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Progressive Lenses, what’s the deal? How to pick one?

By Eye Candy Casey

Progressive Lenses, what’s the deal?  How to pick one?

Did you get the news from your eye doctor that your arms just are not long enough to read that small print?  Did Doc say you need a BIFOCAL (almost a four letter word!)  Well after reading this you will be more confident in understanding what wearing a no-line bifocal or a progressive is all about.

As we age the muscles in our eyes do not flex as well anymore and with that comes the difficulty of reading.  So we go to the eye doctor and he says “Now Betty, it looks like you need a bifocal.”  You look at him in disbelief that the time has finally come.  Don’t worry with the new technology out in the optical world, adapting to this lens type will be a piece of cake.

What is the difference between a bifocal and a progressive lens?  Both lens designs will help aid you in seeing your reading material but a progressive lens is more refined and can offer more options.  A bifocal has your distance in the top and reading in the lower portion of the lens.  These two areas are separated by a line.  A progressive lens still has your distance in the top of the lens and the reading in the lower portion of the lens. 

Where a progressive lens differs from a standard bifocal is the portion of the lens between both areas the middle portion is used for intermediate.  Intermediate helps in seeing anything which is arm’s length away.  For example computer screens, dashboards in cars, and the shelves in the grocery stores.

How does one pick what type of lens is the best for you?  Just like there are many different cars on the road there are progressive lenses on the market.  And by learning about the different options you are going to be able to make a great decision and be comfortable in your new progressive lenses.

Here at Eye Candy Optical we use the very best lens technology that is available in the optical industry.  After researching all the different progressives we have been wowed by the latest lens technology that is being offered and want our customers to experience the very best vision possible!  Perfect vision paired with a perfect frame is what Eye Candy is all about.

Did you know that all progressive lenses have "blurry" areas or what we call “soft vision” on the side of the lenses.  This is because a single lens consist of three or four different focal points and there is some overlap mathematically speaking, it cannot be eliminated but can be pushed to the sides of the lens.  With the best in the industry lens technology we offer there is complete usable lens all the way across the distance portion of the lens and the reading area is double the amount of a standard progressive lens.  In addition, our top tier progressives are fully personalized just for you and even offer forth reading area for mobile devices... We all know how addicted you are to Candy Crush and probably Facebook and you cannot excel in Candy Crush or see what all of your freinds are doing without a perfect vision.

What does this all mean to you?  WELL, since the lens follows the natural movement of your eye you don’t have to move your head to see out the progressive lens.  These new lenses offers a significantly reduced adaptation time to a first-time progressive lens wearers.   You will forget in a couple days the fact that you had to get this progressive lens AND you can actually be able to read again. 

Is the upgrade really worth it???  YES.  The response we have received from this lens is off the charts.  Current progressive lens wearers see a HUGE difference. As an optician fitting first time progressive lens wearers, let’s just say it makes my job way easier. I would put my mom in this lens for sure! Come in to Eye Candy Optical and we can get you fitted with a perfect progressive lens for your lifestyle and get you a pair of HOT European frames. All your friends will be asking you where you found those crazy awesome glasses!  

PS...they will be so jealous and you will be able to see it even between the lines :-)

Stay sweet!

By Eye Candy Casey, 25.07.2014

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