The 'Best' Digital Progressive Lens Is....
I am a 52 year old male and my job at a call center requires me to use a computer for 8 hours a day. I just had my eyes checked by an ophthalmologist and my prescription is:
(Distance) Sphere: R -5.25 L -5.75
(Distance) Cylinder: R +3.25 L +3.25
(Distance) Axis: R x064 L x015
(Near) Addition: R +1.50 L +1.50
In the past, I have always gotten my glasses from a high end Seattle shop. I don't know if I'm allowed to mention the store name but they are located in the Pike Place MARKET (hint). I have previously worn frames by Oliver Peoples, Entourage of 7, and Freudenhaus.
My question is about lens manufacturers. While I am 'sold' on the idea of Digital HD progressive lenses, I am befuddled as to which lens (manufacturer) to go with. I have recently been to 3 opticians and each has told me why their brand is a superior choice.
I have been recommended the following (in no particular order):
Shamir Autograph II or III
Shamir Computer (good for about 10 ft.)
Shamir Workspace (good for about 10 ft.)
Seiko Supercede II
Seiko Supernal (supposed to be good for Astigmatic)
Seiko PCWide ("designed for people who spend most of their work time in a desktop environment")
Zeiss Progressive Individual 2
My goal is to purchase just 1 new eyeglasses for use at work, while driving, and at home relaxing in front of the TV. I'm not really an outdoorsy type. I do want an anti-reflective coating and Transitions/photochromic.
So, do I need to be concerned about which lens 'brand' is the best? I currently have non-digital Varilux lenses and would consider their Physio DRx along with Shamir, Seiko, and Zeiss.
And yes, I am a bit OCD and I like to comparison shop!
A: From what I see in your prescription you need glasses for both distance and near vision.
As you use these glasses for distance vision (driving and TV) from the progressives mentioned above you must eliminate the following:
All these types of lenses contain diopters for intermediate and near vision only.
Because we are talking about Digital HD progressive lenses, high quality technology lenses, I think that all manufacturers you mention above will provide quality lenses.
From my personal experience I can tell you that Varilux and Zeiss lenses are very good, that's because I've worked with these lenses, but I'm sure that Shamir and Seiko can provide the same quality.
I usually advise my clients that if they used a particular brand and were happy to stay with the same brand. So if you already use Varilux lenses you could continue with them.
Sure there are a few aspects to take into account that can change your decision like the cost of lenses at different manufacturers or what optical lenses sells your preferred store.
You mention that you need anti-reflective and photochromic coatings. High quality progressive lenses come with anti-reflective coating. It's good to ask but must be in the price. As for photochromic coating, you pay separately.
So in conclusion you must choose some progressive lenses with three diopters for distance, intermediate and near vision.
As about choosing the brand, I would choose the Varilux, this if you were happy with them.
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