If you're a member of the "team four-eyes" family and need help deciding which Rx option best, we've got you covered. Our overview details the differences between single vision lenses vs. progressive, as well as our expert recommendations on which option covers your vision needs.


Table of Contents

1. Single Vision Lenses Vs. Progressive Video Overview
2. What Are the Most Common Vision Issues?
3. What Are Single Vision Lenses?
4. What Are Progressive Vision Lenses?
5. What Are the Differences Between Single and Progressive Lenses?
6. Prepare Your Prescription Online at SportRx


Single Vision Lenses Vs. Progressive Video Overview

Watch as Eyeglass Tyler breaks down the differences between single vision lenses and progressive lenses.


What Are the Most Common Vision Issues

Prescription lenses restore one or multiple common vision issues, which include:

  • Myopia(nearsightedness): Myopia occurs when objects nearby are clear, but distant visuals are blurry. Myopia results from an overly rounded cornea or an eyeball which is longer than normal. Symptoms include headaches from eyestrain and/or squinting for better sight.
  • Hyperopia(farsightedness): Hyperopia is an opposite sight issue where distant objects are clear, but nearby visuals are blurry. This issue typically occurs when the eyeball is shorter than normal or when the cornea is flat. Symptoms include squinting and/or burning/aching around the eyes.
  • Astigmatism: This sight issue is associated with general overall blurriness from multiple distances — not just a specific area. Astigmatism results from an irregular shape in the cornea or eye lens. Symptoms include distorted (wavy) vision, discomfort from reading, and/or headaches.
  • Presbyopia: This visual condition is an age-related farsightedness typically affecting people who are 40+ years old. Presbyopia occurs when the eye lens becomes less elastic. Symptoms include blurred vision at a normal reading distance or eyestrain/headaches after performing close-up work.

What Are Single Vision Lenses?

Eyeglasses or sunglasses with single-vision lenses correct sight for one specified distance. This includes corrective vision for distance, reading, or when working on the computer.

Single Vision Lenses Example


What Are Progressive Vision Lenses?

Also known as multifocal lenses, progressive vision lenses correct sight issues from multiple distances — and without the dreaded bi-focal line. They are designed for correcting presbyopia, which is an eye condition that increases the difficulty of focusing between different focal lengths. Presbyopia is age-related and you’ll typically hear your eye doctor start to mention multifocal lenses in your early-to-mid-forties. Progressives are a great option if your eyes struggle in transitioning from a distance to close-up objects with a fast focus time. The most common complaint for first-time progressive wearers is the minimized peripheral field of view, especially in the intermediate (computer) distance range. More modern progressive designs, such as digital surfacing, minimize this issue. Another pro tip includes trying progressives as early as possible. This helps you get accustomed to progressives faster!

Progressive Lenses Example


What Are the Differences Between Single and Progressive Lenses?

Single vision lenses correct for one focal length, while progressive lenses correct for distance, reading, and everything in between — all in the one lens. Progressive lenses are more costly than single vision, but will generally cost less (in the long run) than purchasing multiple pairs of single vision glasses.

SportRx features single and progressive lens eyeglass and sunglass solutions from top brands including Oakley, Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, and Nike.


Prepare Your Prescription Online at SportRx

Don’t let your prescription needs keep you from enjoying your daily activities. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tool tips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair of single vision lenses or progressive vision lenses. An answer to all your questions on the single vision lenses vs. progressive is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house Opticians who can help you build your perfect pair sunglasses or eyeglasses based on your Rx needs.

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