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Will Progressives work for me? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Will Progressives work for me?
Dr. Amy Chang

Progressives are vision correcting lenses that work for multiple purposes, typically far distance, on the computer, and up close reading.  Progressives are often called no-line bifocal, although that description is not completely accurate.  Progressives are prescribed by your eye doctor when you match many if not all of these descriptions :

1.  You are in your mid forties or older
2.  You have always worn glasses for seeing far distances, (aka myopia, nearsightedness) but now are    having difficulty with seeing up close with your glasses on.
3. You spend a lot of your day going from looking at your computer, then up to see someone, then down to look at piece of paper and you find yourself constantly taking your glasses on and off, or pushing the glasses to the edge of your nose.
4. You find yourself driving at night with your far distance glasses, and having difficulty seeing your dashboard.

If the above describes you, you most likely will benefit from a progressive lens.  The easiest way to describe progressive lenses is that the prescription on the top of the lens is your far distance prescription, if you have one.  The very bottom of the lens is your full reading prescription.  In between the top and bottom of the lens is a gradual transition from far distance to reading, therefore midway through the lens is the prescription that matches your computer distance.

A few important details….

Unlike lenses that are single vision (for one viewing distance only),  the progressive lens has a narrow center corridor which you will be able to see clearly.  What does this mean?  This means that you will be able to see the best when you move your head in the direction of whatever you are looking at, therefore you are always looking through the center of the lens.

Progressives work best when your computer is slightly lower than center, and when you hold reading material lower down (which is commonly what most people do)

Progressives work extraordinarily well on the majority of people, it’s convenient as you only need to carry/wear one pair of glasses and you can keep them on all day.  It is very cosmetically/aesthetically appealing because no one can tell by looking at your glasses that they are progressives, versus the bifocal that has a line.

When may progressives not work?

If you have chronic symptoms of dizziness or equilibrium issues
If you have certain types of eye turns

The best way to determine if you would benefit from progressive lenses is to schedule an eye exam and talk to your eye doctor.  Ask any questions you may have, you will likely be a great candidate for this new progressive technology!




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