Not Your Mama’s Progressives

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Progressive lenses are kind of like the Swiss Army knife of glasses. They have multiple uses, helping you see near, far, and in-between, all without you ever needing to put on another pair of glasses. While convenient for those who need them, they get a bad rap for being difficult to adjust to even causing people to feel dizzy or nauseous the first time they try them on.

Scour the internet on wearing progressive lenses and most websites will tell you, “be patient” or “it takes time.” But we live in an on-demand world, and who has time to wait around for their eyes and glasses to get their act together? You’d think after all these years, someone would have figured out how to solve this problem. The good news, someone has.

VSP Optics Group works with eyecare professionals just like yours to make sure you’re getting exactly the lens you need. The latest lens they just released, uses today’s most advanced technology to come up with the perfect pair of lenses customized specifically for you. And there’s… wait for it… no adjustment period! Instead of forcing your eyes to adapt to the len’s design, the lens is designed to follow your eyes’ natural movement.

Linda Fostinis was one of the first patients to test out Unity progressives lenses. As a teacher she has to look at her students, the whiteboard, and the tiny print on textbooks.  So she needs her progressives to work immediately. For years, she struggled with dizziness and constantly having to adjust her glasses.

“I feel very comfortable. My eyes don’t feel like they’re straining, and I don’t feel that pull on my eyes trying to make them look up and down, the waviness, I’m not experiencing that right now at all,” Linda said the moment she put on her new pair of progressive lens glasses.

How do they do it? The innovation is the result of intelligent design software that takes into consideration a person’s prescription along with the way their frame fits. This information is then used to create the most optimized progressive lens to give you an effortless vision experience from the minute you put them on.

So say goodbye to those “vintage” progressives, because it’s time for an upgrade. Talk to your VSP-network doctor about whether Unity Progressive Lenses are a good fit for you. And don’t forget, VSP members save up to 50% on Unity Progressive Lenses*.


*Savings based on doctor’s retail price and vary by plan and purchase selection; average savings determined after benefits are applied. Available only through VSP doctors to VSP members with applicable plan benefits. Ask your VSP doctor for details.


  • Frankie Pinnix says:

    I my current glasses are progressive lenses. I must say-it took me awhile to adjust and I do not see all that much better! I’m so glad that Unity Progressive lenses are now available!!❣️

  • Suzi Theiss says:

    I have to use two glasses, both with progressive lenses, so I am still switching lenses a lot. One set is for computer to reading distance and another for “everything”. The “everything” glasses are not optimized to use long term at a computer. I am looking forward to trying these to see if this new technology helps.

  • Guy McLimore says:

    I took time to adjust to my progressive lenses when I first got them — but that was 10 years ago! I’ve not required a new prescription, but I’m now finding small print is beginning to be challenging again — so it is time to visit my VSP-network doctor and see if I can benefit from new glasses. If so, I will ask about Unity Progressive Lenses. They sound like something that would benefit me. I remember that adjustment period before, and it was tough. I’m not as nimble as I was a decade ago. I can’t afford the dizziness and disorientation I had the last time.

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Guy,
      We’d recommend asking about Unity Via at your next eye exam. If you decide give them a try, we’d love to hear about your experience.
      -Angelina F.,VSP

  • Manuel Cruz says:

    What is the difference between Unity Progressive lenses and Progressive lenses ?

  • Joseph.Arlington says:

    I have had no problem at all wearing Progressive lenses. In fact the BiFocal lenses they gave me were much harder to get used to. (in fact they gave me a headache. Where as the Progressives were wonderful. I’m so glad they came out with these lenses.

  • Don says:

    Just go to a supermarket wearing any progressives and read to me the bar code from the lowest or second lowest shelf. Can’t be done without kneeling or twisting your head. If you twist your neck you will not focus. Elderly can’t kneel and get up easily.

    • Mike says:

      Good luck with that. You likely need 20/10 vision without glasses to do that, so it’s a bit much to expect from any progressive. They correct your vision, but don’t give you the eyes of an eagle or mountain sheep!

  • Kyle says:

    My current progressives are pretty worthless – I can only see clearly through the very center of the lenses, elsewhere, it’s blurry. Even after VSP created a replacement pair for me. (Never had an issue before, but supposedly my latest were made after a redesign.) Was going to try bifocals next. Hopefully this new design will be better.

    • Michelle says:

      I wasted money on two progressive lens – each time getting “sold” by the store expert and promising that I’d love them. The reality is, that I don’t wear glasses all the time – I just need reading/computer glasses. I see fine at a distance. So I’ve come to realize that if you’re one of the people who has to wear glasses all the time, you will probably adjust to progressives – I never did. I ended up with bi-focals and they work great. I like being able to move my eyes from side to side and will see clearly — this idea of training my brain to move my head instead, didn’t ever work for me. Again, because I don’t wear glasses all the time.

  • julia Rodeillat says:

    i love my progressives. have had several pairs of them for years and had no problem adjusting to any of them..

    • Michele says:

      The only problem I EVER had with my progressive lens is the first time I got them!! But it didn’t last long now I love my progressive lens glad they came up with them!!

  • Ellen Higley Esquiln says:

    Thank you VSP for the information about Unity Progressive Lenses. Do I have to wait until March 2018 to get these lenses? My last lens replacement was March 1, 2017

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Ellen,
      I’d recommend calling Customer Care and they can look up your specific plan information at 800.877.7195

  • Ellen Higley Esquiln says:

    Thank you VSP for the information about Unity Progressive Lenses. My latest lenses was March 1, 2017. Do I have to wait until March 2018?

  • Gay Mason says:

    I had an expensive bad experience through a VSP provider. Lenses took weeks and can not read books or magizibes at night with normal light. I complained to my provider and they did nothing but tell me they were fine for months. Now I have contacted VSP. So we will see

  • AM says:

    I purchased digital progressive lenses in 2014 at the age of 47 (been wearing glasses since the age of three). This was to be my first pair of bi-focals and I thought the best way to try them would be to go with the digital progressives. My eyeglass script is in the minus 9 & minus 11 ranges (nearsighted). I was so excited to get the digital ‘state of the art’ progressives but they were nothing that advertisements, promotions and even research claimed they’d be. The only positive comment I can make about them was that the distance vision clarity was absolutely stellar… as long as I was still. I could never clearly focus through the bi-focal portions. Looking through these lenses was a nightmare and absolutely awful! They concluded that the strong script and/or lens material played a factor in my visual issues. I truly tried and was very disappointed that these digital progressives didn’t work out for me. And even with insurance, prepare to fork out some big bucks! I paid almost $700 out of pocket and when all was said and done, I ended up with a lined bi-focal and couldn’t be happier. Perhaps others with weaker prescriptions have better results. And one must take the lens material into consideration as well. High index materials have more distortion by nature and adding progressive lenses only intensifies the fishbowl and chromatic aberration effects.

    • J Williams says:

      You are singing my song! I’m 45 and have been wearing corrective lenses since I was three–hard contacts and gas permeable from 3 – late 30s. Then I went to glasses full time. I have a very strong prescription, though slightly weaker than yours. Near sighted, astigmatism in one eye. The small print had gotten harder to read over the last two years. Finally bit the bullet and got progressives. Have had them a week and don’t like them at all. Thankfully I wasn’t nauseated, but I feel like I have to hold my head at exactly the right position to see anything. Thank you for your comment about the dissolution of high index lenses. I wasn’t aware of that. There is one great thing about mine: my night vision while driving is exponentially better. Other than that, I’m seriously considering going back to contacts and just getting cheaters for reading and computer usage.

    • Michael says:

      You need to try the Varilux S4D or with VSP the covered with a co-pay lens would be Varilux S-Fit. They re superior progressives in everyway to Unity. VSP wants you to choose Unity because it costs them less to produce. They cannot even tell you who the current manufacturer is because it changes. The Optician can not take the advanced measurements needed and Unity will default to certain parameters to make the lens. Varilux S Fit lenses cannot be manufactured without the advanced parameters and they need the Visioffice machine even take them.

  • Karen Bucknell says:

    I have trifolcal glasses, reading, computer & distance. Will these lense work for me?

  • Karen Bucknell says:

    I have trifocal glasses, reading, computer & distance. Will these lense work for me?

  • Ruth K. says:

    I’ve never found any progressive lenses that have worked for me. My eyes, apparently, are just too sensitive. I wonder if this new technology might be the solution I’ve been looking for!

  • Kelly K says:

    Not sure they’d be available for people like me who have a higher RX

  • r Epps says:

    I there a way to try or sample this risk free without making a financial commitment, or at the very least look into a simulator or machine that shows you the effect….I asked my doctor once about this and he said it was pretty much order it and try it……in this day and age of 3-d goggles and virtual reality, I would think there must be something that exists for new patients

  • Roberta Pennington says:

    do these work with an astigmatism?

  • Germaine Sylvain says:

    It isn’t just lens brand that makes adjustment easier. Getting a qualified person to fit you is of utmost importance. These types of lenses must be fit correctly and adjusted properly once they are made in order to get the optimal benefit desired.

  • Jennie Nixon says:

    I have never had a problem with progressive lenses. The first time I put them on 32 years ago they were perfect. No adjustment period. Love them.

  • When did these new progressives become available? I purchased a pair in late November, 2016. Are these the new types? I purchased them from Eyeconic. I have worn progressives for at least 15 years. They were a little “tricky” at first, but they did not take long to get used to wearing.

  • Me too love my pregressive lense but my VSP did not pay for them. I did my 600.00 glass with VSP. I do like my glasses & would do it again

  • michael says:

    I had two pair of maui jim progressive lens and they basically did not make them right and would not refund I’m out $700.00 maui jim very poor customer service

  • Joyce Hart says:

    Does this work with scelero lenses?

  • Tom says:

    I will never touch progressive lenses again. You simply can’t make a single lens do everything. I switched to bifocals and trifocals and they perform so much better.

  • Diran Kochyan says:

    I’m a Music Teacher. Will these progressive lenses work when I’m teaching as well as playing an instrument?
    I have to use reading glasses when I’m playing.

  • Dana says:

    Progressive lenses are wonderful. One pair of glasses for reading and distance. I have not experienced dizziness or difficulty focusing. I tried progressive contact lenses six months ago, and I could not adapt to them.

    • Caren Brodt says:

      I’d love to know more about your experience. Having a miserable time w/progressive contacts. Please pm on Facebook Caren Zwain Brodt <3

  • Lisa Barwise says:

    I have Varilux progressives.Its been a great experience with them I must say.

  • Richard Allen says:

    These are nice BUT VSP won’t cover Progressives they only cover lined bifocals. The last time I saw someone with lined bifocals was my grandmother. Come on VSP get with the times!

  • Stephen Heberer says:

    Do they have that in contacts? That would be great.

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Stephen,
      I’d recommend talking with your eye doctor to see if contact lenses with progressive technology are right for you.
      – Angelina F., VSP

  • Ruth Truman says:

    I have worn progressives since the ’70’s. The first pair made straight lines curved, but in a short time my brain adjusted to the glasses. They correct my vision perfectly and I wouldn’t consider wearing anything else. I have computer glasses, but only wear them for relief when I do not have to copy something or edit, since I need all three visions for that. Progressives are the best! (I’m 85 years old)

  • John says:

    I have worn glasses since 3rd grade. I now wear a tri-focal lens and the only time I have difficulty is when the progressive lens center grind is positioned too high of low. I suspect the new tech progressives provide a better method of locating lens center grind.

  • Patrcia Davidsen says:

    I hate the “new” progressives! My eyes are trying to go sround in circles in order to see & is wearing down the eye muscles. Adding a 3rd prescription to my glasses is the wrong thing for me. I only need distance & reading. I can’t handle the 3rd prescription they put on my lens for computers. Besides, my computers close enough I don’t need glasses for my computer.

  • Bob says:

    I am a commercial pilot. I have to be able to see outside the aircraft, inside for the instrument panel, and up close for checklists etc. I’ve worn progress lens for over 15 years and they work great. One small problem looking at overhead switches and circuit breakers through the top of the lenses. So I just slide my glasses up further on my nose to read through the bottom of the lense. Looking forward to trying the new ones.

  • Mark Vallejo says:

    How does this work with sport type or wrapped sunglasses?

  • Scott Wallace says:

    I’m waiting on my third pair of lenses to see if the issues I am experiencing can be remedied. The short version is that even when holding my eyes still, when I move my head, I can see what in reality are straight line things tilt up and down as my head moves back and forth. It completely obliterates your depth perception and creates an almost instant headache. It is beyond weird. My script has been checked and double-checked and they’ve tested the position of my eyes relative to the lenses and they’re confident that the different lens strengths are positioned properly. They are going back to what my optician described as an older style that doesn’t take as much getting used to. I should get those this week. We will see. Anyone else have this earth tilting as you move your head effect?

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    I just got new glasses and I know I have Progressive’s in them. How do I know if I got the new Unity progressives?

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