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What Are the Disadvantages of Progressive Lenses?

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In many reviews for progressive lenses, you’ll find that people love how much easier it is to drive and do close-up tasks, such as reading a paperback. In a moment’s notice, you can look through a different part of the lens to see near or far, which takes your vision to the next level. 




Progressive lenses feature three prescriptions, which means that no matter your refractive errors, one pair of glasses will cover you. (As a bonus, you won’t even have to swap out your glasses while driving, reading, or using the computer!)


However, while there are many pros of this type of eyewear, what are the disadvantages of progressive lenses? Here’s what our expert eye care team has to say. 

What are the disadvantages of progressive lenses?

Progressive lenses have three viewing areas: distance vision on the top (for driving), intermediate vision in the center (for viewing a computer screen), and near vision on the bottom (for reading). Many glasses’ wearers appreciate how progressive lenses accommodate all three of these areas–and that even children can wear them. 


So, what are the disadvantages of progressive lenses? 

#1: It can take time to get used to wearing progressive lenses.

As with any new eyewear, progressive lenses can take up to a month to feel comfortable in. Your near vision might even feel distorted in the beginning, making routine tasks, such as reading or sewing, challenging to do. 


However, there’s no need to worry because once you get used to your progressive lenses, you’ll find yourself reaching for them every time. To make the adjustment period smoother, wear your progressive lenses as often as you can. Eventually, your eyes will adapt. 

#2: Some frames are unsuitable. 

There are many types of progressive lenses, and not all frames are compatible. When shopping for new frames, remember that since progressive lenses clear up your vision at three distances, all viewing areas (from top to bottom) must fit in the frames. 


If your frames are too small, they may not accommodate the bottom viewing area, which can impact how well you see things that are close to you. Some styles of frames also may not work. For instance, aviators can reduce the near viewing area at the bottom, making it hard to read. You’ll want to search for round frames for the same vision at all distances. 

#3: Progressive lenses can cost more than single-vision lenses. 

Progressive lenses are amazing in that they have three prescriptions in one pair of glasses, without lines that you’re used to seeing on bifocals and trifocals. However, this comes with an extra cost. 


This type of lens can cost more than single-vision lenses. However, standard progressive lenses are affordable for most families. If you’d prefer something custom with better clarity and aren’t worried about price, premium progressive lenses are the way to go.

Summary: What are the problems with progressive lenses? 

With progressive lenses, the pros and cons are abundant. This type of lens can give you clear vision at all distances and correct multiple refractive errors, making it easy to go from near to far vision. However, there are some problems with progressive lenses that might make you think twice before buying.


What are the disadvantages of progressive lenses?


  • There is an adjustment period.
  • You have limited choices in frames. 
  • Progressive lenses can cost more than other lenses. 


Despite these downsides, this type of lens is sure to give you clear vision when you need it the most. 

Stop by your nearest For Eyes today to browse our wide selection of frames for progressive lenses. We look forward to seeing you.

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