Your Changing Eyes
Some time after your 40th birthday you will start to notice that you have a little trouble seeing things up close. This is normal and the condition is called Presbyopia…a.k.a. “Old Eyes.” With today’s advances in lens technology, Presbyopia is really no big deal.
Plan on purchasing a “good” pair of progressive lenses and guess what? You’ll see like you were 18 again and the “horror” of developing Presbyopia will be a distant memory.
The trick to purchasing the correct progressive lens, so that you can forget all about having Presbyopia, is to purchase your progressive lenses from a knowledgeable, professional Optician.
You should know that as of 2016, there are well over 600 “different” progressive lenses on the market. Why so many? Because each lens has different features that make it unique. Each of these lenses lends itself differently to different customer prescriptions. Simply put…one lens is just not going to do “it” for everyone.
Many optical shops only give you a choice of 2 or maybe 3 different progressive lenses. Why so few? Well, it’s a lot of work keeping up with technology in this industry. You have to read…a lot. You have to schedule meetings with lab representatives and drive them crazy with questions until you get the straight scoop.
As in other industries, everyone has the “best product,” so it is my job to figure out who is telling me the truth and who really does have the best products for each different prescription type.
If you have ever tried progressive lenses and failed…I urge you to let me try to help you. Most optical shops just don’t have the proper information on all these lenses. Don’t allow yourself to be labeled a “non-adaptive” progressive lens wearer, a problem customer. Let me help you.
A large portion of my progressive lens wearers came to me saying that “they could not wear progressive lenses.” But guess what…all of them are wearing them and all are getting along very well. These “non-adaptive” people were simply in the wrong type of lens. It is as simple as that.
I’m not just an Optician, I’m a user. I try all the progressive lenses I possibly can. I am myopic with astigmatism. My add power is a +2.25 and I work everyday at many different working distances. This gives me an idea as how each lens is performing.
To further test these lenses, I often enlist the help of some of my customers who have extreme prescriptions or have difficult working distances so I can get a better feel for the different properties of a lens.
There are also several different ways to grind a progressive lens. Sole grinding on the back surface gives you a smaller effective visual channel and a smaller reading area. Grinding a progressive lens on both the front and back gives you the widest channel and the widest reading area. Getting this right requires knowledge and work along with a real caring interest in you, the customer.
Custom lenses are always available from me if necessary. Don’t give up and settle for a bifocal line…you can do much better with me.