How did progressive lenses ever make it to the market? Why do people accept these things as an “improvement”?
I’ve reached the age where one pair of glasses doesn’t work for all distances. Lately I’ve been using 3 different pairs of dime store readers. TV – computer – reading.
So when I saw the ad on tv for 2 pair of single vision for $69.95 including exam I jumped. When I walked in and inquired I decided to start my upgrades.
$15 extra for the back of the eye exam, which requires the drops to dilate the eye. Ok fine since it’s been 10 years since the last thorough check.
$99.95 for bi focal. Ok it’s understandable since there is extra work.
But then the thought of progressive hit me. No more grabbing a different pair since I still need correction for 3 distances. Ahh one pair to do it all. Just a simple tilt of the head up or down. All for the low prices of $235 for two pairs! What the heck I’m worth it. So I took the plunge into progressive without knowing the real story.
My assumption (I know) was that they took a 2x blank ground the lower half into 4x in a gradual progression. Or possibly a 4x blank into 2x. Nope that’s not what you get. I don’t know how they do it but it doesn’t turn out like you would expect. Only a thin strip in the lower half of the lens is useable. The lower sides are out of focus at ALL DISTANCES.
And I do mean a thin strip. If I focus on the 6 and 7 on my keyboard the 8 and 5 start getting out of focus. By the time you get to the ‘backspace’ and ‘1’key are unreadable.
Why is something like this ‘acceptable’ to the public? Are they so vain to give up the line that they put up with bobble head syndrome? If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny to watch me check my stocks on the computer. Boing, boing, boing. I only have a 2 inch circle in focus on the screen before I have to bobble my head. And to read a book I must move my head from side to side as only the center of the page is in focus. They are useless.