Bifocal and Progressive Lenses Explained
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Bifocal and Progressive Lenses Explained


As we age, our vision often deteriorates, necessitating the use of corrective lenses to maintain clear sight. Among the various types of lenses available, bifocal and progressive lenses are two popular options for those who require multifocal correction. While both serve their purposes, progressive lenses offer modern advantages that make them superior in many ways. 


The Basics of Bifocal Lenses


Definition and Design

Bifocal lenses are designed to correct vision at two different distances. They are characterized by a visible line that separates the lens into two distinct sections. The upper part of the lens is typically used for distance vision, while the lower part is for near vision. This design caters to individuals who need help with both far and near sight, such as those with presbyopia—a condition that affects the ability to focus on close objects.


Advantages of Bifocal Lenses


Ease of Adaptation: Many people find it easy to adapt to bifocal lenses because the two distinct viewing areas are straightforward and intuitive.

Cost-Effective: Bifocal lenses are often more affordable than progressive lenses, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers.


Disadvantages of Bifocal Lenses


Visible Lines: The most noticeable drawback of bifocal lenses is the visible line that separates the two prescriptions, which some people find aesthetically unappealing.

Image Jump: When transitioning from one section of the lens to the other, users may experience a sudden “jump” in the image, which can be disorienting.

Limited Intermediate Vision: Bifocals do not typically provide clear intermediate vision, which can be a disadvantage for activities like computer work.


The Basics of Progressive Lenses


Definition and Design

Progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals, offer a seamless transition between multiple viewing zones—distance, intermediate, and near vision. Unlike bifocals, progressive lenses do not have visible lines, providing a more aesthetically pleasing and functional solution. The gradual change in prescription from the top to the bottom of the lens allows for a smooth and natural visual experience.


Advantages of Progressive Lenses


No Visible Lines: The absence of visible lines makes progressive lenses more attractive and less noticeable than bifocals.

Smooth Transition: Progressive lenses provide a gradual transition between different viewing zones, eliminating the “image jump” associated with bifocals.

Comprehensive Vision Correction: With progressive lenses, users can enjoy clear vision at all distances—far, intermediate, and near—without the need to switch between different pairs of glasses.


Why Progressive Lenses are the Superior Choice

Freeform Digital Lenses

Freeform Digital Lenses Offer Superior Lens Quality

At REKS, we utilize Freeform technology and digital generators to place the complete prescription on the back of the lens, closer to the eye. This digital pinpoint manufacturing allows us to cut lenses to 1/100th of a diopter accuracy, compared to the traditional 1/10th of a diopter. This precision results in a more accurate prescription, earning these lenses the title of High Definition lenses.


Increased Field of View

By positioning the entire prescription closer to the eye, progressive lenses increase the field of view by 30%. This is particularly beneficial in our 8-base curved wraparound and Sling Blade sport frames, where HD lenses provide an expanded peripheral view, enhancing the overall visual experience.


Increase in Clarity

Our advanced lens design overcomes the optical aberrations and mechanical limitations of traditional lens manufacturing. The ability to create more precise lens prescriptions enhances clarity by at least 20%. This means clearer, sharper vision for all your activities.

unbreakable frames

High Definition Prescription Lenses in an Unbreakable Frame

As an innovative retailer of prescription sunglasses for men and women, REKS introduces freeform digital lenses featuring computer-controlled lens surfacing equipment. This technology is more precise than traditional methods, providing a wider field of vision and increased clarity in every pair of our prescription sunglasses. Additionally, our frames are designed to be unbreakable, ensuring durability and longevity.


Anti-Reflective Coating

Our lenses come with a microscopic anti-reflective coating that eliminates light reflections on the front and back surfaces. This coating improves visual acuity and creates a crystal-clear appearance, all at no additional charge.


Detailed Comparison of Bifocal and Progressive Lenses


Visual Clarity and Comfort

When it comes to visual clarity, progressive lenses have a clear advantage. They provide smooth transitions between various viewing zones, allowing for a more natural and comfortable visual experience. In contrast, bifocal lenses are limited by their two distinct viewing areas, which can cause discomfort during transitions.


Aesthetics and Appearance

Aesthetically, progressive lenses are superior due to their seamless design. The absence of visible lines makes them more discreet and cosmetically appealing. Bifocal lenses, with their noticeable dividing lines, may be less attractive to some users.


Ease of Use

While bifocal lenses are straightforward and easy to understand, progressive lenses, despite requiring a short adaptation period, offer a more comprehensive and user-friendly solution in the long run. The initial adjustment is quickly outweighed by the convenience and improved vision quality.


Lifestyle and Use Cases


Who Should Choose Progressive Lenses?


All-Distance Vision Needs: Individuals who need clear vision at all distances—near, intermediate, and far—will benefit from the comprehensive correction offered by progressive lenses.

Aesthetic Preferences: Those who prioritize the appearance of their glasses and prefer lenses without visible lines will likely prefer progressives.

Frequent Screen Users: Progressive lenses are ideal for people who spend a lot of time working on computers or engaging in activities that require clear intermediate vision.




Choosing between bifocal and progressive lenses depends on various factors, including your specific vision needs, lifestyle, and budget. However, progressive lenses, especially those made with REKS’ advanced Freeform digital technology, offer significant advantages in terms of clarity, field of view, and aesthetic appeal.


At REKS, we are dedicated to providing high-quality eyewear that enhances your vision and fits your lifestyle. Our progressive lenses, combined with our state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and innovative features, ensure that you receive the best possible vision correction. Explore our selection on our website or visit one of our stores to find the perfect pair of glasses for you. If you have any questions or need assistance in choosing the right lenses, our knowledgeable opticians are always ready to help. Your vision is our priority, and we strive to offer the best solutions to enhance your visual experience.