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The In’s and Out’s of Progressive Lenses and How To Use Them

The In’s and Out’s of Progressive Lenses and How To Use Them

As we age, a lot of us will develop a problem with our near vision. You start to pull your smart phone away from your face in order to read it, and complain that your arms aren’t long enough…

Sound familiar?

So, what do most people do? First, they go to the nearest store that sells off-the-rack readers, try them on one at a time, and figure out which power they need. This works for a while, but that one set of readers may not work for text or screens at different distances.

Instead, regular readers only cover a set range of vision. However, in today’s world, most people have to work on 2-3 monitors at the same time, as well as read their books, magazines, and documents, all at different distances.

Enter the progressive lens…

Why Progressive Lenses Are Better Than Standard Readers

A progressive lens contains multiple magnification powers blended together with no line to separate the powers. This allows you to see distance, intermediate, and near… all with one lens!

However, with different powers in the same lens, you can surmise that it might be difficult to get used to, at least at first, so let’s talk about that for a second…

How to Use Progressive Lenses

When it comes to the reading portion of progressive lenses, let’s imagine that the different powers are like rungs on a ladder. Every rung is a different power…

The way you access those different powers is by pointing your eyes at the specific rung that’s best for a specific distance. This can be at arm’s length where most computer screens are, to where you look at your texts.

Either way, you have to rely on trial and error to point your eyes exactly where they should be to access the right power.

What to Do if You’re Having Trouble Seeing Clearly Out of Your Progressive Lenses

For the beginner, it’s a matter of going through the learning curve of using your new progressive lenses and finding out which power is right for what you’re seeing at the time.

But, for the seasoned user, it may be a matter of getting used to a higher magnification on your new progressive lenses. That’s because as time passes, your eye muscles become weaker and every once in a while, you have to buy a higher power progressive lens.

If you’re still having trouble getting used to your new progressive lenses, even after trial and error, it’s possible that your eye glasses are not sitting on your face the right way.

Here are a few things you can try…

With frames that have nose pads, you can always adjust the pads so that you are accessing the right reading zone naturally. includes a pamphlet on adjusting the height of your nose pads with all orders. For convenience I have included a link here.

Or, you can go to your closest eye glass store and get it adjusted professionally - it’s usually a free service or you can tip them.

If you are not getting any results from any of the suggestions listed above, it might be time to visit your nearest eye doctor to see if there is some underlying pathology that is preventing you from seeing correctly.

In closing, you don’t have to compromise your vision! It just takes a little bit of effort…a little bit of planning.

Progressive Lenses from

At when you order a progressive lens, the top part will be clear. This allows you to see distance like you always have.

But, here’s the interesting thing…

The lower part contains the reading power and it’s divided into different zones of clarity for different monitors, reading materials, and near-to-intermediate distances.

In order to determine which power, you need, you can:

  • Visit your eye doctor or call the free chat line at to get help.
  • See what power you need based on your eye glass prescription, if you’ve had a recent eye exam.

The customer service team is here to answer your questions and to help you pick the eye wear that’s right for you!

And, if you’re not satisfied, you can always get a refund with their generous 30-day return policy. They call it their “Customer delight promise.”


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