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Sometimes, progressive and bifocal lenses are terms used interchangeably. This confusion stems from the fact they are both multi-vision lenses rather than being a single vision lens. One noticeable mark of distinction is that progressives have no noticeable line in the lenses, while bifocals usually do.
Let’s look at the mechanics of both. As alluded to above, bifocal lenses are composed of two distinctive sections. These two focal points correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness. So, unlike single vision lenses with only one type of eyesight correction in each lens, there are always two types in bifocals.
What about progressives? These lenses may be mistaken for traditional eyeglasses, as they don’t have a dividing line. Instead, they have a middle area, often referred to as the intermediate section. This is marker is invisible, yet critical because it acts to transition the two vision correcting sections for farsightedness and nearsightedness.
Which lens is right for you? Your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor can help you make this determination, but it doesn’t hurt to be an informed patient. Generally speaking, line-free progressive lenses are often prescribed for age-related vision conditions. As we grow older, our vision can start to deteriorate, and everyday tasks can be affected. That’s why people over age 40 often begin experiencing blurry vision and start to hold things closer to read.
Bifocals can be a solution for people who struggle with both near and farsightedness. However, some people find it takes time to acclimate because the top and bottom areas of vision correction are so different. Progressives are known to offer a smooth transition between the two fields to give the eyes a more gradual change when adjusting from going from near to far.
So, where to go from here? Your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor can address any and all concerns you might have about your vision. We offer more than just eye exams and eyewear, we provide you with a customized eyecare plan. Using the latest technology, we get a full picture of your eyes and find the perfect vision solution. The perfect marriage of form and function, our exciting collection of eyewear includes designer frame lines and economy frame lines for the entire family.
Visit your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor regularly to have your eyes examined. In between examinations, if you notice a change in or are concerned about your eyesight, know that we are just a phone call away. Request an appointment today at one of our locations.