What are progressive lenses and how are they different than normal lenses? Eyes change throughout your life, gradually losing the ability to focus on objects. That’s even if you’ve experienced a perfect vision for many years. The most noticeable time period for changes to occur is around age 40. The lenses of the eyes begin to become stiffer and the muscles that control the change. This will cause a gradual yet noticeable change in your ability to focus on objects up close. What can you do about these changes? Invest in progressive contact lenses! These lenses work depending on your focal needs. We have many options in both contact lenses and eyeglasses. At (720) 807-7600, we can fit you for a pair of your own progressive contact lenses and get your vision back to that perfect level once more!
Even if you have had perfect vision all of your life, you may enter a new phase of vision changes and susceptibilities after age 40. At this time, it is common to begin to struggle with seeing at close distances. Between ages 41-60, the lens of the eye commonly becomes less flexible. This causes presbyopia to begin to set in. This means your eyes cannot focus well on objects up close. Without the flexibility of the lens, the eye is not able to adjust focus from objects that are far away to objects that are nearby. You can correct your vision by using contact lenses and eyeglasses. You can also change the type of contacts and eyeglass lenses that you use.
A progressive lens is a corrective lens that corrects problems with presbyopia. Progressive lenses are referred to as progressive addition lenses, graduated prescription lenses, multifocal or varifocal lenses, and progressive power lenses. For many, these lenses are a must, as vision becomes blurrier as the lens of the eye loses its flexibility with age. These lenses contain a gradient of increasing lens power. This gradient starts at the wearer’s distance prescription at the top of the lens and reaches its maximum additional power at the bottom of the lens. This lower portion allows patients to be able to read and view objects up close that are in front of them. These lenses are similar to bifocals but eliminate the “image jump” that can happen with these eyeglasses. With bifocals, the images you see will jump or move when you move your eye across the distance boundary. This can become annoying to many patients when switching between tasks. Progressive lenses allow you to see both near and far without image jump interfering with your day.
Optical lenses are made for specific eye needs each patient has. For both our contact lenses and glasses lenses, the variations are vast. Each lens has a specific purpose when it comes to improving your eyesight. Our lenses are available in both single vision and multifocal and come with varying levels of performances depending on your needs. Some are available for contact lenses and others in eyeglass form. Some of these lenses include:
Single Vision Lenses - These lenses have one single prescription across their surface and will fit your vision needs no matter the activity you are doing.
High Index Lenses - The thickness of your lenses will depend on your prescription. If you are long-sighted, your lenses will be thick in the middle and thin on the outside. If you are short-sighted, your lenses will be thick on the outside edges.
Sports Lenses - Polycarbonate lenses are generally recommended for athletes and sports activities. This material is virtually unbreakable and is used in the finest sports glasses you can get.
Polarized Lenses - Sunglasses reduce the amount of brightness your eyes are exposed to. However, glare from the sun can still cause eye strain and vision problems. Polarized lenses will both block the sun’s harmful UV rays while also protecting your eyes from glare.
Genuine Transitions Lenses - Transitions lenses are adaptive lenses that transition into protective sunglasses when they come into contact with sunlight. You can wear your glasses normally while indoors and enjoy UV protection from the sun outdoors, all with the same pair of glasses!
Whether you desire progressive lenses or one of our other many types of lenses, we can find what you need at (720) 807-7600. Presbyopia and similar vision problems don’t have to interfere with your day. Come into our office today or call our office at (720) 807-7600.