How many types of prescription lenses for glasses?

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You can choose the corresponding prescription lens type based on your visual correction needs. Here are several common types of prescription lenses for glasses:

How many types of prescription lenses for glasses

1) Single Vision Lenses

Single vision lenses have the same amount of prescription over the entire lens, and are used to correct myopia or hyperopia problems. These lenses are suitable for people with relatively stable prescription and do not require additional visual correction.

     Single Vision Lenses

2) Bifocal lenses

Bifocal lenses are suitable for those who need both distance and near vision correction. The lenses have two focal points, the upper part of the lens is used for distance vision correction, while the lower part of the lens is used for near vision correction, so they can be used to correct both distance and near vision at the same time. Bifocal lenses are suitable for people who need both distance and near vision correction, such as older people or people who need to see both near and far objects.

Bifocal lenses

3) Trifocal Lenses

Trifocal lenses are similar to bifocal lenses, but have an additional intermediate vision correction area between the distance and near vision fields. They are useful for people who need intermediate distance correction (e.g., computer use).

Trifocal Lenses

4) Progressive Multifocal Lenses

These lenses provide a continuous area of focus with a smooth transition from distance to near vision, which is a better experience than bifocal lenses. Progressive lenses are used when you need to correct both distance and near vision, as well as for age-related presbyopia. They provide a more natural visual transition, so you don't have to change glasses as often.

Progressive Multifocal Lenses

5) Reading lenses

Reading lenses are eyeglasses specifically designed to improve near vision in people with presbyopia. Presbyopia is a common age-related condition that affects the eye's ability to focus on close objects. It usually becomes noticeable around the age of 40.

Reading lenses

Reading glasses are primarily used to correct presbyopia and help people see clearly at close distances. They provide additional zoom in the lower portion of the lens and are specifically designed for reading, working on a computer, or performing other up-close tasks.

Additionally, reading glasses are available as non-prescription eyewear, without a customized prescription, in order to follow different age-corresponding magnifications, or multiples, ranging from +1.00 to +3.00 diopters in increments of 0.25 or 0.50.

6) No prescription lenses

No prescription lenses are usually flat and do not change the refraction of light, so they do not provide vision correction; they are not used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, but are only used to provide additional eye protection or to improve visual comfort. These lenses can reduce eye fatigue, over-exposure or glare sensitivity and provide additional support for the eyes.

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