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View Poll Results: Which type do you use?
Single 2 2.78%
Bifocal 16 22.22%
Trifocal 2 2.78%
Progressive 36 50.00%
Eyesight corrected by surgery 5 6.94%
Never needed vision correction 2 2.78%
Other (please specify below) 9 12.50%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:39 PM
Location: Reston
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Hi - I recently purchased eyeglasses with progressive lenses and am thinking of getting bifocals instead. The eye doctor told me that fewer than 10% of people (that need other than single vision correction) use bifocals. Just wanted to fact check that assertion. Thanks
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:44 PM
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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I've had both bifocals and progressives, in that order. There's no going back!
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:47 PM
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Don't know why you would want bifocals instead of progressives, unless you are having trouble getting used to them. Some people can't adjust. I love progressives. If cost is an issue, try Costco, I've had great glasses at great prices from Costco. I hear Walmart offers glasses at a reasonable price also.

Frames are exorbitant at places like LensCrafters, etc, due to a virtual monopoly on frames by a company in Italy. I can't remember the name of the company but I read an article on their monopoly on eyeglass frames, which jacks up the price several hundred %. Costco and Walmart do not purchase frames from this company. Costco offers great service and glasses can be returned and redone if you are having a problem with them.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:24 PM
Status: "Okay, it's not flip-flop weather any more" (set 13 days ago)
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Maybe not all Costcos have the same optical department, but the local one doesn't have a lot of frames to choose from. Plus, since I've gone to progressive lenses, the frame doesn't add much to the cost - the lenses are, by far, the biggest part of the expense.

Even when I got an expensive pair of Maui Jim wrap-around sunglasses (the only sunglasses that could take my prescription and shield my light-sensitive eyes most of the way), the lenses were still the most expensive thing.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:48 PM
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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You may have difficulty adjusting to bifocals if you've been wearing progressive lenses. Progressive lenses take a while to get used to. Have you worn glasses before? That would make a difference also. I've worn glasses since I was about 10, and started wearing progressives when I turned 40, I really like them.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:16 AM
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I started with progressives, but they made me dizzy. After a year, gave up and went to bi-focals and have had no problems at all. I've happily used bi-focals for 7 years now, and don't see any reason to try progressives again.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:36 AM
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I've got both bifocals and progressives but don't care for either one; perhaps I've never given them enough time. I always retreat to my monovision contact lens. Works well for everything except night driving.

edit to add: love Costco for everything else (I'm a user and huge fan of their hearing aid services) but haven't yet tried their optical department. Debating whether or not to go there next or to go for lasix.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:12 AM
Status: "In my new home on the hill" (set 17 days ago)
Location: between here and there
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I tried progressives years ago. I took them back the next day. I couldn't get used to them. If I wanted to glance at something off to the side of me, I had to turn my head in that direction. Otherwise everything was a blur. I'll stick with my bifocals.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:20 AM
Location: Virginia
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I used to have bifocals, and switched to progressives. It took a few days to get used to the progressives but I like them much more than the bifocals. I'm another person who's never going back.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:58 AM
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Getting use to progressives can take time. However I have learned and learned that when getting progressive lenses inexpensive isn't always better. Part of the cost is how much the different focal points are of the lense. The cheaper the lens the more difficult being able to focus can be. Especially when doing things like driving and a fairly rapid change of focal points within and outside the car. If you get headaches driving and wear progressives it can often be the glasses. The following is a good article about glasses/vision and computers.
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