Bi-Focal vs Progressive

Bi-focal has a line. Progressive has no line.

When people reach about 40 years old, the eyes start going through a change of near vision called, presbyopia. Presbyopia happens when the focusing muscles of the eyes lose their elasticity. This leads to a harder time seeing up close without glasses. While some people can get by with basic store-bought readers, the best vision comes from a prescription. Your doctor can write a prescription for a pair of reading glasses, bifocals, or progressives. A lined bifocal has two levels of vision, far and near, with a physical line that is seen on the lens. A progressive lens is a seamless, gradual power blended lens that allows you to not only see clearly far and near, but all vision in between. This way you don’t have to take your glasses off to drive, and you won’t forget to bring your readers to see the menu at your next dinner out. Progressives have an advantage over bifocals for seeing things like your computer at work or shelves in the grocery store.

Progressives today are much easier to get used to than the lenses of the past due to the advancing technology of “HD” digital lenses. The newer progressives widen the areas you use to see distance through near and reduces the “swimming” feel when you move your head and walk down stairs.

What Computers Do to Our Eyes

Have you ever wondered why your eyes are red, burning, and tired? Or why your vision gets blurry and you’ve been getting headaches? It could be from your computer. Computer screens and other digital devices such as tablets, phones, and televisions can cause digital eye strain. Digital eye strain is caused from long hours of staring at a screen, combined with improper prescription glasses/contacts, and poor posture. What can we do to prevent eye strain from computers? A major improvement can come from wearing computer glasses.

143 million adults wear RX eyewear (65% of the adult population

Computer glasses help the eye adjust to middle-distance objects (such as computer screens) and are available with blue light and glare protection. These types of glasses reduce distracting glare, block harmful high frequency blue light, and allow the eyes to focus at the proper distance away from the face.

Other good habits to reduce digital strain:

  • Blink more. Staring at a screen can reduce how often you blink, causing the eyes to become dry. Remind yourself to blink more often, which also help the eyes refocus.
  • Take a 20-20-20 break. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. Even short breaks make a huge difference.

Employee Spotlight: Penny Tawse, General Manager

Penny Tawse, General Manager

Where were you born and raised?
Lexington, Ky. Raised in Zolfo Springs, Fl.

Describe yourself and family.
Married for 18 years with three children (two boys and a girl). I love Rock N Roll and the color pink. Favorite movie is Top Gun.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I enjoy spending time with my 3 kids, 2 dogs, having fun with different hair colors, make up, and coming up with tattoo ideas.
Can you describe a struggle in your life and how you overcame it?
Growing up in a very small town and then moving to a big city with an infant, I had a difficult time knowing what career to pursue as a new mom. I was always a bit reserved, but I knew I wanted to interact with and help people. I worked in retail for 19 years and didn’t realize until recently, how much I enjoyed helping people see better. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing leaders, lab techs and opticians that taught me so much.

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What do you look for when picking a new pair of glasses or sunglasses? Is there a specific shape, color, or material you go for?
I try to keep up with the trends, but not every trend is for every face shape, so I always try different styles on to see which shape fits me. Once I find the right shape, I look for a color that compliments my hair and skin tone. I typically go for plastic but I have a pair of metal aviator’s that I love.