Digital Progressive Lenses: My Experience

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I’d like to tell you a little bit about my experience with digital progressive lenses. After experiencing increasing challenges in reading e-mails on my smart phone, it finally dawned on me that after 46 years, my vision wasn’t getting better. Near objects, like the text on my phone were becoming harder to focus on. Holding my phone increasingly farther away from me helped for a while, but my arms are only so long.

Turns out I am seeing the age related condition of Presbyopia. The ability to focus on objects close to you diminishes throughout life, but new technologies can address this deficiency quickly, easily and cost effectively.

Historically, one of the most widely prescribed solutions was the use of bi-focals or tri-focals, glasses that have two (or three) distinct prescriptions ground in to them. If you were like me and ever tried on your parents’ or grandparents’ glasses with the conspicuous line across the lower portion of the lens, you are familiar with the technology. What you may not know is this technology was actually invented in 1784—by Benjamin Franklin—and it’s time for an updated solution.

During my last eye exam, I explained to my optometrist the symptoms I was experiencing and he suggested I get digital progressive lenses. Think of progressive lenses like no-line bifocals. In addition to the cosmetic benefit of eliminating that obvious line, progressives make the transition between prescriptions much smoother. This smoother transition helps you see better in more instances and, frankly, it’s a lot easier to wear.

My optometrist suggested UNITY lenses, which use a fully digital technology to ensure the most precise prescription based on the shape of my face, how I wear my frame and the position of my eyes within the frame.  After an initial day or two of my eyes adjusting to the new lenses, I can’t believe how much better I see.

If you are starting to have challenges in focusing on near items, ask your optometrist about digital progressive lenses.

Stay tuned for more on digital progressive lenses!

We had so many questions about digital progressives, we’re going to do another blog on a brand new technology in lenses that takes progressive lenses to a whole new level.

Oh, and the marketing department wants me to let you know you can save up to 50% on UNITY digital progressive lenses. Depending on your needs, that can save you some big bucks, so you should at least take a look:



  • BobN says:

    At age 50-something I need reading glasses to get by. I got tired of the on-off-on-off routine and went in to get a set of “real” glasses. I got my progressive digital glasses a few weeks ago. I find them unusable. When reading a book, the field of focused vision is so narrow that I can only see around 12 – 14 characters clearly and need to move my head to read a line of text. This is even after going in, getting remeasured and having the glasses remade. I was told that my peripheral vision was too good and that the only real solution was to go to the lined bifocals. Are there other options with progressives? Any comments that would help me out would be great.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Robert, do you know the name of the lenses you got? There are high-end digital progressive lenses that offer a wider viewing area but I have to defer to your doctor on your specific needs. -David, VSP

    • Bob says:

      I had exactly the same experience… I was forced to get separate “reading ” glasses. I had giveb up on my strp=mall optician, and went to a REALoptician DR…. I explained my problem, and he immediately prescribed ” Digital Progressive Lenses…. Mor pricy, but well worth the cost —— I CAN SEE AND READ with the same glasses…. DO IT !

  • bearhugsfromak says:

    I have worn glasses all my life, now I am moving into needing multi-prescriptions to cover my condition. I have been using digital lenses for the past 10 years. However, now I need Progressive. I was told in no uncertain terms that some are better than others and it is helpful to have ‘larger’ lenses for better viewing. For me, since my eyesight is so very bad, I am willing to pay the extra to go to ‘the best place in town’ to make sure I am getting the best quality for the high price I have to pay no matter who I go to. I have had some serious issues with Costco glasses. From inferior eye dr. to inferior grades of lenses and treatments.

    I recommend that you go to an eye specialist. Ophthalmologist as opposed to an Optometrist. I also recommend that you ASK your Ophthalmologist to recommend an optical shop that will give you the best quality products.

    For me, when it comes to my eyes and being able to see properly, I will pay the higher price every time.

    I don’t care what the insurance will or will not pay. I have no use for insurance companies telling me what I need. I go only by what my dr. recommends and only for the best product available. I pay cash and get EXACTLY what the dr. ordered :o) Hope this helps.

  • Teresa says:

    $600 2.5 years ago Phisio DRX semi-front digital… WORST GLASSES I have ever had. I need to know how to tell the next optician that I do not want this type of lens, but not being in the industry I don’t know how to be sure that they won’t try to trick me. I feel like I am in another world most of the time with these glasses. Not only that, but they scratched like crazy. I am a plus, plus prescription with a mild astigmatism in one eye. Can anyone tell me what to do or say to the optician to ensure that I don’t spend another $600 on glasses that make me feel like I’m on another planet? I never had a problem with my old progressive lenses.

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