Bifocals vs. Progressives, Bifocal lenses vs. Progressive Lenses, Compare Bifocal and Progressive Bifocals vs. Progressives

Bifocals vs. Progressives This has been a topic of debate for years. If you were one of the first candidates to try the progressive like me, you probably understand why I hated them in the beginning. I had one of the first kinds ever invented. They were very awkward to use and I could not find the reading section for the life of me. It drove me crazy.

I ended up switching over to the lined bifocal and it was so much better, as far as I was concerned. But people said it made me look older, which is definitely not the look I was going for. Also, the line became a problem because my work required distance vision, intermediate vision, and reading as well. I had to have a second pair of glasses just for the computer, and those were useless for reading or even being able to see someone at my desk. I was in a quandary. So I decided to give progressives a try again, and I am so glad I did. Progressives have evolved throughout the years. Unlike a bifocal window, the lenses have no line and serve as a channel that gives you a steady flow of distance options. You have your distance vision at the top, then when you scroll your eyes down there’s your intermediate vision, and then bring your eyes down a little more and you have your reading distance. It’s perfect. I cannot live without them. I love being able to see in all areas of my vision, from work to play. When considering what you want in your sports eyewear, think about what you like in your day-to-day glasses. If you love your bifocals, by all means, keep it consistent with what you like. In spite of my love for progressive lenses, I still believe the lined bifocal has its place in athletics, especially if your sport mainly requires distance vision. And when it comes to everyday activities like reading a map or changing a tire on the road, a lined bifocal is less expensive and still provides you with that little window that you need. If you’re still up in the air about deciding on a lens, feel free to call us up and we’ll help you find one that’s right for you. Work hard and play safe!

Quick Reference: Bifocals vs. Progressives



Lined Bifocals
  • Less expensive
  • Usually easier to adapt to
  • Features are limited, e.g., can only accommodate standard Transitions
  • Distance and reading vision only; no intermediate
  • All-in-one distance, intermediate, and reading vision
  • More types of lenses and features available, e.g., all Transitions types
  • Progressive wrap lenses available
  • Tend to be more expensive
  • Can be harder to get used to
  • Narrower reading channel