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September 2, 2021
Depending on how you use your vision on a daily basis, certain types of glasses may be better suited to your needs. Read below to learn more about the different types of glasses available and see which one may be best for you.
The most common glasses type is called “single vision” because it is designed for one viewing distance, whether that is for distance, intermediate (such as computer), or near. There is only one lens power throughout the whole lens. Based on the prescription, the lens power can correct for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Over-the-counter reading glasses such as those found in drugstores are a type of single vision glasses. However, they do NOT correct for nearsightedness and astigmatism.
Designed for one viewing distance, whether that is for distance, intermediate (such as computer), or near.
Pros of Single Vision Glasses
Cons of Single Vision Glasses
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Progressives correct for three viewing distances: distance, intermediate, and near. The power “progressively” changes like a gradient in your lenses, with the distance portion on top and near portion on the bottom. If your glasses prescription has an “Add” listed on it, it means you need a different power to help you focus on shorter reading distances. These kinds of glasses can be made as progressives, bifocals, or reading glasses. An “Add” is the “additional” lens power needed on top of your distance prescription to see up close.
There are different types of progressives:
Designed for three viewing distances: distance, intermediate, and near. They serve as an all-in-one pair of glasses for everyday wear.
Workspace progressives correct for two viewing distances: intermediate and near. They’re specialized for up-close activities at work or home.
Pros of Progressives
Cons of Progressives
Bifocals correct for two viewing distances, typically a distance portion on top and a near portion on the bottom. The two viewing areas are divided by a visible line. Some people also may opt for workspace bifocals, which correct for intermediate and near vision instead of distance and near vision.
Correct for two viewing distances, typically a distance portion on top and a near portion on the bottom. The two viewing areas are divided by a visible line.
Pros of Bifocals
Cons of Bifocals
With the right knowledge, you can choose the glasses that work best for you. Many people opt for multiple pairs of glasses depending on their daily needs and hobbies.
If you would like to speak with a professional about what glasses type may be best for you, contact our support team or your optometrist for more information.
If you need a prescription, we encourage you to visit your usual eye doctor or request one from EyeCare Live.
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