Selecting the right pair of glasses is an important decision: The glasses we wear can have a dramatic impact on our daily lives. And while many of us enjoy shopping for frames, choosing the correct type of lens is often viewed as a somewhat trivial task. But remember: It’s the lenses themselves that allow us to see clearly!

Two kinds of lenses dominate the market: single-vision lenses and progressive (or progressive focus) lenses. This article will help you better understand the pros and cons of both types: You’ll then be able to make an informed decision – suited to your needs – and have background knowledge when visiting one of our locations.

For specific needs: Single-vision lenses

As the name suggests, single-vision lenses are “single vision.” They provide standardized corrected vision across the entire lens based upon the prescription. Single-vision lenses correct one specific vision problem, whether that problem is presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. These types of lenses are generally used starting at childhood until the onset of presbyopia.

Pros and cons of single-vision lenses

Single-vision lenses provide improved vision for a specific distance and are generally prescribed to address lifestyle and activity needs. For instance, people who are farsighted and have difficulty when reading will find single-vision lenses to be effective. At the other end of the spectrum, single-vision lenses can also be used to help people who are nearsighted see distant objects more clearly (important when driving, for example).

Single-vision lenses tend to be more affordable than progressive lenses. However, because they are not designed to manage several vision problems simultaneously, it might be necessary to change glasses dependent upon the issue that needs correcting.

The all-in-one solution: Progressive lenses

Progressive lenses (also known as “multifocal lenses”) provide optimal vision for varying distances (close, intermediate, far) simultaneously, with a seamless transition and no dividing line on the lens itself. One set of lenses can therefore correct presbyopia, hyperopia, myopia and astigmatism. These types of lenses are generally recommended for adults who have multiple vision problems.

Pros and cons of progressive lenses

Progressive lenses manage several vision problems concurrently: It’s not necessary to change glasses depending on what activity is being performed as there is a smooth and harmonious transition between the different vision zones.

However, an adjustment period might be required with progressive lenses: Users might initially experience a feeling of dizziness or blurred vision. This will fade away as the eye and brain become more accustomed to the different vision zones and how they are positioned on the lenses.

What to consider when choosing lenses

Choosing between progressive lenses and single-vision lenses comes down to specific needs and situations. Factors to consider when shopping for lenses include:

  • Age: Children and young adults are the most likely candidates for single-vision lenses. Progressive lenses are generally recommended for people who are over 40 and who suffer from presbyopia.
  • Vision problems: Single-vision lenses are ideal for correcting a single vision problem; progressive lenses correct several problems at once.
  • Lifestyle: If you require glasses for all your activities – from reading to computer work to driving – then progressive lenses can make life a lot easier.
  • Budget: Progressive lenses’ advanced technologies mean they are more expensive than single-vision lenses.

Regardless what type of lenses you choose for your new glasses, our specialists are always available to provide expert advice and help you make the best decisions based upon your needs. Visit us in store to learn more about our variety of products and benefit from a $50 or $100 discount on the purchase of a frame with single-vision lenses or progressive lenses. Discount valid from April 1st to June 2nd 2024, inclusivly. Other condition applies. You can consult our store directory here or make an appointment in just a few clicks.