‘I can’t wear multifocals. I tried them once and I could never get used to them.’
At Vision Excellence, we hear these statements all the time from our new patients. We estimate that there are thousands of people out there over the age of 45 who feel the same way because of an experience with poorly fitted or low quality glasses.
Progressive lenses often referred to as ‘multifocals’ or ‘graduated’ spectacles, are glasses for people who need a different prescription up close to what they need to see far away. Progressives have a gradual multifocal effect from the top of your glasses to the bottom. This means that you can see clearly at all distances without changing glasses and the truth is that VERY FEW people are unable to wear them!
So why do so many people think that progressives are not for them? Our experience is that, before seeing us, their multifocal glasses have not been prescribed, designed or fitted properly. Most people think ‘glasses are glasses’, but this is not the case.
From carefully performing the original refraction to get your prescription exact, to the choice of an appropriate frame to suit your facial shape and size, to selecting a progressive lens with the best design, material and coatings, there is much precision and skill required to cater for your visual needs. Dozens of measurements need to be taken correctly for your glasses to work as they should.