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Bi-focal Eyeglass wearers, do you use Progressive (No Line) or Line lenses?

Asked by njnyjobs (7544 points ) October 23rd, 2011

In recent years, I have been using reading glasses on a more frequent basis for, obviously, reading. I recently had an eye exam and am at the point that my eyes are no longer 20/20 not even 20/40 vision. The optometrist recommended going with bi-focal lenses so I don’t have to have 2 pairs of glasses to switch around based on the need. The options given were Progressive (no line) and line lenses.

If you had tried both types of lenses, what made you decide to choose your current pair?

How long did it take you to get accustomed to it’s use?

What were the things you didn’t like from one over the other?

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Scooby's avatar

Can’t get use to em!! I went back to single vision, much safer too :-/

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Bifocal non-Progressive.
When driving car split of bifocal lets me see dashboard gauges and top covers the road.

Pandora's avatar

My husband uses the no line bifocals. He said it only took him a week to get use to it. He said the regular bi-focals where really difficult to get use too. His job requires a lot of reading. He tried getting the cheaper one once and he kept getting headaches with them.

njnyjobs's avatar

@Tropical_Willie… by bi-focal, you mean the lenses have a visible line across them? Progressive are also bi-focal except that the lenses are blended at a certain point where the line should be on a traditional (lined) bi-focal lens

zenvelo's avatar

I use progressives. The bifocal line was too much of a distraction to me.

The only time they have bothered me I would have been bothered by regular bifocals too. It’s when my head is at an angle to view a performance, so I am looking distant through the bottom of the lens.

HungryGuy's avatar

No. Years ago, my insurance stopped paying for Lenscrafters and I had to go to a “real” optometrist. She made me get bi-focals. I hated them! I’m a programmer by day and a writer by night, and I was always tilting my head back to see the monitor. After a few weeks, I went back to Lenscrafters and paid for everything myself (exam and both pairs of glasses) and got separate distance glasses for driving, and near glasses for reading and computer work.

Plus, I like Lenscrafters! They have a machine that measures your vision automagically. No looking at an eye chart and answering, “Which is clearer, this…or this?” again and again and again (though the doctor did do that, just to verify the machine)...

Judi's avatar

When I caught myself forgetting to take off the reading glasses I went with progressive lenses. Haven’t lost my glasses since.

smilingheart1's avatar

I use progressives, found them easy to get used to and as already well stated, no annoying lines.

njnyjobs's avatar

@HungryGuy… how do you see your dash and everything else within the car? I have to have my reading glasses on to see anything on the dash, that’s why my GPS is installed below the dashboard line.

HungryGuy's avatar

@njnyjobs – When the car is in motion, I only need to see the speedo. Which, on most cars, is big enough that I can read it even without glasses. And my last car had an all digital dash, which I loved! But they never caught on, unfortunately :-(

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@njnyjobs I said NON-Progessive. Yes with a line. The blending made areas of dashboard fuzzy.

njnyjobs's avatar

@HungryGuy how do you read your email and send txt messages then… 8~p

@Tropical_Willie Got it . .

HungryGuy's avatar

@njnyjobs – I don’t read email and do texting while driving…

janbb's avatar

Progressives work great for me.

njnyjobs's avatar

@HungryGuy i don’t read email while driving, Siri does that for me, she also sends messages that I tell her.

HungryGuy's avatar

@njnyjobs – Good for you! You scared me there for a second, asking me how I read my email and texting while driving. I feel safer on the road now :-)

chyna's avatar

I have no line bifocals. It didn’t seem to take me any time to get used to them. I had no issues with dizziness or with going up and down stairs as many people seem to have.

downtide's avatar

Same as @HungryGuy I couldn’t stand bifocals because most of my reading is done on a computer screen so I was having to tilt my head back all the time to see it properly. I find separate glasses much better for me.

filmfann's avatar

I use progressives, but next time I may go with lined.
I don’t care for the progressiveness on the sides, as well as the bottom.

Rarebear's avatar

Varilux progressive lenses

Jeruba's avatar

I switch around three pairs of glasses and have resisted all pressure to move to progressive lenses. Given the way I use my vision, I need single vision for both reading and general-purpose midrange (the ones they call “computer glasses,” but I don’t). Either I need to be reading print or I don’t, so I have no use for in-between.

However, I do have one pair of bifocals, with a line between strengths. These are distance and reading strengths, with no midrange.
•  They allow me to see the PowerPoint screen in meetings and also take notes and read the agenda in front of me.
•  They allow me to go to a movie and also read the dinner menu in the restaurant afterward.
•  They allow me to drive and also glance at my Google Maps directions.

When I’m wearing my all-purpose midrange walking-around, using-the-computer, and talking-to-you-across-the-table glasses, I don’t want to reduce the view one bit.

Tuesdays_Child's avatar

I use the progressive (tri-focal) lenses and I love them….no switching pairs of glasses. I had no problem getting used to them.

fizzbanger's avatar

My mom uses the progressives and loves them (took a week to get adjusted). My MIL hates them and went back to regular readers.

YARNLADY's avatar

I tried the no-line type, but they made me dizzy, so I went back to the old fashion style.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Another progressive bi-focals user here. All I can tell you is that it took a couple of weeks to adjust to the bobbing head aspect of visually tuning in to finding the higher or lower aspect of the glasses in order to see correctly. For the first few weeks, I was keeping my hands out at arm’s length as I walked down halls and bobbing my head up and down. It eventually worked itself out.

If you are going from contacts to glasses, just give it time to adapt. If it is a matter of going from one style of glasses to another, it will take time as well, especially if you drive and the size of the glasses frame.

woodcutter's avatar

I have the line bi-focals. The progressives I tried had too much of a transition spot and to me, it is wasted space. When doing precision work I like a definite dividing line between close and regular. I suppose I could have made the progressive kind work with time, but I think all eye wear is a pain in the ass. I was shocked when I saw fashion glasses that have no corrective lenses at all. People want them just to look good? Proof that some people have more money than sense. I can’t see it.

echotech10's avatar

I wear progressives, and been wearing them for some time. The lined bifocals would not work for me. I am a pilot as a hobby and I feel that the line would get in the way between seeing out through the glareshield (aka widshield) and seeing the instruments. It also works better for me when i drive too. I also wok on a computer most of the day. The progressives is what I would recommend. The only downside…much more expensive.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have the line type, the non line type made me dizzy.

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