“Progressive lens, why not?”


Progressive lenses are pre scribed by a registered Optometrist to their patients who has difficulty reading at near and suffers headache. People in their 40’s are called presbyopia (old aged eyes). Since change is inevitable, we have to adapt to the changes in our vision.

In the 1950s, a French Engineer Bernard Maitenaz invented a progressive lens that allows people to see at any distance without interruption. When we reach our 40’s, there is a difficulty reading at near (16 -18 inches) and intermediate (1-2 meters) distances because different distances have a different equivalent grade. To best address, this concern, progressive lens is the answer. But, not all will accept and like this type of lens. It is because they might be oldtime bifocal (doble vista) wearers that usually compare their previous lens to progressive lens, it might be due to their occupation that requires a wider field of view or they are just hesitant to try because they’ve heard negative comments from their friends who had bad experiences about progressive lens. Let’s not be discouraged because with correct frame fitting, measurements, proper instructions on how to use it and most importantly correct prescription, anyone can get used to it as long as they are diligent on wearing them.

Progressive lenses are not only for presbyopes, but it can also be prescribed to children with myopia (nearsightedness) to manage and control the increase of their grade to prevent their eyes from the sight-threatening diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic maculopathy. To learn more about a progressive lens, ask your friendly Optometrist.