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Progressive Lenses

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Have Presbyopia? We Have Glasses for You in Washington DC

If you need bifocals in order to read up close, even the trendiest designer frames won’t preserve your youthful appearance if they have a bisecting line across the middle of the lenses. However, progressive lenses can still give you the flattering look you want from your glasses in Washington, DC. Also known as multifocals or PALS (Progressive Addition Lenses), these high-tech lenses treat presbyopia invisibly – allowing you to still look attractive while seeing sharp at all distances.

What are progressive lenses?

Progressive lenses provide three-in-one vision, seamlessly blending your prescriptions for near, intermediate, and distance viewing into a single pair of glasses. In practice, that means you can wear the same pair of glasses to read a book, research online, or drive down the highway and read the road signs at the end of the exit ramp.

Your distance prescription is built into the top portion of the lens, and this prescription increases in power gradually until it reaches your prescription for reading glasses at the bottom of the lens. There are no dividing lines between the different lens power zones, and your visual transition is just as smooth. Progressives thereby get rid of any need to purchase standard bifocals with their unsightly horizontal line through the middle. If you have presbyopia and want to try out progressive lenses, please visit our office to purchase new glasses in Washington, DC.

Who is a good candidate for progressive lenses?

Generally, people over the age of 40 who need vision correction comprise the population group that wears progressive lenses. That is because presbyopia is associated with normal aging. This vision condition causes blurring of near vision, making it hard to read fine print or focus on small details. If you are experiencing these symptoms, book an eye exam with our eye doctors and we’ll advise you on the best type of lenses and glasses in Washington, DC.

Now that advanced materials for eyeglass lenses and cutting-edge technology led to the development of PALS, many people who used to neglect their presbyopia (and simply hold items at arm’s length to see them), have an attractive eyewear option!

Is it hard to adapt to progressive lenses?

With three different zones, you will need to look through the appropriate section of the lens in order to clearly focus at the distance you want to see. To look far off, your eyes will angle upwards slightly; for middle-range vision, you will gaze straight ahead; to read small text or do close-up tasks, your eyes will look downwards slightly. After a short adaptation period, looking through the correct part of the lens will come naturally.

Pros & Cons of PALS

When you choose your glasses in Washington, DC, we want you to make an informed decision. Here are the primary advantages and disadvantages of progressive lenses:

Advantages of progressives:

  • You only need one pair of eyeglasses
  • Vision feels smooth, without the sensation of a visual “jump”, like you get with bifocal or trifocal lenses
  • Progressives appear like regular lenses; nobody can tell you are wearing them just by looking at you

Disadvantages of progressives:

  • There is typically an adjustment period of one to two weeks to adapt to progressives; during this period, you may feel a bit dizzy when you look through the wrong section of the lens
  • Peripheral vision may be slightly skewed
  • Progressives are more expensive than standard bifocals

Many our patients who come to our optical store to buy glasses in Washington, DC, are thrilled with the convenience and clarity of progressive lenses. If you have presbyopia, visit anytime to look into how PALS can work for you.

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Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!
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