What Kind of Lenses Do I Need? Part Two – Progressive, Workspace Progressives, and Transition Lenses

The following article continues the discussion of corrective eyewear types – progressive lenses, workspace progressive lenses, and transition lenses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

What is the difference between progressive lenses, workspace progressive lenses, and transition lenses? Here is a breakdown of the three eyewear styles.

Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses – also called multi-focal lenses – are similar to bifocals in that they are lenses engineered to correct more than one vision issue. However, they can correct more than two concerns, and there is no harsh line of demarcation that causes “image jump.” Progressive lenses address distance vision, intermediate vision (viewing objects at a distance of approximately an arm’s length), and close vision (reading).

Progressive lenses are designed for visual comfort; the visual field adjusts smoothly when the wearer moves their eyes. The upper-central portion of the lenses is designed for distance viewing; the region right in the middle is a small area for intermediate vision; the very bottom is for close vision, or reading. While most people find progressive lenses more natural than bifocals, there will be a period of adjustment, so it is wise to wear them around the house for the first few days before using them for driving.

Workspace Progressives

Although most wearers will be able to use their normal progressive eyewear for work purposes successfully, workspace progressives are designed to accommodate people who have specific work tasks. For example, close-range progressive lenses are more suited to people who spend a great deal of time performing workspace tasks like detail work (sewing), reading, or working on computers. These lenses have distance viewing and intermediate viewing, but the close-up field is bigger, so wearers can work in greater comfort.

Mid-range progressive lenses are designed for people who work in large spaces and need vision correction at approximately 14 feet. This range is good for teachers or people who frequently need to address a room full of people, but it’s also comfortable for computer use.

Transition Lenses

Transition lenses, or photochromic lenses, are any type of corrective lenses that become darker when exposed to sunlight and return to a clear state when indoors. They provide UV protection, and come in a wide variety of colors and frame styles. These are highly convenient and economical, since wearers won’t have to pay for prescription sunglasses and prescription standard glasses.

Whether you need progressive lenses, workplace progressive lenses, or transition lenses, OptiExpress in Cape Coral and Ft. Myers offers a huge selection of designer styles, as well as a convenient onsite one-hour lab. If you live in the South Florida region and think progressive lenses could be right for you, please visit our family-friendly eye care centers today!

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been one of Ft. Myers’s most respected optometrists for more than twenty years. To book an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.