Progressive Lenses

Progressive Lenses

Sometimes called PALs, progressive contact lenses are a type of multifocal lens. The product is quite popular in the US. PALs are also called the no-line bifocals, and they multifocal lenses offer an exceptional vision alternative for people who require two or more lens powers in order to correct vision issues.

Rather than having to use on lens for correcting near vision and the other for distance vision, progressive lenses feature a gradual shift in powers moving from the upper portion to the bottom portion of the lens, and improving vision with a wide selection of powers.

Presbyopia is a condition common in people who are 40 years of age and older. Basically, because of the aging process a person’s near vision begins to diminish. Progressives are an ideal solution to such an issue, allowing you to improve your near vision and to see things clearly from afar. The upper portion of the glasses will let you see what’s far away, and when looking straight ahead or downward, your near vision is improved. These lenses have proven ideal, not just for adults, but also for those children who suffer from nearsightedness (myopia). In fact, progressive lenses can hinder the progress of myopic eye conditions.

Progressive Lenses and Frames

The frames you choose when you are getting progressive lenses must be able to hold lenses with all the powers you require. The vertical dimension of the frames needs to be tall so that all powers can be put into the eyeglasses. If you buy frames in a size too small, the near or distance zones may actually be excessively small and difficult to see.


In order to remedy the above-mentioned issue, frame manufacturers have created short corridor lenses that are great for putting progressive lenses into small frames. We recommend you visit your eye doctor if you are interested in getting progressive lenses so you can discuss your options.

Progressive Lenses – Uses

There are different progressives to choose from, some with some impressive and original characteristics and designs. You can get progressives that prove ideal for an array of activities. For instance, extra wide occupational lenses are ideal for the home computer user because they have an extra large middle zone in the lens and ensure maximum comfort.   Alternatively, there are progressive with extra large bottom portions for comfort during reading.

Adapting to Progressives

If you are wearing progressives for the first time or you’ve had progressives and you have switched to a new pair with different powers, it can take a few days or even more to adjust to the new eyewear. You will have to train yourself to use the lenses in order to see at varying distances. Eventually, the process becomes automatic. At first, you may note a feeling of movement if you move your head or eyes to fast: This will dissipate when you adjust to the lenses.

Wearing progressives is really a learning experience – it’s a matter of training your eyes to peer through the correct portion of the lenses so you can see clearly. The majority of users will find that progressives become comfortable to use rather quickly while others find comfort in using the lenses immediately.

We’re Here to Help You

If you feel overwhelmed by all of the eyewear options before you, don’t be – we are at the ready to help you make an informed decision about lenses and frames. We are more than happy to assist you and invite you to speak with one of our amiable and knowledgeable opticians in order to discuss the pros and cons associated with progressive lenses.


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