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Looking into Progressive Lenses for Your Next Pair of Eyeglasses?

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Here’s a few things you should know when considering progressive eyeglass lenses

Let’s start with the basics. Progressive eyeglass lenses are a type of prescription eyewear that corrects vision across a range of distances. Each lens features the seamless integration of multiple prescriptions. One area helps you to see close-up, another area targets intermediate distances, and a third area helps you to focus on objects in the distance.

If you’re considering progressive eyeglasses, most likely you are over 40 and have presbyopia (“age-related farsightedness”). In days of old, bifocals would have been your only option for Rx eyewear. Many people shunned this option because of the unattractive and distracting line that runs through the middle of the lenses of bifocals, separating the prescription powers. Instead, many people chose to carry an additional pair of glasses at all times – reading glasses or readers.

Nowadays, progressive lenses offer an aesthetic, effective and convenient solution that eliminates the need for multiple pairs of glasses. To try this advanced eyewear option, consult with our optometrists in Overland and St. Charles, Missouri. We’ll check your vision, issue a precise prescription, and help you choose the perfect frames from our optical collection to fit your visual needs.

Progressives are custom-made to match your prescription

These lenses are ground in such a way as to accommodate prescriptions for near, medium, and distance vision.

As opposed to traditional Rx lenses, which bend light to a unified focal point so it falls precisely on the retina, progressives bend light to several focal points, depending on where the light enters the lens. Many people find the vision experience of progressives to be more natural.

Progressive eyeglass lenses are crafted according to your exact prescription and visual requirements. So if you spend a lot of time looking at things up-close, a wider view for that Rx power may be best. Or if you work outdoors, you may prefer a larger area of the lens made to provide clear distance vision.

Advantages & disadvantages of progressive eyeglasses

As with everything, there are pros and cons to be aware of. Our eye doctor in Overland and St. Charles, Missouri, has outlined the following:


One pair of eyeglasses can give you sharp sight across a wide range of distances

Progressive eyeglass lenses provide a seamless, comfortable transition from one Rx power to the next, with no ugly lines


Progressives can be costlier than bifocals, because the lens technology is more complex

There is usually a transition period necessary for getting used to wearing progressive lenses for the first time. Your view may be distorted initially; this can last hours or days, depending on the person.

We offer only top quality progressive eyeglasses in Overland and St. Charles, Missouri

The eyewear market is saturated with options for progressive eyeglass lenses. Fortunately, there’s no reason for you to wade through all the products, because our eye care team has already navigated for you!

We will perform an eye exam to determine your up-to-date prescription and discuss your lifestyle needs and preferences in order to recommend the most suitable, quality progressives. Book a consultation in our optical stores in Overland and St. Charles to get started.

At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 314-254-2211 or book an appointment online to see one of our Overland eye doctors.

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