Are Progressive Lenses and No-Line Bifocals the Same Thing?
If fine print keeps getting fuzzier, you may have presbyopia, a common condition that can be corrected with bifocal lenses. These ‘lined’ lenses let you focus on both near and distant objects, but there is no “in between” viewing area. Plus, everybody stares at those lines across your glasses because bifocals are for “old people” and you are not old!
The invention of bifocals is credited to Benjamin Franklin in the late 1700’s – that is some old technology! Now, progressive lenses feature an intermediate or ‘transition region’ that allows your eyes to focus in the area in between near and far distances. Progressives, or “no-line bifocals,” have a gradual curvature across the lens surface and provide not only clearer vision at near and far distances, but also smooth, comfortable transitions in between.
Today you can find factory molded progressive lenses at many major retailers and even on the Internet. These old-school progressive lenses are made for average prescription powers, standard fitting parameters, and limited frame sizes. Fortunately, all progressive lenses are not created equal!
Oregon Eye Specialists Optical Sight Shop’s feature HOYA Lenses – What Makes HOYA Progressive Lenses Different?
HOYA has taken a research-oriented approach to progressive lens development. Rather than relying on traditional lens fabrication techniques, they have revolutionized progressive lens design technology, enabling practices like ours to offer more precise vision correction to each and every patient.
In addition they have developed a line of customized progressive lenses, made possible by HOYALUX iD technology. This new technique analyzes and then simulates the way your eyes see. Then using their patented Integrated Double Surface design process (IDS) your new lenses are shaped exclusively for the way you view the world. It’s the first technology to shape your lens design on both the front and back surface, which results in more comfortable transitions between near and far distances, noticeably wider viewing zones, and the virtual elimination of blurring and swaying sensations in your peripheral vision.
Think about it this way – old technology only utilizes one side of the lens to help you see. HOYA puts both sides of the lens to good use so you can see even better – two sides are better than one!
Our Solution for You from HOYA
iD LifeStyle 2 Lenses are made possible by HOYALUX iD technology. They have a patented approach to lens design based on the understanding that no two eyes are exactly the same. Here are two options:
For active individuals who frequently shift their focus between near and far objects.
Clarity lenses are designed to meet the visual needs of those who lead active lifestyles, providing wider and clearer fields of vision when looking ahead and into the distance.
If you’re a sports or outdoor enthusiast – or you’re just “on-the-go” all the time – and fine print is becoming more difficult to read, ask us if Clarity lenses are right for you.
Folks who primarily focus on objects and tasks that are regularly arm’s length away will find Harmony lenses a good choice. Harmony lenses are designed for those who already wear progressive lenses, and are seeking additional comfort with transitions between near, intermediate and distance viewing.
If you frequently perform tasks at arm’s length – like reading a book or using a tablet device – and you’d appreciate a broader, more comfortable near zone of vision to help you see the details, ask us if Harmony lenses are right for you.
Maybe you’re not ready for progressive lenses.
Is there something for people in that “in-between” stage?
SYNC is a single vision lens made for the way our eyes work today. The way human beings see the world has changed dramatically in recent years. Our viewing ranges have gone from distant horizons, to intermediate zones, to now primarily focusing on near-tasks. Most of us simply don’t realize the harmful effects this shift has had on our vision and our overall health.
The revolutionary design of SYNC lenses allows you to focus in all directions and distances – while your eyes remain relaxed – all day long. Not only does this alleviate eye strain, it significantly reduces fatigue caused by our everyday near task routines.
Traditional computer screens are giving way to ever-smaller displays on tablets, eReaders, and smartphones. So now when we’re texting, tweeting, surfing, blogging, emailing, or playing – sometimes simultaneously – we’re putting more pressure than ever on our eyes.
For people who are in the “pre-presbyope” age range, younger than 40, SYNC can give you that little boost of power to make you more comfortable with your near-distance tasks.