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: www.vsp.com/unity.