Thinking about getting a “no-line” bifocal?
Prescription Safety Glasses with Progressive Lenses
Progressive lenses, or “no-line” bifocals, are bifocal lenses that transition gradually from your distance prescription to your near prescription as you gaze downward with your eyes. Prescription safety glasses with progressive lenses are popular for anybody who needs a bifocal and prescription safety glasses, and it’s no surprise. Progressives are more attractive to those who don’t like the look of the line on a bifocal.
There are a few things to consider, however, when deciding whether to purchase prescription safety glasses with progressive lenses. For instance, if you’ve never worn progressives before, it’s worth noting that progressive lenses take some getting used to, and most people agree that they have to wear the glasses consistently, sometimes for over a week, before they feel natural if they’ve never worn progressives before.
Here are the things to think about when considering buying prescription safety glasses with progressive lenses:
- Progressive lenses are more attractive than traditional bifocals because they do not have a line, but they can take over a week to get used to if you’ve never worn them.
- Rarely, people will not be able to adjust to progressives at all. In the industry, these people are known as “progressive non-adapts” and cannot wear progressive lenses. If you are trying progressives for the first time, we suggest you purchase a pair of glasses you know you’ll wear often, to have the best chance of successful adjustment.
- Prescription safety glasses have larger lenses than traditional glasses. Traditional “short corridor” lenses that are commonly used on “street glasses,” or everyday glasses, will not work with most safety glasses frames because the lenses are too small. In a nutshell, the progressive lenses you get in your safety glasses are going to feel different from your regular glasses.
- If you are a bifocal wearer and like the line, we suggest sticking with lined bifocals. We do not recommend using progressives in your safety glasses and lined bifocals in your street glasses.
- If you’re using them for something special that does not require reading, such as riding a motorcycle, prescription safety glasses with progressive lenses may not be the right choice for you. Consider purchasing single vision lenses, or lined bifocals with the line very low on the glasses.
Purchasing progressive lenses for the first time can be intimidating, and we recommend switching over in your regular street glasses before making the switch in your safety glasses.
If you already wear progressives, we recommend getting prescription safety glasses with progressive lenses. The bigger lenses will take a little getting used to, but you should have no problem adjusting and wearing the glasses. The vast majority of our customers who order prescription safety glasses with progressive lenses are very happy with the results.
If you’re wondering whether progressives are right for you, or if you want to know more about the lenses, you can leave a comment below or call our customer service hotline. We’ll be more than happy to answer whatever questions you have. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!