The difference between Progressive and Transition Lenses.

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Have you ever asked your optician about the difference between Progressive and Transition lenses? Well, we’re here to clear up the confusion.

So what’s the difference between Progressive and Transition lenses you ask? The simple answer: everything. The words basically mean the same, true;  progressive means to transition from one stage to another while transition means to progress from one stage to another.  So if the words pretty much mean the same thing, what is the real difference?

Transition lenses are a brand of photocromatic lens (same as Kleenex is a brand of tissue). They change in the light from clear to dark.  They’re enacted by UV radiation, so they won’t change in your house or in your car.  They’re not exactly sunglass replacements but they do a great job if you don’t want to always switch from your sunglasses to your clear glasses.  Us guys have issues holding onto anything more than our cellphone and wallet…

Progressive lenses are also called No-Line Bifocals.  They actually have three fields of vision – distance, computer, and reading.  You can custom your Rx so you can use them for different distances, but that’s usually what people use them for.  The progressive lens will progress from one “vision” to the next as you move your eye down through the lens, being that the top is distance and progresses to computer and then reading.  This style of lens takes some time to get used to, and for sure will one day take over the entire market away from old school bifocals.

So there you have it – a question we as opticians hear constantly, solved.  Onto the next mysteries of life.