Standard progressive lenses vs. premium

Updated June 13, 2017

Progressive lenses are a kind of lens worn for presbyopia and give users an alternative to bifocals or trifocals. Two types of progressive lenses are standard and premium, which differ in cost, quality and versatility of frame choices.

Progressive Lenses

While bifocals and trifocals have distinct divisions between the sections for seeing nearby and faraway objects, progressive lenses provide a variety of lens powers with no dividing lines. This design not only allows users to hide the fact that they have presbyopia but also allows viewers to see their surroundings with no visible seam in the centre of their vision.

Standard Progressive Lenses

As of 2010, the price of standard progressive lenses ranged from £113 to £162, depending on the brand of lens. However, standard progressive lenses need to be a certain height in order to transition properly between distance vision and reading, which means that frames using them must also meet a minimum height in order to provide full functionality.

Premium Progressive Lenses

Premium progressive lenses provide a wider reading area than standard progressive lenses. The lenses also have a high level of customisation, allowing users to wear them with any frame. Since the lenses are digitally surfaced, they provide clearer vision than standard progressive lenses, with no waves or distortion. However, the cost is correspondingly higher.

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A resident of the Baltimore area, Rachel Kolar has been writing since 2001. Her educational research was featured at the Maryland State Department of Education Professional Schools Development Conference in 2008. Kolar holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and a Master of Arts in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.