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High-End Lenses • Progressive & Bifocal Lenses


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Best Lenses for Eyeglasses in Gonzales, Louisiana

If you’re uncertain about which type of lenses are best for your vision and lifestyle needs, our friendly, knowledgeable optical staff is here to help. To get started, read the following explanation of the basic types of lenses available for eyeglasses.

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What are Progressive Lenses?

If you’re over 40 years old and find it difficult to focus on print or objects up-close, you probably have presbyopia – a normal, age-related vision condition. In the past, reading glasses (AKA readers) were the only solution to provide crisp near vision for people with presbyopia, but now progressive lenses are a popular option. Our eye doctor recommends these multifocal lenses for many patients who visit our optical store in Gonzales, Louisiana.

Progressive lenses have multiple prescriptions built into one pair of glasses. These different lens powers allow you to do a range of tasks without switching your eyeglasses. For example, you can read a print book up close, use a computer at middle distance, and see distant road signs when driving.

In contrast to bifocal or trifocal lenses, progressive lenses have no unattractive line that cuts across the lenses. This makes them a much more appealing prospect for many people who refused to wear reading glasses due to how “old” of an appearance they had.

Progressive lenses add a new level of convenience to vision with presbyopia. With these all-in-one glasses, there’s no need to always keep another pair of eyeglasses in your bag or car or desk.

One minor drawback to progressive lenses is that there is a short adjustment period. You’ll need to train yourself to look out of the lower part of the lens when you’re reading, to look straight when gazing into the distance, and to direct your eyes somewhere between those two zones when using middle-range sight. However, after a short learning period, most people find that their vision with progressives feels very natural. There’s no “jump” like you would get when wearing conventional bifocals.

Typically, progressive lenses cost more than traditional bifocals, but the vast majority of patients report that the improved visual clarity, attractive appearance, and convenience is worth it!

What are Bifocals?

The word “bifocal” often conjures up images of a grandmother with frames hung on a chain around her neck. That’s because they are most often prescribed for people with age-related presbyopia. But really, the invention of bifocals (credited to Benjamin Franklin) is what eliminated the need for an extra pair of glasses hung around your granny’s neck.

Bifocals function as an alternative to wearing single-vision prescription lenses and carrying around an additional pair of reading glasses. Bifocal eyeglasses lenses have two different lens powers to give you clear vision of objects at different distances, up-close and in the distance.

Typically, a small section of the lower part of the lens contains the power needed to correct near vision – objects within 18 inches of your eyes. This portion of the lens may be a half-moon shape, rounded, a narrow rectangle, or the full bottom half of a bifocal lens (also called Executive style or Franklin lenses).

The upper portion of the rest of the lens is usually for distance vision, so you need to look up and through that zone in order to focus on a faraway view.

A line bisects bifocal lenses to separate the two lens power zones. This line usually rests at the same height as the wearer’s lower eyelid. Because of this line, many people find bifocals to be unattractive and they avoid wearing them for that reason.

Vision through bifocal lenses may not feel as natural as when looking through progressives or single-vision lenses. Many people describe the bifocal line as causing an abrupt change or distracting jump in their vision.

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