A progressive lens corrects the increasing presbyopia and at the same time myopia - distance glasses and reading glasses in one frame. What may sound practical at first, can cause many difficulties in everyday life.
What are progressive glasses?
A pair of progressive glasses combines three fields of vision in a single lens, each of which is responsible for different distances. The upper part is responsible for distance vision over 2 metres. The middle part, also known as the "progression zone", corrects vision at a distance of 0.5 to 2 metres, for example looking at a computer screen. The lower part intensifies visibility at a distance of less than 0.5 metres, for example when reading a book.
Many progressive lenses have a narrow „progression zone“ so that objects viewed from the corner of the eye appear blurred or out of focus. As a result, the persons wearing the glasses has limited vision and can only view objects sharply from certain angles. In addition, the lateral zones of the lenses are slidingly curved on the left and right and additionally provide a blurred picture.
Further disadvantages of progressive glasses
- Pupil movement alone is no longer sufficient: If you want to look into the distance, the head must be tilted so that you can look through the upper part of the progressive glasses. If you want to see something at close range, you have to tilt your head to look through the lower zone of the lenses
- Due to various special features of progressive glasses, the acclimatization phase is significantly longer than with other glasses
- Restricted field of vision and thus limited freedom of movement
- Unsuitable for professional groups that have to work in great detail, for example architects, graphic artists or designers
- Distortion of planes and lines in the edge areas of the glasses
Although there are various types of progressive glasses, such as panoramic progressive lenses for drivers (optimized for distance vision), progressive lenses for workplaces with a large progression zone (optimized for medium visual distances) or smartphone progressive lenses (optimized for near distances) - sharp vision is not possible at all distances.
Alternatives to progressive glasses
With the use of multifocal lenses, sharp vision can be restored despite presbyopia. Age-related long-sightedness usually occurs from the age of 45 and sooner or later affects everyone. The use of multifocal lenses is a first-class and safe alternative to correct presbyopia. The natural lens of the body is replaced by an artificial lens (multifocal lens). The artificial lens has several focal points and thus enables vision at different distances without the need for progressive glasses. These well-tolerated lenses can remain in the eye for life and are not visible.
Further advantages of a multifocal lens
- Restoration of the natural visual range, no restricted vision, no step-like transitions
- No more glasses - with the implantation of the multifocal lens, vision remains constant and does not change
- An invisible lens, no more annoying glasses that you have to wear
- No cataracts with the use of multifocal lenses
EuroEyes patients report on their experience with multifocal lenses after having to wear progressive glasses
Many EuroEyes patients were dependent on progressive glasses for years and had to go about their daily lives with them. Sabine Dollinger reports: "As an anaesthetic intensive care nurse, I have to be able to act quickly, every move has to fit. A progressive lens was simply not a solution. Too annoying, too distracting."
The construction manager Roland Kluge was no longer happy either: "When I needed progressive glasses 10 years ago, my everyday life became even more complicated." As a construction manager, Roland Kluge has to be agile, be able to look up, down and upside down at all times: "I'm often on the road in chemical plants, where safety glasses are also compulsory. I also wear progressive glasses - it was exhausting." He decided on treatment with multifocal lenses: "Suddenly I could do everything again without any problems, which was so strenuous before. Suddenly I could see everything clearly, it was gigantic."
The EuroEyes Klinikgruppe is a globally successful company that was founded more than 25 years ago in Hamburg, where it still has its headquarters today. The company offers patients the entire spectrum of refractive surgery to correct defective vision. Using the most modern eye laser and lens surgery procedures, EuroEyes treats more than 25,000 patients with short- or long-sightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia or cataracts every year. The operations enable patients to start a life free of glasses and contact lenses without any limitations to their vision and vision quality.
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