Beyond Progressive Reading Glasses: How Adjustable Focus is Forging Ahead
If you are farsighted or both nearsighted and farsighted, you may have been told that you need reading glasses. These old-fashioned lenses are often thought of as “old people glasses,” which is kind of intimidating, right? You don’t want to succumb to the need – but then again, you also need to see.
In today’s day-in-age, progressive reading glasses are much more popular. But are they the best thing out there? In this article, we will discuss progressive glasses, adjustable focus glasses, and help you determine which alternative reading glasses are truly best for you.
Progressive Reading Glasses
Anyone in their 40s starting to develop signs of farsightedness (formally known as presbyopia) can easily feel “old” with the newfound need for reading glasses. That is why so many people turn to progressive readers, which offer a younger-looking appearance. Often referred to as “no-line” bifocals or trifocals, progressive lenses eliminate the visible lines found in traditional lenses and help hide the fact that you need reading glasses. Unlike your grandpa’s glasses, progressive reading glasses allow for a smoother transition between diopters, helping you see clearly at two or three different distances with one lens.
The Pros and Cons of Progressive Lenses
There are many benefits to using progressive lenses instead of bifocal reading glasses. The perks include:
- More youthful-looking lenses
- Clear, seamless sight across the room
- Lack of “image jump”
“Image jump” is a common problem with bifocals and trifocals, in which objects in sight seem to “jump” as your eyes move past the sharply defined boundaries between the different strengths of your lenses. Progressive lenses help prevent this from happening because the transition between powers within the lens is more seamless, letting you focus from distance to near and back again more comfortably, with one lens and with no image jump.
While it may seem like a great concept, there are some downsides to using progressive reading glasses. Some of those drawbacks include:
- There is an adjustment period for getting used to the lenses
- Side effects from the adjustment period, such as dizziness or nausea
- Limitations in terms of magnifying power
It can take some time – two weeks for many – to adjust and train yourself to look out of the lower part of the lens when you’re reading, to look straight ahead for distance, and to look somewhere between the two spots for middle distance or computer work. Some people never adjust. During this adjustment period, you may feel dizzy and nauseous from looking through the wrong section of the lens. There may also be some distortion of your peripheral vision.
Another factor to consider is cost. Progressive reading glasses cost at least $100 more than traditional bifocals, often ranging from $200-$400/pair.
You may also have an issue with the materials, coatings, adjustments, and position-of-wear, and not the progressive lens itself. Some people also feel they just don’t like progressive lenses, and that they’re too hard to get used to. Progressive reading glasses aren’t for everyone.
The other drawback of progressive reading glasses is that fact that there are only so many strengths that can be included in one lens. With progressive lenses, you typically have a power for close-up tasks, a power for farther away tasks, and an intermediary strength for in-between tasks. But will the magnifying strength help with all your daily needs – from threading a needle to reading a recipe, filling out paperwork to playing board games with friends? If you need multiple pairs of magnifying reading glasses, progressive lenses may not be the catch-all solution.
How Do Progressive Reading Glasses Compare to Adjustable Readers?
If you’re looking for a better alternative to bifocals and progressive reading glasses, you’ll want to check out Adlens’ UZOOM adjustable reading glasses. This exclusive frame and lens combination contains a compound lens system that enables the wearer to focus on objects at any distance.
Adjustable readers offer similar advantages to progressive reading glasses. But rather than only having three-or-so focuses as progressive glasses do, adjustable readers give wearers control over their focus. For example, UZOOM Precision wearers can switch between +.5D and +4.0D strengths, allowing them to see clearly 9 inches away and over 6 feet away – a 2.8x magnifying boost.
UZOOM adjustable focus glasses also cost a fraction of what progressive reading glasses do. Both UZOOM Precision and UZOOM Screen Protect each cost $49.95, and shipping is always free.
How Do Adjustable Focus Readers Work?
Adlens’ adjustable focus glasses use Alvarez Dual Lens technology, which features two thin, wave-shaped polycarbonate “plates” that slide across each other by means of a small dial on the frame. The position of the two plates relative to each other determines the power of the overall lens system and is completely controlled by the wearer.
The power of these adjustable lenses can be customized instantly to correct from -6 diopters (D) of nearsightedness to +3 D of farsightedness with the simple turn of a dial. They also can be adjusted for special visual needs, including reading and computer use, or used to manage fluctuating vision for people with health concerns or post-surgery needs.
With Adlens’ adjustable focus reading glasses, you can see as well as you did in your twenties and we want to see (!) you see better every day. Try a hassle-free trial with us and enjoy clear vision without any limits or adjustment periods – click here to shop now.