That peripheral blur that wearers of older progressive lenses complained about is not a problem with today’s progressive lenses.  Optics technology is better today.  In fact, new high-definition lenses which are used in today’s progressive lenses are made with the same technology used in LASIK eye surgery.

Don’t Want Those Giant Frames?

It used to be that the technology used to make progressive lenses meant that the lenses needed to be large, meaning the frames holding them needed to be large. This meant that you couldn’t go to your optometrist for a vision evaluation and leave with really cute frames – unless large frames were really cute to you.

Today, many progressive lenses are designed for smaller frames.  You can go to the eye doctor, have a vision test and go home with a stylishly small frame.

The Extras

Progressive lenses today can be ordered with anti-reflective coatings, so that you don’t have to put up with glare at night or that “eyeless” look that occurs when the sun shines on your lenses.  These lenses can be made so that they darken like sunglasses when you go outside and become lighter when you’re indoors.  Some can even be made into polarized sunglasses.  Progressive lenses are thin – often 50% thinner than regular bifocals – and they can be ordered in polycarbonate which is lightweight and resistant to impact, important features in safety eyewear.

With all the options available to you, be sure to make an appointment with your Long Island Optometrist at

As the technology used to create eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses has advanced, so have progressive lenses.  Don’t listen to anyone who tried progressive lenses ten years ago and didn’t like them.  Make an appointment at Optix Family Eyecare Center in Plainview today to see what’s new with progressive lenses.  You may be surprised.

We look forward to seeing you.

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

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