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Q.  Why don't optical outlets explain to people that progressive addition lenses have huge areas to the right and the left of focal points that give poor sight? It is not good for long or short distances.

A. Progressive lenses have limited areas of "soft focus" in the periphery of the lenses - to the left and right of the intermediate viewing zone in particular. This is unavoidable when creating line-free progressive lenses. But over the years manufacturing technology has made these areas less noticeable. Despite this minor limitation of progressive lenses, most people with presbyopia find progressives are more comfortable and provide more natural-feeling vision than bifocals or trifocals. Line-free progressive lenses also provide a more youthful appearance, which is another reason they are so popular. For best results, be sure to have your progressive lenses fitted by an experienced optician. Proper eye measurements, frame selection and frame adjustments are essential to maximize your comfort with these lenses. Also, there are many progressive lens designs available, and some may be more comfortable for you than others, based on your specific visual needs. Ask your optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician for details.

Q.   I'm 58 years old and my eyes are healthy, I currently wear trifocal lenses. I can read fine without glasses. Can I get bifocal lenses for distance and computer distance instead of trifocals for distance, computer distance and reading?

A. Bifocals and trifocals are a convenience to help people see at multiple distances without taking their glasses on and off constantly. Sure, you can get bifocal lenses where the top is for far away and the bottom is for computer distance. But unless you hold your reading at the same distance for your eyes as your computer screen, they won't work for close up very well. Your lenses must be prescribed to focus at the distances  you use, and bifocals can only be made to focus at two different distances. Trifocals, on the other hand, focus on three distances. You may want to consider progressive lenses that focus at almost 20 distances in a smooth transition from the center to the bottom of the lenses. And go ahead and read without your glasses if it feels comfortable to do so - it won't hurt a thing!

Q. What kind of glasses do I need to play golf? The light hurts my eyes, and my current bifocals either get in the way, or if they are made smaller, I cannot see to read. I have tried progressive lenses, but they do not help. What do you suggest, besides wearing several pairs of glasses or quitting golf?

A. Tough questions! It sounds to me as though you'd be better off with more than one pair of glasses to handle all your vision needs. You may want to consider golf glasses with photochromic lenses and a bifocal that's big enough to read the score card but small enough so that it won't interfere with your swing. Why not have multiple pairs of eyeglasses? You don't just wear just one pair of shoes, right?

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