Progressive Lenses Versus Bifocals

When it comes to eyeglass lenses, many improvements have been made over the years. Some of the most common lenses today are progressive and bifocals. Read on to learn more about the differences between these lenses to determine which are right for you.

Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses look just like any other prescription lens, however, they contain multiple prescriptions. Individuals who need separate eye prescriptions to see clearly at different distances can often benefit from progressive lenses. They enable individuals to perform tasks that require close-up, intermediate, and distance vision without swapping frames.


Bifocal lenses contain two lens powers to help individuals see objects at all distances. They are most commonly prescribed to people over the age of 40 to help compensate for the natural degradation of vision due to the aging process.

Differences Between Progressive Lenses Versus Bifocals

While both progressive and bifocal lenses are used to combat the effects of presbyopia (farsightedness), and provide improved vision for those with multiple prescriptions, it is important to consider your lifestyle to determine which one is right for you.

Progressive lenses provide the most natural vision for the wearer since it seamlessly transitions between near and fat prescriptions. Bifocal lenses are separated into distinct areas of near and far vision prescriptions.

Bifocal Lenses

  • Have two distinct powers in the lens
  • Has a distinct line separating the powers
  • Provide wider lens areas for computer work and reading

Progressive Lenses

  • No distinction between different powers within the lens
  • Seamless progression between all distances of vision
  • Expanded intermediate zone for improved computer vision

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