The changing landscape of lenses
Fast forward from those early designs of the fifties, sixties, and seventies to now, and you have an entirely different situation. Our latest progressive lens innovation, Varilux X series, is a great example of this. Lens designs can be tailor-made
to fit individual prescriptions, face size and shape, choice of frame, and lifestyle. Depending on the hobbies, work, and other activities of your patients, the relative size of the distance - intermediate and near areas - is a choice that the eye care practitioner can now make easily. Adaptation to these new type of lenses, as a result, is far more successful than it was in the past. And yet, some people still resist progressive lenses. Why?
Well, there are a number of factors involved in this. To start off with, humans are naturally averse to change. A negative experience, even a negative comment from a trusted friend, can prevent someone from trying something new. Some may resist because the idea of a reading addition can be yet another sign of age; yet we know presbyopia is very real. Cost can be a further barrier: someone who has never needed specs before or are transitioning from single vision lenses may be shocked by the cost of a progressive lens. What’s more, patients don’t always understand the need for an adaptation period for news specs, either. Without the right introduction, for instance, they can start worrying about the peripheral distortion or ‘blurred bits’ as soon as they start wearing their new lenses. This is especially true when they’re buying from online retailers.
There’s a reason why dispensing opticians exist, yet people are quickly forgetting that thanks to the rise of the internet consumer
. Fortunately, these barriers are all surmountable - as long as your dispensing team has the right preparation and training.